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  1. Tim-ANC's Avatar
    I got some cables yesterday. Will try out the display dock soon.

    I'm still having trouble with email management. Friday night, I had to send to a person not in my contacts with text pasted from another email and an attachment. Couldn't get it right on WP. Fired up the Passport to get it done. I did have a few vodkas that night which likely explains why I drove the Lumia into the ditch. I can handle the Passport impaired due to familiarity and muscle memory.

    I do like how WP syncs well with my MS account. Downloaded the tunein app and it had all the favorites I use on the PC. Edge knows me well too.

    It also fits in the leg pocket of my carharrt pants. Passport doesn't.

    I plan to post a Passport vs Lumia 950XL thread in Crackberry. As we know, many over there are looking for a new home. I'll link it here when its posted.
    02-12-2017 01:15 AM
  2. Kot Prada's Avatar
    It took me a while to get used to BB's flick gesture for word prediction but I realized that this method gave more onscreen options compared to iOS or Android and didn't involve swiping the suggestion bar on Windows.
    Android's and iOS's keyboards are nothing comparing to BB's VKB. That suggestions above the letters are absolutely worthless. W10's keyboard is the only one which could compete with BB's VKB.
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    02-12-2017 07:06 AM
  3. MrockNroll's Avatar
    Thanks Tim-ANC for giving hope to the EX Blackberry users at Crackberry ! were glad you made it to WC and 950XL. I haven't used a Blackberry keyboard but the 950Xl keyboard is very good for my use & the voice to txt for messaging is really good.
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    02-13-2017 11:29 AM
  4. Tim-ANC's Avatar
    Thanks Tim-ANC for giving hope to the EX Blackberry users at Crackberry ! were glad you made it to WC and 950XL. I haven't used a Blackberry keyboard but the 950Xl keyboard is very good for my use & the voice to txt for messaging is really good.
    Never used a BB PKB? I'm envious. Ignorance is bliss
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    02-13-2017 12:29 PM
  5. MrockNroll's Avatar
    Tim-ANC No, I haven't but my oldest daughter did and she really liked it. she went to an iPhone after that. Ugh. :-\
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    02-15-2017 11:16 AM
  6. mmcpher's Avatar
    I've had nearly every Blackberry since their first color device and currently have a Passport and Priv as backups to my Windows Mobile HP Elite x3 and I previously used a 950 XL and a 1520 before that. I used to use a Z10 and then a Z30. I was hopeful that BB could fork Android in a way that preserved the best of BB10 but it just seems like a cluttered, confusing mess to me. At some point, BB's chasing iOS and Android cost them their mastery of email. At their peak, BB was terrific in handling multi-inbox emails. I've also used Samsung Notes, Galaxies and a couple of iterations of Iphones.

    Windows Mobile's Live Tiles are a real differentiator. It didn't take much to get used to, and there's a wonderful level of customization available. I moved to Windows Mobile under protest as Blackberry floundered around in the Android backwaters. As others have noted, the "app gap" issue will be familiar to you, but you can get mostly what you need. I always ran BB betas and in some ways, the Windows Insider Program is even better. For me, Windows Mobile was the clear next-best-choice to vintage BB. By now, it is just my daily driver, period. What will also be familiar, is the kind of whistling-through-the-graveyard sense of using an under-supported platform under siege. And you will lose the ability to run Android apps.

    I will keep a sharp eye out for Blackberry Mercury, which has caught my interest and made me realize my attachment to BB isn't dead.
    02-15-2017 01:53 PM
  7. Tim-ANC's Avatar
    Thanks Tim-ANC for giving hope to the EX Blackberry users at Crackberry ! were glad you made it to WC and 950XL. I haven't used a Blackberry keyboard but the 950Xl keyboard is very good for my use & the voice to txt for messaging is really good.
    In CB:

    Passport vs Lumia 950XL - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com
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    02-17-2017 04:42 AM
  8. SparrowhawkMMU's Avatar
    I moved from a Z30 (and prior to that 2 x Z10s) to a Lumia 950 a while back now, when Amazon UK were doing a steep discount.

    Like others posting here, I miss the BB virtual keyboard (flicking, whole word delete, flip down to switch keyboard layouts, multi-lingual word recognition etc), gesture navigation and the Hub most of all. The love of the Hub in fact almost drove me to BB Android but after reading reviews of the implementation at the time it was clear that it was a pale shadow of its BB10 ancestor. Plus the Priv was way too expensive and the DTEK50 was not out at that time.

