Blackberry vs, iPhone

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by jkl, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. jkl

    jkl Well-Known Member

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    Okay so it's time for me to come into the high tech era. I have a cell phone, of course, but no Blackberry or iPhone. Can my friends at FSU tell me which is the best choice for someone who finally realized it's time to get one!:D
    I will use it for phone, text and checking email mostly.
    Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. MOIJTO

    MOIJTO Banned Member

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    iPhone is extremely expensive not only the purchase cost but the monthly costs for usage. My son, daughter have blackberries, my husband had one and hated it. I have "hello/goodbye" phone, although I love the high tech era I hate phones and use them as little as possible.

    If you can afford an iphone, buy the best one, then knock yourself out!!!
  3. Salome

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    Blackberry is better for data (email and documents), iPhone is better for entertainment (videos and iPod). iPhone also has more diverse capabilities.
  4. numbers123

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    I've never looked at the iPhone, but from my experience with the Storm and Droid.
    Storm does have more capability with documents. Droid has more capablities/apps.
    Because i use my phone for email and chatting, I like the droid more.
  5. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    There are many blackberry "flavors". Some are optimized for email while others have full web capabilities. If you're going to use the phone to access the web, make sure you're comparing the cost of the BB+data plan with the cost of the iPhone+data plan. For example, Verizon has BB plans that appear to be quite inexpensive, but they're not good plans for web use.

    I have an iPhone. I use the web much more than I use email/text. Fortunately, I do not live in NYC/NNJ, or SF, so my voice calls usually go through and stay connected. If you're in the Big Apple or Silicon Valley, you may not be happy with an iPhone.
  6. Stormy

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    The iPhone starts at $99. That's not exorbitant. It's not the most high end model, but for many it will do just fine.

    To the OP, the Apple WWDC is today and I'm sure some big news about the iPhone is going to happen. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping it will have something to do with them going to Verizon. Keep an eye on the news today if you're considering an iPhone.
  7. numbers123

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    I heard rumors of iPhone/verizon but that AT&T's exclusive contract wouldn't allow that? We will see what happens
  8. Cheylana

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    I would have gotten the iPhone but I don't want to join AT&T's plan; I'm quite happy with Verizon Wireless. So I have the Storm - which I like a LOT - but as others said above, it depends on what you plan to use it for. The Droid does look really cool though!
  9. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I am a technodoofus with a Blackberry Curve. I need it most for email and phone and not much for web browsing. I didn't download the GPS or other popular apps, either, it's really a work device. I'm fine with it, it wasn't hard to learn.
  10. snoopy

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    I have a work Blackberry which is fine for email and phone but for my needs it is waaaay more complicated than it needs to be. It seems that there is a lot of technology that my company is paying for than necessary. Plus my fingerpoints are too fat to quickly, accurately and easily type messages. Which is not a problem I have with my personal phone. I am in no danger of ever becoming a Crackberry.

    Now, I could see becoming addicted to an IPhone. Much more user friendly IMO.
  11. cruisin

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    JKL, the biggest part of deciding between a Blackberry and an iPhone has already been mentioned. If you do not use AT&T as your carrier, iPhone is out of the question. I will wait for today's announcement, but from what Verizon people told me last week, it's doubtful they will be getting the iPhone any time soon, if ever.

    If you have Verizon, the Droid is as close to an iPhone as you will get. I prefer the Droid to the Blackberry. For several reasons. 1. mine is the Motorola version and I have had Motorola phones in the past and am more familiar with their operation. 2. Droid is a Google phone, which I am also familiar with. 3. They are continuously upgrading the OP and sending it to you. My husband and daughter have Blackberries. They seem to have more glitches than I do with the Droid, and I find them more difficult to use. But as has been mentioned they are each better at different things. so it's really about what you need it for. Go to your cell carrier's phone store, the sales person should be able to help you make a decision that is right for you.
  12. Kasey

    Kasey Loving on babies!

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    And if you have/like Sprint, the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi are both good phones that allow email, websearch, youtube, etc as well.
  13. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts today in downtown SF and they are expected to announce the new iPhone. If there is a new iPhone and you choose an iPhone over a Blackberry, then wait until it goes on sale before buying one.

    The Apple presentation starts at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET.

    NYT live blog
    CNET live blog
    Gizmodo live blog - the folks who caused such a sensation here in the Bay Area with their scoop on the new iPhone

    Unless the new iPhone introduces some mind-blowing new features, I wouldn't get it if AT&T still has a monopoly over it. I have both a Blackberry and an iPhone, both with AT&T service, and I also had basic cell phones with AT&T from 2000-2006 - and the signal doesn't seem to penetrate buildings very well. That includes downtown skyscrapers (no service inside), large big-box retailers (supermarket, Borders, Target), and some houses. Now, the iPhone is fabulous, but I've had the same reception/service problems with other devices (my current AT&T Blackberry and my past AT&T phones) so all this leads me to believe it's an AT&T problem and not an iPhone hardware problem.

