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BlackBerry Bold 9780 vs. iPhone 4: Specs Compared

If you have been torn between buying the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and the Apple iPhone 4 you might find this article pretty useful, here we will compare their specifications, weight and dimensions.

Let’s start with performance hardware and storage, the iPhone 4 features a 1GHz A4 processor, 512MB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage, whereas the Bold 9780 features a 624 MHz processor, 528 MB RAM and 2GB or storage as standard, however you can replace the 2GB microSD card with a card of up to 32GB.

In terms of design these smartphones are two completely different devices, the iPhone 4 is aimed towards home users with its 3.5-inch touchscreen retina display which supports a resolution of 960×640 and virtual QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 can cater for home users, however is also a great for business use, because of this it features a physical QWERTY keyboard and a 2.44-inch display supporting a resolution of 480×360.

The Bold 9780 measures in at 114mm x 66mm x 15 mm and weights 136 grams, as for the iPhone 4 it is 115.2mm long, 58.6mm wide, 9.3mm thick and weighs 137 grams, as you can see there is not a lot in it, however the 9780’s physical QWERTY keyboard probably is the reason for it being thicker and wider than the iPhone 4.

Both the iPhone 4 and Bold 9780 have a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, they both have auto-focus and an LED flash, however the iPhone 4 probably has the edge as it can record video at 720p.

In terms of connectivity things are very similar, the Bold 9780 features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and 3G HSPDA, the iPhone 4 is superior as it features WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA and HSUPA.

Things are also pretty similar in terms of battery life, the iPhone 4 is said to offer 300 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talk time, whereas the Bold 9780 features 408 hours of standby time and 6 hours of talk time.

To be honest with you the iPhone 4 wins this spec comparison thanks to its huge touchscreen display, faster CPU speed, high screen resolution, WiFi n connectivity and superior talk time from a single charge, however we have to remember that at heart the Bold 9780 is an enterprise-centric device which also offers some great multimedia functionality.

You can find our more about the BlackBerry Bold 9780 specs here and the iPhone 4 specs here, which will you choose?

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Roen D. Afre

I’m not a businessman (…yet), I’m a young man and college student so I’ll go for the iPhone 4… I do not think I’m the target audience for this BB 9780

Ozan
Ozan

Guys, what should i do. I am thinking about switching my iphone 4 for a BBB9780. How are the vibration and the speakers on a 9780 ? Please reply

HOOSEN
HOOSEN

The only good thing on the blackberry is free internet browsing but the iphone 4 is the next generation if you have a choice to choose between the 2 phone and you pick the 9780 bold blackberry then you are a F..king stupid

JOSEMA
JOSEMA

I HAVE BOTH AND THIS IS MY CONCLUTION:

BOLD 9870 PLUS BBM THE BEST PHONE "NOT TOY" PHONE GREAT FOR RECIEVING EMAILS AND CHAT

THE IPHONE IS A COOL PHONE FOR PLAY AND SHOW OFF

Jayden
Jayden

idk what to do i have a iphone 3gs and im thinking about switching too blackberry bold 9780 cause if i got the iphone 4 id be scard too drop it. so idk i really dont play games or anythiing. but i listen too alot of music.. any sugestions???????????????????????????????

xheku
xheku

how to use the edge to the blackberry bold 9780,

thanks

emma
emma

i like the i phone 4 but my friend thinks that i better for me to get the blackberry blod and i dont know whitch one to get

Paul
Paul

I am currently facing this dilemma, what do I want. I would like to thank all of you for the insightful comments. I have a Mac at home, but just a regular run of the mill cellphone. I like the combo idea. I need the BB for work, but would like a " toy" to compliment the home Mac. It sounds like the ipad touch will suffice. Time to go shopping……thanks again.

Shane
Shane

Just went from an Iphone to a Bold. Missed my BB so now I a keeping my iphone as a touch. So far it has been a great combo. I missed the keyboard on the BB and since it is mostly for work it was better for me. I think iphones are great but more fun then for business. The battery life was very poor and after emailing all day it was dead. I think the combo of the two will work great for me!!

lucy
lucy

the blackberry bold is a great phone. i prefer having an actual keyboard so i like the bold better than the iphone. blackberry always has good, reliable phones. i got mine from gsmauthority.com for a really great price. i needed it unlocked so i went to unlockingauthority.com and they send my unlock code to me right away. now i can use my bold for any gsm network, I love it. I had at&t but got sick of the crappy service where i live so i switched over to t-mobile. anyways i need my phone for work all the time and… Read more »

Jacob
Jacob

Like the previous comments its depends on what you want. Just got the 9780 did not go for the torch as for me i found somewhat harder for me text personally and i just don't love it. Its a noticeably faster and smoother browser than the 9700, almost no hangups while switching from one random thing to another, have not gotten the not enough memory message on websites that previous bb's simply could not handle. It simply is a smoother and more fluid os than the previous.

