- 12-30-2009, 09:42 AM #51
I bought my first BlackBerry (Pearl 8130 on Verizon) in November 2007. I liked the email aspect, the zippiness of the device (compared to WinMo), and it just worked (rarely had to reset the thing). However, Verizon's signal degraded at my house to the point where I couldn't make a call or browse the web after 8pm. So I jumped to the Bold 9000 (AT&T) on Jan 1st, 2009. I loved the Bold. The full keyboard was much better than the Pearl configuration, and it was fast, had wifi, and AT&T's signal strength was great at home and work. It was pretty customizable with a plethora of themes, etc., and it was a stable device, as expected.
Then the BIS outages started occurring. I did not like the fact that it basically neuters the functionality of the device. Wifi didn't help with email. Compound that with my less than stellar experience with "level 2 RIM support engineers" and I was actively looking for a replacement. (The "engineer" refused to do anything with me because I was running an OS that AT&T released and then pulled 2 weeks later (just because it was causing higher data usage or something than what they wanted - not because it was a bad build). They made me downgrade to a really old version (slow, buggy) before they would continue to talk to me. He also said I had an OS version on the device that wasn't even released for that device (and was impossible to actually install on said device). All-in-all it took about 6 hours on the phone talking to I don't know how many people before they decided I needed a new SIM card.)
I like the interface of the iPhone. It's easy, quick, and provides a much richer experience than the BB. I don't like that I'm confined to buying things just from the AppStore, which seems to use a coin flip to determine if an app is allowed in (unless I JB of course). I thought I'd really miss a physical keyboard, but I've adapted quite easily. The browsing experience is good (and wifi browsing flies (since they're not being proxied through BIS)), and the email works just fine (if a service goes down, it goes down, but doesn't neuter the device like BIS outages usually do). I wish I could connect to more than one Exchange account, but that gives me a reason to NOT hook my personal phone up to my work account. Some things are better left separated. There are a lot of cool apps, and they just seem to work better and are more visually appealing than their BB counterparts (I will take performance over eye candy almost any day, but I get both with the iPhone).
I wouldn't call myself an iPhone fanboy or anything. There are many things I would improve (ability to reply to a text message without having to leave my current app being number one), but all in all I've had a good experience thus far (3+ months and counting). My wife is using my BlackBerry (which she seems to prefer to the WinMo device her company provided), and is always asking why my device is just faster. I foresee another iPhone in the household in the coming months.
- 12-30-2009, 10:43 AM #52
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- 12-31-2009, 08:34 AM #59
I too will be jumping to the iphone from the blackberry storm in 2011 well it almost 2010 so one year to go yea!! Of course my contract with verizon ends in april 2011. After your contract expires can you stay month to month? so mayb I can hold out getting att until june or july of 2011 so I can get the lastest iphone? will that work can someone advise me. I really don't wanna get a year old phone when a new one coming out.
- 12-31-2009, 12:13 PM #60
That will work! You go month to month after your contract expires, unless you sign up for another promotional deal. At least that's the way it was 10 years ago when I worked for them, right about the time when the Verizon brand name was announced!
- 01-01-2010, 07:08 AM #62
Bold to 3GS
Completely dedicated to the Bold and bragging about it superiority to the iphone I must confess has been a big mistake of mine. Passing my first iphone purchase onto my wife because I couldn't leave the keyboard of the Bold I thought was the right move. Since the purchase of my new 3GS, my eyes really have been opened up to a new world. There is no comparison. Mobile me is awesome, the apps. are awesome, I control all functions of my home through Control 4 app, it is like have my MacBook in the palm of my hand. The blackberry reminds me of the dos version of an operating system. Sorry Blackberry!
- 01-03-2010, 05:05 PM #63
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I tried two Android phones and a BB Curve. The Androids were buggy and I could not stand the Curve for the fact that I do lots of web browsing. Using that trackball was a major inconvenience.
The virtual keyboard on the iPhone 3GS is so much easier to use. I like the interface of the iPhone. I don't really need flash. The only thing I wish I could do with my iPhone is customize the home screen the way I did with the Androids. However, I can live with that. The 3GS seems pretty snappy compared to the 3G I had before.
Good luck with your new iPhone. I hope you love it as much as I do.
- 01-04-2010, 09:48 AM #65
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The iPhone totally ROCKS!!! Everything it does is killer. The only things I wish for, would be flash support (For the life of me, I cant figure out why they don't have it...) and player/converter for wmv (Unjailbroken), so I can watch all the stupid video emails I get.....
Verizon Sucks, and Droid BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!