    I had none of these issues with a Verizon-based Palm from 2006 to 2009. The Verizon service was great - not one dropped call, ever - but the Palm majorly sucks.
  14. cruisin

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    I do think location has a lot to do with it. I live in an area where Verizon has the best coverage. My best friend lives in KY and there, she gets better coverage with AT&T. But, while AT&T is better than Verizon there, it still is not great. She gets a lot of dropped calls, I know, I get dropped a lot :D.
  15. numbers123

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    Crackberry.com has a stylet for the Storm - I think that it works with a lot of blackberrys. Made my life much better. However, I love the droid both touchscreen and keyboard.

    We have had Verizon for 12 years and very few problems, my son has had AT&T for one contract that he had, he had coverage issues and dropped calls quite frequently. We have had very few issues.
  16. Stormy

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    Just announced the new iPhone on sale June 24th, pre orders June 15th. This thing is pretty darn cool. Face to face video calls! I'd wait and get the new iPhone especially since it's soon it'll be out. But again, AT&T is the drawback. AT&T is crap in my area but YMMV.
  17. cruisin

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    Yeah, no mention of any other carriers :(
  18. numbers123

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    no, as I understand it, it is a long term exclusive contract, through at least next year. When we were looking at new phones..DH had researched the iPhone
  19. agalisgv

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    We're all AT&T here, so it works for me :biggrinbo
  20. Lurking Skater

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    I love my iPhone. I've always had AT&T and never had issues, but as others have said, it depends where you're at. I had a brief stint with blackberry and I thought it was slow and harder to use. My iPhone was much easier to set up.

    I won't be able to upgrade my phone until next year, so no fancy new iphone for me, but I am looking forward to OS 4!
  21. El Rey

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    OMG this new phone will have video calls, HD video camera, Netflix. I don't know how anyone even makes a case that the blackberry is better. Like others have said, AT&T is the only drawback. But they're making it so you can get data plans for around $15 for 250MB. WiFI usage doesn't count towards that
  22. cruisin

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    The problem for me, though, is that AT&T coverage is not great.

    I want an iPhone :wuzrobbed
  23. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    AT&T's 3G coverage is craptacular outside of metro areas. There's nothing slower than waiting for a web page to load from their old Edge network.

    As for ViPhone, the barrier is Verizon's CMDA network. Apple doesn't want to make a version of the iPhone with substantially different guts. It makes upgrades like iOS 4.0 very costly for Apple. Watch for news of Verizon's 4G network. Once it's in most of the major cities, look for Apple to start offering an LTE phone.
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    Foxconn also manufactures the Blackberry, as well as components in most consumer electronics from alarm clocks to calculators to remote control cars. They are a very difficult company to avoid if you want to purchase any electronics.
  26. aliona22

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    Foxconn only makes a few components for RIM, and have been involved with them for less than a year. Apple is one of their biggest customers.
  27. sk8pics

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    Wow, Netflix on the iPhone? Pretty amazing. Not sure I would do that, but it all sounds very cool.

    A friend of mine has a Blackberry and an iPhone and he complains constantly about the Blackberry. I have an iPhone and you would have to pry it from my cold, dead hands to get it away from me. I agree, AT&T's coverage is not as good as Verizon's coverage, but the reception on my iPhone itself seems better than my previous Verizon phones (last one was a Razr). I use my iPhone for email, some limited web surfing, to look up directions or menus or things like that, to tag songs with Shazaam, to take pictures, and occasionally play games. Oh, and to make phone calls. :lol: If you are going to use the phone only for calls and texting, you don't need an iPhone.

    Edited to add: I just watched the video on Apple's web site. OMG it looks amazing! I'll be looking forward to upgrading in February...
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  28. danafan

    danafan Canadian ladies über

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    I was going to post a thread on this topic today actually and used search and violà!

    I want to get a new cell phone, mine is three years old. I'm in Canada and my provider (Rogers) offers both types of phones. Rogers is affiliated with AT&T in the US, and I travel there frequently and would like to have a phone where I can easily check email, text, IM, facebook, twitter, instant messating, and browse the web.
  29. luna_skater

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    Love my iPhone. My dad and brother both have BlackBerry Curves, and while they like the phone, it isn't as intuitive. iPhones have got to be just about the easiest thing in the entire universe to use. If I needed to download documents, I would have more strongly considered BB, but I use my iPhone mainly for calls, texts, and web browsing. Love, love, love the touchscreen; when I pick up a BB, I'm constantly touching the screen, forgetting it doesn't work that way. :lol: Love the apps for iPhone; I have many frivolous ones, but also a lot of useful ones. Would never give it up.

