04-01-2005, 02:08 AM
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I used to have a Samsung i600 with Verizon. Keep in mind that the Blackberry has more limitations than Smartphone. It is not as capable and not as flexible.
There is no multimedia capability. No more streaming, or playing MP3s on media player, etc.
The Web browsing experience is pretty similar, although with a wider screen (240 pixel width).
Email is better on the blackberry, but again, there are limitations. While the email system is easier to use on the blackberry and it is "push", there is no IMAP sync capability like there is on the Smartphone. Assuming you are using the Web Client, you are simply being pushed a copy of everything. So get used to the idea of having to see your messages twice -- once on the blackberry and once on your POP/IMAP account -- unless you are using BES for corporate email.
Also, there is no file structure on the Blackberry unless you get 3rd party software. So you cannot download a file, and then upload it later on to another email. You can do this for certain types of files if you get 3rd party software. But the operating system is much more closed off and secure than in Smartphone.
The Address Book is just as good as the mobile outlook in Smartphone....very similar.
As far as software, while there are a lot of new BlackBerry apps being released every day, there are not yet as many apps available as for Smartphone.
The phone app is not going to be as friendly as a smartphone unless you get 7100, in which case it will be. Since you are used to using a Smartphone with T9, I would guess a 7100 would still be a substantial improvement for you.
Overall, the Smartphone platform is much more capable, but with capability and flexibility, comes complexity and problems --- this describes my experience with Smartphones very well! The Blackberry has much more of a closed and fixed operating system. There are not as many options, not as many settings, not as many ways to screw things up, and not as many problems. For someone like me who wants simplicity in a mobile device, I like it. If you are a tweaker who loves to play and customize, you may not like it.
Last edited by Eric5273 : 04-01-2005 at 02:12 AM.