- 02-18-2011, 01:00 AM #26
All work and no play will make BB obsolete. I simply got tired of carrying two devices (storm 2 & iPod touch). I had a really good BB with none of the problems others had with their surepress. I actually really liked it...until I got my touch. After using the smooth, powerful UI and being able to actually use the net, I knew I had to have an iPhone. Two things that I miss are the LED notifications and my holster that put the phone on standby. I don't mind the slide feature, but I preferred the holster feature.
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- 02-18-2011, 09:06 AM #29
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- 02-18-2011, 09:12 AM #31
My 11 year old son begs for an iPhone pretty regularly but doesn't even know what a blackberry is.
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- 02-18-2011, 09:49 AM #32
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- 02-18-2011, 12:54 PM #34
I did the 9530 --> 9550 --> DInc --> VZWiP4 route.
I've had iPods before and loved them, though I had a Mac once and it wasn't for me, I much prefer PCs.
I absolutely love the iPhone 4. I was on the fence until I Jailbroke it and customized it more, added some apps thru Cydia, etc. I will definitely keep it now.
Having said that, my 9550 -- which I loved -- was way more customizable in general and BBs are still the best at handling e-mail (and I'm not just talking about push, which many devices can do now.)
The iPhone 4 has the best straight-up touchscreen keyboard I've ever tried, bar none, but I still type much faster on my 9550's SurePress and think the press-down touchscreen is superior, though I'm well aware most people think that's nuts. (There are many more people that bash SurePress who have never really tried it than people who bash iPhones that have never really tried them. Just sayin', haha..)
Lack of a notification light on ANY device is an absolute JOKE. Again, LOVE my iPhone, keeping it, but still, come on, Apple!
I do miss BBM and while I guess there is no incentive for Apple to develop their own with the free ones out there in the App Store, it's too bad because if they did, it would be so well integrated into the phone it would be killer.
My DInc was faster than my iPhone but I don't mind, it's not like the iPhone is slow by any means. Plus the UI is smooth as silk.
They are all great devices and, "toy" vs. "real tool", blablabla -- a Porsche 911 Turbo is a "toy" and it also does business better than most every other car on the road in many respects, so I don't really get that argument...
Ideally, I could take all RIM's Email handling, BIS features, security and customization options plus Android's customization options, the speed their phones generally offer and their Google Apps and put them all on the iPhone but that's not the way it works, there are many great devices out there that have their strengths and weaknesses.
I *love* and am keeping my iPhone, but, please folks, it's not perfect by any means and there's lots of other great devices out there, too.
- 02-18-2011, 04:49 PM #35
Email on my storm was far superior than it is on iPhone. Why does a device with multitouch not use it to allow for quick choosing of a bunch of email to delete? The calendar is nothing special either Why does a touchscreen device not allow you to click on a time slot to open a new calendar entry? Typing is faster except for one thing. It's slow waiting for the magnifying glass to allow for placing the cursor in the middle of a word. That makes quick edits more of a chore than they have to be. And sometimes the iPhone insists on capitalizing in inappropriate spots.
Yep, it's awesome to have a phone with web browsing that works, and that doesn't truncate emails. But it's a trade off. We'll see how responsive apple is to their usability quirks.
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- 02-18-2011, 06:20 PM #36
- 02-18-2011, 07:22 PM #37
Nice things about BBM:
- I did not have unlimited texting and most of my friends/family were on BBs so it saved me quite a bit on my monthly bill with Verizon.
- International texting is very expensive but through BBM there is no extra cost for this as it goes through BIS in your data plan. Saved a ton there, too, with mostly family and some friends in Europe, Latin America and Australia.
- Gives you real time status of your message: [S]ent, [D]elivered and [R]ead.
- Send messages, pictures, contacts, voice notes, groups/group messaging, etc. There are many industries that rely heavily on BBM for business, too.
It may not be of interest to many people but it's a tremendous application.
Now there is Kik and LiveProfile which are cross platform, though RIM sued Kik and LiveProfile's BB App still hasn't arrived. I have read that RIM considers BBM it's most prized retention tool so I'm sure they'll do everything they can to sink any BBM-like Apps or block any cross platform Apps from including BBs.
I certainly miss it and have unsuccessfully tried to get people I IM with a lot to install Kik. Despite it being free and super easy, the average person is pretty lame when it comes to doing anything that requires the slightest effort going outside proprietary and brand name apps on their smartphones, sadly. I am not very tech savvy but sometimes the tech-lazy/frightened people in my life drive me nuts haha... "Oh, no - what if it breaks my phone?" Ugh...!
RIM is lagging so far behind upgrading their phones, though, that many of my fellow BBers have jumped ship for Android and iPhones, so I have fewer people to BBM with and it's less of an issue now.
- 02-18-2011, 07:49 PM #38iPhone Newbie
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Thanks for explaining that. I never realized the benefits because I always had unlimited text, and when I'm out of the country it's on pleasure and the phone stays off. I can see where it can be a somewhat useful tool. I know BB is starting to push it hard in a new commercial I saw. They even have some girl giving her PIN# to a guy in a bar. Doesn't Google Talk and AIM do the same thing as BBM though?
- 02-18-2011, 08:44 PM #39
I haven't had the pleasure of using BBM to pick up a date haha but it is pretty easy to add other BBs by just scanning their barcode and you can instantly transfer all sorts of contact info.
BB is a dinosaur in many ways but there are many things they also do really well, I think.
- 02-19-2011, 01:33 PM #41
I've had 3 Berries (Curve 8310 on AT&T, Bold 9000 on AT&T and Tour II/Bold 9650 on VZW). Road warrior for a living, spend a lot of time traveling and am definitely the stereotypical corporate "power user". My 3G was pretty good for business use when they finally added ActiveSync in what? 2.1? And this ViP4 actually improves on that. Contacts, vastly better HTML email than the BB, Dropbox and Things (R) pretty much handles everything I need on the go. Travel apps are so much better on iPhone (especially CardStar which gives on the fly access to customer service numbers and websites). The Blackberry version of that app sucks in comparison. My 3G never crashed and this version hasn't either (don't think it'll happen either). My BB 9650 froze on a regular basis and battery pulls were a way of life. Battery life is great on ViP4 so far and will improve I'm sure. Phone calls are excellent - noise cancellation system really works and damned well. Noisy environments, cars, sports bars with TV's in the background, whatever - iP4 really does a great job of reduction/elimination. Landscape keyboard works well and I'm almost as good with it as I was on my BB's. I do miss one thing on the BB - press and hold one key for hot dialing.
Oh - and the one little thing that destroys Blackberry? VIDEO! Come on - I don't have to pull out the laptop and fire up Skype? Love it. Texting my wife that I'm on the way home is nice. A quick video call from delta sky lounge before going to the gate beats the hell out of that anytime. :o)
- 02-19-2011, 05:10 PM #42
Unfortunately, as the novelty of this phone is wearing off, I'm liking it less and less.
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- 02-20-2011, 08:02 AM #47iMore Intermediate
- 311 Posts
Oh yes.... the morning ritual of the battery pull. I don 't miss that at all. I do miss the flashing notification light. Coming over from the "Dark side" a month ago was the best move I ever made. My 11 year old daughter kept telling me that the iPhone was so much better. She was right!!!!! She and my wife suprised me with the iP4 for my birthday. Absolutely the best birthday I have ever had with out a doubt!!!!!I will never go back to the "Dark Side".
- 02-20-2011, 09:34 AM #48
- 02-20-2011, 10:23 AM #49
You can Search your Inbox and any Mailbox at that.
- 02-20-2011, 10:38 AM #50