1. Trist's Avatar
    Hello Classic members,

    I remember the last dumbphone I had was a waterproof Casio GZONE type S for Verizon Wireless. I would show it off by dunking the phone in a cup full of ice and water @ IHOP and had one of my friends call it. Next thing ya know the cup starts vibrating and it lights up like a Christmas tree. It was fun but enter smartphone era.

    At the time no phone was considered a true multitasking smartphone until Palm Pre came out. After doing an extensive research (I remember people would show off on youtube how many "cards," or apps, they can open and multitask in between all of 'em, 20+ if I remember correctly, and the smart gestures, 3D gaming; it was all too attractive. So I bought it.

    Palm Pre+ (webOS)
    What Palm did was amazing and I truly believed it was smarter than rest of the competition (hell, Android and iOS looked outdated and "dumb"). True multitasking, easy navigation amongst opened apps (horizontally swiping from one edge to another meant going from an opened app to another), qwerty keyboard, usb flash storage, and awesome Asphalt action! Palm had so much potential w/ their software, but their hardware was the ultimate Achilles heel. And I don't mean their hardware was outdated.. it was all bad QA. Double-typing? yup. Headphone jack not working? yup. Phone thinks you have headset plugged in when it's not, so NO SOUND COMES OUT, including ALARM AND EVERYTHING ELSE? yup. Wireless charging? Awesome. But people.. a working keyboard is a basic MUST, and being able to hear notifications is a MUST.

    iPhone 4S (iOS - can't recall which version)
    A solid, solid phone. By now, iOS and android devices are capable of multitasking, so why Apple over Google? Verizon Wireless only offered Moto droid variants and I dreaded it. Everyone had a black phone and I wanted something different. Amongst black laptops and black phones, Apple's white stood out and I liked their aesthetic design. And you know what? Everything just worked. And it was easy and simple. I didn't have to wrestle w/ the phone to type one sentence. I played Infinity Edge, which blew the socks off anyone who saw it. Only thing that sucked was iTunes.

    Moto X (android - Jelly Bean? Don't remember) switched to T-Mobile
    I wanted to save every bit of money and the iPhone 4S isn't a LTE phone. So I bought an unlocked Moto X (LTE) and switched to T-Mobile (save money). Moto X had features no other phones had. Being able to wake it up by simply saying "ok google now" and saying "wake me up in 30min" for a quick nap was cool. Ah the nonstop "breathing notifications" were cool too (no LED lights, actual icons). But the cons just outweighed the pros - camera that's worse than my then 2yr old iPhone 4S; horrible, horrendous display; and the phone just doesn't look timeless. I dislike the UI too. Would never ever go back.

    iPhone 6
    Ah, back to iOS felt good. Not to mention, the camera sets a benchmark for rest of the smartphones. It doesn't have the crazy uber specs of a Samsung's latest invention, but who cares. The phone runs fluid and smooth, because Apple has full control over software design and hardware as well. The two are just integrated so well. The apps work well, much support. The calendar works well, games play well, banking apps work well, kakaotalk messenger app works well. Everything just works.. well.

    ...but there's always a special place for a candybar design phone w/ physical buttons, and I've fallen in love w/ the Bold 9900's design long time ago. To this day, I'm still captivated by it. I remember telling my coworker how sexy her Bold was many years back. I've always wanted one...

    The fear.
    I am afraid of double-typing. I remember it was so painful to just type one sentence on the Pre+. It made me not want to type. I looked like an ***** if I didn't want to correct every word of every sentence, because it took way too long. And seeing how Q10s had mixed responses, and how some Classic users are reporting double-typing.. my fears came true. I heard Q10's double-typing became frequent or started happening after few months. What if the Classic did that? How is the QA on it?

    The loss.
    Yes, I won't be able to take just as beautiful pictures as the iPhone 6 for memory lane down the road, but that's okay. But what's not okay is Kakao messenger not working as smoothly or being bugged. This is my main communication tool for my family and loved ones. Telling them simply to switch to BBM is not an answer, because all of their friends and loved ones need to switch as well. The one in appworld isn't supported well, and sideloading means I may run into compatibility issues, such as not receiving notifications for messages, and running too sluggish. Games? no problem. Smartphone games aren't important to me anymore. Banking apps? That's another bummer. I love getting notifications and keeping track of my spending, but I wonder how it'll work when I sideload it. I know I can just use ie and log in, but the apps simply make it convenient, and using touch ID to instantly log in is even better.

    The sexy.
    If I have to give the sexiest phone award to one phone for the rest of my life.. it'll be the Blackberry's classic qwerty design. There's nothing more business-like, sophisticated, and sexy like Blackberry's qwerty phones. This alone I would buy a Classic. I have NOT run into a Blackberry user in years. Not lying, seriously. Not even a stranger. If the keyboard works great and I can communicate well for work and personal life, then I'm a happy camper.

