Forrester Research flip flops on iPhone, says it is better than BlackBerry for enterprise

Forrester Research flip flops on iPhone, says it is better than BlackBerry for enterprise
Forrester Research has complied a report that arrives at a definite conclusion about the iPhone's usability as a business tool, the bottom line being a complete reversal of their opinion and a flip-flop on their previous report findings. Having called the device too expensive and lacking security options in their previous report, the research firm now claims companies should consider Apple's touchscreen device for their networks instead of Windows Mobile or BlackBerry devices. Actually, many users now prefer getting intranet online content on the iPhone with its quite intuitive Safari pack as compared to the 'Berry's browser that makes surfing the Internet a "chore". Forrester's report mentioned how Apple's 2.x firmware upgrades eliminated most of the security concerns that the research company had had with the iPhone and even cited a few companies, such as Kraft and Oracle, that had been allowing employees to use the iPhone to the benefit of their report conclusion. The handset is considered easier to use and maintain and not last, less expensive to run alongside of other smartphones. Kraft have switched over to the Apple device to support a change in corporate culture and insist that employees using the iPhone are much happier than they used to be before the change. The software giant Oracle has come up with a few apps for the phone that permit mobile use of their business CRM tools. Certain problems still remain though, such as short battery life and lack of copy and paste functions that will be addressed when the 3.0 upgrade is released this summer. Forrester reseachers also add that the BlackBerry phones still have clear advantages in areas like calendaring and email, but everything else is better on the iPhone.

source: AppleInsider

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44 Comments

1. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

oh boy, vzw fanboyz, Windows Mobile, Blackberry heads ain't gonna like that report... oh well, take it like a man GODFATHER, VZWFANMAN and many more outhere. Have Fun ;-)( AT&T, APPLE AND IPHONE FTW...

35. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Oh yeah, I don't know about you but I love it when some virtually unknown research company flip flops on a report due to more money on the table from an opposing factor. I don't like the report period. Had it been the other way around, I still wouldn't like it because it's crap. It's about "Allow me to whore out my research group's opinon for that dollar Apple/RIM." You really are some kind of stupid ddripp, aren't you?

2. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Bwahahahahahahaha, what a joke! I was laughing my ass off the whole way through that article. " many users now prefer getting this information on the iPhone with one of the reasons being the more intuitive Safari web browser as compared to the 'Berry's browser which makes using the internet a "chore"." Noone will be running their enterprise servers on Iphones I assure you. Please explain to me how the browser has ANYTHING to do with sending/receiving email, opening/editing work documents, or running company apps. It doesnt. That is the only specific example cited in the article. It seems like this was already a foregone conclusion before they even began. I joked about it before but this time im serious as can be. APPLE PAYS PHONEARENA FOR PUBLICITY. Phonearena's articles more and more read like an apple press release.

3. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I would agree with you except you're missing a huge point here... This information is based off of ANOTHER companies research. If it is a sham it's a sham on behalf of the company reporting it, not phonearena for conveying it on their site... If phonearena had done the research obviously we wouldn't believe it, but that's not the case here.

4. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Legion does not have common sense, he has tunnel vision and sees only what is right in front of him. To him anyone who talks bad about blackberry or verizon is either a. an idiot b. paid by another company c. ignorant and anyone who talks about ANYTHING being better than blackberry or verizon to be a. an idiot b. paid by another company c. ignorant Thats as far as he sees. Period. He may try to use some sort of logic behind his posts, and alot of the time there is...but the gist of his and the other VZN fanboys posts are just "omg everything I like is better no matter what regardless of what you guys have to say i'm going to put my fingers in my ears and ignore what everyone else has to say that makes any sense" Apple and Blackberry are BOTH great companys, they BOTH make good phones and they BOTH have shitty things about them. PERIOD. Jesus Christ.

5. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Well, what you say is true that both phones are good (in general), but there are definite merits above the other in respective arenas. So there certainly are fair ways to compare the phones in terms of respective tasks, but it is simply too general and myopic to say that both companies are great (notice that it's not spelled "companys"), both make good phones and that they both have sh*tty things about them. Maybe the best comparison is to make the iphone available in a CDMA version, bring to Verizon and then we can compare the two??? Maybe??? wait... then you really wouldn't be comparing the phone, you'd just be comparing the companies... there I did it again, spelled companies correctly...

