1. anon4705193's Avatar
    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.
    This Pushmail sounds interesting as an app, but if you look earlier in this thread there's a way to set up your Gmail without needing any kind of additional apps (if that's what you use). Could be a good recommendation for the non-Gmail users though if it supports their email carrier.
    05-06-2011 03:11 PM
  2. kazmi's Avatar
    I am searching these forums for an answer and came across this thread: are all you ex-bb users seeing your gmail pushed almost instantly if you set it up as an exchange account? I'm not....and I need my work email pushed to my iphone....could you guys share your settings gmail side to let me know how it's set up (I had POP enabled but disabled that and enabled IMAP)...still am seeing some come through as push while others do not...:/

    PS: just wanted to state, my work email is actually a google apps email account..
    05-23-2011 04:19 PM
  3. anon4705193's Avatar
    I am searching these forums for an answer and came across this thread: are all you ex-bb users seeing your gmail pushed almost instantly if you set it up as an exchange account? I'm not....and I need my work email pushed to my iphone....could you guys share your settings gmail side to let me know how it's set up (I had POP enabled but disabled that and enabled IMAP)...still am seeing some come through as push while others do not...:/

    PS: just wanted to state, my work email is actually a google apps email account..
    Hello!

    I was a former BB user, now iPhone user, and set up my Gmail using this method

    Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help

    It pushes to my phone almost instantaneously, sometimes I hear the email chime before I see it reflected in my online mailbox.
    05-24-2011 03:20 PM
  4. Arelunde's Avatar
    I've worked with Android and now iPhone. In many ways, the Android system is easier. There are many things you can do on an Android phone (specifically the Droid X) that it takes a jailbreak to accomplish on the iPhone. If you are into customizing, it is far easier with an android. Even stock is way ahead in providing user-friendly apps and those wonderful widgets. You need to have a degree in electrical engineering (or be younger than 40) to delve into the iPhone's mysteries.

    On the other hand, the iPhone is a comfortable size for a smartphone, with a brilliant screen and an outstanding capability with the typing. I've never worked with such a responsive screen and such ease in intuitive typing, despite being a great fan of Swype. I can type with a greater speed and greater accuracy than with BlackBerry and Android using the iPhone4 keyboard. Simply amazing.

    I do miss the alert LEDs that other smartphones have and, most of all, the "return" button to go back a screen.
    05-25-2011 01:15 AM
  5. kazmi's Avatar
    I'm starting to appreciate the pros and cons here between the two (BB and iPhone)...both have their strong points....from the bb, I miss: the blinking LED, the ability to back out of an app one step at a time, a tasks app with integrated calendar reminders, profiles and bbm.

    Before, the difference for me was not as clear cut. However now, I do realize. I will probably be sticking with the iPhone for now but I was a bit put off with having to jb to get so many of the features that I feel should have been built in from the get go.
    05-25-2011 03:15 PM
  6. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I've worked with Android and now iPhone.
    Hey, I used to see you over on Android Central... just wondering what made you switch? I'm currently still on my Droid X, but I'm thinking about switching when the next iPhone comes out. I love Android, but I'm really curious about the iPhone and it's simplicity, and how it "just works". I'd be really interested to hear what you have to say. Besides what you said here, obviously.
    05-25-2011 10:42 PM
  7. Obei Nice's Avatar
    no comparison to the email i went from the tour to the iphone. love my iphone but email is poops
    05-26-2011 02:42 PM
  8. mprahm's Avatar
    I made the switch from a Tour and could not be happier. The user experience is seamless and so much more simple and complete than an antiquated BB. I set up my Gmail account on Exchange and got all my contacts, emails etc in no time at all and it even reaches my iPhone faster than when I had the native app on my Tour. I cant say enough about the Apple ecosystem, I will be changing all my products to Apple over the next 6 months, laptop, TV, PC etc. Getting the iPhone is the best thing I ever did in regards to a mobile platform!!!!!!!!
    06-09-2011 07:07 PM
  9. anon4705193's Avatar
    no comparison to the email i went from the tour to the iphone. love my iphone but email is poops
    It may be how you have your email set up (I assume you're used to the BB instant push and no, iPhone does not do that same type of system). What email service(s) do you use? If you have Gmail, use the set up through Exchange option (linked in this thread) and you will have the same type of instant push.
    06-10-2011 11:42 AM
  10. Iphone-ery's Avatar
    welcome!!! i was so flipping happy to be rid of that god awful UI....
    06-10-2011 01:55 PM
  11. melissary's Avatar
    no comparison to the email i went from the tour to the iphone. love my iphone but...
    Agree. The thing I miss most is BBM, but it seems regardless of if I set up via gmail or exchange, I still don't have instant push.
    06-12-2011 09:05 PM
  12. ubuntudroid's Avatar
    I have been through the Curve 8330, Storm 9550 and Bold 9650. When the Bold I recently got was freezing up more than my old Storm, That was it. Still miss the whole BB setup but I will stick with my iPhone 4 until QNX comes to the phones. Heck I'm typing this from my PlayBook right now. iPhone does have a lot of great attributes and should outweigh the negatives, but I guess I just got too used to the BB platform.
    06-14-2011 09:09 PM
  13. Luzabeth's Avatar
    i'm wondering if the Playbook (once properly updated with native email and apps)... and the recently announced Touch Bold 9900/9930 will sway some BB users back...
    As far as the Touch Bold is concerned, absolutely not. Nothing will bring me back to BB.
    06-15-2011 08:27 PM
  14. Luzabeth's Avatar
    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.
    Absolutely agree
    06-15-2011 08:30 PM
  15. jpg's Avatar
    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.

    Bob
    first time poster here, be gentle

    my iphone4 arrives friday and as a long time bb user one of the things i have been curious about is if there is a workaround for sound profiles. i especially love "silent with exceptions" profile that silences all but my select few contacts that i want to be able to get through to me 24/7. so what's the secret?
    06-16-2011 01:48 AM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    Without jailbreaking, you are pretty much out of luck. Unfortunately.
    06-16-2011 10:33 AM
  17. dixie dregs's Avatar
    Welcome I had also have been a BB user for five years. I had a little learning curve to get over but it is well worth it. I still miss the notifications but have gotten over it. I'm now the very happy owner of the Pad2 I will never go back. I'm glad I drank the koolaid!
    06-16-2011 03:14 PM
  18. avwh's Avatar
    first time poster here, be gentle

    i have been curious about is if there is a workaround for sound profiles. i especially love "silent with exceptions" profile that silences all but my select few contacts that i want to be able to get through to me 24/7. so what's the secret?
    I've read the secret is to make a silent ringtone (i.e., record silence, then save it as a m4r file, and set that as your default ringtone).

    Then go in and change from the default to other distinct ringtones for the ones you want to be "on" 24/7.
    06-16-2011 03:34 PM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    I've read the secret is to make a silent ringtone (i.e., record silence, then save it as a m4r file, and set that as your default ringtone).

    Then go in and change from the default to other distinct ringtones for the ones you want to be "on" 24/7.
    If the default ringtone is silent, how will you know you're receiving a call when your not in "night time" mode?
    06-16-2011 04:46 PM
  20. jebulls's Avatar
    A couple questions for someone who is thinking of making the switch from BB! What is so terrible about the notifications? I mean on my BB I don't use the notification bar....is there more to it than that? Also with no profiles there is no way of putting your phone to a vibrate when in a public quiet place? Also can you put different ringtones to different contacts and also put different ringtones to different text contacts? Any info would be great thanks!! I guess if anyone wants to throw any other info my way that I should know that would be great too! Coming from a 9650.....
    06-19-2011 09:46 PM
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