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Old 12-12-2007, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just switched from the Pearl to the Curve on AT&T. It's nice to have a bigger screen and full keyboard, but I miss the smaller profile of the Pearl. The Google maps feature is my favorite thing about the Curve but I often wish I got the iPhone.

What features do I have with the Curve that I couldn't get with the iphone? I like having an extra battery but otherwise I can't think of much. Anyone else debate about getting the iphone?
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'll second the "real" keyboard. I can easily type on my 8300 but have issues typing on my wife's I phone. I prefer my BB.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Since I was already on AT&T, I looked at the Iphone before switching to a BB and it really is a great looking device with some interesting features. I really liked the interface.

But what I hated:
Lack of a real keyboard
Lack of push email
Can't unlock and use a foreign sim card with it
No wifi or GPS
No way to have a spare battery
Only Edge capability when at AT&T prices you're paying for the 3G network
Hard to add 3rd party apps
Price not subsidized by the carrier

Ironically, I won an Ipod from AT&T when they were trying to get people to start using the data network. Browse their website from the phone an be entered automatically or something like that. Now the battery is dead and it'll cost more to replace it than buying a new model. So I've converted all my itunes music to mp3 format and threw it on the Curve.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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But what I hated:
...No wifi or GPS...
The iPhone has WiFi, doesn't it?
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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it has Wi-Fi like the 8320

I like the iPhone but I love my BB beyond compare.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The iPhone has WiFi, doesn't it?
Oh no, I made the wrong choice.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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iPhone also lacks MMS, Cut Copy and Paste, the ability to forward SMS messages to another person.
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I own both devices - the iphone is NOT a business, power user phone. It's great for casual email and HARDCORE multimedia.

After all is said and done, the curve is a HUGE powerful device that does mostly everything and it does it well

Curve - better phone, email, outlook sync, great keyboard!
Iphone - great video, photos, wifi, atractive design.

I use the Curve 95% of the time
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I was at a holiday party this past weekend and to mess with my friend (who has an iPhone), I took a picture with my Curve and sent it via MMS to him, then asked him to take a random picture and send it to me by MMS. I got a call 10 seconds later with "I can't do that man". I laughed.
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I've had the iPhone...several, actually. I traded my 8300 for one a week after it was released because I HAD TO have one...what a mistake. After going through exchange after exchange (four!!), I kicked the hype-monster to the curb...and got back what always worked 100% of the time...

Glad to be back to BlackBerry.
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I have the iPhone, and as of this past weekend, I am using the Blackberry 8310 with AT&T. I had the Blackberry Pearl before the iPhone. That being said, here is what made me switch, and some other bits of info to consider:

1. E-Mail on the iPhone was excellent because it handled true IMAP functionality perfectly... that is, when it wanted to work properly. I had my iPhone set to check for e-mail every fifteen minutes, and normally it would, but every few days or so it would stop checking for e-mail without warning and for no apparent reason. I rely on e-mail connectivity for my job, and this uncertainty was one of the primary reasons I decided to make the switch.

2. I have to keep my phone on 24/7/365 because of my job. So, I had the iPhone/Apple Bluetooth Headset charger combo on my bedside table. That dual charger was very nice. However, every so often, when I put the iPhone in the cradle to charge, it would just sit there and never turn off the screen. It's as if the iPhone became stunned and refused to do anything. It wasn't locked up, though, because I could pull the iPhone out of the cradle and put it back, and everything was as if nothing had happened. Odd...

3. Missing features: no cut, copy, or paste. No MMS. No multi-party SMS. No multi-delete of e-mails.

4. No third-party applications... yet. This will start to change after February of 2008, though. And no, I have no intent of adding hacked junk to my iPhone.

5. The Safari browser on the iPhone was amazing. Really. That more than anything else is what I miss after moving to the Blackberry. The internet experience on the iPhone is first class. It's really that good.

I just felt like the iPhone was too flakey to be reliable, and reliable is what I need for work. I am keeping my eye on the iPhone, especially next summer when the next revision is due to hit the shelves (per AT&T's own press statement). The iPhone will improve, I have no doubts about that, and stands to be the best phone for my use... that statement, however, is based on Apple making vast improvements to their current iPhone offering. Only time will tell.

By the way, I dropped my iPhone on concrete the other night. Don't think for a minute that the iPhone is fragile. It's not. The screen is glass, true, and can be broken, but my iPhone suffered only slight abrasions on the corners of the metal casing (the phone is metal, not plastic, by the way). Nothing terrible, and everything still works just fine (fine, at least, in terms of the iPhone's previous flakey operation).

Oh, I almost forgot... I didn't realize how amazing the voice dialing on the Blackberry is. That one application on the Blackberry is worth its weight in gold. I am truly impressed. The iPhone and voice dialing: none, as with so many other, basic features found on so many others phones available today.
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Blackberry Messenger! i have groups for my company family and friends. sending pictures and voicenotes instantly is great. Its also great app to use when travelling overseas. sms is too expensive but this goes over data (i have unlimited intl data). Im a huge apple fan. have a bunch of cpus, ipods etc. I have an iPod Touch that i installed all of the iphone apps on. Still like my 8310 (Crimson) better than it.
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I was at a holiday party this past weekend and to mess with my friend (who has an iPhone), I took a picture with my Curve and sent it via MMS to him, then asked him to take a random picture and send it to me by MMS. I got a call 10 seconds later with "I can't do that man". I laughed.
That kind of stuff happened to me with my iPhone. It was actually embarassing to show off the phone and have a Motorola RAZR beat the socks off the functions available on the iPhone. The only exception was internet browsing. Shame, really...
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I will hold out for the BB9000. Unless iPhone increases it's battery capacity, not many BB users would tolerate the iPhone's need to be charged during the day!
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