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Old 01-17-2008, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have my mouse pointer on the BUY button right now for an iphone.


Tell me why I should not BUY it and go to the darkside.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go ahead and buy it and try both out. Are if you like it. At least you won't have any regrets.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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noone can tell you what to buy, just go with what you want in a device and you should be happy.
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Give it a wirl
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah, give it a try.
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You have my sympathy.
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As long as your bank account can handle it go ahead and waste your money ;) ;) ;)
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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once u go black(berry) you never go back..... so have ur fun now....
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The iPhone is a slick piece of kit, but it's not a communication device on the level of the Blackberry. You've got to be honest with yourself about what you use your phone/PDA for. If it's as a multimedia device that also makes phone calls and does email, the iPhone might be ideal for you. If you're primary focus is on email, and you send out 80 or 100 emails/texts per day like me, then the Blackberry is probably more suited to your needs. I have an iPod for when I want music, but it's not my obsession.

Make sure the virtual keyboard on the iPhone is not going to drive you nuts. Fat fingers? You might have trouble with the iPhone's keys. It's ideal for my wife, who's more interested in music and videos, and has skinny fingers.

I was waiting for MacWorld and the expected announcement of improved iPhones. Bigger internal storage allotment, maybe 3G for speed when not on WiFi. It didn't come, so resisting the temptation, even for a Mac guy like me, is much easier. I figured it would be my weekend phone/toy. But the lack of serious upgrades (besides firmware) makes it easier to wait.
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I have owned 2 iPhones and have returned both and come back home to BB. The iPhone is a cool phone but you cannot yet add programs to it, there is no search function to find contacts etc. It is not 3G, and you cannot use it on a work enterprise system. The BB is just a better work phone for me. Now if you just want to web surf, and email, it is a fantastic phone. Volume is a little low for my taste. Not being able to search and add programs was a deal breaker for me.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have the new Pearl 2 from Sprint and can do just about anything an iPhone can do and do it better. The media player on the new Pearl is every bit as good as a video iPod. Maybe better since I can play media files that the iPod wouldn't. Add Live Search and Beyond 411 and it just blows an iPhone away. Yes smaller screen but it's worth it. Also don't forget how the built in GPS makes programs like Beyone 411 and Goggle Maps come alive.

Donkeypunch was correct when they stated that the Edge network blows. My son-in-law has a Blackberry with AT&T and my Sprint Blackberry runs circles around it.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have both a Curve and an Iphone. I am very disappointed in the Iphone and would have returned it, if there were no penalty. It is heavy on hype and short on features. Heck, I cant even get my work email on it!

The iphone does a great (better then curve) job of web surfing and playing multimedia. But if you plan to talk on it at all, you can forget having any decent battery life for anything else. I need to charge mine every night. I'm not looking forward to sending it in for a replacement battery.

The Curve web surfing and multimedia is a bit cumbersome, but it works ok. Battery life is great. Email and sms/pin messaging is hands down better.

If iphone could improve the battery situation (and put in a user changeable battery) and put true exchange support (and sync email via OWA) i'd probably switch to it as my primary phone, but as of now, its just a novelty.
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I have a user with both devices. He likes the UI of the iPhone address book and feels it is fairly 'slick'. This would be a killer device if Apple had a solution similar to BES for server-based management and push/reconcile support. Even if RIM/Apple would release a BB-Connect client with just push/reconcile for email/calendar (at least) it would be a great business tool. But so far there is no word of a BB Connect client, sadly.

Other option is to get the iPod Touch (essentially the iPhone with twice the storage but no mobile phone or EDGE data) and use it with Wifi. It just depends on if you need to use the iPhone as a voice device or email client, or if you only want the multimedia functions. My wife has gone down this route (Blackberry for voice/email, and iPod Touch for multimedia).

But for us, without corporate email integration (similar to push/reconcile) the iPhone is a non-starter as a BB replacement (for us, YMMV). But I do recommend the 8GB or 16GB iPod Touch.
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"Am I nuts? (thinking about an Iphone)"

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Old 01-18-2008, 03:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have my mouse pointer on the BUY button right now for an iphone.


Tell me why I should not BUY it and go to the darkside.
Like they said, just follow your heart and instincts...

But let me tell you something, once you go BlackBerry, baby you NEVER go back!!!
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Just give it a try. you can always resell it.

You will notice though that Guess (founder) of BBF has one as his phone. BB for data still.

But its a different experience, and anyone that says the pearl2 is better in the media dept. is crazy.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Prior snipped...My wife has gone down this route (Blackberry for voice/email, and iPod Touch for multimedia).

But for us, without corporate email integration (similar to push/reconcile) the iPhone is a non-starter as a BB replacement (for us, YMMV). But I do recommend the 8GB or 16GB iPod Touch.
I do the same thing as your wife. I'm a heavy corporate BB user but I also have the 16Gb Touch for multimedia. The BB (an 8820 now) is in a class of its own, but the Touch is FUN! It reminds me of the Newtons I used to own. I just upgraded it with the January upgrade that gives me (most of) the iphone apps and I have to admit that the Apple user design interfaces really shine. The stock, email, and weather apps work very well. The Safari web browser is a a joy and many of the web apps that are available make the browser very useful.

The BB is my workhorse, but when I want a device for pure fun (with no expections of Enterprise use) it's the Touch.
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I'm a one-device person...I will not carry more than one piece of hardware, and the BB is superior to the iPhone at this point at providing the widest range of functions at the best overall performance level.

Plus my Pearl is smaller and pocketable...I played w/a friend's iPhone and while UI, particularly browsing, is very slick, in size it's a "purse-phone" and not for someone like me who wants to travel very light.
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