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From Blackberry to iPhone...the verdict is in.

  • Sep 10, 2010
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On election day in 2008, instead of waiting in line to vote, I was at an AT&T store activating my new Blackberry Bold 9000 (I still voted, don't worry.) Two years later, that same Blackberry is now a thing of the past as I made my official switch to the Apple iPhone 4. It's now been close to two and a  half months now since I've had it and I'm finally ready to tell the world the answer that they've been waiting to hear. 

So...do you like it? 

I've probably heard this a hundred times since that fateful day I traded my BB for the iPhone, especially from my (former) fellow BB users. The past two months have  been interesting, so I'll break this review down into some of the main points I find myself noticing when comparing the two phones: things I never had with the BB and things I no longer have with the iPhone. 

Things I have with the iPhone, that I never had with the Blackberry

  • Storage capacity - I purchased the 32GB and love how it keeps all of my stuff in it. The BB required memory cards that you had to buy. Not cool. 
  • Camera, Video Camera & iPod - All in one pocket. The BB camera was pathetic, and I had to compress all my music just to fit a few tracks onto the phone. The fully functional iPod in the iPhone is extremely convenient and the camera does the trick for all occasions I've needed it.
  • Video & nice looking screen - YouTube finally looks great. BB? I simply had to forget even trying to pull up videos while on the go. 
  • 3G really feels like 3G - I know some iPhone users complain about how slow 3G is on AT&T, but it was even slower on a BB. 
  • More stability - At one point, I was doing a 'battery pull' on the BB every single day of my life. I think since I've purchased my iPhone, I've had to restart it once or twice..can't remember. 
  • Apps, Apps, Apps! - Finally, I could feel the love again. AppWorld is beat. Apps for the iPhone...like a Vegas buffet. 
  • Facetime - Crystal clear audio and video calling? Couldn't believe till I tried it for myself. It works everytime, just as good. The front end camera is genious! 

Things I had with the Blackberry, that I don't have any more with the iPhone: 

  • QWERTY keyboard - I  miss you, keyboard. I really do. I miss being able to write text messages while driving without ever looking down on my phone. I miss the quick keyboard shortcuts like R, <space>, F, N, SHIFT+scroll up/down. I'm sorry. 
  • Timestamps for text messages - Because I want to know when I said that. I can't anymore. 
  • Message failure notifications - I miss being able to send a text message/email when I had no service because I knew my BB would save it until I did. iPhone? So easy to miss when a message failed to send! AH! 
  • E-mail inboxes - Kind of going back to the keyboard shortcuts, but e-mail is significantly better on the BlackBerry. It's easier to manage, easier to reply, easier to read. 
  • Badge notifications - On the iPhone, a little red dot with the number of messages/notifications is displayed at the corner of each respective app. I miss how the Blackberry did the same thing, but put all the different badges (mailbox, bubble, the FB sign, the T for twitter) all at the very top. So you saw it at once place. Sometimes, I feel like there are just red dots all over the place on my phone. It bugs me. 

As you can clearly see, there are some things that that BB users may have been spoiled with after years of using one. Most of the things I complain about the iPhone are simply things that I have gotten used to with Blackberry. The biggest thing was, and still is, the QWERTY keyboard. While the other things I miss about the BB are simple annoyances, giving up my QWERTY keyboard is a big leap of change. Something I have to admit that I'm still getting used to. 

But was that enough to keep me? Probably not. The iPhone blows Blackberry out of the water. Packing a decent camera with nifty features along with a fully functional mp3 player already put it in my pocket at the store. Most of the other things are simply nice-to-have's: apps galore, nice screen, smooth interface. 

The biggest things that BB users will enjoy the iPhone are it's stability and storage capacity. If BB users can talk all they want about productivity - but we all know how long a BB takes to reboot let alone how frequent it freezes up or needs a reset. Same with storage capacity, not to mention the ease of managing your phone on iTunes. 

At the time I purchased the 32GB iPhone, it was $299. The smaller iPhone with all the same features was $199. Same price for the BB Bold, and same price for the new BB Torch that has just been released. 

Side by side, it doesn't hurt to try it out. You've got nothing to lose, and in my case - I've enjoyed my iPhone ever since. Peace out, Blackberry.

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September 23, 2010
Angel - storage cards are WAY cool. You can expand and swap your memory as you see fit. No such luck with the iphone...
September 12, 2010
I went from BB to iPhone years ago, and I haven't looked back. To me, the BB is completely out-dated. And, as an Apple computer user, the BB was a complete disaster. I was unable to sync with my Apple computer (which is a by-far superior product to the PC I had used before -- that's for another review). In my mind, there is no reason a person who uses an Apple computer should torture him or herself with a BB.
September 10, 2010
Nice review Angelo! I used to have a BB before my iPhone as well. I love the email set up on the iPhone though. Also the iPhone feels less cheap in your hands. I had the second generation BB Curve and even brand new it felt like it was going to fall apart.
September 10, 2010
Hahaha, it really is like a Vegas buffet in that app store! Glad you've seen the light :D And yeah, I miss being able to text when I'm not looking either. Actually had that down to a tee, but oh well, it's probably better that we don't text when we drive, even if we're not looking. Does make it hard to get out of a bad date though ;P Thanks for sharing this great review, Angelo! Can't wait to upgrade my 3GS to whatever's coming out next year :)
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The iPhone 4 is the fourth generation of iPhone, and successor to the iPhone 3GS. Introduced on June 7, 2010 at the WWDC 2010 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, it was released on June 24 in six countries, prior to anticipated release worldwide.

The iPhone 4 has all the features associated with an iPhone; only major changes from the iPhone 3GS are listed below. The most noticeable difference is a new industrial design. The primary structure is a stainless steel frame, which additionally acts as both antennae. The internal components of the device are situated between two panels of chemically strengthened aluminosilicate glass. It has an Apple A4 processor and 512 MB of eDRAM, twice that of its predecessor and four times that of the original iPhone. Its 3.5 inches (89 mm) LED backlit liquid crystal display with an increased 960-by-640 pixel resolution is marketed as the "Retina Display." It comes preinstalled with the iOS 4 operating system, and is currently the only device to support a new video conferencing capability, FaceTime.
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