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    Default Should I Switch From Blackberry to Android or iPhone?

    Hi,

    I've been a faithful Blackberry user for about a year and a half, and while I love my phone, I am starting to itch for a new device. Should I switch to Android or iPhone, or should I stay with Blackberry? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

    1- I already own an iPod Touch(2nd gen I think) which does pretty much everything an iPhone could do minus making phone calls or taking pictures. I love it and use it everyday but would an iPhone be a better investment? Is it worth the money?

    2- I am seriously considering an Android because I don't have one and they sound really awesome, but I looked at the Android Market Place and they pretty much have all the same apps the iPhone has. Moreover, if I was to choose an Android, which model would be best? I am considering the HTC Droid Incredible 2 but that's a contract phone and I'm a little scared of contract phones. I could get a prepaid Android but I've heard nothing but complaints about those phones, so I assume they're poorly made.

    3- I really love my Blackberry and this is the longest time I ever stayed with one phone, unfortunately I'm getting the itch to trade up. Do you think I should just trade up my current model?

    I just want to know everyone's experience and opinions on all three smartphones!

    Thanks so much for reading and I can't wait to read what everyone else says!
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    Pros and cons to every phone. I came from bb to iPhone and the biggest selling point for me was manufacture to phone updates. The only phones android has which do that are the nexus phones and all the rest (including bb) are manufacture-carrier-phone updates. My suggestion is find someone who has an iPhone, and someone who has an android, go play on their phones and figure out which one you want. That's how I made my decision in the end.
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    I was a long time BB user, Rim is terrible with their updates and broken promises. Android is ok if you don't mind recharging twice a day. I went IPhone, great battery life and if as you say you love your IPod, this is the phone for you.
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    look at my SIG for previous devices. i was blackberry user for the last 5-6 years. i too wanted a change to something better...every since i got my iphone4s october 14 i havent looked back nor miss the blackberry
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    I'd say to switch to the one that fits your needs & wants.

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    Went through every Nextel,sidekick,then got blackberry bold 9700 year half later got an htc sensation on release day..kicked it 4 months later for my 4s hands down iPhone and iOS has to be the most stable os and phones with virtually no lag whatsoever ..therefore my answer is get the iPhone lol
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    It's a personal choice based on your needs. Switching to iPhone wouldn't be stretch and you'd probably be comfortable with it since you already have an iPod Touch. However, this may mean you might get bored with the iPhone faster because you are already used to it because of the iPod. Same thing could be said for BlackBerry since you already use one.

    I came from BlackBerry and I adore my iPhone. It's just amazing. Super fluid, gorgeous retina display. And the upgraded camera in the 4S was a huge selling point for me. My iPhone 4S makes my 9800 look three years old when it's really only a 15 month old device.

    Maybe make a list of pros and cons of all three. Or features and benefits and break it down from there.

    Best of luck!


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    All I had to do was read your first reason. I too have an iPod touch 2nd gen and had a bb storm2. I am beyond glad to have switched ! Having the iPod and phone and phenomenal camera has been a blessing! Do it! U won't be sorry!
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    If I were you I would go iPhone. Android phones are known to come out every 5 seconds and the prepaid ones aren't very good. As a person who used to have a droid, I would say that Apple has better apps than android. Also you have an advantage since you already have an ipod touch, so it will be a lot easier for you to transition since they have practically the exact same interface.
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    Like a few others have said, it's best to get some hands on time with both an Android and an iPhone to see which one best fits your needs. One thing to keep in mind when looking at Android phones, you can mod the crap out of them which drastically improves performance. I'd definitely try and find a friend with an Android that has a custom ROM like CyanogenMod for comparison. iPhones are all the same so going to a store and trying one out would be nearly the same experience as trying a friends.

    They both have their advantages. For me, the perfect combo is an Android phone and iPod Touch 4. What sold me was the ability to use my Android as a wireless hotspot to connect my iPod to, which basically gives me the full functionality of an iPhone and Android. Not all of the prepaid Android phone are bad. If you decide to go that route, do some research and look at reviews to sort out the bad from good.

    Whichever you choose, they're both great platforms and I'm sure you'll be pleased with the transition from Blackberry. Good luck!

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    It's completely up to you. My best advice is to go into your carrier store and check out the devices you're considering. Compare the specs. I had BlackBerries for the past 4 years and loved them, as well. I find I can do more on the iPhone because it's faster, has a better browser and more games. Just my 2 cents.
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    I agree with leharris22. I loved my BB, but my iPhone4 suits me better. People i know who have Android phones always complain about the poor battery life, and that they are constantly having to recharge. In the end though, the choice is up to you.
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    if you had to pick between iphone and android, I would recommend iphone. The only good thing android had going was carrier billing (ease of billing), but it seems like they are not going to allow that anymore.
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    if blackberry isn't doing it for you.. I would suggest sticking with something you know.. you already know you love the ipod and going with an iPhone doesn't stray far away from that. I am not saying an android phone is a bad choice.. but it seems like you really like your iPod..
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    Honestly, I have had 3 android phones, 2 iphones, and 2 windows phone 7s. I've never had a BB so I can't really say on that front. Android phones are good to a certain extent. They do have a lot of the same apps that iPhone has, but like every platform there are exclusives to each market. The problem I had with android you will hear from many people who left android and that's fragmentation. Not to mention that if you don't get a Nexus device, your phone is gonna be eol in the first 6 months/year more than likely. With iPhone, even the 3GS got the iOS 5 upgrade. Phones that old would have never gotten an upgrade from android. WP7 is a good OS, but still really new. If there are a lot of apps you have/want on your iPod touch, chances are you won't find them all on WP7, although you'll find some. But the most important thing is personal preference. It's gonna be what you want. If you want a huge screen then go with Android. If you want to know your device will at least get 1 more major update if not 2, then go with iPhone. But most of all you need more than just a few minutes playing with a phone in store to know if that's what you really want or not.
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    Like many are saying, find something that fits your needs, go to a store, windows shop, search the forums all around Mobile Nations, maybe even listen to a few of their podcasts.