    TL;DR Has anyone switched from an iPhone to a Classic? And how do you like it? And why do you like it?
    I know bakron1 switched. Just wondering if anyone else did.
    Pulkist, micher and 308hunter like this.
    02-23-15 10:32 PM
  2. sid89's Avatar
    Your expressions shows that blackberry classic has an aspirational value, I respect your emotions and observations.

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    Trist likes this.
    02-23-15 10:44 PM
  3. Lambertoid's Avatar
    Switched from the note 4 and love it

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    02-23-15 11:11 PM
  4. Pulkist's Avatar
    Nice read bud!
    Trist likes this.
    02-23-15 11:40 PM
  5. Solar 77's Avatar
    I find the Classic design sexy too. It has that understated vibe to it that really appeals to me.

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    02-23-15 11:46 PM
  6. frisettes's Avatar
    What you say about iOS is precisely how I would describe my experience with the Classic. Everything just works, right out of the box. I make a lost of the many ways that this is so. I never thought of the Classic as particularly pretty or elegant or timeless, nor its GUI, but as something designed above all else to be functional above all other considerations.
    - you don't need a trackpad, but it's there if you want it (and is extremely useful sometimes!).
    - you don't need the Hub either, you really can have notifications scattered everywhere, but it's far more functional to have them all centralised.
    - you don't need a QWERTY keyboard either, but it makes writing messages that much faster and with far greater confidence.
    - you don't need that stainless steel band wrapping around the Classic; maybe it doesn't look pretty... but this is a really tough phone, and it's a lot harder to bend or scratch stainless steel than it is to do the same to an aluminium band. When you drop it down two flights of stairs and don't have a cracked screen, you know you've got something you can depend on. Function.

    Aside from that, the double typing issue is something that I encountered once when typing this post (and was highlighted as an error to correct). My previous BlackBerry didn't have it; my spouse's Q10 doesn't have it at all. I'm not sure how prevalent it is possible you are only hearing about it because the few that experience it are the only ones posting about it. It is a fantastic typing experience and I don't regret it one bit.

    I don't know about Kakao Messenger (I use BBM and Whatsapp), but it doesn't appear that I can install it natively from BlackBerry world, and would require sideloading (which really isn't that hard), and android apps tend to be a bit hard on battery life. So I suggest, at best, that you try it for a couple of days and see if you like it. And good luck!

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    02-24-15 09:03 AM
  7. hplovecraft's Avatar
    I too sometimes just look at that Classic of mine with admiration. Stuff like that does not happen to faceless touch-slates......

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    02-24-15 12:41 PM
  8. anon(9155131)'s Avatar
    I too sometimes just look at that Classic of mine with admiration. Stuff like that does not happen to faceless touch-slates......

    Posted via CB10
    Still the same with my Q10.
    And I can understand that about the Classic ; this phone is really coherent and the general design is perfect.
    BlackBerry really make premium looking phones.
    02-24-15 12:55 PM
  9. dmateo's Avatar
    Are you selling your iPhone 6 for a standalone device or do you have both classic and ip6? You won't be disappointed with the classic. Try downloading the Google play store there's instructions on youtube.

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    02-24-15 09:59 PM
  10. Arjun Sahota's Avatar
    Love putting my Q10 down on desks during meetings. You feel like you run them, haha. Definitely a sophisticated design culture in BlackBerry phones. Not found in any other manufacturers, in my opinion

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    02-24-15 11:37 PM
  11. guruhabibi's Avatar
    Switched from an iPhone 5 to a Q10 in December. Added a Z30 last week.
    Although the camera is crap the Q10 never made me look back to iOS. Ever. BB10.3.1 is amazing. Keyboard is gold! Maybe even as good as the 9900. I have every damn app I had on iOS, btw I actually prefer certain apps in the browser (shortcuts in app window). For example: Uber, online banking as well as Tumblr's browser option are better than any previous app I used on any platform.
    Tl;dr: the iPhone has no doubt the better camera, but that's about it. Q10: ****ty camera and screen is tiny. Otherwise UNBEATABLE. I've been using the z30 now for a week and I miss the Q10 keyboard all the time, but since I read a lot on my phone, I decided to go for screen size. For now. I'll probably buy a Passport. Just because I'm apparently a BB fan boy now. Just like the Apple fan boys I used to make fun of. But better. Ha!

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    02-25-15 01:41 AM
  12. johnnydoesai's Avatar
    So did the OP switch to a Classic yet?

    I for one switched from a Z3 Compact to a Classic. I use them alternately, depending on my mood. However I am finding that the Classic is hogging most of the usage B-)

    Classic is a really really nice phone.

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    02-25-15 02:49 AM
  13. dmateo's Avatar
    So did the OP switch to a Classic yet?

    I for one switched from a Z3 Compact to a Classic. I use them alternately, depending on my mood. However I am finding that the Classic is hogging most of the usage B-)

    Classic is a really really nice phone.

