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Published on November 22, 2010 | by Online Editor     Photography by

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iPhone vs. Torch

AKIM BURKE-

Between classes, homework, and jobs trying to stay in touch with each other, keeping updated on events can be challenging for university students.

Photograph by Akim Burke

Photograph by Akim Burke

For most the first point of contact is a cell phone, a device which is not just for calling anymore.

Smart phones now come with direct links to all social medias with everything from Facebook to Twitter accessed right in the palm of the hand.

Smartphone giants Blackberry and Apple are competing with the release their newest products the Blackberry Torch and the iPhone 4.

The Blackberry Torch is a touch-screen similar to its rival at Apple, but still has the signature keyboard under the slide up screen.

This new edition has a 5.0 mega pixel camera, a bigger screen, and comes with Facebook and Twitter applications.

The Torch’s rival, the iPhone 4 is the successor of Apple’s iPhone 3G. This upgrade comes with FaceTime, which allows the user to do video calling.

It has been fitted with a new screen that has Retina display creating a crisper on-screen look. It also has a 5.0 mega pixel camera as well.

The ability to multitask on a phone is a valuable feature to consider when making a purchase.

With his newly upgraded iPhone 4, first year student Alex Sgambelluri explains why she is drawn to the iPhone product.

“My iPhone is so much cooler than a Blackberry.  I like that it’s all in one, with an iPod, games and Facebook, how can you go wrong,” said Sgambelluri

The App Store is where iPhone users are able to obtain free and paid items to their phone ranging from games, to spreadsheets.  It is Apple’s way to get a jump on the competition.

However Blackberry users point to RIM’s Blackberry Messenger (BBM) which is a customized communication interface.

“I love texting and BBM makes it so easy, as well as the unlimited data so I don’t have to worry about my phone bill,” said first year Guelph-Humber student Margaret Sciortino.

This chess game seems to have come to a stalemate. Both sides feel their product is the one to beat.

In the end though, the decision is up to the buyer. One person may like touch screens while the other may prefer instant messaging.

Though these phones may seem similar, the final verdict comes from the consumers and what they like the best.

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