Blackberry vs iPhone


Ok, sure, the iPhone now has all three of the drool-over functions I knew I wanted in a phone:

  1. GPS
  2. WiFi
  3. Quality calendaring w/ syncing

However, I’ve just found the uber-feature I never knew the Blackberry Curve’s had; honest-to-god voice dialing.

I used to try to use this w/ my Motorola Razr; it would record a sound tag of me saying something, then try to match it when I was placing a call. The results were similar to the Newton’s handwriting recognition attempts as immortalized in Doonesbury. I was a bit skeptical when I saw it in the Blackberry’s menus, but I eventually got around to giving it a shot. I hit the voice dial button, and the phone ordered me to “say a command.” Disconcerted, I said the first thing that came to mind: “Call.” The phone responded: “Say a number or a name.” I rattled of the ten digits of the home phone, and was soon talking to my wife.

It was a little scary.

I think I’ve dialed about 20 unique numbers this way, and the phone has only made mistakes on ~3. And when it screws up, it guesses two alternative numbers before giving up completely, and only 1 of the 3 recognition failures proved ultimately unsuccessful.

If the iPhone doesn’t have this functionality, I flat-out do not want one.

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