My little conversion story
I came from a loooonggggg line of blackberries and defended them like crazy! 11 years to be exact.
Here's how it all started...Every time I would walk into a mall I would find myself casually wandering into local Telus / Apple stores and taking a peek at the 3GS and even worse when the 4 came out, but never would I think of buying one, it was like I plead some type of unspoken alliance or vow to Crackberry and my Storm 2.
One particular visit to the Apple store in Yorkdale Mall and a very informative rep took the time and spent about 30-45 mins with me and we battled it out. Me with my Storm in hand and him an ip4 in hand. I was determined to show him how much of a toy that the iphone was (mind you a nice toy) vs my awesome business tool my BB Storm 2.
Email top of the list "iphone has no push notifications and to fetch every 15 minutes just won't do. I own a staffing company and get resumes and client emails on a per second basis at times. We activate one of my email accounts on the ip4 and send some tests....this thing received emails seconds after my bb did!!! HUH? WTF? When did that happen? I thought that wasn't an option.... Well it was now he says...ummm ok well lets try something else....
BBM well suffice to say that iphone does not offer bbm...BUT he shows me KIK chat (can communicate w bb phones) then PingChat and about 3 other things that are for iphone to iphone. Ok well ummm next.
LOL I got nothing.....I dare not bring up "App World" cause the app store murders that, and browsers... pfft forget about it! iphone wins that too. I walked out the store feeling like I was carting around a prehistoric piece of technology on my waist. I had to literally peel my sons fingers off a phone as he would not stop playing this pre loaded skateboard game! As we walked out I got the "Dad why don't you get that phone? That's waaaayyyyy better than your blackberry" I had to smile and agree.
That night I was lying in bed and responding to an email and my wife chimes in...."I'm so sick of hearing the clicking noise on that friggin phone! It's so annoying!" I had to laugh to myself, what is this a conspiracy?
I woke up the next morning and said enough is enough! I'm not losing ANYTHING with a switch, I would actually be gaining, so I call Telus and low and behold I had all these offers on my account that I was not aware of, they gave me a ton of cash off the phone and a sweet data package for $15.00 more than my previous but then they say everywhere is out of stock. LOL I'm a go getter so I have them note my account and off to Canada411 I go. I call 1 store yes one and they say they have 2 in stock. I reserve one and grab my boy and we're off!
Now I'm the oh so proud owner of the iphone4 and words can't describe how much more advanced this thing is compared to my Storm even the battery life kills my BB.
Anyway I can go on and on for pages on how great I think this phone is. I often feel like going over to the CB forums and telling the others "COME OVER!!! THE GRASS REALLY IS GREENER"!!! Let your defenses down! LMAO
Anyway that's just a little about how it happened, sorry for the lonnngggg post but just like to share my little conversion story with my "new" ppls
Oh another thing......You guys n gals are so much more peaceful and calmer here, it's refreshing......
Last edited by jiggaman2g; 09-07-2010 at 06:47 PM.
- 09-01-2010, 11:06 AM #2
Since I have a podcast called "Convertcast," I just hadda read this one. Great story. And yes, not only is the grass greener, but this really is one of the friendliest communities on the net.
- 09-01-2010, 11:21 AM #3
- 09-01-2010, 11:22 AM #4
Great story. Very smart of you to check out the iphone4 compared to your device. Im glad you found iphone to be better and I wish you good luck in the future with it. Hopefully it will continue to meet all of your everyday needs.
- 09-01-2010, 12:42 PM #5
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- 09-01-2010, 06:45 PM #8
Good story. Welcome aboard.
While not a convert (upgraded from a Razr to a 3G way back), I have thought about jumping ship a couple of times and going to android, thinking the grass was greener. But every time I went into a mobile phone store to test drive an android device, it never felt right. The OS felt sluggish and somewhat "cobbled together".
Long story short, for me the grass wasn't greener on the other side.
- 09-01-2010, 08:13 PM #9
- 09-01-2010, 09:24 PM #10
You know why this site is more peaceful? We all know we have the best phone in the world. The crackheads know deep down they don't, so they try to put us down. You should see some of the threads in the 9800 sub-forum. Some dudes in there are certifiable.
I've spent so much time on this phone so far and haven't had the slightest urge to return to the Storm at all. Definitely a happy camper!
If anything my only two concerns with this phone is the having to use itunes to do everything (bit of a learning curve) As opposed to drag and drop which I was quite a "pro" at lol. And lastly not being able to put my own ringtones to alert me of different thing ie: have 3 diff email account and wouldn't mind a tone for each and SMS as well as Ping msgs....
Apart from those minor things this phone is second to none! I see why the Crackberry Forums call it the "Jesus phone"
- 09-02-2010, 08:41 AM #12
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- 09-02-2010, 12:05 PM #14
Glad to have you. I'm glad that you took the time and effort to compare. I've thought about an Evo or a Droid X because I like the screen size; however, they just don't seem as responsive. Even though I love gadgets, the thought of digging into the Android to figure out all of its features drains my life force. The iPhone 4 is beautiful and elegant, and it, along with my iPad, pushed me to get a Mac Mini. If the next iPhone comes out with a 4.3" retina display, I'll pay the full no-contract price.
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- 09-03-2010, 12:38 AM #15
I came from an Android phone that I had for 7 months, before had 2 Blackberries the previous years..... Wouldn't go back for anything in the world. As a long time Mac user, it took me a while before I jumped to the mobile platform but glad I waited for the iP4 (retina,multitask,etc...)
Glad to hear you are as happy as I was!
- 09-03-2010, 09:39 AM #17
- 09-03-2010, 10:06 AM #18
I just bought a Mac Mini, and I really want to sync with both my PC laptop and my Mac Mini, but it doesn't appear to be possible without jailbreaking or editing some itunes files.
- 09-03-2010, 03:21 PM #20
- 09-03-2010, 06:53 PM #21
For transcoding videos to .mp4 format and the correct resolution, I recommend Mediacoder. Do a google search and you'll find it. Get the iPhone version. It's very easy to use and does an excellent job.
For music I do similar. I stick all my music in one folder with subfolders of artists and sub-subfolders of albums. Then I add the main music folder to the library. Once that's done, I create playlists, then drag and drop songs into them. Because my library won't fit on the iPhone, I manually select the playlists I want synced. Again, once you have some playlists set up, it very easy to move stuff in and out of the iPhone.
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- 09-03-2010, 07:24 PM #22
Now let's get one thing straight. There are very militant Apple fans as well on this site. But as Alli said, in general, it's a good group. One rule, do your homework on this site before asking questions on a topic that may already have an answer.
- 09-04-2010, 02:27 PM #25
I am exactly the same way. I had a BB for the last 5-6 years and always had the best BB. But too bad they are stuck and seem about 2 generations behind everyone else. I am still amazed at the things I can do with the iPhone 4.