Migrating Smartphones: Switching from iPhone to BlackBerry

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Migration

Something not often talked about is iPhone users migrating to BlackBerry. Customer satisfaction among iPhone users is very high. The reason for such a good score is that relatively little goes wrong with an iPhone. The iPhone is both simple and elegant in it’s software and hardware design, making for a trouble-free, and rewarding user experience.

Apple has build their reputation marketing their products as the “alternative” to the woes of mainstream computing. Throughout the company’s history, there have been several ad campaigns inviting people to switch platforms to Apple. Having a platform focused on ease of use, simple OS design, and a small product lineup has made choosing Apples’ products a “no brainer” kind of choice. To the people who are easily frustrated by traditional computing, it’s a great platform that gives them real piece of mind.

Enter the power user: these are the people with their fingers on the pulse of technology. Blackberry is the ultimate mobile platform for power users. Its rapid-entry keypad, robust multitasking, and utilities are perfectly geared for a quick and lean mobile experience. When migrating from iPhone to BlackBerry you’ll notice a number of fundamental differences, here’s what to expect:

What you’ll miss about the iPhone

The biggest thing you’re going to miss is Apple’s simple and elegant UI. The BlackBerry OS, on the other hand, is a bit finicky. You will become quickly familiar with the term “battery pull” which means there’s some sort of error on your device and the only way to get it working properly again is to fully reset the BlackBerry. Turning your BlackBerry off simply suspends the OS, whereas the battery pull makes the OS restart fresh and clean.

Another thing you’ll miss are some specific apps that you had on your iPhone. As noted in a recent article about the top free and paid apps for BlackBerry and iPhone, you’re going to find the types of apps that are popular on a BlackBerry are very different than an iPhone. In general, the BlackBerry app economy is focused on customization and getting things done, rather than games and party tricks.

What you’ll love about the BlackBerry

The keypad

When I miss a call I usually SMS the caller to let them know I’ll call them later and why I can’t talk right now. My device is usually still ringing by the time I send it. Typing with 2 thumbs on a mobile keypad is somewhere between 30-50% faster than typing on a touchscreen.

Writing in English again

“TTYL, C U L8R @ the mall 8pm?” is all of a sudden: “okay well I’d better be going. Let’s catch up later in the food court okay? I’ll see you around eight!” Maybe I’ve exaggerated my example but my point is you’ll be able to converse with people in a more human way. You’ll also feel more able to converse with someone who’s emailing you from a PC.

Multitasking

Because BlackBerry allows for multi-tasking, you’ll be able to have all your IM clients running in the background. The applications are generally not that resource-intensive making it easy to run many apps in the background. Receiving notifications live as opposed to stopping and switching apps makes all of BlackBerry’s best utilities impossible to use properly on the iPhone.

Sophisticated software

Apple has a lot of rules for 3rd party developers. Not being able to develop software that competes with 1st party apps in any way means that there are whole categories of software that are completely unavailable to iPhone users. BlackBerry on the other hand has 3rd party browsers, media players, configuration software, and themes. Games account for most of iPhones’ sales, while BlackBerry sales are driven mostly by utilities, then themes, then games.

Sturdiness

Breaking your screen on a BlackBerry is somewhat of a rarity. I’m reminded of an old timex slogan: “Takes a licking and keeps on ticking”.

BlackBerry Culture

BlackBerry users love BlackBerry Messenger, it is the best mobile messaging system in the world. Anything more on this topic would be considered a “spoiler” so I’ll let you discover it for yourself (it’s that good). When you realize a friend of yours also has a BlackBerry, you’ll both get giddy as you add each other as BBM contacts.

Welcome to BlackBerry.

  • s

    I recently switched from an iphone 3Gs to a blackberry bold 9700 and I must say that you are absolutely right! I loved my iphone, but wouldn’t want to go back to it now I entered the world of blackberry.

  • s

    I recently switched from an iphone 3Gs to a blackberry bold 9700 and I must say that you are absolutely right! I loved my iphone, but wouldn’t want to go back to it now I entered the world of blackberry.

