1. nate0's Avatar
    Nothing beats the BlackBerry Hub, even on Android. Email is something BB still does as well as anyone else.
    Is that like a container for mail and...what else...?
    01-31-2018 05:02 PM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    Is that like a container for mail and...what else...?
    Contacts too.
    01-31-2018 05:08 PM
  3. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Is that like a container for mail and...what else...?
    Email, contacts, calendar and also calls, texts, BBM, Pinterest, Facebook and just about any kind of communication notification you can think of. notable.jpg
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    01-31-2018 05:17 PM
  4. nate0's Avatar
    Never used a BB except the Bolds we had here at work for pages and notifications. How does the Hub work more effectively then a native push app etc..? Can you share a link to some insight on it? Am curious.
    01-31-2018 05:20 PM
  5. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I don't know what systems BB uses but setting up an Exchange account is a breeze. The contacts app is almost as good as Windows for populating social media info and the calendar is equal or better than Windows as far as integration is concerned.

    There's a setting for unimpeded push services that is off by default because it may affect battery life. I keep it on regardless.

    The only knock on it is that a recent update broke the ability to pin separate accounts to your home screen the way you can with Tiles. The best thing about it was having separate icon notifications for each account.
    01-31-2018 05:47 PM
  6. HeyCori's Avatar
    Why can't I quit you?

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    02-01-2018 01:01 PM
  7. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Why can't I quit you?

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    For the same reason we're married. Can't live with them and certainly can't live without them.

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    02-07-2018 08:50 PM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    So the Sony Xperia XA2 is available and after reading a review, I have decided to pass on it. I'm still open to trying the next thing but it has to be worth it for me. There;s a rumored XZ2 Compact but apparently, it lacks the headphone jack so eh...

    @camaroz1985 you mentioned elsewhere that you have an X. What changed for you and/or what made you cave?
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    02-21-2018 10:06 PM
  9. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Sale of the X fell through on swappa (unlock issue, somehow Sprint relocked it, and claimed they couldn't POSSIBLY unlock it unless I used it for 50 days (though they unlocked my last phone the day I bought it, and I had already used this one on both Sprint and Mint, so at one point it was unlocked). So I was going to get it back and use it 50 days then sell it (coincidentally that would be right about the time the updated SE was supposed to come out), but apparently in shipping the speaker was damaged. I sent it to Apple for repair, and got a brand new replacement in return, factory unlocked. Thought about selling it, but didn't want to deal with shipping, and was tired of local people offering half price and being offended when you told them no, or not showing up when they were supposed to meet you. It just isn't worth the hassle, time with family is more important to me.

    At that point I thought about it, and even if (big if) the updated SE comes out and it had everything I wanted (waterproof, 3D touch, upgraded cameras), it would only be about $100-150 cheaper than what I had in this X, which is now brand new, and has more storage than I could ever need (256GB, I use 21 of that now). I figure the X is easily worth that much over an upgraded SE, and I can justify spending that much more for it. I couldn't justify $600-800 more than an SE, but $100-150, yeah its worth that to me.

    I have only used it a few days, but I do love using it, and yes it is bigger and I miss the size of the SE, but the screen is beautiful, it is fast and smooth. Cameras front and back are great. I don't use the FaceID, but the kids like to send mom messages with Animojis, so that's a plus. I also really like the gesture based navigation.

    Basically I figured worst case scenario if the upgraded SE comes out and blows my socks off, I can easily sell this phone for what I have in it, likely a little more, and get an SE. But realistically I can see myself using this phone for a long time. Maybe even push myself to skip the next flagship, and use this for a year and a half. I used the SE for 9 months, and if I didn't have this available to me I would have used it a lot longer (well at least a little longer, we all know I have a problem). I am going to hang onto it as a backup. It's not worth much, and up to now I didn't have a backup iOS device. At least now if something happens to either my phone or my wife's phone we have a backup.

