Blackberry User of 7 years Switches to the iPhone 4
I am new to the forum (hope this is in the right place). I have been a Blackberry user for 7 years now and my last two BBs the Tour and the Storm 2 were quite awful and so far behind that times that when I heard I could get Lotus Notes on the iPhone I made the switch.
So far I really love the phone...the only downsides I can see are slower email, 360 degrees of glass and a non-modular battery.
Anyways, I thought I would introduce myself and hopefully I can make a positive contribution to the forum.
- 05-03-2011, 02:06 PM #2
- 05-03-2011, 02:08 PM #3
Welcome. I came from a BB too and my BB Curve 8330 was a very solid phone that got great battery life, had great push notifications and notification system but was really showing it's age.
The iphone's email and notification is pretty horrid compared to BB's and battery life has to be closely monitored as well, but everything else is like day and night compared to the BB.
- 05-03-2011, 04:01 PM #4
- 05-03-2011, 04:21 PM #5
Hi and welcome!
For the slower email thing, if you set up your Gmail (if you use it) or other exchange-based email through the Microsoft Exchange setup on your phone you will have the same kind of instant push that you are used to with your Blackberry. Other email providers though not so much unless they're forwarded through a Gmail set up in that way
- 05-03-2011, 07:34 PM #6
From one ex fellow BB user to another....Welcome to the Dark Side...try the punch, hahaha. Slower emails???? Mine are actually faster now. Love the phone, onlu thing I miss is profiles, but there are ways around that.
- 05-03-2011, 07:52 PM #7
- 05-03-2011, 07:54 PM #8
Also is there a tutorial somewhere? What do I enter in for "sever" ("smtp.gmail.com" ?) and "domain"?
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- 05-03-2011, 09:36 PM #10
Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help
try that and it should help and no, it will not cost you extra.
welcome btw. I too was a blackberry fanatic. i miss the red blinking light and bbm. thats about it!
- 05-04-2011, 01:40 AM #13iPhone Beginner
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Said goodbye to my BB's a while back too! I read a lot before switching and was wondering if the things that the OP mentioned were going to be a big problem. In all honesty, the iPhone is such a joy to use and there is actually nothing about the BB that I miss! I don't really know why some people complain about the email as mine seems to come through no slower than my BB email. Each one has different needs or preferences I guess, not sure! Have never been sorry I made the switch to iPhone!!
- 05-04-2011, 09:48 AM #14
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- 05-04-2011, 04:32 PM #22
Blackberry will always have a special place for me, it was my first smartphone, in fact is was my first 3 smartphones storm 1>storm 2>bold 9650, Loved them all. It does so many things natively that after seeing other platforms, android and now ios, i miss so many things that blackberry did. It really was well thought out down to the finest details. That said, it is a messaging phone. It doesnt do multimedia, browsing, gaming etc and everyone that criticizes blackberry for not doing them is folly. Ios does many of the things blackberry does, so does android but not in the same way, and much of the time not native to the os itself. I love my iphone, have waited for it to come to verizon. But i still have my small legion of berries just in case...I don't think I will every not check around just to see what RIM is up to.
- 05-05-2011, 12:38 PM #23
You will be so impressed with what the I Phone does versus what it doesn't do, i.e. the little red blinking light. I have my email setup using an IMAP account and not only do things work better than using my BB on a BIS, I only have to pay Verizon $29.99 for the data plan versus $44.95/month plan I had before!
- 05-05-2011, 06:25 PM #24
Why do you think all smartphones are compared to the iPhone? Multimedia, browsing, gaming etc aren't niceties these days. They're expected.
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- 05-06-2011, 09:44 AM #25
Another former BB user
Like many, I never thought I'd be saying goodbye to my BB. It was the only smartphone I had for 5 years. BB's "upgrade" to OS6 did it for me. Seemed worse than previous versions. Got the VZ iPhone 4 and have to say now I know why people lined up for this thing. So smooth, better battery life, and you can get an app called Pushmail to do what BB email does. As one analyst suggested, BB is now just a messaging phone and that's about it and their Playbook is a disaster. Never thought they'd get left in the dust like this, but that's what's happened.