  • http://twitter.com/otateossian Onnik Tateossian

    I love BBM…its the best thing on the planet…and my 9700 makes it even better!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/otateossian Onnik Tateossian

    I love BBM…its the best thing on the planet…and my 9700 makes it even better!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/foxyninja7 foxyninja7

    I switched from an iPhone 3g to a blackberry bold 9700 also, and I LOVE IT! It’s great to have a phone that can function as a phone. The profiles settings are one of my favorite things, as well as the tremendously better messaging. My iPhone using friends don’t understand how much nicer it is, although it may look uglier. The screen on this device is amazing, and I can do as many things at one time as I’d like, and my battery lasts for nearly three full days. I have to admit, there are a few apps that I miss. But I love my choice, and if anyone is in a similar situation, contact me with any questions.

  • http://twitter.com/foxyninja7 foxyninja7

    I switched from an iPhone 3g to a blackberry bold 9700 also, and I LOVE IT! It’s great to have a phone that can function as a phone. The profiles settings are one of my favorite things, as well as the tremendously better messaging. My iPhone using friends don’t understand how much nicer it is, although it may look uglier. The screen on this device is amazing, and I can do as many things at one time as I’d like, and my battery lasts for nearly three full days. I have to admit, there are a few apps that I miss. But I love my choice, and if anyone is in a similar situation, contact me with any questions.

  • MarvinK

    BlackBerry Messenger is cool.. but it would a LOT cooler if they’d open it up to talk to more than just other BlackBerry users–a combination of BeeJive and BBM would be awesome. Until BBM can talk to other devices and users, I’d take BeeJive every time. BeeJive is also on the iPhone, but the lack of multitasking does make it a little less great.

  • MarvinK

    BlackBerry Messenger is cool.. but it would a LOT cooler if they’d open it up to talk to more than just other BlackBerry users–a combination of BeeJive and BBM would be awesome. Until BBM can talk to other devices and users, I’d take BeeJive every time. BeeJive is also on the iPhone, but the lack of multitasking does make it a little less great.

  • aaron

    What would be great would be an article about how to copy your address book from an iphone to a blackberry.

  • aaron

    What would be great would be an article about how to copy your address book from an iphone to a blackberry.

  • aaron

    What would be great would be an article about how to copy your address book from an iphone to a blackberry.

  • Felipa

    I'm switching from a BlackBerry to an iPhone. My Bold was nice but good god I hate the track ball and the lack of fun. Maybe it's because I'm a college student, but I'll keep my BlackBerry just in case something happens to my iPhone. I'll use it when I graduate I guess.

  • Felipa

    I'm switching from a BlackBerry to an iPhone. My Bold was nice but good god I hate the track ball and the lack of fun. Maybe it's because I'm a college student, but I'll keep my BlackBerry just in case something happens to my iPhone. I'll use it when I graduate I guess.

  • Emily

    I am considering switching to a blackberry bold 9700 as you have… I am concerned that I will miss some of my fun iphone apps like games and what not.. but I really want a blackberry for the functionality and the hard keyboard instead of the touch screen of the iphone… do you miss your iphone at all? I'm definitely a phone hopper, I get board with them pretty easy and want a new one.. when I finally got the iphone I was so stoked, but now I feel like I have “the king of phones” i want something else… So basically long story short, was the switch worth it? Do you miss the iphone? Pros? Cons? Thanks so much!!! -Emily

  • Joe

    hahaha. What? This is crazy talk. I've had a number of blackberries before switching to iphone 1.5 years ago. I can't imagine a world where I would choose bb over iphone. I also can't imagine a world where i type faster on the hard keyboard. At this point, my speed is the same on either.

  • http://mwob.co.uk/mwoblog Kmwob

    The only thing i miss about my BlackBerry is the messenger. Pingchat & Whatapp just don’t cut it. The iPhone wins on all other counts though.