    I would love an X styled phone the same size as the SE, but I think that would be very hard to package, and I'm not holding my breath for that, but if it happens I will be first in line to hand over my wad of cash to Apple. Until then I will just have to manage to get by with this phone (hope you can detect my sarcasm).
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    02-22-2018 11:14 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    Sale of the X fell through on swappa (unlock issue, somehow Sprint relocked it, and claimed they couldn't POSSIBLY unlock it unless I used it for 50 days (though they unlocked my last phone the day I bought it, and I had already used this one on both Sprint and Mint, so at one point it was unlocked). So I was going to get it back and use it 50 days then sell it (coincidentally that would be right about the time the updated SE was supposed to come out), but apparently in shipping the speaker was damaged. I sent it to Apple for repair, and got a brand new replacement in return, factory unlocked. Thought about selling it, but didn't want to deal with shipping, and was tired of local people offering half price and being offended when you told them no, or not showing up when they were supposed to meet you. It just isn't worth the hassle, time with family is more important to me.

    At that point I thought about it, and even if (big if) the updated SE comes out and it had everything I wanted (waterproof, 3D touch, upgraded cameras), it would only be about $100-150 cheaper than what I had in this X, which is now brand new, and has more storage than I could ever need (256GB, I use 21 of that now). I figure the X is easily worth that much over an upgraded SE, and I can justify spending that much more for it. I couldn't justify $600-800 more than an SE, but $100-150, yeah its worth that to me.

    I have only used it a few days, but I do love using it, and yes it is bigger and I miss the size of the SE, but the screen is beautiful, it is fast and smooth. Cameras front and back are great. I don't use the FaceID, but the kids like to send mom messages with Animojis, so that's a plus. I also really like the gesture based navigation.

    Basically I figured worst case scenario if the upgraded SE comes out and blows my socks off, I can easily sell this phone for what I have in it, likely a little more, and get an SE. But realistically I can see myself using this phone for a long time. Maybe even push myself to skip the next flagship, and use this for a year and a half. I used the SE for 9 months, and if I didn't have this available to me I would have used it a lot longer (well at least a little longer, we all know I have a problem). I am going to hang onto it as a backup. It's not worth much, and up to now I didn't have a backup iOS device. At least now if something happens to either my phone or my wife's phone we have a backup.

    I would love an X styled phone the same size as the SE, but I think that would be very hard to package, and I'm not holding my breath for that, but if it happens I will be first in line to hand over my wad of cash to Apple. Until then I will just have to manage to get by with this phone (hope you can detect my sarcasm).
    Haha I got the sarcasm. That's annoying that Sprint decided to pull that on you :/ Wow, that's awesome about getting a factory unlocked one instead. I agree with you about the hassle, so true. I'm glad that you are enjoying it though, it sounds like it was worth it to keep it for you.

    You're so right about the if thing when it comes to the SE being updated. There are too many rumors that sound questionable. I don't remember it being this way with the original SE.
    02-22-2018 12:00 PM
  11. camaroz1985's Avatar
    No, it seemed like the first one was more unknown until it was launched, at least that is how I remember it. Like everything leaked out right at the end. I wasn't paying that much attention at that point though, so maybe I just didn't know.

    I forgot to mention that the battery life is excellent on the X. I easily have 70-75% battery at the end of a work day (I am on 11.3 beta), I was getting about 40-50 on my SE. Even my wife who was always hitting low battery warnings on her 7, has not ever hit that on the X in the 2.5 months that she has had it.
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    02-22-2018 01:04 PM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    No, it seemed like the first one was more unknown until it was launched, at least that is how I remember it. Like everything leaked out right at the end. I wasn't paying that much attention at that point though, so maybe I just didn't know.

