Posted Mar 02, 2009 02:50 am CST
Price is the minor part of the equation—user plan expenses, cost of additional services and IT resources can be significant.
But it’s a testament to the quality of both devices that the choice comes down to personal preference.
Here’s a breakdown of their features, provided by former technology contributor David Beckman, a lawyer in Burlington, Iowa, and his son Christopher, an IT worker at the University of Iowa Foundation.
A critical application for smartphone-toting lawyers. Both devices sync wirelessly to your firm’s calendar system.
|Detailed scheduling system resembles a full agenda planner.||System is simpler, offering fewer calendar views and fields.|
|Global Positioning System
Both have GPS integration with Google Maps.
|An outstanding GPS turn-by-turn system is available for an additional charge. If a calendar entry includes a physical address, it will provide real-time traffic directions.||Does not offer spoken turn-by-turn directions. Assisted GPS with Google Maps is impressive but won’t replace your car’s GPS unit.|
Both transition seamlessly from wireless Internet hot spots to the phones’ data networks.
|Small screen size and a clunky mobile browser hold back Web browsing.||Large display and multi-touch system make browsing a near-desktop experience. To interact with a website, touch, pinch or drag your fingertip over the screen.|
Both take good-quality pictures.
|With its integrated flash, this camera could easily replace your point-and-shoot.||Tops in low light, even though it has no flash. The added Griffin Clarifi 3G case with a macro slide lens allows a lawyer to photograph a document at the courthouse and e-mail it for conversion to a Microsoft Word document.|
Battery life is a challenge for most smartphones. These two need daily charging.
|Replaceable battery.||Battery is integrated into the device, so the phone must be returned to have the battery replaced.|
Both have standard headphone jacks and high-resolution screens.
|Has a basic media player.||Along with an impressive media-playing functionality, the large screen makes it suitable for reviewing video depositions before trial.|