- 10-29-2011, 12:07 AM #1
I've been a Blackberry user for several years, but I have am thinking about switching lately. Actually, I've been thinking about switching away from BB for quite some time, but Android and IOS don't interest me, and I have been afraid to give up the great physical keyboards of BB (I email a lot).
Windows Phone has been intriguing me lately, and I think I am ready to release my dependency on physical keyboards. I'm thinking about the upcoming Focus S. So if I make the switch, what should I expect?
Anyone else here switch from from BB to WP? What are the advantages and disadvantages. How much of a learning curve will it take to get used to a new OS?
- 10-29-2011, 12:27 AM #2
Well it depends on what carrier your on. If you can pick any carrier, you will have plenty of options. You may want to check out the Dell Venue Pro if you love keyboards. As far as other Window Phones, the new Focus S looks great. If you crave a large screen then the HTC Titan will be the way to go. You also may want to look into buying a phone off ebay or craigslist right now because new Nokia phones will be available in early 2012.
The learning curve will be very easy. It is not a complicated OS like Android, but a little more complicated than iOS. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there to learn about how to use mango. If you use a lot of microsoft products like xbox, word, skydrive, etc, then you will really like a windows phone. That is one of microsofts main goals is to unify all of their products when windows 8 comes out.
The only disadvantage is just the lack of phones right now for certain carriers aka verizon and sprint. ATT has new phones confirmed that look great. Only other negative I can think of is the apps are not there yet and the games are kinda pricey compared to Android and the iPhone.
Hope that helps!
- 10-29-2011, 01:04 AM #4
For anybody switching to a new OS, think about the features you need in a phone, see if WP has it, and make your decision there. Because a lot of times, people switch and get upset because certain features aren't present
- 10-29-2011, 07:42 AM #5
I was a longtime Blackberry user. I had the Bold 9000 on AT&T and I loved it. After my 2 year contact was up, I switched to Sprint for the Blackberry Style 9670.
I really loved their physical keyboards and thought I could never switch, but I was drawn to WP. I got the HTC Arrive on Sprint, and the keyboard took some getting used to, but I really like it now.
I thought I would really miss BBM, but it's really not that big of a deal. I miss the password feature, but I bought Sky Wallet and it's not bad. I really liked the memo pad on BB, but I'm using One Note on Office, it seems to do the trick. I really like the Sky Drive integration, even though i never used it prior to my WP7.
I thought I could never leave BB, but iOS and Android just did not appeal to me, but once I tried that WP7 I couldn't shake the feeling that I needed it.
- 10-29-2011, 09:34 AM #6
I am also a ZuneHD user, and like the idea of combining my music and audiobooks onto one device.
- 10-29-2011, 11:09 AM #7
Not a former BB user, but from reading a bunch of former BB threads, you have to avoid getting hung up on little things that you enjoyed having on your current device. That will kill the WP experience for you.
I came from WinMo 6.5, and honestly WP7 was a downgrade of sorts. No BT file transfer, no on-device backups, no interchangable/expandable memory options, not file explorer, no custom ringtones (initially), no Outlook sync, and so on. But it only took me a few hours to appreciate what WP offered as an alternative. A smooth, stable, trouble free OS. I had to embrace the Cloud for file transfer, backups and contact/appt syncing.
Just look at WP with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.
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- 10-29-2011, 11:18 AM #8
As far as the physical keyboard I had treos starting with the 600 through the treo pro and thought it would be hard to give up the physical keyboard but the pro dies and I needed a phone I got the pure because they did not have the tilt 2 the pure was too small so I bought the tilt2 on ebay it was nice but if they could have taken it off sidin keboard and still functioned it would have been prefect weight and size for me I adapted to the virtual keyboard and dont miss the physical kb at all.
- 10-30-2011, 06:01 PM #9
I'm in the same boat here. Both me and my wife have been on BB's since the Curve 8300 back in 2007. WP7 is probably the most appealing switch to me right now.
