I got my first blackberry about 7 weeks ago. My daughter is going to school in Argentina this summer and I wanted to get her a phone that would work there. When I went to Verizon with the special they had going I was able to get 2 Storms for $49. So I thought I would give it a try.
I don?t know how I survived before have email at my finger tips. I am now hooked. I am glad I found this forum where I have found so much information and guidance. I do like playing with the mew leaks and hybrids.
A lot of my friends like the blackberry because of the pin messages. Supposedly they are not left on a server anywhere so therefore can?t be subpoenaed, is that true
Well, My first real smartphone was the BBWE8830, LOVED it, but hated the lack of a Camera. Moved on to a Motorola Q9c, hated the WinMo interface, moved to a Curve 8330, but then got fascinated with the IPhone 3g after playing with my Co-workers, but kept dropping calls, bad battery life, etc....came to the Storm. I guess I just like Blackberries because of their ease of use, E-mail is ROCKIN' on these devices, and the support base for Blackberry is just phenomenal (the different forums).
I switched to Blackberry after having regular phones mainly because of the email capability. I was sick of paying for an email program, that everytime I got an email the phone told me it couldnt load the attachments. I would still have to find a PC to view it. My first Berry was the 8330 Curve, and I was hooked from there. Since then I have converted several friends over to Blackberry, and they are all very happy they did. I am now sporting the Storm, which I have no major complaints with. I thought about switching to the new 9630 coming out, but now with rumors of a second edition Storm coming, and the new Pluto lurking out there, I think I'll wait till all 3 are available and choose then. I think the best think about owning a Blackberry is the community. No other phone has like 5 different websites run by users, like this one.
Had my bberry since mid December, I actually cant believe i have never had a PDA type device before this, over the last 4 years have had a chocolate and then the envy, and would get the email pushed thru either text or the mobile email program, absolutly horible, now so office on the go i dont think i would or could be without a bberry. Maybe one reason that kept me away was the tiny keyboard on prior bberries. I guess just something you have to get use to. Never could go back to a regular phone again.
I had the Treo 700wx for 2 years, was fairly happy with it except internet was soooo slow. That is mainly why I went for the storm and that I have been with Alltel and now that the merger is transitioning it seemed like a good fit. I love all the things the bb does that my treo did not do well. The only thing that concerns me is that my treo was indestructible (my 5 year old has dropped many times in the last 2 years) and remarkably it kept on ticking. I am being more cautious with the storm. My only complaint is with the OS not being very stable. I have BBC's hybrid 3 and that seems so far to be the best. I may install the 3.5, not sure yet. I have learned the hard way about bricking and wiping in the last 2 weeks. I also appreciate this site, I have not really ever been one to participate in any of the online site either, but the support here is fantastic!!!!!!
Let's See Moto Q9 Sucked (Winblows) BB Pearl (Too Small for me) Treo 700 Palm ( Liked it alot) 8830 Red (Great device but no camera) 8330 (Still in play workhorse) 9530 (Solid as a rock)
By far BB's are the best devices for me...although your mileage may vary...
I am a general tech nut and have been a Blackberry fan for about 6 years. I have had just about every ATT Blackberry device since then. Recently I have found myself tempted by all the press and praise clouded around the iPhone and Android products. When the iPhone 3GS came out, I took the plunge and bought one. As I do with every new gadget I get, I spent the next 20 or so hours going over every detail of the phone and the OS. By the next morning I realized I had made the worst mistake of my tech life. I returned the iPhone the next day and never looked back to Apple.
The Blackberry simply handles the iPhone in nearly every way. The most obvious and notable of these ways is the way Blackberry handles messaging and emails. iPhone is so far behind the Blackberry platform in this category that there is literally no real discussion to be had. The iPhone has more games...and perhaps a better overall internet experience. But if you use your phone for messaging, the Blackberry is second to none.
About a month ago I succumbed to the Android pressure and bought an HTC Inspire. I spent 3 days with the Inspire...nearly every waking minute (I know...lame right?) with it. I learned and relearned every feature of the Inspire...more importantly...Android. While the large screen and apps were nice...once again messaging was dramatically inferior to the Blackberry.
I know there are likely eyes rolling around the world over these statements, but I'm not making them on a hunch...or from my love of the Blackberry. I'm making them from experience and, of course, personal preference. However, without question, the messaging features of my Torch literally blow away the Android. So, once again, I went screaming back to my Blackberry.
The message inter-functionality of the Blackberry is superior. Messages are all delivered to one location...meaning one icon for me. I am an anti-clutter freak...admittedly, and the plethora of home screens of the Android device turned me off. However, I was willing to overlook that if I found the phone to on par with the Blackberry experience. I wanted to love Android. I tried to love Android. I just couldn't.
Battery life is the next issue that places Blackberry firmly atop the heap of smartphones. My recent jaunt with the Inspire proved to me just how superior my Torch's battery life is. I could not get 5 hours out of the Inspire. That time was not even spent on the internet or the phone...just perusing menus to better learn the OS. I can spend all day working with my Torch...doing anything I please, and always make it through a full day. This is one feature you really take for granted...until it's gone.
There are many other reasons I remain a Blackberry fan. These are the two biggest reasons. Even though my Torch has less than half the processing power of its competitors, it easily does the jobs I want it to do better than anything out there. Perhaps if my needs were more gaming related, I might prefer an Apple or Android product. However, as long as I use my phone for business and pleasure, and want it to do the things I do very well...it will be a Blackberry for me.