    I'm with Telus in Canada, and haven't had any issues with them (other than the fact Telus iPhones won't work in Saskatchewan until July). They also have US data roaming plans now, but IIRC they aren't as good as the ones you can get through Rogers/AT&T.
  30. silverstars

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    I have a Blackberry and absolutely love it. I had the iPhone 3G for awhile, and the programming went haywire once (the phone would turn on, but was just a white screen), was fixed by Apple, and then flat-out broke a few months later (wouldn't turn on at all) and had to be replaced (which they did). I'm not a person who's particularly hard on her technology, so this was a bit annoying, although I have to hand it to Apple and say that they have excellent customer service. I have the BB Curve now, and it's perfect for me. I have apps and everything, and it's not as pretty as the iPhone, but it works better for me.

    As a side note, as far as the cost thing goes, Virgin Mobile (which is now running on the Sprint network, I think) just announced a few weeks ago that they're now offering the BB with a plan starting at $25 a month (unlimited texting, internet, BBM, 300 minutes), which is pretty incredible when you look at how much iPhone and some other BB plans cost per month.
  31. cruisin

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    Is that a data plan or the entire phone & data plan?
  32. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Love my Palm Pre but the new iPhone is looking good, if only they had a real keyboard. I can't handle the iPhone's keyboard. :drama: And also there's the issue of AT&T. Lots of dropped calls in my area.

    Also, noticed that peeps who update their Facebook status via iPhone sometimes get several copies of the same status, sometimes even 4 of them. And Facebook PM also get doubled and tripled occasionally for the users of the iPhone. Weird.
  33. sk8pics

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    That's interesting about facebook. I did want to say, though, that it seems like they use the same facebook app no matter the phone. A friend of mine updates with her Blackberry but it says it's posted from her iPhone. The first time I saw that, I very excitedly responded to her post, but she said, no, she still had her blackberry.:lol:
  34. cruisin

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    I mentioned, up thread, that I have a Droid. I got the Motorola one, because it has an actual keyboard, in addition to a virtual one. I figured that I would use the actual keyboard more, because I have nails. I got used to the virtual one very quickly and now, never use the actual one. AT&T is a whole other issue though. If you want to avoid AT&T, the Droid does almost everything the iPhone does, and it's Verizon.
  35. Mayra

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    You can't go wrong with a BB, Droid, iphone etc for the above. It really is a personal preference. My advice is go to your wireless store and play with the phones and see how you feel using each Qwerty keyboard, touchscreen, operating system etc. BlackBerry varies dramatically from the Iphone in that sense.

    I LOVE my iphone, but I also really liked the Droid when I had a chance to fiddle with it. I hated the Storm when I used it. The difference in touchscreen capability, speed, ease of use and quality in general vs the iphone was :yikes:

    On the other hand, the beauty of BlackBerry is that they have a lot of toys to play with. My roomie has a Blackberry Tour and it's fab.
  36. bardtoob

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    I just got the HTC Evo 4G, I know it is Sprint so it is not international, but the phone is fab. It can do everything an IPhone can and then some.

    The only issue I have is battery life, but the good far out weighs the bad (there are car chargers, wall plugs, and powered USB connections everywhere I go in the US). I can look at ANYTHING on the web, including video using Adobe Flash. Sprint's data plan is the most reasonable of all providers. This phone could replace my laptop. I just love it.
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  37. AxelAnnie

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    Well we have 12 Verizon lines (broadband cards and phones)

    I have had the Droid for about a year................LOVE IT. Got one for Mr, Axel....who cannot use a tv remote....and he loves it and even uses lots of apps.

    A few months ago I got a Blackberry Tour. Use the BB for my business stuff....it has made my life magic. Business operates through an exchange server. I was able to hook up the Email myself, and set up filters so I only get the emails I need (business gets thousands of emails a day....so seeing just what I need is great). BB is wonderful.

    For fun I got the HTC Incredible on Thursday.....on the day my daughter's water broke, and I made a madcap drive from SF to LA with a phone I couldn't use....I thought I would shoot myself. It does not have a slide out keyboard...and I have long nails...but it is kind. there is a learning curve.....but it is wicked fast.

    I am holding my 4 day old grandson WHOOPPEE! Excuse typos.

    So it is really preference.

    I had the BB in my pocket yesterday and had Pandora going while I cooked. What a world.
  38. cruisin

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    Do you have Pandora on your Droid? Does it kill the battery?
  39. numbers123

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    I have Pandora on my Droid - love it. I don't think that it drains the battery any more than on other phones. I charged it about an hour before we went on a 2 hour walk (where I had Pandora playing the whole time.) About 4 hours later, I connected it to the charger just to see how much drain happened. It is at 70% before starting the charge.

    As I understand it, all cells are supposed to have universal battery chargers now, for whoever mentioned the chargers advantages of ???.
  40. WildRose

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    I tried both before I bought, decided on the iPhone and have never regretted it. I love my iPhone :cheer2: