Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike
iPhones/Touches are cool devices. And coolness sells these days.
Coolness only goes so far. The iPhone looks cool and has a cool interface, but it's functionality is far from cool. Having used an iPhone and my Blackberry 8300 Curve (now with Beta OS 4.5), I can strongly state the fact that the market is divided into 3 sections: those who don't care about what phone they use, those who want the "whoa" factor (a short-lived aspect, I assure you), and those who want their device to do exactly what they want, in a fast and reliable manner. I use email all the time, as we all do. I wanted a device to send my email to my phone, instantly, without having to log in to anything. Just have it pushed straight to me. The cool thing with the blackberries is the emails are as fast as texts, and arrive in the same manner. Emails are also sent on-the-fly without having to log in to ANYTHING. I just have the phone set up with my 2 GMail accounts, and everything is done from there. Forwarded, replied, sent, and pushed straight to my phone. This fully-integrated email system also allows me to attach pics and word documents.
Another obvious feature is the full QWERTY keyboard. Touchscreen is not reliable enough to use constantly. I am the type of person that demands instant feedback from my devices, and having physical keys does exactly that. No delays, no mistakes, no confusion. The "click-able" trackball allows me to also fly through menus, lists, and emails. One-handed operation with everything. Driving while checking email is retarded, but while at a stop waiting for the light to change, I only have a few seconds to go through some emails. One hand, 2 or 3 seconds, I'm done. Try that with an iPhone.