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Old 07-13-2012, 06:51 PM
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I'm not an electronics moron but I've had the same Blackberry cell phone for 10 years so I haven't kept up on cell phone technology. My trusty Blackberry is dying, it's just plain wore out. The letters/numbers are about 80% wore off it's been used so much. It's been a great phone but the company is moving to Iphone4S phones and I can't get another Blackberry.

I loved my BB because of it's great battery life, it has taken a beating and kept working, the screen was large and I liked the feeling of the "click" when you pushed the keys. I don't have a lot of apps downloaded but I love the Accuweather, Steeler's Insider, and Texas Hold em game. Are all of these same apps available on any phone? Is the Iphone4S an Apple product?

Help me out guys, what will I hate and/or like about changing to another phone? I am on it all the time, more than 4000 minutes a month so I don't want to hate it. Actually I hate cell phones, they are a necessary evil to me but I get so sick of talking on it.

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:43 AM
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I switched from Black Berry to Driod and never looked back. I dunked a couple in S/W and upgraded each time now I use the Droid Razor and like it very much and I have played with the 4s Apple Iphone and it is a solid unit as well.

My first BlackBerry was all touchscreen and it sucked for texting with my large fingers I was always screwing up so I flat out bought anothr BB with the slide out keyboard and it was better for me but I lost that phone and thats when I went droid, I forget the model but it was marginally better and I felt like a made a good purchase. I had that phone for a while then it got dunked n wrecked so I went for the droid Razor and I am very happy with it.

pros;
most apps are free
Touch pad works better than many pads
very fast
excellent battery life

cons
slim design requires a cover of some type to keep it holdable....
speakers are not so great
and they are not waterproof...

get one you will like it

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I just soaked my old basic flip phone by leaving it in a low shorts pocket while launching the boat. Was down in the OBX so went to the local AT&T to "upgrade" to another basic phone. That's hard to do anymore, one basic phone, maybe two - they force you to smartphones (data plans). Anyway, walked out with a Windows based Nokia Lumina phone. I really liked the Windows interface, I thought it was neat and intuitive. Not as many apps available but has all the top choices. After one night of use I realized the text message letters were just too small to see with these 50+ year old eyes so I went back and swapped it out for a Mototola Droid that allows you to switch to larger text. Got used to using it quickly and love it now. I HATE having to have a smartphone and paying more but I gotta admit they're slick and very useful. I'm hooked.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:01 AM
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Buy a used or refurbished phone that is compatible with your carrier and have an "independent" repair shop activate it ...
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:17 AM
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4S is awesome! I used blackberrys for years until the iPhone 4 came out. Upgraded then and never looked back. 4S came out and upgraded again. Faster even yet. It is a great experience. Takes some getting used to as far as typing on the glass vs the trusty blackberry keyboard but I can honeslty say that now I can punch out an email as quick as I could on my blackberry. Siri is a great utility as well. I use that A LOT to speak long emails or texts as well. The battery life is not nearly as dependable as the blackberrys were, but I have purchased a "Mophie juicepack" which is a phone case with an extended battery built in and all you do is plug it in and it charges the case and the phone at the same time. Pretty cool and it doubles my phones daily batt life.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:30 AM
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Buy a used or refurbished phone that is compatible with your carrier and have an "independent" repair shop activate it ...
I just went through that with Verizon. They are eliminating phones that don't have insurance so they can sell you a new contract on a "smart" phone and hit you with all kinds of extra fees.

I ended up buying my GF a used LG for about $50 on ebay. She loves the phone so far, touch screen, all kinds of apps, etc. For me, I couldn't care less. Most of the time my ringer is off unless one of us is on the road.

If my old razr flip dies, I'll try the "independent" route so I can get the exact same thing again.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:05 AM
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I liked my BB much better than my Droid but RIM just didn't keep up and now their future is pretty much etched in stone heading for total failure.

When this Droid dies I might try an iphone.
I really miss the days of a simple cell phone but the Droid does allow me to use my time much more effectively.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:23 AM
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I had Blackberrys for years. I switched to an iPhone and it died almost a year later. Apple replaced it free for me and then within 30 days the new one gave me problems again it was replaced but with a 4s. Its a great phone but, When RIM comes out with BB10 I am most likely going back. BB just does certain things better
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Hate all phones, as has been said a necessary evil.
Just had to get a new one, went with the Samsung Galaxy IIS Skyrocket. Love the larger size for my old eyes.
Too many features for me to think about using.
Seems like a great phone.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:15 AM
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Battery life will be miserable on a modern smartphone compared to your old blackberry. The iphone is a "charge every night" device and if you are on the phone 4000 mins, you may find that you're charging it during the day. Other similar featured smartphones *might* be able to do 20-30% better than that, but probably not much more.

If you're in your car or at a desk and a charger is frequently available, not a big deal.

There is some getting used to with the iphone but compared to a 10 year old BB it is like saying "I really like my Ford Taurus, will a BMW 650 really be as easy to drive?"

