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Why I left my iPhone for a Blackberry. (benackerman.com)
18 points by beingfamous on Feb 7, 2009 | hide | past | web | favorite | 10 comments

As a former 5-year, very satisfied Blackberry user who switched to the iPhone 3G last June, I have this to say about the comparison:

For business use that requires lots of replying to email, management of large volumes of email, copy/paste functionality, and the possibility of integration with existing Enterprise systems, the Blackberry is a must.

If you mostly just need to read email and only occasionally reply, you have a moderate volume of email (< 30 per day), and you are more interested in a device you can have fun with on the train and use as a replacement for your iPod, then iPhone is perfect. The apps available on the iPhone are truly killer. Real, playable games that you can fully enjoy. Also, web browsing on the iPhone is beautiful -- sometimes I find myself using it in front of my laptop!

I've convinced both my boss and my manager NOT to get an iPhone and to instead upgrade their phones to either the BB Curve or Bold. They both thanked me afterward when they realized just how much they relied on easy email reply and the ability to "mark as read" multiple messages (come on iPhone!). The iPhone is definitely a more media-centric device, whereas the Blackberry has been refined for the specific needs of business users.

I recommend an iPod touch and a Blackberry Curve, you get the best of both worlds.

I love Blackberries keyboard for sms/email and ipod for productivity apps (omnifocus)/games/music.

I can definitely see how that is the best of both worlds. In fact, I thought of doing that before I bought an iPhone, but carrying around fewer devices is more important to me than having a perfect keyboard.

Also, being able to listen to music (with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, btw) and not worry that I'm missing calls is invaluable (the call just interrupts the music).

Proving, once again: Get what works for you, not what is trendy.

//edit: I didn't mean this in a negative way. If a blackberry does what you need it to do in relation to whatever your needs are, then thats what you should be using. While hype is fun to get lost in, "Because its popular" is a poor reason to force yourself to do something in a manner that isn't beneficial.

Funny, I did the exact opposite.

edit: Just to expand -- I got given a BlackBerry for work purposes and it drove me crazy. Generally terrible user experience, unintuitive, and aesthetically awful. Funnily enough, since the iPhone was my first smartphone, I actually found it difficult transitioning to a physical keyboard. I got too used to be able to button mash and have it auto-correct.

I use the Google G1 and I love it. Everything is seamlessly backed up for free, everything works, and everything works integrated. I get the multiple applications running of a blackberry with the coolness of the iphone with out the "trendy"

I really miss my Blackberry Pearl. Currently I have an HTC from work, and it's complete crap. It's bulky and constantly restarting. Having to slide out the keyboard and wait for the screen to turn is also annoying when you want to send a text or respond to an email. I also never warmed up to the idea of the iPhone's virtual keyboard or the inability to run apps in the background.

My second biggest gripe with the iPhone, after the virtual keyboard, is, ironically, the phone. I just can't hear the damn thing, even at max volume (perhaps due to too many years of using an mp3 player) when in public. The ringer is too quiet as well, all of my friends who have iPhones always end up missing my call and calling my back.

But then maybe they just hate me because I'm still rocking WinMo.

I never left my Blackberry... when I first saw my buddy finally whip out his BB after struggling for 5 mins to find a location on a map... a knew i'd keep mine...

Then I meet my best friend for lunch to weeks in a row. Both days, he's having iPhone problems and just can't bring himself to return it...

The Blackberry Bold is an excellent device. I prefer the iPhone for the stuff that I do - I rarely need a keyboard - but the Bold is beautiful.

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