BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-26-2006, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Chicago
Model: 8310
Carrier: AT&T, dumped VZW
Posts: 72
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Who went to a Treo and came back to BB?

Please Login to Remove!

OK, I have been a BB user for 3 plus years. I'm on Verizon (7250) and non BES. I'm in sales. My company supports the Treo's, but they forward email to my BB. I do love my BB. Great device, not one problem in those 3 years. However, I'm always looking at getting more out of these devices.

Recently, I had lunch with a fellow sales friend. He showed me his Palm 700P. We talked about it and he loves it. Sync's email every 30 min. No phone issues, stability is good. What I thought was cool is that on his SD card, he kepts presentations, and some word/excel documents. He does not carry the notebook with him anymore. He did admit that battery life is not the best.

Anyway, I'm intriged by the concept that the 700P looks like a stable product. Sync's well with my friends ACT database, which I use. I'm more interested in carrying files on an SD card and not depending on a notebook. So, I'm getting drawn into the dark side a bit.

So, I'm looking at who went to a Treo and then came back the BB. Especially 700P users.
Offline  
Old 08-26-2006, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
Sparkomatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Orange County, CA
Model: Bold
OS: 4.6
PIN: S & Needles
Carrier: I don't even know her
Posts: 841
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

I actually was using an 8700 and switched over to a Sprint 700p using Good Link. I loved Good and think it actually works better with Outlook than BB but the Treo does crash from time to time. It's no where near as bad as with a 650 but my BB hardly ever reset. Bluetooth on the Treo isn't the greatest either. So, I'm back on a Cingular 8700c and much happier now. For me, the trade off of some nicer features (SD card, camera, etc) wasn't worth the resets.
__________________
Brandon
My Website & Twitter
Offline  
Old 08-26-2006, 03:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
BlackBerry Extraordinaire
 
flash24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX
Model: 9930
OS: 7.1
PIN: 3319688F
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 2,178
Post Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

BB for life here
__________________
http://twitter.com/billydasco

Proud to Serve USAF
Offline  
Old 08-26-2006, 03:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
No longer Registered.
 
greggebhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FLorida
Model: 9000!
PIN: NOT!
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 3,762
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I did the 700p for a while after being a Blackberry user for years. I, too, was looking for something new and pretty. Well after less than a week I was back to my Nextel 7520 and do not regret it!

The 700p may tempt someone like a pretty girl, but for day in and day out life, that pretty can wear off.

Blackberry is hard to beat!
Offline  
Old 08-26-2006, 05:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
Latino Hasta La Muerte
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denville, NJ.
Model: 7250
OS: 4.1
PIN: G!!!
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 9,045
Post Thanks: 52
Thanked 305 Times in 293 Posts
Default

I started with Blackberries when the 7230 (T-Mobile) was new. I upgraded to the 7730 for a better screen. But like b60boy's friend I needed more storage for all the stuff I wanted/needed to tote around with me. When the Blackberries run low in internal memory funky things start to happen. Freezes, crashes, etc. Not good. With only 16 MB of internal storage you don't have much space on these older devices. So I got a Treo with the SD card and had 1 GB to play with. Nice screen, lots of third party apps to customize it, and all was well. I had to buy an aftermarket email program because Versamail (standard email program on all Palm-based Treos) is a steaming pile of dung. Chattermail does a fine job with email but I did miss the push email of the Blackberry. My home email account doesn't support IDLE so I had to set the Treo to check my mail at set intervals. Really drags down the battery life, which wasn't too spectacular to start with. I bought a higher capacity battery that helped, but if I forgot to put it in the charger when I got home I would only have a phone for about 1/2 of the next day. No way to charge it during the day at work because of where I work (NYSE). In addition, I was really getting annoyed with random resets as well. Not too bad, just inconvenient. Can you trust a phone that might reboot itself when you to from the home screen to the phone app? Another gripe is the keyboard. It's QWERTY, which is nice, but it's way more cramped than the Blackberry QWERTY keyboard and has a lousy feel. Even with my relatively small hands (no jokes please) it was no fun typing on it. The final thing I didn't like about the Treo was the weight. 180 grams! I'd put it in my pocket on a weekend and it threatened to tug my shorts down. I almost got pantsed by my PDA at Starbuck's! That's a lot of compromises in the name of external storage, but I needed the storage enough to put up with it. I've been railing about RIM needing a device with a storage card for years and they finally listened. Yeah, you all will probably say it was marketing research that convinced them to make the Pearl, but I know deep down that it was my constant whining. They finally had enough and said, "Oh, jeez! Just make the damn thing and shut this guy up!!"