The phone itself is not the strong point of the iphone. It is a fine phone. It is not a fantastic phone, but it's fine. Your carrier will play a big part there.

None of the smartphones are especially durable, but they're all pretty good. If you are going to beat it up, buy a case.

As for your games and apps...whew. There's a whole new world out there for you. Yes. Actually Apple says they are up to 500,000 apps. At least a few thousand of those are frankly amazing.


FWIW in the corporate world I speak to major companies almost daily about software, and their first question in mobility is always iphone/ipad. There is some interest in Android devices. Windows phones are coming up next but still lots of skepticism. Blackberry is always at the bottom of the list as people have accepted that the only thing they're good at is email, and all their employees want Apple devices now.

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I wouldnt count RIM out yet. The previews of BB10 are amazing and since everything I do runs through a cell or website I am waitng to see how it turns out. The iPhone is a great phone but, Email on it blows and the one thing I find annoying is that you have to pick it up and actually push a button to see if you missed a call or email. BB had a really simple solution for that very problem and Apple just doesn't get it. If Apple addressed those two issues I would never think of leaving
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:51 PM
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Some great advice, thanks. Keeping the phone charged could be a problem but I guess I will just have to live with it. I get over 100 emails and texts a day so I hope the iPhone isn't that hard to get used to or else I will lose my mind and probably throw it in the lake.

Say what you want about BB phones but it got beat up for over 10 years and up until the last week worked flawlessly. Emailing and texting with it was great. I'm gonna miss it but hope I will get over it quickly.

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Just got my first smart phone today. A Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III. So far I like it and it's been easy to 'figure out'.
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I get over 100 emails and texts a day so I hope the iPhone isn't that hard to get used to or else I will lose my mind and probably throw it in the lake.

Say what you want about BB phones but it got beat up for over 10 years and up until the last week worked flawlessly. Emailing and texting with it was great. I'm gonna miss it but hope I will get over it quickly.

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With that much email and text make sure you get a phone where you can "swype". Or maybe there's an app you can download for the same functionality? My daughter showed swype to me on my phone and it's great - a big time saver. Flot is right on battery life, I have to recharge my droid nightly.
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I traded in my iPhone4 yesterday for a basic Samsung flip phone and jetpack2. I had the iPhone for a year (Blackberry before that) and found the audio awful. It was pretty but an enclosure is essential, so the thing became too big and clumsy to fit in any pocket.

I'll use the jetpack for email and internet access when I'm out of the office. When 4g is available it's way more than I need for email and simple internet look-up. I have a new Macbook Air so combined with the instant on of the computer the jetpack looks like a winner.

Oh - and I cut our monthly cost by almost 35% in the process - check out the new share plans from Verizon Wireless.

Of course, I hope I'm this happy in a couple of months.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:25 AM
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The droid razr maxx has a huge battery that will last you 2 days without recharging with normal use. I have one and am a heavy data user. 100 texts emails a day are no problem, even if you have gps, bluetooth and wifi on all day long.
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So, your company wants you to upgrade to the iPhone4s when your BB wears out? Can you just find another like what you have (used) and use that one? Would they ever know?
I went from a Droid to the iPhone4s and really like it. There is a battery you can carry that attaches to the phone if you ever find you need more juice. I have noticed that it holds a charge longer now than when I first got it. I got a really slim phone holder and belt clip that works great. Otterbox is too bulky. I drop mine all the time with no problems. The predictive type works way better than any other phone and that was huge to me. If you ever get the iPad, it will come in handy with iCloud.

Oh yeah, the speak to text feature works extremely well if you drive a lot. You will love Siri too when it works.

Good luck.

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Kone- Never heard of swype.

I should be more clear, the company I work for supplies our phones, we have no choice what phone nor what service. I'm getting the iPhone4s period.

The company supplies the phones so they can GPS track us. Our MIS guys load special programming that locks out many features including turning off GPS tracking.

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I am on it all the time, more than 4000 minutes a month
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So no wonder why every time I try to call you Russ the line is busy. So what's a good time to call you, 3 AM?

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Our MIS guys load special programming that locks out many features including turning off GPS tracking.

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So do you catch hell for sitting on the crapper for to long?

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Had blackberry, iphones, and now the Galaxy Nexus (Android). They all have strengths, so far I like the Nexus the best because of the speed, size of the screen and the number one reason is the ability to swap the battery. I am a very heavy users (travel 3-5 days/week, every week) and when one battery dies, I can just put a fresh one in. iPhones are great too, but without the accuracy of the turn by turn navigation (you can download but it is not as good), and battery life is ok, but when it is dead you need to plug in. If you need something serious for business, I would recommend the Nexus, if you don't need the turn by turn or you can plug in a couple times / day iPhone is great.

btw - there are hundred of different types of "droids" people that throw out generalities about their cousins girlfriends brothers droid sucking, have no idea what they are talking about. There are crappy droids for sure, but the platform is not the number one selling phone platform without reason.
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