    I forgot to mention that the battery life is excellent on the X. I easily have 70-75% battery at the end of a work day (I am on 11.3 beta), I was getting about 40-50 on my SE. Even my wife who was always hitting low battery warnings on her 7, has not ever hit that on the X in the 2.5 months that she has had it.
    Hm, you might be right about that. It's been a while, can't recall. That battery life sounds great! Who would have known that you and your wife would happen to have the same phone for a while?
    02-22-2018 02:44 PM
  13. camaroz1985's Avatar
    Hm, you might be right about that. It's been a while, can't recall. That battery life sounds great! Who would have known that you and your wife would happen to have the same phone for a while?
    Haven't had the same phone since the Lumia 822.

    Edit: I forgot, there were a few weeks we both had an iPhone 6S, but the 822 was for a much longer time (about a year).
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    02-22-2018 03:08 PM
  14. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Why can't I quit you?

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    You aren't alone. Just picked up this bad boy yesterday, it's been on my phone bucket list for sometime.

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    02-24-2018 12:44 PM
  15. Old_Mil's Avatar
    The blackberry passport is a great device, but two caveats. BB10 has been orphaned for quite a while now and so overall functionality is less than W10M. Also the device has a known design flaw that eventually leads to antenna failure and intermittent and then permanent loss of signal for which no one has come up with a solution.
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    02-25-2018 08:11 AM
  16. TgeekB's Avatar
    You aren't alone. Just picked up this bad boy yesterday, it's been on my phone bucket list for sometime.

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    Curious how much you paid for it, if you don’t mind telling us.
    02-25-2018 08:32 AM
  17. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Curious how much you paid for it, if you don’t mind telling us.
    Not at all, buck and a quarter. Funny thing is, it’s less dead than Windows and BB support ends 12/31/2019. With limited Android availability, it’s also more functional.
    02-25-2018 10:25 AM
  18. TgeekB's Avatar
    Not at all, buck and a quarter. Funny thing is, it’s less dead than Windows and BB support ends 12/31/2019. With limited Android availability, it’s also more functional.
    Ok. That is certainly worth paying to play around with.
    I had one for a couple of months. Too big for me but a nice phone to type on.
    02-25-2018 10:27 AM
  19. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Someone I don't really know, but whom I recently traded with, sent me a BB Passport Silver Edition that appears to be a prototype. (Marked Not For Sale on the front trim beneath the keyboard.) It came to me completely unexpected and out of the blue. I sent him a Thank You note and never heard back. I have no idea why I was the beneficiary or if it came to me by some sort of mistake.

    It still had the protective plastic on the screen and camera lens and is mint. It appears I'm the first to use it.

    Thing is massive in the hand or pocket. I suspect it is meant for suit wearing types who have an inside breast pocket.

    Used it for about 5 days. Interesting device, it's just not "me."
    02-25-2018 02:30 PM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    Thing is massive in the hand or pocket. I suspect it is meant for suit wearing types who have an inside breast pocket.
    I remember years ago when BlackBerry introduced the Passport. They demonstrated how it is the size of an actual passport, which business travelers are used to carrying.
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    02-25-2018 05:23 PM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    In not so surprising news (or maybe it is, lol), I decided to go with the iPhone 7 again. I feel like I got a decent deal on it.

    The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact was announced, and since there's been no change in the camera, I'm not impressed. Like mentioned by @camaroz1985 before , who knows about the SE 2? We'll see. I tried the 8 last year and aside from TrueTone, it didn't feel like it was worth it for me, and I don't like the colors that the camera produced. I prefer more natural like colors.
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    03-08-2018 08:27 AM
  22. fatclue_98's Avatar
    In not so surprising news (or maybe it is, lol), I decided to go with the iPhone 7 again. I feel like I got a decent deal on it.

    The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact was announced, and since there's been no change in the camera, I'm not impressed. Like mentioned by @camaroz1985 before , who knows about the SE 2? We'll see. I tried the 8 last year and aside from TrueTone, it didn't feel like it was worth it for me, and I don't like the colors that the camera produced. I prefer more natural like colors.
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    03-08-2018 09:49 AM
  23. camaroz1985's Avatar
    In not so surprising news (or maybe it is, lol), I decided to go with the iPhone 7 again. I feel like I got a decent deal on it.

