THE BUDGET TRAVEL CHALLENGE

BlackBerry vs. Apple iPhone

Arianne Cohen traveled to Istanbul with a smartphone in each hand. Which worked best?

By Arianne Cohen, Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

BLACKBERRY

Good for E-mailing. The keyboard makes quick, accurate typing a breeze.

Let me down The apps. The BlackBerry simply doesn't compare when it comes to volume and ease of downloads.

Charges From $15 per month for T-Mobile's unlimited international data plan. (Calls are extra, depending on the plan.)

The verdict A brilliant e-mail machine—anywhere, anytime.

APPLE iPHONE

Good for Almost everything. The apps help you navigate any scenario—at the tap of a finger.

Let me down Connections. Turkcell and Vodafone Telekom (AT&T's Turkish roaming partners) didn't always come through.

Charges From $25 per month for an unlimited data global add-on package.

The verdict A must-have travel machine.