I've gotten myself in such a lather about the Pearl that I bought a Blackberry 7105t this month just to get back in the Blackberry saddle and to learn SureType. I actually like it, though the 8200 is going to really tempt me. I'm getting the Pearl the second it's available and will keep my 7105t as a backup. When the 8200 hits the streets then I'll probably get that and eBay my 7105t. I guess it's time to dump the 7230 and 7730 now, huh? It's either sell them or just start collecting and get all the others, maybe start a Blackberry museum.

Last edited by rambo47 : 08-26-2006 at 05:31 PM.
Offline  
Old 08-27-2006, 08:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Stewie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Quahog
Model: 8700g
Posts: 97
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I support both Treos and BlackBerrys and I would have to say that the BlackBerry is the best device hands down. The Treos crash and are buggy as hell. The email function is next to unusable for someone who is not a tech as there seems to be a need to always reset it up on the fly. I would have to steal an Apple quote for the BlackBerry "It just works." I have a Treo 650 of my own that does not have service as I have decided to watch it petrify as I use, enjoy and love my BlackBerry.
__________________
I have a signature
Offline  
Old 08-27-2006, 08:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
kmccarthy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: TX
Model: 8320
Carrier: T-Mobile
Posts: 495
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I like my bb better than i ever liked my 650
__________________
**BB 8320**
Offline  
Old 08-27-2006, 08:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
Registered User
 
trigga15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 7290
Posts: 267
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

thought about gettin a 650 but i dont like the stylus and touchscreen im not used to that kind of stuff so i chose the blackberry and plus i got it for free and i love it except i want to upgrade to a 8700c i have a 7290 but its bearable until i get the money what do yall think?
__________________
PIN: 202228FC
AIM:ridinspinnaz123
GTALK: ridinspinnaz


I LOVE BEING 16 AND HELPIN ALL THE OLDER PEOPLE
Offline  
Old 08-27-2006, 10:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 8700c
Posts: 23
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I recently (3 weeks ago) bought a Treo 650 as my first ever enhanced phone (always had RAZRs or pure phones before this) and switched it within 1 week for my 8700c. I will never go back to a Treo (unless RIM buys them or something ).

The Treo is nice but very unstable and prone to problems, according to everyone I talked to.

I love my BB for the 2 weeks that I've had it and will never go back!
Offline  
Old 08-27-2006, 10:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
Latino Hasta La Muerte
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denville, NJ.
Model: 7250
OS: 4.1
PIN: G!!!
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 9,045
Post Thanks: 52
Thanked 305 Times in 293 Posts
Default

The touch screen on the Treo seemed to make more sense when input was in the form of Grafiti handwriting. Now it seems to cause more problems than it solves. The Treo has it's flaws, but it does do a decent job with a lot of different functions. For me, the trade-offs simply didn't seem worth it when the Blackberry is an alternative. I much prefer the Blackberry I now have (7105t) and the Pearl will make the Treo completely obselete for me.
Offline  
Old 08-28-2006, 03:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Chicago
Model: 8310
Carrier: AT&T, dumped VZW
Posts: 72
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks to all for your feedback...

I spent an hour at my Verizon Wireless store and played with the Treo and the BB 7250 and 7130. I tested about everything that I could on both units. There is no doubt now to me that the BlackBerry is a superior device for me. It would be a huge mistake to move to the Treo. So, I'm sticking it out and wait for the new Verizon 8703 which is rumored to be out soon.

Thanks again for your insight, they were dead on.
Offline  
Old 08-28-2006, 04:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
Liv
BlackBerry Extraordinaire
 
Liv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX - Seattle, WA
Model: 8330
Carrier: Sprint
Posts: 1,093
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I had a dell axim x50v that was stolen...so I decided I wanted something different. Decided to go for a blackberry, my Dad told me I should probably wait until the court stuff was settled. So being the Daddy's girl I am, I did.

Bought the Treo650 and the next day at work saw Fox News and the story about blackberry settling. I called my Dad and he said he saw the story in the newspaper and knew he was going to get an earful. Ha.

So I tried to deal with the Treo, hated it.

Went to blackberry. And can never look back.
__________________

Device: Sprint 8330 Curve - Crimson
My heart belongs to Seattle18 (Who I met on the Forums, ironic.)
Offline  
Old 08-28-2006, 09:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 9630
Carrier: verizon wireless
Posts: 107
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I lasted 20 mins with a 700w. I seriously considered the 700p as a palm user, but as a salesman (sounds like you as well) neither are as good imho.

I love my bb now and if I needed to have access to a presentation I'd throw the files on yahoo briefcase or something like that. there's no way I'd have a customer looking at the screen on my phone to see a presentation. The camera on those phones suck as well regardless of them being 1.3 megapixel. I'd much rather have a digital camera and upload the files onto imageshack.