7. Miacol

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2008

Answering Legion, None will be running their enterprise servers on BB either, so I'm not sure what your point is.... One thing is for sure, today's market, users are given access to mail via the web, and devices, now if you can combined both those items into one why not. The iPhone does that nicely, the missing piece is notification. Now via the Browser, not only can I provide email, but portal and company apps all tying together nicely, with the BB only email/calendaring and need custom development for apps. What does Phonearena have to do with what Forrester publishes. Phonearena is not endorsing the review, they simply published it.

11. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

@heavy breathing, You are accusing me of tunnel vision? "To him anyone who talks bad about blackberry or verizon is either a. an idiot b. paid by another company c. ignorant and anyone who talks about ANYTHING being better than blackberry or verizon to be a. an idiot b. paid by another company c. ignorant Thats as far as he sees. Period. " You are worse than the people you claim to be disgusted by. At least they know what they are, you know its wrong but you do it in the same breath as you use to condemn it. I stand by my statement 100%, true, it is not phonearenas study, BUT, we all know this is a complete falsehood. To post articles like this is irresponisble and a disservice to the people who keep this place going. You are honestly telling the people visiting this site that based on a lone research the Iphone is better for their business enterprise? No. Just No. BTW, I never said I work for/support blackberry or verizon.

14. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

why is Jesus Christ involved?

15. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

?

17. phonedude

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

Yes exactally what does Jesus Christ have to do with this discussion?

19. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea who believes in that guy anyway? Science lives!!!!!!

22. McMillian

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

Heavybreathing does have a good point. It's always the same ppl that say the Iphone suck and that Blackberry and VZW are the greatest things on the planet. Ppl need to be more open minded and except that VZW is the greatest phone carrier in the universe and that Blackberry is not the greatest phone manufacture in the universe. Honestly to tell you the truth all VZW and Blackberry Storm fanboys out there if it wasn't for the Iphone setting the standard's so high for how a great touch phone should be there probably wouldn't the BB storm out there right now and we probably wouldn't have that of great web broswers for other mobile phones like Opera that try to compete with Safari's browser.

26. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

@Legion: Alright Dude, you'll be eating your own words in a couple years. Remember this guy? (Probably not since you are making juvenile comments) Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899 stated, "Everything that can be invented has been invented." This is one of the greatest misquotes in history. Don't be so ignorant. And don't "assure" shit, because you can't.

27. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

many people do and science lives? what's so living about it? it just exists lol.

36. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

@fanboys suck How about you actually respond to my statements instead of trying to prove your point by way of personal insults.

37. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

" Iphone setting the standard's so high for how a great touch phone should be there probably wouldn't the BB storm out there right now and we probably wouldn't have that of great web broswers for other mobile phones like Opera that try to compete with Safari's browser." Dont delude yourself, yes the storm would probably not have come out with the iphone granted, but saying it is solely responsible for either touchscreen or mobilebrowser advances is ludicrous.

40. phonedude

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

I'm sure they'll remove this post too, but why are you involving Jesus Christ in this discussion?

41. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

hey phonedude! that's what i said ^ so I guess they'll remove your post as well lol..

43. phonedude

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

Quite true!

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

oh wow one study. forrester research is gay. without that flashy screen the iphone would be nothing

25. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Damn you are an ignorant Bastard. In all seriousness, are you serious? Amazing.

8. Miacol

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2008

vzw fanman, how old are you, using the term gay as a negative connotation. Do you think you can get on the forum and be productive instead of attempting to insult the gay community.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

so its you thats giving me the -1's...dude i love the gay community ;-)

10. Miacol

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2008

If you love the gay community so much then why use the term gay in a negative connotation, because a rap star did it so it's kew to do it. If you like the community so much then be man or woman enough not to follow, but to lead and refrain from using such terms.

12. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Quit being so gay!

16. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

Miacol and fanman flirting in the gay community.. nice

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i was being sarcastic miacol and maybe wangsters invented the word gay haha lol. silly rabit dicks are for chicks

28. trist

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

fanman, you're back to 0!! wow! i gave you a +1.. i felt bad for you lol.

29. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha lol thanks bro

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