| | 11-19-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Author #1
iPhone user switching to Pearl
I've literally had my BB Pearl for only a few hours and I'm already loving it. The smaller screen is taking some getting used to, as is the typing, but that will come with time.
For the last 3 years I've been using my 1st generation iPhone. This is my first BB phone. The iPhone is a great phone, it's addictive and has a lot of cool features. But I found myself not using a whole lot on it. I've spent a lot (more than I care to say) of money on apps, and don't use most of them. I'll find an app that looks cool, buy it, and after a few uses give up on it and remove it from my iPhone.
The iPhone is great for surfing the web & games. I did neither all that much. When I need to jump on the internet, I'm usually close to my computer. And I'm not much of a gamer.
The Pearl, however, has just what I need, plus some. Even the basics, like a user-replaceable battery and expandable memory is great for me. It also sports features like 3G, WiFi & GPS all in this cool little device (yes, I realize the iPhone 4 has those 3 features as well). And from what I hear, the Pearl has a decent battery life (at least compared to the iPhone) - which is a big plus for me.
Anyway, here are a few of my first impressions of the Pearl:
- Small, compact, very powerful and fits in my hand nicely. Big change from my clunky feeling iPhone.
- Have an actual keyboard is nice. It will take a little getting used to, but I'm having no problems so far.
- The screen is small. Again, I'll get used to it.
- Navigating around the menus and options is easy and fairly self-explanatory.
- Setting up WiFi and email took a little trial/error. But I eventually got it. I had no problems getting my Twitter, FB and Yelp accounts up and running.
- I downloaded ATT maps (and Navigator, which I'm not going to use b/c I don't want to pay for it). ATT maps seems good enough. I might try Google maps though.
- I like the keyboard layout. The keys are a little bigger than on a traditional BB. I had trouble with when playing around with my wife's (she has a Curve) because the keys were tiny.
- The browser is speedy. Good enough for those few times when I will use it.
- Call quality seemed okay. Talked to my wife briefly on my way home from the ATT store. Don't worry I was in the parking lot, not driving . Will need to make a few more calls to make an informed decision about call quality.
- The GPS works good. I probably won't use it for turn-by-turn driving directions (I have a dedicated GPS unit for that), but it will come in handy for being around town, finding stuff, etc.
Overall, I'm really pleased!
Just a question: Is it worth it to get one of those protective skins? Will that hurt the 3G, WiFi or GPS reception.