iPhone 4S Apple

  • clock speed
    0.8
    GHz
  • RAM
    0.5
    GB
  • size
    3.5
    inches
  • resolution
    329
    ppi

BlackBerry Bold 9900 RIM

  • clock speed
    1.2
    GHz
  • RAM
    0.75
    GB
  • size
    2.8
    inches
  • resolution
    284
    ppi

Review Breakdown

Apple iPhone 4S vs RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

Display

PPI, brightness, contrast ratio in sunlight and contrast ratio
8.5
N/A

Processing power

sunspider
5.9
N/A

Camera

sensor size and aperture
5.5
N/A

Battery life

3g talk time, web vrowsing and video playback
7.5
N/A

Music

voice volume and music volume
9.1
9.6

Geekaphone Score

7.3
N/A

Detailed Comparison

display

Size
3.5"
2.8"
Resolution
960 x 640 (329 ppi)
640 x 480 (284 ppi)
Panel
IPS LCD (RGB)
TFT LCD
Brightness
654 cd/m²
618 cd/m²
Contrast in sunlight
2.269
--
Surface
Gorilla Glass
None
Video out
1080p (Proprietary)
720p

processor

System on a chip
Apple A5 (APL0498)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 (MSM8655)
CPU
0.8 GHz, ARM Cortex A9
1.2 GHz, ARM 11
Architecture
Dual core
Single core
Linpack
--
--
Quadrant
--
--
GPU
250 MHz, PowerVR SGX 543MP2
245 MHz, Adreno 205
Architecture
Dual core
Single core
GL benchmark 2.5
--
--
Epic citadel
--
--
Basemark x
--
--
RAM
0.5 GB
0.75 GB

camera

Lens
f/2.4, 4.2 mm (33.3 mm equiv.)
--
Resolution
8 MP (3264 x 2448)
5 MP (2592 x 1944)
Sensor
1/3.2" (4.54 mm × 3.42 mm)
Light sensitivity
64 ISO to 800 ISO
--
Flash
LED
LED
Autofocus
Yes
No
Image stabilization
Digital
Optical
Panorama
Yes
--
Continuous shooting
None
Yes
Aperture
f/2.4
--
Secondary camera
0.3 MP
None

video

Video resolution
1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
1280 x 720 @ Unknown
Video file format
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Maximum bitrate
20 Mbps
--
Video light
Yes
Yes

battery

Type
Lithium-Ion (Non-removable)
Lithium-Ion (Removable)
Capacity
1,420 mA·h
1,230 mA·h
Talk time
840 min
378 min
Standby time
12,000 min
18,432 min
Tested
3G talk time
461 min
--
Web browsing
416 min
--
Video playback
564 min
--

music

Speaker
Mono (Bottom)
Mono (Back)
Frequency response
+0.02, -0.11
+0.46, -2.47
Noise level
-91.2 dB
-86.3 dB
Headphone
3.5 mm
3.5 mm
Frequency response
+0.05, -0.10
+0.86, -2.54
Noise level
-91.3 dB
-83 dB
FM radio
No
No

form factor

Size
58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm
66 x 115 x 10.5 mm
Weight
140 g
130 g
Body
Slate
Aluminum
Keyboard
None
Front QWERTY keyboard
Buttons
Home, Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera
Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera

software

Operating system
iOS 5
BlackBerry OS 7.0
Upgradable to
iOS 7
--
Custom UI
--
--
Onscreen keyboards
Standard (predictive)
--
Sunspider
2,217 ms
--

connectivity

Network
3.5G, HSPA+ (14.4 Mb/s)
3.5G, HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
WiFi
802.11g/b/n (Hotspot)
802.11n/g/b (Hotspot)
NFC
No
Yes
Bluetooth
4.0
2.1
USB On-the-Go
No
No

features

Internal storage
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 8 GB
8 GB
Supported card formats
None
microSD
Included accessories
  1. Charger
  2. Headphones
  1. Charger
  2. Headphones
SIM card
Micro-SIM
Mini-SIM
Speaker volume (Voice)
65.8 dB
71 dB
Speaker volume (Music)
64.5 dB
72.7 dB
Special-features

sensors

Location
A-GPS, GLONASS
A-GPS
Gyroscope
Yes
No
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Light sensor
Yes
Yes
Proximity sensor
Yes
Yes
Compass
Yes
Yes
Thermometer
No
No
Barometer
No
No
Hygrometer
No
No
Showing 16 comments.
i just want to say for the record in case anyone finds themselves on this page-- dont be a fool. blackberry is an embarrassment. i know you love a physical keyboard... get over it. ios beats bb and android. that's not even up for debate. i double dare anyone to come up with a single way in which the bb excels here. battery life? seriously? sure it lasts longer, but it does less. the iphone will last longer than bb if you turn off all of its features. i mean seriously. don't be ridiculous. iphone all the way.
I would greatly appreciate controlled, scientific test of cellular network connectivity performance. So critical when you need it, but I have NEVER seen anyone one do this except for a well known consumer publication when they compared signal degradation of the iPhone 4. I really like the simple and clear comparison information of your site.
If youre young go for iphone, my kids have iphones, so i tend to go for the bold myself.
If you into business, investing or entrepreneurship, go for the BOLD! If your a free spirit go for the iphone, it boasts a lot of apps for almost anything!
I like the Bold for business usage, the iphone's a toy.
but We Blackberry USers have uhmmmmm....BIS.....hahahahahh beat that
one thing abt blacberry is BBM... if lots of ppl u know have it toon its the best way to stay in touch...
haha iphone rules !!!
Will you buy a bold9900 or a Iphone4S and way thanks
which phone woud you recommend the BB bold 9900 or the Iphone 4S and why? thank you
Iphone 4s for me...siri is just briliant, iphone offers a lot more in terms of display and entertainment. BB is more busness. they r both good phones but clearly iphone comes on top
I have the bold 9900 and I hate it worst phone ever made, but possibly the most stylish phone made, I do love it but there are to many problems with it!
bold 9900 for me. i use it. perfect. 
O.S 7.1 also gives it better battery life and fm radio, this needs to be updated
OS 7.1 for bold allows wi-fi hot-spot too
The Bold 9900 DOES have NFC support. nfcNovsNoNeither support NFC for wireless transactions