I just have a couple other questions that I haven't seen answered:
1) How are the notifications with WP?
2) Are custom ringtones supported? If so, is it a pain in the *** to do so or is it native?
3) Battery life! I'm a pretty heavy user and can safely get through a day on my 9800 battery, how do the WP7 devices compare.
4) Data consumption...RIM's NOC does a fantastic job of making data transfer extremely efficient, for a heavy user of WP7 how much bandwidth is being used? I am on WiFi a bit throughout the day, but still hit about 1.5GB/month with my BB.
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- 10-30-2011, 07:10 PM #11
2. Yes, but it's a pain in the rear because it has to be a very small file.
3. Battery life on certain handsets are good. Don't get a screen that's too large.
4. 1.5GB/month with BB? You are insane... WP7 does consume a lot of data more than BB because the data on BB is compressed.
Also, BB's profile management is the best ever. Pity is that BB's OS is kinda glitched, though with many awesome features. And BB apps are dated/sluggish.
- 10-30-2011, 08:22 PM #12
Can you elaborate a little more on the custom tones? Or point me to somewhere that can break it out a little more?
Also, yes, I average between 1 and 1.5 GB of data, I'm quite a heavy user. That was more of a question for my own curiosity, as I'm grandfathered into AT&T's unlimited data.
- 10-30-2011, 10:25 PM #13
"The ringtone file must be in MP3 or WMA format, less then 40 seconds in length, less than 1mb in size and not protected with digital rights management (DRM)."
Here: Custom Ringtones Mango
- 10-30-2011, 11:44 PM #15
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- 10-31-2011, 10:57 PM #21
Dell venue pro user here and the keyboard is really nice. Solid firm click when buttons are pressed and an intelligent layout. I have a BB tour for my work phone and now I hate typing on it. Keys are too small and feel weird to me.
The device itself is heavy though, but that is because it is a very solidly built device. Not cheaply made at all. Feels good in the hand.
the screen is LED which I think helps battery life is I am correct. I can get a good day and a half out out of the phone with moderate usage of text text and email and the occasional web surfing.
I would recommend the phone for anyone looking for a serious keyboard. And the OS is fun, clean, stable and snappy. I have tried a lot of phones. This one has to be my favorite out of all.
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- 11-02-2011, 12:41 PM #22
I think that the WP7 keyboard is the best on the market. I am amazed by how responsive the virtual keyboard is on the focus. You won't need very many apps, everything issa well integrated in such a well thought out way. The OS is so fast. Android is a waste of money in my opinion. I thin they need way to much processing power to even have the experience to come close to what wp7 offers on only a single core. It's only going to get better. It's a young operating system and it's already this advanced.
11-02-2011, 01:22 PM #23
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We used to have only BB devices but we switched sometime back to the Windows Phones. Most took the opportunity and went with the Samsung Omnia 7 which is pretty much the Focus I guess in the US.
Only 2 could not be weaned off the keyboard and we supplied the Nokia E72 devices but even these guys are now desperate to get away from these phones and onto the WP phones.
Assuming that you will not miss any of the core functionality of the BB Server side I think the WP is a good replacement. The email is far more pleasant on the eye and the keyboard is extremely easy to use. We had some initial issues mainly around Out of office and calendars which we are reasonably happy with now that we have the 7.5 update.
I for one gave up my BB for the HTC Desire long before the others and then switched to the Omnia 7 and I really can I miss absolutely nothing from either platform.
- 11-02-2011, 05:45 PM #24
Speaking of the really performance/OS of 9900, I heard it sucks big time - battery issue, bricking issue, browser issue.. etc.
=( It will take at least two more years for me to consider BB again.
11-02-2011, 06:53 PM #25
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I can say coming from the Torch myself, the ONLY thing im really missing on this device (LG Quantum) is a LED indicator, but im used to the tiles doing the make-up work for me, its really convenient in the long run, and im starting to notice that the core apps people use are coming at a good pace now, THANK YOU MANGO!