Darren Duke March 9 2011 07:04:52 AMSince 2005 I've had BlackBerry attached to my hip during every waking hour. I think I started with a 7230, the hockey puck looking ones that you really could play ice hockey with ;)
Six months ago I added an Android Samsung Galaxy S (in my case an Epic) to compare against the BlackBerry and last week Lisa exchanged my BlackBerry Tour for a Verizon powered iPhone. So over the past few weeks I've used all the major devices. Added to that we've moved some STS clients to non-BlackBerry devices and then back again, and then some, back yet again! During all of this I've notices some things that just irk me on the iPhone and Android.
Note, my BlackBerry was connected to a full BES, my iShiny and Android are connected to the latest gold code for Traveler.....so lets see....
(some of these issues are the devices themselves, some are Traveler related and some are likely patent related)
1) For the life of me I cannot seem to cancel a meeting in the iShiny, I guess I can't. Forget doing that on the current Android Traveler code too
2) I spend a lot of time on conference calls. Conference calls almost always come with a passcode. On the BB I was able to prefix passcodes (and phone extensions) with an 'x' (123-123-1234 x 123456) and the BB would recognize that, and display a screen asking if I wanted to dial the extension. On the other non-RIM devices I literally have to write these down on a post-it note and take it with me. This is by far the biggest issue for me on Androids.
3) On the iPhone a calendar entry that has a phone number in it is not clickable!!! WTF? Apple have you ever used your own device? Again, back to a post-it note! Massive fail on Apple's part.
4) iPhone plus, it has a function on the calendar similar to "Unprocessed Notices" (aka, ghosted calendar entries) that is in Notes. The others don't.
5) The BlackBerry had a full, native Sametime client. At LS11 IBM mentioned the other devices would be getting them, but as it stands right now you'd have to use ST Proxy.
6) The Android keyboard (at least on my Epic 4G) is the worst designed keyboard on any mobile device I have ever used.
7) You can't create meetings on Traveler devices yet. So no invitees. For heavy BB users, this is a big, big issue.
8) Ring tones. You either love 'em or you hate 'em, but only the BlackBerry and the iPhone allow you to assign ringtones to specific contacts.
9) "Favorites", seems like you can only have one favorite per contact on the non-RIM devices.
10) Battery life. My BB would go 2 days between charges. Forget that for the Epic where I maybe get 8 hours. The iPhone is slightly better (or I use it less).
Now, I'm sure the above will start some type of flame war and I am sure there maybe ways to over come the non-RIM devices so feel free to comment.
So there you have it. It may or may not be a simple switch depending on how you use your BlackBerry. Will I be going back to a RIM device? No. The increased functionality on the other devices (and the ability to actually use a web browser) sway too much on my to go back. I do miss some things but I'll just purchase a pack of Post-it Notes ;)
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