August 15th, 2011
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My BlackBerry Bold is back on my hip, vibrating away every time I get an e-mail, and I am relieved.

I have lived with and mostly loved a BlackBerry since the days following the 7/7 attacks on the London transport sector. That's when CNN rolled them out for reporters.

Since then I have used it for reference for live shots, for e-mailing of course, and to take photos – work and personal.

But the BB was never my phone. For that, I had a good old sturdy Nokia. It was used for beepers (live audio interviews into TV shows from a phone,) and of course texting.

Then in May, my beloved but dull Nokia broke and I was given my first, shinny whiz-bang iPhone 4.

Wow!  I was introduced to the world of useful apps, of fluid touch screens and, unfortunately, of short battery life.

I decided to use the iPhone 4 it for my all my work needs – phone, emailing, texting and photos for work. I even joined iTunes and rediscovered 80s music. The BlackBerry was turned off and put in the bottom of the bag.

Bad idea.

When I recently was in Norway covering the terrorist attacks, I pulled my BlackBerry out of the bottom of my bag, charged it up and used it night after night during live shots. The iPhone simply could not stay powered up while were out of the hotel for six or seven hours.

This is not a pointed attack of the iPhone. Frankly BB devices are poor when it comes to music and apps and surfing the web – though that may change with the recent launch of the latest generation of operating system and handsets.

But it’s really about what works for what job and what sacrifices you are willing to make. I am not willing to use one device, especially now that I have to find plugs everywhere I go as I watch the iPhone 4 battery drain away (yes, I turned off many features and have turned down the brightness, but man, it’s just not good enough.) 

With the launch of the new BlackBerrys, it’ll be very interesting to see if RIM can take some of the thunder away from Apple.

And maybe it’s time to try a Nokia Smartphone to see if the Finnish company can win me back?

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  1. Kalyan

    The iPhone and iPod touch batteries last quite long for the additional tasks you do. My blackberry battery also drained out if I took live video, camera and spoke a lot. Why does not a reporter carry a dedicated camera for journalism?

    August 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  2. brooke

    i hate it when apple freaks cant take criticism. He didn't say the phone sucked, he just said the battery died pretty quickly. Since you're also a CNN reporter, I guess you know a lot about what kind of tasks he's doing and how often, and therefore you know 100% that the battery life is sufficient. And reporters do carry around dedicated cameras for journalism, theyre called cameramen. But sometimes its faster to take a video of something which is happening now with your phone rather than waiting for the camera man to make sure everything is set up for the camera, or worse wait for him to catch up to you as you two were running away from a mob (those things are heavy).

    Yes, your battery drains faster the more browsing and video making you do, but he's _not_ the first (or second or third, or fourth) person to say, that the battery life for the iphone is pretty weak. They designed it to do all that and more as the special new "it" item on the market, its not just a phone, they knew that when they created it, so why cant they engineer a battery to decently cover usage?

    August 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  3. Nokia user

    Try N8. There's a reason why they have made the phones in a way they do: to increase batterylife. A person like you, could surely enjoy a better camera too. ;)

    August 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  4. Martin Smith

    Couldnt agree more, I have to say my BB Torch plays music great, takes good pictures and BB messenger is prefect texting others even if they dont have black berries.
    As for apps they are fun at first but after awhile they are forgotten, surfing the web my 22' monitor at home is perfect for that.
    What I need is my email, texting and phone to be ready when I need it on the go and can't beat the BB for that

    August 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
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