iPhone: Good for Business?

Sure it plays tunes and lets you watch TV, but see how the newest Apple appliance stacks up against Palm's Treo and RIM's BlackBerry

By Arik Hesseldahl

Apple iPhone

BlackBerry (Curve)

Palm Treo (755p)
Hardware price
$499 (4 gigabytes)
$599 (8 gigabytes)
$200 $280
Service plan price
$60-$100/mo. $30-$60/mo. (data)
(add $40-$200/mo. for calls)
$40-$50/mo. (data)
(add $25-$200/mo. for calls)
Wireless Carrier
AT&T AT&T
Rogers Wireless (Canada)
Sprint
Battery life
8 hrs. talk time
6 hrs. Internet use
7 hrs. video play
24 hrs. audio play
250 hrs. standby
4 hrs. talk time
17 days standby
4.2 hrs. talk time
240 hrs. standby
Size
4.5 in. high
2.4 in. wide
.46 in. thick
4.2 in. high
2.4 in. wide
0.6 in. thick
4.4 in. high
2.3 in. wide
0.84 in. thick
Weight
4.8 oz. 3.9 oz. 5.64 oz.
Camera
2 megapixels 2 megapixels 1.3 megapixels
Multimedia
iTunes and other digital music
video MP3
YouTube
MP3 music
some video downloads
Sprint TV
streaming music and podcasts
Mpeg-4 video
MP3 music
Input
Multi-touch screen and virtual keyboard Keyboard and trackball Keyboard and touch screen