    However, there is so much to like with the L950 and Win10M. The OS and bundled apps have improved steadily since I bought the phone and although email management and the keyboard remain annoyances for me, the rest of the package is great. I don't even mind the app gap - it's far less pronounced than on BB10. I have a native banking app, native Audible, native Kindle etc and whilst not quite as full featured as their iOS/Android versions, they work perfectly well enough. Also it has the best Killer Sudoku app I have seen on any platform, so that keeps me happy when I have some spare time to kill :)

    And the hardware is great for the money - fast, great camera, great screen, battery is decent enough.

    If MS discontinue the phone side of their business, I guess I will head to something like a DTEK60 or maybe even the Mercury. But I do hope that they bring something out soon to at least keep the platform ticking along.
    02-17-2017 05:13 AM
  9. Kot Prada's Avatar
    BB isn't dead.
    Android on BB = Death
    02-18-2017 05:12 PM
  10. xandros9's Avatar
    Android on BB = Death
    No dead, it's not great health, but not death. I for one am certainly enjoying blackberry's take on Android but that's just me$
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    02-18-2017 07:45 PM
  11. Xaxxus's Avatar
    Originally posted by xandros9
    Originally Posted by Kot Prada


    I'm worrying about absence of BB's keyboard with swiping for suggestions, RGB LED notifications and Hub.
    That's where the Priv and the upcoming BlackBerry come in. (or the DTEK50/60, although they don't have a physical keyboard, RGB LED) Got all three. Worth looking at.
    I frankly enjoy their Android flavor over stock.
    The only thing is: Since it's a custom android skin, your not going to be getting updates regularly. Whereas with Windows we have the insider preview.
    02-19-2017 09:43 AM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    The only thing is: Since it's a custom android skin, your not going to be getting updates regularly. Whereas with Windows we have the insider preview.
    Not quite as simple as that though.

    Security updates are very prompt. (I get them within a day or so of rollout every month, which sometimes beats Google pushing to their phones)

    Major version updates take longer though since BlackBerry messes with it under the hood and that's a negative. I believe there may be a Beta program actually, but don't quote me on that, I don't think Nougat is in there anyway.

    Also, Insider Preview isn't a great comparison since it's beta quality code. I would just compare to MS's control over Production where they push a cumulative update monthly and can still put out major updates.

    But on the other hand, we can talk about the new features that will be added in say Nougat vs. the competing W10M release and I'm pretty sure even a delayed BlackBerry Nougat would have more new features in the same timespan, (ignoring anything BlackBerry may add) but of course, major iterations are slow, security ones speedy.

    (although we're certainly behind the faster releases of Nougat in other devices in Android-land like the Nexus 6P)
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    02-19-2017 11:23 AM
  13. paulie_iwin's Avatar
    Oh... I forgot to mention something.

    On BB10 you can listen to YouTube while having the browser minimized or the screen locked.
    When I tried W10 there was no way of turning the screen and keeping the music playing.

    LE On Windows 8.1 you can lock the screen and YouTube keeps playing too bad not on Windows 10 also...
    02-24-2017 07:06 AM
  14. bunky1971's Avatar
    I got some cables yesterday. Will try out the display dock soon.

    I'm still having trouble with email management. Friday night, I had to send to a person not in my contacts with text pasted from another email and an attachment. Couldn't get it right on WP. Fired up the Passport to get it done. I did have a few vodkas that night which likely explains why I drove the Lumia into the ditch. I can handle the Passport impaired due to familiarity and muscle memory.

    I do like how WP syncs well with my MS account. Downloaded the tunein app and it had all the favorites I use on the PC. Edge knows me well too.

    It also fits in the leg pocket of my carharrt pants. Passport doesn't.

    I plan to post a Passport vs Lumia 950XL thread in Crackberry. As we know, many over there are looking for a new home. I'll link it here when its posted.
    ------THIS IS THE BEST POST I'VE EVER READ on a MobileNations site!!!
    'Fired up the Passport to get it done. I did have a few vodkas that night which likely explains why I drove the Lumia into the ditch. I can handle the Passport impaired due to familiarity and muscle memory.'
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    02-24-2017 08:36 AM
  15. terdferguson3's Avatar
    Did someone here switch from BlackBerry 10 smartphone to Windows10?

    BlackBerry now went to Android... and are dead (at least, for me). And I am thinking about Lumia 950/XL after my BlackBerry Z10. I've played with 640 a lot and I like it. Also, I have Windows 10 on my PC's. And waiting for Surface Phone seems pretty unreal for now.

    So, how does Windows 10 feel after BlackBerry 10?
    I went right from a BB z30 to a Lumia 950xl a year ago. Since u are already used to not having much apps or dev support from being on bb10 it's actually not bad. The things I needed but were lacking on bb10 such as music streaming and solid cloud storage are dealt with well and directly by Microsoft. It's not bad but u do deal with all the pumpkin pie haircutted freaks whining about it being dead.
    TgeekB and MrockNroll like this.
    02-24-2017 05:43 PM
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