“The BlackBerry’s full Qwerty keyboard and push email has made it a firm favourite with businessmen and bankers worldwide. But the dominance of Research in Motion’s devices could be under threat from Apple’s iPhone,” Hunter Skipworth reports for The Telegraph.

“British bank Standard Chartered has just announced that it is migrating its workforce from BlackBerrys to iPhones,” Skipworth reports. “Workers will now be offered a choice between either handset, or will be allowed to switch if they currently use a Blackberry. Given the scale of the company, which has some 75,000 employees, it could signal the beginning of a major shift in handsets for businessmen worldwide.”

MacDailyNews Take: Makes perfect sense; after all, Apple iPhone corporate users are happier, more productive. Smart businesses deploy Apple iPhones while those that don’t stand to get lapped.

Skipworth continues, “‘Once upon a time, there was nothing more secure than a Blackberry,’ said Ben Wood, an industry analyst with CSS Insight. ‘iPhone OS 3.0 however brought features like remote wipe and remote lock, features vital in a handset that’s going to be used by a big business. Companies in North America helped spearhead the growth of the iPhone as a work phone. Chief executives wanted the handset because it was the next must-have gadget. They then asked their company’s technology desks to adopt the phone, and slowly they rolled the devices out across the entire business.'”

MacDailyNews Take: But, an NPD smartphone survey that attempts to arrive at market share figures while (oops!) excluding U.S. business sales is twisted and abused worldwide by liars and/or ignoramuses and/or royal assholes who dispense disinformation for failing rags that laughingly call themselves “newsmagazines.” (It’s no wonder Newsweek is failing; employing royal assholes who report incorrect information in order to bolster blatant biases is a recipe for failure.)

Skipworth continues, “The iPhone has no removable battery and, despite firmware improvements to squeeze more life out of the battery, you still need to give the iPhone a charging boost every evening. BlackBerrys, however, especially the Bold 9700, use batteries that will continue to allow you to surf the internet, make calls and send and receive emails for several days. The removable battery also means a spare can be carried and put to use if needed.”

MacDailyNews Take: Non-issue. If you’re going to lug around an extra battery, you might as well do as smart iPhone businesses do and supply users with a protective case that also supplies extra power for heavy users. We use Mophie Juice Packs and there are many other options available on the market today. That way, it’s part of your iPhone, not another loose thing floating around in your bag or pocket or getting lost. We’ve found that people who complain about iPhone’s battery life not only have never heard of battery cases, but also have their iPhones set up all wrong because they do not understand how to maximize their iPhone’s battery life. “I leave all of my lights, TVs, and air conditioning on all time. I’ll tell you, whoever built my house must have done something wrong, because it uses so much electricity!”

Skipworth continues, “The App store alone is enough to make the iPhone worth buying. It allows developers to do some truly stunning things with the relatively simple hardware provided. Gaming, geotagging, internet radio and video streaming are all possible, and relatively easy to figure out on the iPhone. The bottom line is, every day that the App store continues to grow, BlackBerry falls further behind. No longer is hardware the most important thing in handset design; software is what governs a phone’s popularity and the iPhone outperforms the BlackBerry in this department in almost every way.”

“The problem that Research in Motion faces is that both it and Apple now tick all the boxes businesses need to adopt them,” Skipworth reports. “When it comes down to a consumer phone, the iPhone is miles ahead. This means unless Research in Motion does something relatively drastic with their OS, not only could they stand to lose out in the consumer market, but the business one too.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]