1. michi123's Avatar
    Hallo all!


    Let me share my thoughts on my first blackberry experience coming from many years with windows mobile devices (and others like the old Nokia Communicator, all the SonyEricsson P-Series etc. - but thats really long ago)....

    My last five smartphones were WindowsMobile phones (including the Touch HD and the Touch Pro 2). While WM has come a long way as a business platform and has made huge improvements in stability, it still severely lacks in many areas. The latest OS (WM 6.5 and its variants) is almost the same as WM5.0 many years ago......even if I whip out my old and trusted Ipaq 3970 (one of the best PDAs of its days), I still cant see that much of an improvement. The thing is: WM phones can do almost anything you want - but the interface is less than intuitive and you need to spend a lot of time customising those devices (ROM-flashing, registry tweaking, you name it). And while all this can be good fun, it takes time - a lot of it.
    At some point last fall I realized I was spending more time with tweaking my phone etc. than I was with my wife and family. This realization and the lack of progress on the WM platform made me start looking for a new smartphone platform......so here it goes.....

    IPhone: not an option. Unorthodox hardware combination: great graphics processor, but low resolution screen. No multitasking out of the box (and I was looking for a good out-of-the-box experience). Horrible battery life as reported by most users (cant judge that myself, but was not willing to try). Lack of attention to detail: e.g. no number of remaining characters while typing SMS? Come on.... I-Tunes mandatory: hated I-Tunes from th ebottom of my heart ever since my first - and last - I-Pod....

    Nokia S60: While the E72 does look great and provides most of the functionality I was looking for (in fact I just ordered one for my wife....so I will get to play with it anyway ;-)), S60 just doesnt cut the mustard as a smartphone interface for me....too many clicks to get things done.....

    Android: definitly something to watch in the near future, but at the time (couple of months ago) Android 2.0 was not ready, neither were any devices with a decent screen resolution (480x800).....and if I have to go without a keyboard, then at least I want a big, high-dpi screen. Will be watching the reviews of the upcoming HTC Bravo closely...

    Blackberry: need to get an extra data option in addition to my data flat? No IMAP-folder support on BIS? Email size limit? Out-dated OS? Blackberry was not at the top of my list, rather at the bottom.....but still deserved some research. So eventually I ended up at crackberry.com (where else? ;-)) and have been reading the forums for a couple of months. Downloaded the 9700 user manual and read through it a couple of times to see if the blackberry way could also be my way. Loved the idea of keyboard shortcuts in almost all applications (something I sorely missed ever since the Nokia Commnicator). Downloaded the 9700 simulator and played with it for a few weeks, to see if I could justify jumping ship (and leaving those tons of paid WM apps behind and having to buy new ones for BB) and getting an additional contract.....
    Got a 9700 3 weeks ago - unbranded, unlocked, full price. Got BB data option. First thing I did as an absolute BB newbie was flash the OS from .330 to .423. Went just as smoothly as Windows Mobile ROM flashes.Set-up email (gmail plus outlook exchange OWA) - a breeze.
    I havent had a single lockup yet, no battery pull - just scheduled restarts after installing some apps, some occasional alt-right shift-delete to get rid of some quirks but nothing more. Battery life is absolutely amazing - havent seen anything comparable since the Nokia 9310i.
    The phone options are just so much better than on WM phones out of the box - profiles, anyone....;-)?
    What I do miss occasionally is the Gmail IMAP folder support, but I get around with it with the online search capability of the enhanced plug-in, or alternatively with the gmail app. And while the keyboard is really good once you get the hang of it, I sometimes miss the huge keyboard of my old Touch Pro 2 (arguably the best keyboard of any smartphone until today.....perfect size, great tactile feedback etc.).
    I just wish the build quality was a little better on the 9700. While I consider myself lucky to only have a wobbly trackpad (which does not impair its functionality, so I dont care too much - had I not read about it on the internet, I would not have considered it a build issue) and a sqeaking volume and hang-up button, its not good to see so many reports of light leaks, creaking bezels, lose faceplates, keys falling off etc...


    So - do I love my blackberry? No......its just a phone.....I love my wife and family, and thats why I made the switch to a very good out-of-the-box experience that gets things done for me. Finally I have a smartphone that does some work for me, and not the other way round as my old WM phones. So - do I like my blackberry? Definitly! Will I stay with blackberry? Time will tell.....



    Thanks all for listening, and thanks for a great and informative community, without which I would not have made the switch to BB!!
    02-01-10 01:58 AM
  2. sedalia066's Avatar
    Welcome to BB.

    My smartphone experience is less extensive than yours but much of my reasoning for buying a full price 9000 is like yours. Today I am still delighted with the BB experience. I cannot imagine going back.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    02-01-10 05:41 AM
  3. flop's Avatar
    Finally I have a smartphone that does some work for me, and not the other way round...


    After using a BB on the move, its a disapointment to come back to Windows desktops (and RIM DesktopManager's dependency on it). Part of the BB simplicity can be attributed to the lock-in of BIS and RIM apps, which can be a frustration when you want to do things a different way. I'm glad yours is being put to good use
    Last edited by flop; 02-01-10 at 07:40 AM.
    02-01-10 07:38 AM
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