    Posted via CB10
    I have a galaxy note edge and should be receiving my classic tomorrow. I too see it taking up a lot more of my phone usage as coming from a passport I miss the physical keys. The passport was an awesome device I just couldn't get used to the form factor (after 3 months).

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    02-25-15 07:40 AM
  14. Trist's Avatar
    Your expressions shows that blackberry classic has an aspirational value, I respect your emotions and observations.

    Posted via CB10
    Thank you sir!
    Nice read bud!
    lol I know my post was super long.. thanks for reading!
    I find the Classic design sexy too. It has that understated vibe to it that really appeals to me.

    Posted via CB10
    Precisely! You and I will get along pretty well haha
    What you say about iOS is precisely how I would describe my experience with the Classic. Everything just works, right out of the box. I make a lost of the many ways that this is so. I never thought of the Classic as particularly pretty or elegant or timeless, nor its GUI, but as something designed above all else to be functional above all other considerations.
    - you don't need a trackpad, but it's there if you want it (and is extremely useful sometimes!).
    - you don't need the Hub either, you really can have notifications scattered everywhere, but it's far more functional to have them all centralised.
    - you don't need a QWERTY keyboard either, but it makes writing messages that much faster and with far greater confidence.
    - you don't need that stainless steel band wrapping around the Classic; maybe it doesn't look pretty... but this is a really tough phone, and it's a lot harder to bend or scratch stainless steel than it is to do the same to an aluminium band. When you drop it down two flights of stairs and don't have a cracked screen, you know you've got something you can depend on. Function.

    Aside from that, the double typing issue is something that I encountered once when typing this post (and was highlighted as an error to correct). My previous BlackBerry didn't have it; my spouse's Q10 doesn't have it at all. I'm not sure how prevalent it is possible you are only hearing about it because the few that experience it are the only ones posting about it. It is a fantastic typing experience and I don't regret it one bit.

    I don't know about Kakao Messenger (I use BBM and Whatsapp), but it doesn't appear that I can install it natively from BlackBerry world, and would require sideloading (which really isn't that hard), and android apps tend to be a bit hard on battery life. So I suggest, at best, that you try it for a couple of days and see if you like it. And good luck!

    Posted via CB10
    It's nice to know that misspelled words will be highlighted (I learned something new). I just wished Classic had awesome autocorrect like iOS. Thanks mate, I can't wait til March 5th!!
    I too sometimes just look at that Classic of mine with admiration. Stuff like that does not happen to faceless touch-slates......

    Posted via CB10
    I'll be joining you soon. Just staring at my phone in awe....
    Still the same with my Q10.
    And I can understand that about the Classic ; this phone is really coherent and the general design is perfect.
    BlackBerry really make premium looking phones.
    Indeed. Of course, it's subjective but at least we're all on the same boat lol. Can't stand plastic-ky Android phones.. (of course, they're not all like that, but ya know..)
    Are you selling your iPhone 6 for a standalone device or do you have both classic and ip6? You won't be disappointed with the classic. Try downloading the Google play store there's instructions on youtube.

    Posted via the CrackBerry App for Android
    Yes, I'll be selling my iPhone 6 128gb to my friend. No need to have two phones for two different carriers lol
    Love putting my Q10 down on desks during meetings. You feel like you run them, haha. Definitely a sophisticated design culture in BlackBerry phones. Not found in any other manufacturers, in my opinion

    Posted via 10.3.1
    I 100% agree.
    Switched from an iPhone 5 to a Q10 in December. Added a Z30 last week.
    Although the camera is crap the Q10 never made me look back to iOS. Ever. BB10.3.1 is amazing. Keyboard is gold! Maybe even as good as the 9900. I have every damn app I had on iOS, btw I actually prefer certain apps in the browser (shortcuts in app window). For example: Uber, online banking as well as Tumblr's browser option are better than any previous app I used on any platform.
    Tl;dr: the iPhone has no doubt the better camera, but that's about it. Q10: ****ty camera and screen is tiny. Otherwise UNBEATABLE. I've been using the z30 now for a week and I miss the Q10 keyboard all the time, but since I read a lot on my phone, I decided to go for screen size. For now. I'll probably buy a Passport. Just because I'm apparently a BB fan boy now. Just like the Apple fan boys I used to make fun of. But better. Ha!

    Posted via CB10
    Good to hear! I'll really be missing the quality pictures from the iPhone AND the bright screen.. so we'll see how it fares.
    So did the OP switch to a Classic yet?

    I for one switched from a Z3 Compact to a Classic. I use them alternately, depending on my mood. However I am finding that the Classic is hogging most of the usage B-)

    Classic is a really really nice phone.

    Posted via CB10
    Good for you mate! I plan on setting the phone on the desk just so people can stare at it lol!


    Arghh! I can't wait much longer! VZW why must you release online first!! I'm going to be hopeful that my Classic will be flawless, could care less about light bleeding.. but they really need to do something about that calender if it's as bad as people say.
    02-25-15 10:24 PM

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