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Old 08-21-2009, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why should one switch to BB? This is the topic for discussion. Because market is full of smart phones and they are a lot more capable to do things.
My friend had BB8900 and in the start we liked it. But with the passage of time its flaws came to light.
Is this only perfect for email and messaging?
I haven't visited its app store yet but are there enough free apps to satisfy non-business consumers?
I was shocked to see one can't set more than one alarm.
One can't flip through photos. At a time one can see only photo, minimize it then go to the other pic.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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apps: yes many free apps
you can set more alarms within the calendar
you can press N to view next while viewing a pic and P for previous
OS 5 will introduce scrolling gallery type view for pictures.
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This sounds to me like someone and his friend have no idea how to use a BlackBerry, and are therefore giving up on it before learning how to use it. I guess I'll never understand how people can buy something and then (1) figure out what it is capable of doing, and (2) try and determine if it fits their needs. What happened to research?

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Here are a couple of links that may help you decide if a BlackBerry is for you:

BlackBerry FAQ - BlackBerryFAQ

BlackBerry Versus - BlackBerryForums.com : Your Number One BlackBerry Community


In addition, there are many, many threads here at BBF with feedback on various BlackBerry functions. Take some time to browse BBF, try out some of the advice here, and then decide if your BlackBerry is a good fit.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Why should one switch to BB? This is the topic for discussion. Because market is full of smart phones and they are a lot more capable to do things.
My friend had BB8900 and in the start we liked it. But with the passage of time its flaws came to light.
Is this only perfect for email and messaging?

The primary function of a BB is e-mail and messaging, they were developed for businesses who required a secure reliable system to keep in contact with out of the office empolyees, and for that purpose you cannot beat a BB.
As far as "flaws" a BB that is properly set up to run on either a BES or a BIS you shouldn't have any problems at all. However, if you mean "flaws" as in lack of games and other apps meant mainly for entertainment, that isn't a flaw of the phone as much as it is RIM's later entry into the consumer market than other smart phone makers. As time passes you will see more of these types of apps hit the market.


I haven't visited its app store yet but are there enough free apps to satisfy non-business consumers?

It depends on what you are looking for. There is an app that allows you to set as many as 6 alarms daily, that is in addition to what you can do with the calander, apps for video, an app that when you take a picture offers you the ability to upload it to website as well as several of the social networking sites. There are also streaming radio apps. Of course there are many rss readers, stock apps, personal finance apps,data tracking along with many others. It really is worth your time to go to App world and poke around.


I was shocked to see one can't set more than one alarm.
One can't flip through photos. At a time one can see only photo, minimize it then go to the other pic.
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In the end, its you really need to ask yourself why you want a smartphone in the first place. If you first priority is business communications that is secure and efficient, then a BB can't be beat, but if you want a phone that allows you to "bump" your buddy for a contact...you need to go to AT&T and get an iPhone.
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Guys, your replies are really helpful. It really helped me to understand BB. one thing more, BB apps are expensive. Is there any alternative?
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Try going to this thread, you can find alot of free apps in here.

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