- 01-05-2010, 12:26 AM #69
I started out with a BlackBerry Bold on the recomendations of the Salesman at Best Buy. He must have been a Crackberry member. He pointed out the BBM feature of the phone. Which is sort of neat but only functional with another BlackBerry. I found someone on Craigslist who wanted to trade a Bold for a 3G so I switched. I was happy with everything but the lock down mentality of Apple. So I jailbroke th phone to get the video recording it should have shipped with to begin with. And added other neat features. All was good till Apple releases a new OS and I couldn't jailbreak it easy. I got pissed and switched back to a Bold. I kept happy by doing what the Bold did best, which is messaging and e-mail mostly. Then I started to look at android phones as a way to switch carriers and save some money. I knew I could switch but my wife loves her iPhone so much that the android phone would need to be top noch to get her to switch. The first phone I tried was the Palm Pre which was very good in it's notification aspects. Probally the best out there. One thing Apple needs to work on in 4.0. But the Pre's downfall was it's **** poor battery life. That and no video camera. On came the HTC Hero which was very cool but also very SLOW. My wife has a 3Gs so any replacement phone would need to be fast. So back goes the Hero. And out the drawer came my old iPhone. Just to play around with over the Holiday. Well I updated it to 3.0 (was running 2.1 due to me not wanting to lose the jailbreaking) and jailbroke it all within 30 minutes. So now instead of me looking for the next iPhone killer I'm looking for the next iPhone. So after this long story I'll list the pros and cons of the two.
E-mail and messaging.
That red light that just calls you always (They are not called Crackberrys for nothing)
Sub par web browser
Memory limit problem and memory leaks
Not as cutting edge as other Smartphone OS
texting and e-mailing once you get the hang of it and trust the predictive text.
Apples over dominating control of the OS
No video camera (on the 2G and 3G)
No changing up the looks of the icons
But here is the ticker. All of my cons can be fixed by Jailbreaking the phone. There is no way to fix the BB cons. So I think you will ne thrilled with your iPhone. Best of luck with it.
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- 02-17-2010, 10:01 PM #70
- 02-18-2010, 09:30 AM #71
My wife and I, too, just switched over from BlackBerrys. I had the Bold and she had the Pearl.
I have had a BlackBerry by my side since the 8700 came out and I have loved every second of it. Honestly, they keyboard is what slowed me down from switching sooner. There isn't a keyboard on any other phone that will beat what the BlackBerry offers. I could text faster without looking on a BlackBerry than I could type on a computer. I'm slowly getting faster and more accurate typing on an iPhone but it is taking me some time.
My thoughts and comparisons for what it's worth:
Screen: Advantage iPhone.
The screen of the iPhone is so much better in almost every aspect: color, clarity, rotation speed (compared to the Storm), response to touch, etc.
Form Factor: Advantage BlackBerry.
I prefer the thickness of the BlackBerry over the "thinness" of the iPhone. It's nothing that a case can't help out with though.
Typing: Advantage BlackBerry.
RIM has the best keyboards of any of the top phones available. They are small enough to be compact and big enough to easily type on them.
Web Browsing: Advantage iPhone.
This isn't even close. The iPhone blows away BlackBerry in web browsing. Safari is so much faster than what BlackBerry can offer including any 3rd party browsers. I used Bolt because it was such a pain to browse the web on the BB browser.
E-mail: Advantage BlackBerry.
BlackBerry is #1 when it comes to email. My Gmail was sent to my phone as soon as it hit my inbox. Even though email is not a priority for me, it was nice to have them instantly on my phone. With my iPhone I have to go to my email folder to have them pushed to my phone. But like I said, it's not a priority for me, but I know it is for many others.
Entertainment: Advantage iPhone.
Which would you prefer to use to listen to music: an iPod or a generic MP3 player made by SanDisk? That's about like comparing listening to music on an iPhone and a BlackBerry.
Apps: Advantage iPhone.
App Store is much, much better than App World. Navigating, download speeds and the overall user interface is so much better in the App Store. BlackBerry does have some good apps out and are slowly catching up to what the iPhone offers.
Battery Life: Advantage BlackBerry.
Not even close, BlackBerry OWNS in this comparison. I was a VERY heavy user of my Bold and would have 40% of my battery left at the end of the day. The battery of the iPhone doesn't come close to lasting as long. I have to plug my iPhone in at some point during the day for atleast an hour to make sure my battery doesn't die on me. I'm considering buying the Mophie Juice Pack case at Best Buy for $80 to help with the battery situation.
Just my opinin of the iPhone and BlackBerry.
- 02-18-2010, 09:31 AM #72
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I also came over from a BB. The only thing I miss about that is the indicator light, and the customization. I know I can customize it if I jailbreak, but I don't want to do that right now. I'm in love with my iPhone now though, and I don't think I'll ever own another phone. Hopefully a new model with give us an indicator.
- 02-18-2010, 09:01 PM #74
I recently switched from a Curve 8900. The only things that I am missing so far from the BB world, are the red "you got mail" LED, the ability to create tasks that can alert/remind and the battery life.
I have to admit that the email LED on the BB was more distracting than I thought now that I have been away from it. Still it would be nice to not have to unlock the phone to determine if you have any email or text messages.
I know that there are task and reminder apps out there. But I didn't have to buy/install them on the BB.
I frequently had to plug my Curve in during the day. One of the reasons for the battery drain is I am on the road a lot and always have the Bluetooth on when driving, thus using more battery. So charging during the day is nothing new to me.
I absolutely love the screen size of the iPhone as well as the web surfing. After only a couple of weeks, I stumble more on the Curve than I do the iPhone.
- 02-18-2010, 10:12 PM #75iPhone Nanite
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I have a free BB Tour for my job and I had been using it as my personal device as well. I finally gave in and added an iPhone 3GS for personal use (I am a lifelong Mac user). It was one of my best decisions ever! The BB is relegated to a business tool (which it is good at) and I can't put down the iPhone!