On the fence between current 4S and 9900
I currently have the 4S and love it, but the iOS system is starting to show its age on me after using it for about 4 years now. My favorite berry was the 9000 and I loved it. The things that are making me think about the switch is the change from iOS 5 to BB7.
I'm not too worried about the music thing since BB can play music like any other phone. I may miss the big screen of the iPhone and web browsing, but based on the reviews I am seeing, the browser on the 9900 is superb compared to past generations. I trust that the keyboard will be enough to sway me from the virtual keys too. Most of my most used apps have a Berry counterpart, such as Dropbox and Twitter. Are there any users here that are still thinking about the switch and how has that turned out? I'm really itching to just jump ship tomorrow
- 11-10-2011, 03:23 PM #2
I own both iphone 4s and 9900
They are tottaly different phone for different purposes.
To cut this short,
If you really need physical qwerty keyboard
If you really need BBM
If you really need email pushed to you instantly
Go for the 9900
But if those points aren't so important to you,
The iPhone will suits you better.
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The main thing I love about BB is the keyboard, blinking red light, and the solid feel of the device as in the reception and the way it handles its business. I barely use Siri, the newer processor of the 4S is worthless since there are no apps that utilize it, and the camera isn't used as frequently as I had hoped.
The reviews of the 9900 on youtube and other major tech sites make the 9900 look like a very fluid device in terms of the screen and OS.
- 11-10-2011, 03:48 PM #7
I got the Iphone 4S after having BB for over a year. I was fed up with the crappy browser on my 9650. I thought I would love the Iphone as so many friends and family do. Well, after a few weeks, I find myself not using it as much as I did my BB. I shy away from it. Before, if I wanted to send an email, I would fire it off on the BB. Now, I just wait until I get to a computer. It is not as simple to use as the BB. There are some things I do like about the Iphone, but some I don't. Yes, I like the browser. But I miss the one handed use. Alot.
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- 11-10-2011, 05:08 PM #18
If you can do without the keyboard, stick to the IPhone. I'm done with the Rim phones untill they better support the users. Still waiting for the promises on the playbook. It's a good phone but I don't trust in Rim anymore
I like the keyboard of the BB and I think I may be enticed to type more on a phone if I have that keyboard for some reason. iPhone 4 is quite similar to the 4S so some users that have switched seem pretty content with their decision. I'm going to a store tomorrow and play with the 9900 and see how it goes.
- 11-11-2011, 12:24 AM #20
- 11-11-2011, 01:13 AM #21
browser wise iPhone win.
i don't really test the speed , but both are nearly identical in loading a single webpage for me, maybe one is slower about 0.0001 sec but that does not really mean anything.
but when you start to use the "open link in new tab" features , i managed to make my 9900 reboot by itself by opening about 7 tabs of web page (not mobile page).
i never had any rebooting problem in my iPhone yet.
to sum up browsing wise , iPhone wins big time.
but the push mail is a little bit slower
i tested this also
in BB the email is received almost instantly , just like text messages, in iPhone, it will take about 10-15 minutes.
like i said bferoe both phone carter totally different user group.
i own both as i need qwerty and i really need BBM
but if i don't need BBM, ill use only the iPhone.
but then again , damn, I'm stuck with BB cause in my country BBM is more popular than phone calls.
and my business line does require me to have one.
so now i ended up having 2 phone with 2 numbers
iphone as my personal line and 9900 as my business line.
- 11-11-2011, 05:51 AM #23
About the pushmail today any smartphone (iOS, Android, WP7, WebOS and even Symbian) does pushmail with ActiveSync on Hotmail or Gmail. The speed is mostly better with the BB but not always. Plus ActiveSync is a 2 way sync realtime. Far better than the BIS.
The BB is making a huge difference if you write a lot of text content like email, sms, wordpress articles, anything text, thanks to the keyboard. It is also light years ahead to file email with a BES if you company uses BES. Try to file emails in hundreds of folders with the iPhone. This is a real pain. Phone calls are also faster and simpler to get to. Because of the keyboard if you need to call more than a few people the keyboard gets you there fast. Same goes for contacts management.Treo 600 → 650 → (Nokia E61→HTC TyTN) → 750v → (SE P990i→Treo 680) → Samsung i600 → (SPV E650→iPhone) → i780 → BlackBerry 8700g → 9000 → 9700 → (Samsung i5700→Nokia E71→BlackBerry 8520→Palm Pixi→SE X10 Mini→SE X10 Mini Pro) → 9800 → 9780 → 9900
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11-11-2011, 06:36 AM #24
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it was last may i became sooo excited. yes! the new iPhone is coming out. my iPhone was 2 years old and it was terribly lagging. everything was slow. then came june. then came july. then came august. ummm, where's the new iPhone? then september came and still no iPhone.
the reason i wanted the new iPhone was i was hoping it would improve in its capability of getting a signal. 3gs was an excellent phone but unless one had good signal then everything else just didn't matter. any nokia could beat a 3gs in finding a steady signal. chats were getting nowhere, my email was always late, people couldn't find me. chatting was ridiculous - i was pretty fast touch typing as any kid out there but still fixing that darn autocorrect and mistypes every so many words or so - so i never really used it for chat.
then one night, i had 6 conversations ongoing concurrently - 2 email, 2 yahoo, 2 Facebook. i couldn't keep up. and the signal issue.
then i saw the bb 9900. hmmmm, maybe i should rest my issues with RIM and go back to bb. i went to the store. 9900 looked like my old bb 9000 that i had issues with. went home. next day, went back. bought it. sold my old iPhone. now very happy.
i made the right decision - i was hoping for a BRAND NEW totally redesigned iPhone 5 in june. didn't get it. and risked that i wouldn't get it when i got the bb 9900.
the risk paid off. this was how apple lost me as a user and believer.
maybe when iPhone 5 comes out i'll go back - so bbx better be good.
There's something about blackberry that makes me want to go back but I can't place my finger on it and I don't know why. The iPhone serves me very well but not as a communications device like email, SMS, and twitter.
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