Ok, former hardcore Blackberry diehard here. I said I would never switch to the iphone, but the new 3GS sold me. Nevertheless, I now have some perspective after using both phones extensively :
From what I can tell, the iPhone poses few drawbacks for those who might consider switching from a Blackberry ("BB"). First, Apple could improve the iPhone's battery life. I charge my phone at least once during the day to keep alive during the day but I use it ALOT. I could probably squeeze more juice from a single charge by configuring the phone to auto-adjust screen brightness, to download email less frequently, & to keep me from downloading free apps from Apple Appsstore. |
Second, the iPhone lacks the suite of BB email functions every Blackberry user comes to love, but the iPhone is no slouch. A few tweaks by Apple would make the iPhone a formidable contender in an area historically dominated by the BB. One example, having a single inbox that gives you the ability to review all your email from all accounts. Currently, you must review emails on an account by account basis.
Third, & this is a stretch, PIN messages are like instant text messages but they are free. I miss receiving these messages from friends who actively use this proprietary technology found only on BBs. Still, I racked my brain to come up with this last point.
One thing I would probably add to this review which I started writing a few weeks ago is ONE MAJOR DISADVANTAGE of the iPhone if you plan on using ActiveSync. When you reply to a message on your iPhone, Outlook only shows that the message has been read and the Outlook sent folder contains a copy of the sent message. This is really not suitable for someone like me who relies on their phone to send/reply to emails. It is difficult to remember whether I have sent emails or just read them by the end of the day so its a major inconvenience.
I have become addicted to the iPhone in many ways that I couldn't with the Curve, but this single ActiveSync issue could be a motivating reason to reconnect my Blackberry on a data plan (for emails) and use the iPhone for calls, Internet browsing, etc.
If anyone knows whether a solution has been found, then that would be incredibly helpful. Otherwise, switch phones are your own peril. The iPhone is a great device but it hasn't been able to match the Blackberry in the email area.