Recently, TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner, wrote an interesting post rating the top 5 smartphones. You can link to the article here, which also includes a short video presentation. If you’re thinking about adding a smartphone to your cadre of gadgetry, you might want to check out this review. The top 5 smartphones according to TechRepublic are:
1. BlackBerry Tour
3. Palm Pre
4. HTC Touch Pro2
5. Nokia E71
TechRepublic’s ratings are stilted decidely in favor of IT professionals, not lawyers, so some of these phones are probably unsuitable for many lawyers’ needs. If it is security you are concerned about, then put your money in the BlackBerry. According to TechRepublic, this is still the darling of the financial world and government agencies. Both of these groups, like lawyers, are concerned about security issues.
However, if you are looking for lots of “apps” and user-friendliness, then the iPhone is the better choice. As a matter of fact, in many consumer’s minds, the stunning number of “apps” is what makes the iPhone the #1 choice.
Interestingly, despite all of its recent hype, the Verizon Droid did not make TechRepublic’s top 5. Nevertheless, lawyers interested in emerging technology should keep their eyes on the Droid phone.
According to TechRepublic, the Droid is:
“…meant to combine business and personal functions on one device. That means it can appeal to business users, who would use it primarily for Exchange access but might also want to occasionally do some personal stuff, and also consumers, who would buy the phone for its Gmail, Web, and multimedia capabilities while also using it to occasionally check up on their messages and calendar from work.”
This sounds tailor-made for many lawyers’ needs, doesn’t it? Moreover, because the Droid operates on an “open source” platform, anyone can develop “apps” for it. Not so with the iPhone – iPhone “apps” must be developed specifically to Apple’s programming specifications. Open source computing may ultimately give the Droid a greater competitive edge with the iPhone as more apps are developed.