I currently have a Blackberry Curve and need to upgrade my phone for a number of reasons. I send a ton of emails and use my blackberry all the time for work sending emails, phone cal. People have been raving about how great the droid is, but I am not sure it is practical to use for work and I already love the Blackberry. Any advice as to whether
I'm wondering the same thing. I'm looking to get a new phone soon (from the palm pre plus), and I really like the Droid X because it has a huge screen, better battery, and fully integrated with google. At the same time, I also like the Bold because it is one SOLID phone - blackberry email wins all and I really miss having a phone that lasts the whole day (I used to have an 8330). I'm leaning towards the Blackberry because the OS has totally improved since 4.5.. and they are really getting back in the game hard. Android seems very "bloated" to me.. plus.. the blackberry keyboard is unmatched.
I'm on the fence about this myself. Here's my take, after using a Curve for two years and now an Android device for three whole days: If emailing is mainly what you will use it for, BlackBerry cannot be beat. If you already love your BlackBerry, you may be disappointed.
My email delivery has been reliable on Android, but I spent a lot of hours in the Verizon store getting my GoDaddy account to work. And I have it set to poll every 15 minutes to conserve battery, so delivery's not quite as fast. (I'm not so important that I can't wait 15 minutes for email, however.) I am still getting used to not having the incredible battery life of the Curve, but I don't mind charging more often.
I'm sure knowledgeable Android users find tweaks to get the email experience closer to BlackBerry's. And I'm amazed at how much my new device can do and how much fun it is. With BlackBerry, I was starting to feel like I was paying $30/month just for mobile email, as that's all I was doing on my Curve, but it was definitely reliable and easy and didn't require much thought or effort.
Good luck deciding!
After months on the fence, I finally got the Bold. The Droids had 2 deal-killers for me - can't easily sync with Outlook, and no Global feature for use outside the US. I would love a bigger screen and bigger keys, but I'll now have to wait until the end of my new contract for that.
A day after I bought my Bold, ATT announced a new BlackBerry Torch that sounds pretty good. Verizon may pick that up some day, and that may fill some gaps.
After giving it a go for a week, I ended up returning the Android device and reactivating my BlackBerry. I had to see what the hype was about, but Android wasn't for me. I really missed the simplicity and familiarity of my BlackBerry. I wasn't crazy about the touch-screen and I really did not like the horizontal sliding keyboard ... it was awkward for me and I found myself not replying to messages so I didn't have to use it.
I won't bore you with all the things I didn't like about Android in general, but I've tried many other devices and can't find anything that comes close to BlackBerry's security, keyboard, and push e-mail capabilities (that also use data much more efficiently).
I think Android is a fun, exciting platform though and I'm glad I tried it.
Interesting discussion...thanks for letting me listen in!
In the coming months I'll be looking at both the Android phones and Blackberries. Depending on the holiday deals and how good they are, I may upgrade before my NE2 rolls around in January. I haven't yet played with either one (Droid or BB) but any feedback and information from "real" users is helpful!! I know that what you are used to and your expectations for a new device play a huge role in how satisfied you are likely to be, so I try to take that into consideration when reading reviews.
Trying to make a device do things it was never intended to do, or wish it had features that it wasn't designed for is just setting yourself up for disappointment and dissatisfaction, so first I need to learn what to expect from each device, and see if it's something I really do need and will use. Then go play with them in the store and see if friends will let me mess around with theirs.
Anyway, I'm rambling....but I do enjoy hearing others' experiences, and this thread seems to compare the two phones I am contemplating....so thanks for the insights!