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    Default Two weeks since I ditched my iPhone for a Z10, and there is no looking back here.

    I have always had a sweet spot for BlackBerry - I have used nearly every device that has hit Verizon Wireless since the 8703e, but recently I started flirting with some other devices. Over the past year and a half I have spent a lot of time on other platforms, most recently using an iPhone 4S as my daily driver. When BlackBerry 10 was released I was intrigued, but not enough so at that time to make the dive into the OS. Over the course of the last few months there have been many times where I considered driving to a Verizon store and picking one up, but I held off. Two weeks ago I finally convinced myself to give it a real shot, and now I am left wondering what took me so long.

    Two weeks ago I picked my wife up from the airport, and we were discussing phones, and she knew how much I wanted the BlackBerry Z10. We decided that Sunday to hop in the car and head to the Verizon store to pick one up and give it a shot. The worst that could happen was that it wasn't for me and I ended up returning it, right? Well luckily that is not the case and the Z10 has fully rejuvenated my love for BlackBerry again.

    When I first got the device I was like a kid in a candy store, playing around, seeing how everything operated and trying to get used to it. The first day with the device was a bit of a struggle as there was no more home button and the size was a bit different than I was used to, but these were small struggles. Quickly I became adapted to the larger size and the bezel gestures came back to me from my use of the BlackBerry PlayBook. I took a few hours to surf the forums, check out how other people had their devices set up, and finally came to a set up that fit my needs.

    Once better understanding the device I jumped into BlackBerry World to get some apps, first picking up the CB10 app and Blaq, and then just poking around. I am someone who thinks they need to have a ton of applications on their device but never really uses them, so this time I decided to check out just what I actually needed. I quickly found replacements for the apps that I used regularly and was also extremely pleased with how far BlackBerry World has come.

    Some of the applications that I found for replacement were Endomondo for activity tracking, SoundHound for music identification, BlackBerry Travel for monitoring my travels and others as well. Additionally I found the games that my child enjoyed most on my iPhone, like Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds and other big titles. After getting set up with some apps, it was on to check out how the device would perform in daily life.

    Searching for applications was much easier for me in BlackBerry World than I found it to be in Apples App Store, mainly because the results were more accurate. The categories were easier to navigate, the information was presented in a neater, easier to read fashion, and overall just an experience I preferred.

    Sure, some of the large name apps that people think make or break a platform are not available officially but can be loaded in other ways. Personally I have yet to load any of them and I can honestly say I don't miss them at all. I haven't kept up with my Instagram feed every ten minutes, haven't checked out What's Hot on Vine and it doesn't bother me one bit. There is much more to my mobile phone then these media applications, and not having them available for a single click download has shown me just that.

    After a few days of getting in a routine with the BlackBerry Z10 I quickly realized how much faster I was getting the basic tasks done and how much time I was saving. To be able to quickly peek in my Hub and see what was going on or to be able to fire off an email via the amazing virtual keyboard, it was all so easy. Viewing how many emails, text, BBM's or any other notifications I have saves me time and allows me to at a glance see what is going on at any given time.

    The past two weeks have felt more productive than any two weeks on my iPhone -- seeing the upcoming calendar activities, firing off quick emails, staying more organized, being able to add notes to phone calls, and much more has left me feeling really great about BlackBerry 10. The speed of the OS, the ease of snapping pictures, the lack of physical buttons and voice commands all make this experience a very positive one. As expected, BlackBerry 10 is still a young operating system and has kinks that need to be worked out as well as features that can be improved upon.

    Throughout the last two weeks I have picked up my iPhone several times just to check it out and the amount of times I have tried to swipe up instead of hit the home button is insane. Now it seems so odd having to hit a button to navigate an OS, and instead it feels so much more natural to just swipe my way around.

    Unfortunately my Z10 has already needed to be replaced on two different occasions, but this has just given me even more insight on the new BlackBerry 10 experience. The first replacement was required because of some smudges in the LCD itself, under the top screen which were driving me crazy on white screens. The second device was missing some of the coating on the top of the display and it was causing some touch screen performance issues. I now have a fully functional unit that works and feels great.

    Previously I would have been extremely annoyed having to swap my devices because it was such a pain. When switching devices you are almost always guaranteed to lose a BBM contact or have some type of issue or error hold you back from having a good experience. For me, it was exactly the opposite. Simply sign into my BlackBerry ID and my BBM list was back, download a few apps, set up a few folders and good to go. BlackBerry Link has come a long way as well, and it looks and feels great as well. A few minor setbacks and device exchanges weren't enough make me want to return my BlackBerry Z10, and instead each experience just showed me even more how much they have changed for the better.

    For me, most of what I need is already baked into the OS, and having seen some of what BlackBerry 10.2 has in store I feel fully comfortable that buying the Z10, even at the $500 full retail pricing was the right choice for me. BlackBerry is hard at work behind the scenes creating an amazing user experience, and they have fully restored my faith and earned another full time user.
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    Great to see you back Jared.
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    I wish there were more people like you out there. Z10 and Q10 sales have not picked up as quick as anyone would like.

    I'm hoping now that new BYOD BlackBerry servers are now coming on and other firms start moving to BB10 word will spread a little faster. Our company just got BB10 so a couple of Z10s are in the office now which is great.

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    That was a good read. Thanks for sharing.

    Hopefully this thread won't turn into another "Battle of the Mobile Phones".

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    2 replacements in less than a month??
    WTH?
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    Great to hear you love it. What OS version are you running on verzion.