I'm considering buying the conduit for Act 6 that does a wireless sync with ACT and the bb because I despise outlook for sales contact mgmt. that's my next step. With eFax set up to send faxes to my email in pdf format, I've cut the cord with my home office and I can truly stay connected being away for the whole day and not wonder if I received an important fax like a purchase order. Just did that today.
Offline  
Old 08-28-2006, 11:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
Latino Hasta La Muerte
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denville, NJ.
Model: 7250
OS: 4.1
PIN: G!!!
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 9,045
Post Thanks: 52
Thanked 305 Times in 293 Posts
Default

I had my Treo 650 (currently gathering dust on the edge of my desk) for about a year. Before that I had a Treo 600 for 6 months or so. The camera on the 600 is so bad it's unusable. But the one on the 650, though substandard by most measures, came in handy on several occasions for quick pics for emails. I'm at Starbuck's and some girl walks in with a freakin' monkey sitting on her shoulder. 10 seconds of video sent off in an email to my daughter. You never know when something weird is going ot pop up. Not a "must have" feature but definitely worth having. I got used to the convenience of having a camera with me anywhere I went, even if it was low res. This is one thing that has me so excited about the Pearl.

The real reason I went Treo, replacing the Blackberry 7730 I had been carying for a year before that, was the expandable memory. 16 MB internal memory, shared by the applications, simply wasn't going to cut it. Carry a few photos, documents, and maybe a spread sheet or two, and memory on a Blackberry starts to run low. When that happens Blackberries do not respond well. All kinds of funky behavior ensues like freezes, crashes, or just super-slow performance. I just had to have an SD slot phone, and the best convergence device out there was the Treo. I've always been a fan of Palm's simple and dependable calendar and address book, so combining these with a phone and storage device, with email capacity, made the Treo a no-brainer. I always preferred the email and address book of the Blackberry, but the Palm option was an acceptable compromise to get the expandable memory.

But now with Pearl all that changes. I get my micro-SD card slot, a camera, and that legendary Blackberry stability. Combine all that with the BB email and PIM features and I'm in hog heaven. Again.
Offline  
Old 08-29-2006, 12:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
tregrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Tim Buck Too
Model: 7520
Carrier: nextel
Posts: 217
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

so why not just get a life drive that has 4 gigs and use it with a cell phone that has internet capability to check emails?
__________________
7520 Blackberry Nextel
Offline  
Old 08-29-2006, 06:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
Latino Hasta La Muerte
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denville, NJ.
Model: 7250
OS: 4.1
PIN: G!!!
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 9,045
Post Thanks: 52
Thanked 305 Times in 293 Posts
Default

One device, indivisible, with storage and email for all.
Offline  
Old 08-29-2006, 11:17 AM   #17 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
kurrupt_1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: SoCal
Model: 9700
OS: 5.0.0.979
PIN: 2159FC90
Carrier: T-Mobile
Posts: 606
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I tried out the 700p for a week and was checking it out, but when I found out that I couldn't multi-task on it, it went right back into the box and back to the store.
Offline  
Old 08-29-2006, 11:42 AM   #18 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
Nickster248's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Courtenay, B.C.
Model: 9800
OS: 337
PIN: 2333C6FD
Carrier: Telus
Posts: 315
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

The dilemma you find yourself in I believe has to do with the PIM qualities of the Treo over those for the BB. One aspect of the BB that RIM did exceptionally well was first and foremost make the BB a decent phone. On that point alone, the BB is miles ahead in comparison to the Treo. I do not doubt that the ability to use Programs like Documents to Go, with all your documents stored on an SD Card is a lure, and that is one area that RIM has to beef up on.

Just the quality of the phone was enough for me to switch back to the BB.
__________________
Nick

BB PIN: 2333C6FD on a Torch 9800
Offline  
Old 08-29-2006, 02:13 PM   #19 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The Alamo City
Model: 8330
Carrier: SPRINT
Posts: 255
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (NakedBerry: BlackBerry7250/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/104)

The call quality on the Treo 700p is really good. However like Kurrupt, the Treos inability to multi-task, cramped keyboard and weight, made me switch back to my 7250 which has inferior call quality.
__________________
Naked Wife is a man.
Offline  
Old 11-04-2006, 01:46 PM   #20 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Yeager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: La Quinta, CA
Model: 8300
PIN: 2409F719
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 21
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I have both a Treo 650 & BB 8700. I love both of them, but for very different reasons. The BB does what it does, what else could you ask for? The Treo was for fun, camera, mp3 via the SD card, etc. I didn't like the weight, the feel, and the pseudo-push. I don't even rely on push per-se, but after being used to it on my BB there is no going back.


The devices are made for the needs different people. I guess I have multiple personalities. I've dreamed of a TreoBerry for some time now. Hopefully the 8800 will slim me down to 1 device
__________________
and stuff
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.