Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Motorola Droid versus Blackberry 8830 World Edition

As a DBA, I often need to be available to perform work on databases I am responsible for when I am away from the office. I have two phones - a corporate Blackberry 8830 World Edition and my personal Motorola Droid. Both phones are fully featured and support a large number of applications. Both phones are impressive in their own right on capabilities, though the thing I feel I miss most on the Blackberry is the turn-by-turn verbally announced directions (versus VZ Navigator on my old Glyde). The ssh client in the Droid (ConnectBot) seems far more capable than the ssh client I use on my Blackberry. I had difficulty learning the Blackberry development environment and while I didn't try terribly hard, I was not able to find a simulator to help me test my applications before deploying them to a Blackberry. I did not have that problem at all with my Droid. The Droid simulator was very easy to find and works wonderfully for me. The integration into Eclipse also makes it very easy to utilize.

With what I know about the Droid versus the Blackberry after a few months of use, for my needs, the Droid beats my 8830 hands down.

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