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    BlackBerry needs more former users like this to at least give BB10 a try -- and hopefully come back if they like what they see. Nice post, Jared.
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    I'm leaving my iPhone 4s behind today and picking up the Z10. This will be my first BlackBerry device ever...but I'm looking forward to it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilith_Athena View Post
    I'm leaving my iPhone 4s behind today and picking up the Z10. This will be my first BlackBerry device ever...but I'm looking forward to it!
    Be sure to post your thoughts and ask questions. Many here will be more than happy to assist with your transition.

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    U won't look back leaving apple the z10 is fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjcampbell View Post
    Be sure to post your thoughts and ask questions. Many here will be more than happy to assist with your transition.

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    Thank you! That's what I love about this forum....everyone is so helpful and willing to answer questions. I am sure I'll have quite a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilith_Athena View Post
    I'm leaving my iPhone 4s behind today and picking up the Z10. This will be my first BlackBerry device ever...but I'm looking forward to it!
    You are just like me except I did it in February lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicEms View Post
    Great to hear you love it. What OS version are you running on verzion.

    Sent via my Z10 support your local paramedics run with scissors.
    So far I have stuck with the stock OS. I know, I should load a leak. I've been down that road hundreds of times on legacy device.. For now this is working well and I will hold out for the official.
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    Great to hear!! Always love to hear another iphone user make the switch! Bothers me though that although BlackBerry has built a better device than Apple for the time being, it doesn't get the credit it deserves. Glad to hear you love your Z as much as i do, tell your friends!!

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    Awesome! What took you so long? Just kidding. Happy you can relate to the phone - for me the best phone BlackBerry has ever made!

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    Great story! Now you should convince your girlfriend to get a BB10 device too and have some BBM video fun!
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    This was a great post. I think what I love most about it is that even though you had to get 2 replacements, you DID get the replacements. I know a lot of people that would have been impatient and just said "see I knew this was a fail, I'm going back to my [insert phone here]." Glad to have you back
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    Welcome back! Great post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LewLew23 View Post
    This was a great post. I think what I love most about it is that even though you had to get 2 replacements, you DID get the replacements. I know a lot of people that would have been impatient and just said "see I knew this was a fail, I'm going back to my [insert phone here]." Glad to have you back
    Both of my issues were hardware, which while BlackBerry is in control of that they don't make all the parts. I know there are units that will have defects, and that is all part of mass produced electronics. I really wanted to give it a fair shot, and you can't do that on hardware that has defects.
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    Great post! Enjoyable to read. Best part is, that replacing two devices didn't deterred you from loving it! My 11 yo ask me if she can get one and that says a lot about future of BB, if they do it right...
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    Not to take away anything from the positive nature of this message, posts such as this feel Crackberry enthusiasts feel good about the the future of BBRY, and may help some RIMM device users upgrade, but could be of even greater value if posted on other websites.

    It is easy to register for Motley Fool and other biz oriented sizes such as Seeking Alpha, WSJ, and post such comments on these sites where iOS users and Android users look for biz comments. The likelihood of an iOS user or Android user reading an article on Crackberry is slim, so this is yet another lost opportunity to promote what BBRY has to offer.

    I would recommend the author copy and paste this on any biz website and that Crackberry start a targeted campaign for BBRY users to do what BBRY can not, ie generate enthusiasm for the devices. Crackberry is the ideal spot to initiate a "grass roots" campaign by listing any/all places where comments can be posted and rank them in terms of influence. In the absence of this, BBRY supporters are increasingly, unfortunately, considered freaks supporting a dying company who write such posts such as this to comfort each other as the ship goes down.

    You want to make the ship float, start posting these comments in places others will see them.

    Take posts such as this and put them in places that will make a difference.
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    Great post, OP....I had a very similar experience. Toyed around w/iOS & Android a little. Left BB after 5/6 years and was all on Android. GS3, G_Note10.1. I had pretty much written off BB. Then along comes the Z10. I purchased on an early upgrade w/AT&T.
    For the 1st day I was thinking "what the h*ll did BBRY do. This thing is too tough to use". I kept at it and by day 2 was thinking, "this thing is pretty cool". Pretty much everything OP said was true for me, as well. The os just "works".
    I'd slip my sim card in my GS3 occasionally & find myself swiping everything. The home button just seems obsolete to me now.
    I could go on & on but OP pretty much covered most of my thoughts.
    I'm "BACK in BLACK" & not lookin back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared DiPane View Post
    For me, most of what I need is already baked into the OS, and having seen some of what BlackBerry 10.2 has in store I feel fully comfortable that buying the Z10, even at the $500 full retail pricing was the right choice for me. BlackBerry is hard at work behind the scenes creating an amazing user experience, and they have fully restored my faith and earned another full time user.
    I went the same way as Jared here, but eventually you'll become disappointed in the long-term. I jumped from a iPhone 4 (iOS6) to Z10 back in April. So to say, I can't wait to go back to an iPhone. Here are my reasons why...

    • There are too many bugs that affect my use (stuck menus, pocket calling etc)
    • Updates aren't appearing fast enough.
    • Big/popular apps as promised are poor or not available (Skype, Spotify).
    • Blackberry are failing to communicate with their progression and are unable to chop their old BBOS7 phones
    • Features promised/advertised were poorly communicated (BB Balance - bought it thinking you could split work/personal without BES)
    • Awful battery life - event after 10.1


    After the iOS7 announcement, I really want to be back on an iPhone (but not 5 or 5S). For the gains in better calling performance, the BB10 doesn't offer anything else IMHO.
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    Awesome! Glad to see you back with BB!
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    I'm FINALLY going after mine today.
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