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How happy are former storm owners?
1st off I've always been pretty happy with my storm and have been lucky enough to not have any major issues. With that being said though I don't think the storm2 is that much of an upgrade over the current storm.
For those of you who have made the switch are you happy with the droid or would you've rather switch to the storm2? What pros and cons have you found?
Also I hate the fact that I'd have to get BES to be able to get my company email to push to my storm and my wife can't even get her email if she switched to BES. Can you sync emails addresses like outlook and zimbra with the droid?
Oh and how is the learning curve? is it pretty easy to get accustom to?
thanks in advance for the help!
Last edited by Just a Guy; 11-13-2009 at 01:33 PM.
- 11-13-2009, 01:41 PM #2
I'll give you the same response I put up on Crackberry.....
I first bought the Storm 2 hoping for much better than I got with Storm 1, and I absolutely did. It is definitely a hardware upgrade on a couple levels. Proximity sensor, memory, screen, and of course much faster which (about time) you could say the same now with Storm 1's upgrade.
Storm 2 is a great device. It gives you Wifi, that wonderful Blackberry Email, Blackberry Messenger. It has excellent graphics of course with the very simple, and sometimes unfortunately very old Blackberry Operating system format which delivers ultra slow internet and IMHO programs that could use a bit of an update. You really do get a great device with the Storm 2, it is definitely what the Storm should had been to begin with. The best thing on its release is you are not seeing NEARLY the same amount of problems with this device as you were the first.
I unfortunately found the Blackberry platform a bit old, I felt they threw the platform onto a nice touchscreen, updated a few apps to work with that touchscreen and landscape and released it without anything really astonishingly new. I got sick of the ridiculously slow internet and found Wifi on it to be just as slow. Please keep in mind, this is just my opinion, I am not bashing anything, just posting for comparison sake.
I exchanged the Storm 2 for a Droid, and after the learning curve, I am loving it. You will definitely have to take some time with the hard keyboard and get used to it. It is a bit cramped, but once you know where to press on the keys, you will find yourself up to par with it, which was one of the biggest reasons for my switch, I like being able to type on a touchscreen without losing 2/3 of the screen to look at. With the D-Pad, it makes editing what I wrote 1,000 times better than having to flick through 1/3 of the screen to find what I needed to touch the exact spot which rarely happened and fix it from there....it's a lot to go through to fix one typo. The screen is gorgeous, I like the ability to configure everything to my liking, I love the widgets, the phone itself sounds great, and of course the $10 I saved per month on Navigation was a nice bonus too. I also like having a nice large choice of applications to download, there is much to make the Droid experience better and better.
What does Storm 2 have that Droid dosen't? Easier to input Calendar events....I could push on the Time in Storm 2 and add the event on that 1 screen. Droid I have to push the time slot, and go into the screen not bad....but a couple extra steps.
More options in the Navigation, I could use simple or fastest route, choose highways or sideroads, Google Nav just takes you there.
The Camera.....nice Autofocus with no noise, great photos, and has has image stabilization, if Droid has it, it dosent show.....however, I do feel Droid's camera will improve on software update....judging by the video camera, it certainly isn't the hardware that causes the problems.
Hope that helps....good luck with your decision, and of course, please let us know what you decide.
Ultimately go to the store and try them both....
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Each device has it's place for sure. Currently running both (Well Storm 1 and Droid). I find I still reach instinctively for the BB for quick business related tasks. The droid interface blows the BB out of the water but I guess I'm still partial to the "feel" of the storm input.
Short: With a little time, the droid rocks the Storm 1/2/.... hands down. Wonder if BB Connector can be extended to it like some winmo devices... Ponder..
- 11-13-2009, 02:12 PM #6
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- 11-13-2009, 02:42 PM #8
Loved my storm and tour and definitely miss a couple of things, but like others have said the OS just became too boring. If you're a gadget freak a phone is more than just a phone, it is a toy....and RIM just doesn't make very good toys.
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- 11-13-2009, 04:04 PM #12
I am loving this phone more and more. The only ting that was hard for me to get used to was the email. That is the only thing I miss my about my storm, but have gotten used to it already. I don't think you could pay me to go back to the storm. JMO
I hope this opens a lot of eyes on how happy most of us are with the open platform and everything else the Droid does.
- 11-13-2009, 04:10 PM #13
I would like to take the time to state this, and it seems appropriate to post here instead of cranking up another thread.
After only two weeks of the Storm 1 being released the CB 9530 forum was SLAMED with threads on problems and solutions. On the contrary, and by comparison, it's been relativly quiet in these parts and I don't think I've read a thread post yet where someone was down right infuriated about the phone/OS/performance ect.
So to me that says alot"Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy”
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- 11-13-2009, 04:59 PM #17
The Storm is a great business device, where as the Droid is more of a multi use computer that fits in your hand. If your email is business related, or you have a lot of friends who have blackberries and you want to use the blackberry messenger to save on texting fees, try out a blackberry. The OS is very simple and in my opinion, people who never used a smartphone before seem to learn blackberries very quickly. If you are into gadgets, or want a phone that is a "jack of all trades" phone, try an android phone. After a week of owning my Droid, I can honestly say I have never been as satisfied with a phone as I am now. I want my phone to do a little bit of everything, so I will not be returning to my Storm.
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LOL. I see.
- 11-13-2009, 05:14 PM #20
I had my S1 from day one, and I loved it. Got my wife the S2, and I find it to be pretty similar to the S1, just with hopped up specs. I purchased the Droid for myself last week, and I'm totally blown away. I still think that BlackBerry builds a real nice phone, we all know you can't beat their email, but they don't handle memory usage well. With my S1, I always had to worry about adding new apps, knowing that if I kept adding them, the phone would eventually start to slow down. The Droid is the exact opposite. I can download multiple apps at a time, and it just keeps running like a bear. The internet is blazing fast. You can watch all the comparison videos online you want, but use one and it's clear that the BB browser can't compete, even Opera pales in comparison. Will I miss my Storm? Sure. Do I regret getting the Droid? Not on your life! This thing is a beast, and I think that the Android OS is the future for mobile phones. Oh yeah, one last thing, videos on the Droid look better then ANY phone out there. Including the you-know-what-phone.
Last edited by spotmark; 11-13-2009 at 05:17 PM.
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- 11-13-2009, 09:03 PM #22
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Any Problems with setting up emai from POP Accounts?
I am considering letting my Curve go there is no love loss, just need the same reliability of email from POP accounts.
Two questions: I keep reading that some people are having emails deleted from the server even though it's set not to do so. I am used to a push and need my mails to end up on my desktop. Any issues?
What is the monthly $15 Verizon Charge for if it's not a push?
I appreciate any help. I really like the droid!!! Just need it to work with email well. I'm not a gmail user.
- 11-13-2009, 09:37 PM #23
My work email now pushes, which since I refused to pay the 45 on the Storm I was never on the BES before. So this is amazing on the Droid. I wouldn't go back to the Storm for anything, this phone operates so much better. All push emails, google voice integration, navigation, amazing browser (makes the storm look pathetic for browsing), full keyboard in addition to the 2 virtual ones, and did I mention it boots up in 45 seconds or less? I love my Droid.
- 11-13-2009, 09:52 PM #24
If your using a POP account, just go to your your Gmail settings (online) and add it. I am routinely getting my Comcast POP account email, through Gmail, within 5 minutes of it being sent.
(Edit- Just registered on a forum using my Comcast account, and I received the confirmation email, through Gmail, in forty seconds.)
Last edited by spotmark; 11-13-2009 at 10:07 PM.
- 11-13-2009, 10:04 PM #25