    The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact was announced, and since there's been no change in the camera, I'm not impressed. Like mentioned by @camaroz1985 before , who knows about the SE 2? We'll see. I tried the 8 last year and aside from TrueTone, it didn't feel like it was worth it for me, and I don't like the colors that the camera produced. I prefer more natural like colors.
    If you got a good deal it makes sense to use it for a while until we see what comes this year as far as an SE or SE replacement. It is a bit surprising to see you go back though. Got tired of the FFC on the SE, or just too good of a deal to pass up?
    I assume you have a battery case with it, as that was one of the biggest issues you had before.

    I must say I liked the design of the 7 more than the 8. I like the aluminum more than the glass. I always have my phone in a case though so it doesn't bother me too much. I have started using wireless charging again, and it brings me back to the good old days with my Windows phones (822, 1520, 830, 950). It's not fast, but I don't need it to be, I only use it overnight. I used to use it in the car too, and that was really convenient (probably the best use of wireless charging, at least for me), but with CarPlay now I have to plug in.

    Hopefully the 7 will treat you well, and you keep it for a while (or find a good deal on something else, which seems more likely knowing you. *hint* X *hint*).
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    03-08-2018 10:32 AM
  24. libra89's Avatar
    LOL
    If you got a good deal it makes sense to use it for a while until we see what comes this year as far as an SE or SE replacement. It is a bit surprising to see you go back though. Got tired of the FFC on the SE, or just too good of a deal to pass up?
    I assume you have a battery case with it, as that was one of the biggest issues you had before.

    I must say I liked the design of the 7 more than the 8. I like the aluminum more than the glass. I always have my phone in a case though so it doesn't bother me too much. I have started using wireless charging again, and it brings me back to the good old days with my Windows phones (822, 1520, 830, 950). It's not fast, but I don't need it to be, I only use it overnight. I used to use it in the car too, and that was really convenient (probably the best use of wireless charging, at least for me), but with CarPlay now I have to plug in.

    Hopefully the 7 will treat you well, and you keep it for a while (or find a good deal on something else, which seems more likely knowing you. *hint* X *hint*).
    Your first guess was right, I got tired of the FFC on the SE now since I have been using it as a phone again. I have been following listings for weeks now. I had specific things I wanted in a deal, and I got the more important stuff (didn't get a Red after all but it's fine). The mixed performance of my Galaxy A3 can be annoying at times so I switch but then I miss the camera lol.

    I may or may not get a battery case, it depends. I have been doing an experiment to do less on my phone this week, which has me carrying around 2 phones (sometimes). Basically I removed most of the apps that I kept refreshing from my SE (which I'm using as a phone; email remains though) and leave those apps on my A3. The catch with this is that I can only load things when I'm at a place that has WiFi I'm connected to, like home and work. I have downloaded all of my media on it (podcasts, playlists, a library book) and I put it away in my purse. Otherwise, I leave it in the car, like when I have class. Essentially, of course battery life is nice because only email and weather are updated, so I might not need it.

    I totally agree about the design though. I liked the colors more than the glass, I think. Ooh wireless charging sounds nice to have again for you. It's funny what you miss when you don't realize it.

    Thank you. Haha, I don't know. I have thought about the X but at the prices it is now, even secondhand, I can't do it. Now that I started grad school, it's less likely.
    03-08-2018 12:01 PM
  25. camaroz1985's Avatar
    ....Thank you. Haha, I don't know. I have thought about the X but at the prices it is now, even secondhand, I can't do it. Now that I started grad school, it's less likely.
    Well, that's what you get for trying to better yourself and furthering your education...

    Just to plant a seed, you can get them for about half price, which isn't cheap, but it is a lot of phone for the price, and maybe, just maybe you might be able to keep a single phone for longer than 6, scratch that, 3 months
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    03-08-2018 01:24 PM
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