    Currently I am a BlackBerry user, a BlackBerry user for a few years and I am still rocking the Bold 9000 from a few years back, have played with some of the older devices like the BlackBerry 6210 and Pearl series, I also owned a 8900 Curve for a while and I recently purchased a PlayBook that is amazing.

    But like many are stating, the same UI does get old and repetitive after a while, the vib becomes a bore, maybe you feel that you need more applications. I would love to have a part-time device just to experience something different for a few weeks or months but I am cheap and have come to dislike carrier contracts and policies.

    So again, just read around, play with a few phones, watch a few videos and reviews, roam around Mobile Nations, and formulate your thoughts needs and ideas that way.

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    Personally every android phone I've ever played with has drove me nuts amdnim very tech savvy... I would say go iPhone ... The transition will be flawless for you and if you decide to sell your iTouch you'll recoup some cash... My only other advice is get a 32 or 64 lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5tephen View Post
    ... Not to mention that if you don't get a Nexus device, your phone is gonna be eol in the first 6 months/year more than likely...
    Uhh, what? Please refrain from posting on things you know nothing about.
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    I have been a blackberry user since 2007 and I really want to try the windows 7 mobile OS so I'm gonna go toward the nokia lumia 710 that t- mobile is getting in January! That's who I work for and it's about time to give up sprint and blackberry seems fitting... And like you I also have a iPod touch 4Gen though.. I love this thing but I don't feel that I need an iPhone just because I have this but if anything happens to my touch and windows don't work out, IPhone here I come.. lol..


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    Quote Originally Posted by leharris22 View Post
    It's completely up to you. My best advice is to go into your carrier store and check out the devices you're considering. Compare the specs. I had BlackBerries for the past 4 years and loved them, as well. I find I can do more on the iPhone because it's faster, has a better browser and more games. Just my 2 cents.
    Totally agree!!

    You have to hold them and try to use them. Everything looks great on paper and the fanboys will stop at nothing to influence your decision. Find something you like and that fits what you want to use it for.
    For a long time a BlackBerry served my needs and I didnt need anything more. Sine then I have a need for a more robust device and the iPhone fit the bill perfectly, both in function and what I need it to do.

    Good Luck with the decision
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    I am currently using a white Verizon iPhone 4s and a Samsung galaxy nexus. I was also a long time blackberry user and switched in 2009. You have to find it what is most important for you. I honestly believe that the iPhone is better for "most" people because it is easy to use and works well (most of the time). The reason I have a nexus is because it gives me a sense of a pure Google experience with timely updates and a smooth user interface. The main attraction for me was the nice 1280x720 super smiled 4.65 in screen because I like browsing the web and watching videos on my mobile device. The lte speeds make both of those experiences better than my iPhone 4s. If you know exactly what you are looking for there is probably an android phone that specializes in making that experience better. (Ex: long battery life - droid razr maxx, large vibrant screen - samsung galaxy note) If you can afford an iPhone then I would strongly recommend staying away from the mid range and lower range Android phones because that might taint your first android experience.

    However, if you are looking for a solid device that does most things well, then go with he iPhone.
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    I switched from a Droid X2 to the 4s in October and then tried the DX2 for the past 2 weeks. After using the iPhone I hated using the Droid X2 because:
    - poor camera
    - poor battery life
    - unstable GPS (frequently had to reboot or do battery pulls to get gps)
    - random reboots every few days
    - apps are still not as good as iOS
    - sluggish performance

    Although Android has widgets and is more customizable, it does not make up for its problems in my experience.
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    I have devices of all three OSs. BB Bold 9930 & PlayBook, Galaxy Tab Plus, and iPad 1. I prefer the BB devices, BUT my iPad is a close second, and is a superb device. Got much love for my Android device also.


    PS I have had Windows mobile devices too, BUT only WM 5.0 and earlier. And I had PDAs not phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    I have devices of all three OSs. BB Bold 9930 & PlayBook, Galaxy Tab Plus, and iPad 1. I prefer the BB devices, BUT my iPad is a close second, and is a superb device. Got much love for my Android device also.


    PS I have had Windows mobile devices too, BUT only WM 5.0 and earlier. And I had PDAs not phones.
    If you had anything above a iPad 1, it wouldn't be a close second.
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