Jacob
Jacob

Like the previous comments its depends on what you want. Just got the 9780 did not go for the torch as for me i found somewhat harder for me text personally and i just don't love it. Its a noticeably faster and smoother browser than the 9700, almost no hangups while switching from one random thing to another, have not gotten the not enough memory message on websites that previous bb's simply could not handle. It simply is a smoother and more fluid os than the previous.
I am very satisfied.

skiboy
skiboy

Yeah, I think this product review was missing what most people pointed out in the comments. iPhone is more of an entertainment device that happens to be a phone the hardware must meet these requirements in order to handle all of the multi-functionality ie movies, iTunes, apps that use the accelerometer in the phone etc..the phone and Internet are just extra. Anyone who has an iPhone also knows that the battery life is pretty terrible, perhaps Apple will fix this in i Phone 5.

Nima
Nima

I agree with Kushy. The blackberry 9780 and ipod touch is the ultimate and my combo. I need blackberry to work for me as a mobile. The ipod touch is my music, games and apps. I previously had an iphone for 3 years. 1st gen then moved to 3GS when it first came out. I love the iphone it's amazing but it really depends on what you want. For me personally, I love music. I have GB's of music stored at once. With my iphone I felt like I was using it more as a mp3 player and not a… Read more »

Russ
Russ

I am making the switch from an iPhone 4 to a 9780 this week. Those Angry Birds are keeping me from important work. It's time for my phone/email device to be just that. The iPhone 4 is awesome, however, so I can't say anything bad about it. I couldn't bear to part with it completely, so it shall become my wife's. That way our family will continue to use Artemis for video composition, Navigon for GPS, and many more iPhone-specific apps, as they have truly made our lives easier. Great camera, probably the best performance on a handheld device, unmatched… Read more »

Martin
Martin

I am getting rid of my iPhone and going back to the Blackberry, the iPhone's battery is poor (I use a 3GS) I have an iPod and iPad but when out I only want to phone email or text. Looking at either the Torch or the 9780.

Any feedback on these two phones from others would be helpful

roger
roger

going with blackberry, don’t want a phone every kids got

Abdul
Abdul

blackberry is blackberry.. finally.. i phone 4 is good for people who use phone calls seldomly

David
David

Can you change the battery in the iphone4? If I wanted to watch videos all day or play games all day I would use an iphone. However, most of my use is business, writing, editing and etc. I can't wait to get the 9780. The trackpad is so smooth and fast, I actually thought I had a touch screen in my hand. Maybe it's me but I like having the option and power of taking care of business in one hand.

Kasey
Kasey

I travel to Japan regularly and don't want to have my bill soar with downloading app updates yet need to have my email on. Don't want attachments to download unless I chose to do this. Does the 9780 fit the bill? Or does it try to behave like the iphone and download everything?

systemuser
systemuser

Iphone is a lifestyle mobile and Blackberry is a business mobile. You cannot compare these phones

Kushy
Kushy

I have the blackberry bold 9780. I also have an iPod touch. I prefer the blackberry for email and texting. I like the physical keyboard. iPod touch Is for fun. I would prefer to wear down the battery on my iPod and still have a full battery on my phone. I like my phone to be a phone not a toy. My iPod touch is for fun. iPhone is cool. But hate how it is glass. Would break that in a day. And for those iPhone users who say ” don’t drop your phone” Give me a break. It happens.… Read more »

Kinski
Kinski

Im thinking of getting a blackberry…..outlook email integrigation is the best….keyboard is a plus …and i already own an ipad …although the face time features is very tempting

Mari
Mari

BlackBerry!

nick
nick

actually, it depends on what you are looking for. if you want to play games, iphone 4 would obviously be a better choice.
although i would still prefer getting the blackberry, but its features arent as great as the iphone. moreover, i already have an ipod touch. so i dont see any point of getting an iphone 4.
of course the iphone 4 would seem more trendy. but whatever it is, it still really does depend on what features you want.

matt
matt

you say that you can see that the batt. life is similar. then in the next paragraph say that the iphone has superior talk time. So are they similar or not? (IMO 100 hrs more standby time is not similar so i would say the bb takes the cake.)

and to say that the iphone wins cause of its touchscreen, thats not relevant since the bold isn’t suppose to have a touch screen!

Sorry but sloppy review.

Jenga
Jenga

I’ve been syncing my iPhone with Exchange for years. Why is Blackberry relevant?

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