1. Wiredin's Avatar
    Long time BB user here. I started on a CDMA Pearl, then went CDMA Curve. Then 8900, then 9800. I love my Blackberries.

    My 9800 though turned into a love hate relationship after a year. I don't know why but I was plauged with overheating issues, white screens of death, etc. right before the one year mark. Rogers has sent me FOUR replacement handsets over the past 3 months, in a nutshell from screens not working to overheating, to white screens, to black screen with red light for 10 hours.... not cool. So they are waiving my hardware upgrade penalty and giving me some free months of service.

    So I went out and grabbed a Galaxy S II LTE. What an awesome phone, but I still miss how email gets handled on the BB, and the blinking light... never knew I'd miss it as much as I do. I found apps that help with my email woes, but I'm still not happy. But I found a lot of things that I don't want to leave.

    I love how the phone handles music. Especially after I installed Winamp. This was huge for me on the BB, especially 9800 where I felt the media capabilities were lacking in a huge way. We got the media keys on the side, which helps now. But I would still like a better player than the stock BB on that I had on the 9800. What are you guys using?

    I really enjoy the voice talk apps on the Galaxy. I never used Vlingo... is this a Siri like app? How good is it? I had it originally on my 8900 and hated it... I'm sure it has improved? My #1 gripe is that I have to use a side button, and theres only one on the BB's now, and that HAS to be my Camera as I use my camera for work 20+ times a day.

    How much faster is it? Really? I was getting so fed up with how slow the 9800 was/is. I run 5 email accounts (personal, work, my 2 bands, and my photograph). I think this slowed down the phone as it was always pulling...

    The browser... is it much faster? The 'droid renders pages next to instantly. I usually use Opera... is it faster than it used to be? I was so frustrated with this on my Torch.

    most of the other stuff on the android I can live without... its mostly games, like Tiny Tower, or things like Google Googles. SNES emulator... neat stuff like that. but not essential for a communication tool.

    This is driving me nuts...
    Last edited by Lennex; 02-16-12 at 02:29 PM.
    02-16-12 02:26 PM
  2. elvin1983's Avatar
    Whew! Lots of questions! Let's get started...

    With regards to the music, I don't use anything other than the standard media player capabilities of the 9930, and I don't know of a different media player that you can download to the device. Other than using Pandora, or Slacker Radio, your options here may be next to nothing.

    Vlingo is the Siri like app, but it's nowhere near as intuitive as Siri, or as well ingrained into the OS of the device. I think of any of the voice to text apps available for BlackBerry, Vlingo is the best available.

    When compared to your previous 9800 and 8900, the 9900 is considerably faster. BlackBerry stated prior to the launch of the 9900 that the browser alone is 40% faster than OS 6 devices, and 100% faster than OS 5 devices. I moved from an OS 5 device and I can tell you that I have been quite satisfied with the speed of my browser.

    The overall speed of the entire device is better than any BlackBerry I've used to date. Applications launch almost instantly, data transfer is quick, there is very little lag when using the device. When you say that you had 5 e-mail accounts setup on your Torch, that shouldn't have had a very adverse effect on the performance of the handset itself, as they don't "pull" e-mail to the device. Each of those e-mails is setup on the BIS server, which then handles all the e-mail transfer. When an e-mail is recieved the server then pushes a copy of that e-mail directly to your device. I would assume that your performance issues either stemmed from apps that were running in the background, memory constraints, etc. I don't think you'd be disappointed with the overall performance of the 9900.

    I haven't used Opera on my 9930, but as I stated above I've been more than satisfied with the browsing on my 9930. Now, you're still probably going to be slightly slower with regards to web page rendering than you will on an Android since the BlackBerry is transmitting the data through the RIM server while the Android sends directly with the site, but it's still fairly swift.

    What are some of the things that you aren't happy with on your Galaxy S II? Anything in particular other than the e-mail?
    02-16-12 03:34 PM
  3. Wiredin's Avatar
    Whew! Lots of questions! Let's get started...

    With regards to the music, I don't use anything other than the standard media player capabilities of the 9930, and I don't know of a different media player that you can download to the device. Other than using Pandora, or Slacker Radio, your options here may be next to nothing.

    Vlingo is the Siri like app, but it's nowhere near as intuitive as Siri, or as well ingrained into the OS of the device. I think of any of the voice to text apps available for BlackBerry, Vlingo is the best available.

    When compared to your previous 9800 and 8900, the 9900 is considerably faster. BlackBerry stated prior to the launch of the 9900 that the browser alone is 40% faster than OS 6 devices, and 100% faster than OS 5 devices. I moved from an OS 5 device and I can tell you that I have been quite satisfied with the speed of my browser.

    The overall speed of the entire device is better than any BlackBerry I've used to date. Applications launch almost instantly, data transfer is quick, there is very little lag when using the device. When you say that you had 5 e-mail accounts setup on your Torch, that shouldn't have had a very adverse effect on the performance of the handset itself, as they don't "pull" e-mail to the device. Each of those e-mails is setup on the BIS server, which then handles all the e-mail transfer. When an e-mail is recieved the server then pushes a copy of that e-mail directly to your device. I would assume that your performance issues either stemmed from apps that were running in the background, memory constraints, etc. I don't think you'd be disappointed with the overall performance of the 9900.

    I haven't used Opera on my 9930, but as I stated above I've been more than satisfied with the browsing on my 9930. Now, you're still probably going to be slightly slower with regards to web page rendering than you will on an Android since the BlackBerry is transmitting the data through the RIM server while the Android sends directly with the site, but it's still fairly swift.

