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| | Re: Bye Bye Blackberry
I'm with BBRaffey. The winds at my company are blowing toward iOS, and I switched my phone line for the first time since 2004 from a BlackBerry to an iPhone 4S.
I had the 7750, 7250, 7100g, 7130, 8700, a Tour for about two years, then finally a Bold 9930 "Touch".
I remember those magical early days when users would look past the clunky size and poor phone that the 7750 was to have that E-MAIL constantly! I believe RIM innovated beyond the competition up to the 8700 World Edition of 2007.
I went to a Verizon breakfast for the Storm debut in late '08 and knew then RIM was adrift. That thing was in beta when released and they were charging for it! (Reminded me of Vista!) While the Tour and Bolds that followed were solid devices, they weren't innovative. I evaluated the Storm 2, but never carried one.
I thought the Torch was a goofy form factor, and with the onset of OS6, the menus -- in an attempt to be more helpful -- became more confusing and less familiar. Plus, the web browser still sucked.
With the 9930 and OS7, they allowed the user to tame down the damn main screen panels, and the browser was improved, but it's the device they needed three years ago, not in 2011.
I'll continue to support my 800 users of course, but I'll be carrying a BlackBerry as a secondary "is the server up" device, not as my primary tool. Like the OP, Siri itself is a lot to get used to, and the incredible functionality of the 4S, along with iCloud, WiFi sync, etc. makes it so much more functional and enjoyable than my BlackBerry. I want to play with it to see everything it can do, not just check e-mail with it.
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