Originally Posted by dandrzejewski
So... two questions: Is anyone else here having this same dillemma? And does anyone here have an iPhone (this would be in addition to their BlackBerry, of course)? I've played with other peoples' iPhones quite a bit, but you all know as well as I that you can never really get to know a device unless you own it and spend hours playing with it. What kinds of things would I miss from the Berry? I'm sure the push email and PIN messaging will be at the top of that list.
Absolutely true - you cannot *really* see how much you like or dislike a device until it is YOURS to constantly fiddle with.
I have to admit - I was a very heavy BlackBerry user and a HUGE fan - I absolutely adored my Blackberry. It made my life so much simpler and more efficient. I had an 8700 and then a Curve - both with AT&T.
I was *convinced* that the iPhone was simply a fancy toy -- the few times I played with somebody else's, of course I was impressed with some of the features, particularly the Internet of course, but overall I was still extremely skeptical.
Earlier this month, I was given enough Apple gift certificates to completely cover the cost of a new iPhone -- combine that with the fact I was getting sick and tired of waiting for the bold, which was supposed to be out in July, so I pulled the trigger on the iPhone.
Now that I have had it for approximately one month, I can say that I really do like this thing a lot more than the Blackberry -- e-mail is a toss-up - some aspects of email on the iPhone are better, some are not. One big thing: for now, you can only get push email on the iPhone if you have MobileMe, MS Exchange, or Yahoo, and there are some other quirks about email that I do not like.
However, I have noticed on the iPhone that it remembers who I e-mail most often, so that whenever I start to type their name, my most frequently-mailed contacts appear at the top of the list. For example, if you have five Rick's in your address book, but you e-mail "Rick Smith" the most, his address pops up at the top when you start typing "Rick" into the address field.
Very cool and helpful.
I do not have the time to go on and on and write a detailed review, unfortunately, but at the end of the day, I really do enjoy my iPhone a lot more than my Blackberry.
Frankly, I do not really miss having it "PING" at me every single time I got a stupid email - I'm at my computer all the time anyway, so I can check my email from there, and when I'm not in the office, I look at the device often enough anyway......
The interface is very nice, better in many ways than Blackberry. Of course the touch screen is fantastic, and as a telephone, it really is a lot better -- it is much easier, smoother, and faster to switch between two phone calls, or your headset, speakerphone, or the device. Plus the call quality is far better than either of my two Blackberries.
One more thing - keep in mind that you cannot do true IM on the iPhone - currently, the iPhone does not support running applications in the background, which means that as soon as the phone goes "idle", it logs you out of any open chat sessions you might have. Kind of a pain, but I only really IM'ed with my girlfriend......since she obviously has a Blackberry, now we just e-mail back and forth instead.
I'd say you should definitely give the iPhone a shot -- you always have 30 days to return it if you do not like it.