    What are some of the things that you aren't happy with on your Galaxy S II? Anything in particular other than the e-mail?
    Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions


    I'm not happy with how it handles email at all. I've downloaded a few email apss, and the best one is K9 by far. It at least allows me to mark all as read (a feature I used a lot). but the stupid phone still shows notifications for the core email app which runs off the base google login for the phone (from what I can tell) and that needs ot have each email read individually for the notification to clear (within the email app)

    I get spam in my notification tray all the time. Even after a fresh security wipe... I cant figure out how to get rid of it. It's an Orange circle in a white star... everything from "help your battery life" to "insert porn add here"


    Believe it or not, I can't stand the news apps for rss feeds that I've found. I miss having it all contained in the social feeds app on my Torch...bundled with the facebooks and twitters was nice too.

    Then I miss the LED light blinking... something the G S II doesn't have physically.

    Coupled with that I have yet to be recommended or find an app that allows me to do ringer profiles like by BB did...especially coupled with beBuzz.

    So pretty much all communication issues.

    Then the things I can't stand about my BB is that I got to carry another device for my media as the BB is not as strong as a media device.

    I wish it was as simple as I'm making it out to be... media vs communication. But the fact of the matter is, that both weakness on either phone are just nitpicking compared to what the rest of the devices can do. If I stop nitpicking the Galaxy is a clear winner. A VERY clear winner.

    What I THINK I'm going to do is keep the Galaxy until BB10 arrives. Sell the Galaxy and buy the BB10 phone....
    02-16-12 04:00 PM
  4. kcmo's Avatar
    I feel your pain. I was a BB user for years and switched to an iPhone 4s in October. I'd lusted after an iPhone for ages.

    Fast forward to 4 months later and I'm seriously considering going back to BB. Having lots of email crashes on the iPhone and sick of typing on a touchscreen. Amazing media device though.

    I just 'trust' BB more....is that weird?

    Hope you find what you're looking for. Nothing is wrong with experimenting with other devices....either you quickly appreciate what you had even more, or you find a new toy!
    02-16-12 04:05 PM
  5. andrewknight's Avatar
    The 99xx is great for email, no change there, and has better memory capacity than previous BB's.
    The browser is frickin' awesome and the whole thing is very slick. Sometimes earlier OS seemed a bit clumsy.
    I don't use mine for music as mp3 et al are awful formats for sound quality but the media player/picture viewer is still crap.
    02-16-12 04:10 PM
  6. Wiredin's Avatar
    The 99xx is great for email, no change there, and has better memory capacity than previous BB's.
    The browser is frickin' awesome and the whole thing is very slick. Sometimes earlier OS seemed a bit clumsy.
    I don't use mine for music as mp3 et al are awful formats for sound quality but the media player/picture viewer is still crap.
    Exactly my point. I love my Emailing and communication abilities. But because I do fly around the country for work, sit on the train, and just generally enjoy music...now that I know the pleasures that is Winamp on my android with the ability to play FLAC....its so hard to leave that behind.
    02-16-12 04:21 PM
  7. elvin1983's Avatar
    Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions


    I'm not happy with how it handles email at all. I've downloaded a few email apss, and the best one is K9 by far. It at least allows me to mark all as read (a feature I used a lot). but the stupid phone still shows notifications for the core email app which runs off the base google login for the phone (from what I can tell) and that needs ot have each email read individually for the notification to clear (within the email app)

    I get spam in my notification tray all the time. Even after a fresh security wipe... I cant figure out how to get rid of it. It's an Orange circle in a white star... everything from "help your battery life" to "insert porn add here"


    Believe it or not, I can't stand the news apps for rss feeds that I've found. I miss having it all contained in the social feeds app on my Torch...bundled with the facebooks and twitters was nice too.

    Then I miss the LED light blinking... something the G S II doesn't have physically.

    Coupled with that I have yet to be recommended or find an app that allows me to do ringer profiles like by BB did...especially coupled with beBuzz.

    So pretty much all communication issues.

    Then the things I can't stand about my BB is that I got to carry another device for my media as the BB is not as strong as a media device.

    I wish it was as simple as I'm making it out to be... media vs communication. But the fact of the matter is, that both weakness on either phone are just nitpicking compared to what the rest of the devices can do. If I stop nitpicking the Galaxy is a clear winner. A VERY clear winner.

    What I THINK I'm going to do is keep the Galaxy until BB10 arrives. Sell the Galaxy and buy the BB10 phone....
    What you call nitpicking I call pretty substantial issues. What it all boils down to is how you use your device most often. For me, communication capability trumps all other things, and any media shortfalls can be handled by another device (like my iPod) or I work with the capabilities of my device.

    You may be on to something with holding out for a BB10 device...

    I feel your pain. I was a BB user for years and switched to an iPhone 4s in October. I'd lusted after an iPhone for ages.

    Fast forward to 4 months later and I'm seriously considering going back to BB. Having lots of email crashes on the iPhone and sick of typing on a touchscreen. Amazing media device though.

    I just 'trust' BB more....is that weird?

    Hope you find what you're looking for. Nothing is wrong with experimenting with other devices....either you quickly appreciate what you had even more, or you find a new toy!
    For multimedia, you're going to be hard pressed to find a better platform than the iPhone in my opinion. Android comes close, but it just doesn't feel as seamless and well integrated as the iPhone does to me.
    02-16-12 04:29 PM
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