Newbie to Android...possibly! Can you guys inform me?
Hey Android users!! This is my first post and I have some serious questions and concerns about Android. I'm up for a upgrade (VZW) and I'm looking at two phones right now...BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Tour 2) or the Incredible. I've been a BB user for bout 3 years now and have been incredbily satisfied with the business aspect of the Berry since I'm a construction supplies salesman however, I'm getting Android some serious consideration since RIM just doesn't seem to wanna offer anything new to the table. I have some concerns about how Android works in some areas though or how HTC operates their device too. Some of my concerns are:
* Push/Pull email? Is POP3 email like Hotmail pushed or pulled to the device? Is there a way it can push if it is pulled? How bout Outlook mail and OWA? BB is instant with Hotmail and bout a 5 minute delay with OWA..what is Android like?
* I've heard you must have a Gmail account to your an android phone...is this truely the case?
* Facebook...does it sync with Facebook and stream your comments, messages etc to the phone or is it attached by your email like RIM's app? If it's attached by email, that would mean when my Hotmail pulls, I'll get bumbarded with comments and messages correct?
* I've owned touchscreens before but nothing as large as the Incredible or anything like that so I've always been disappointed with the virtual QWERTY keyboards. How is the QWERTY keyboard on the HTC devices? Is it easy to work with...hard to work with? Is it responsive?
Forgive me if I'm a newb and taking up thread space....I've been a member of CB for 2 years and I know how rough some of the forum surfers can be and I've been that way myself before! But I would appreciate some Android users input considering I'm possibly a newb to this platform. Any help is wanted and I appreciate it in advance!!!
- 04-12-2010, 12:41 AM #2
- 04-12-2010, 09:23 AM #3
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I have a Mac and haven't used Outlook for several years (thankfully.) I know that Android supports Exchange but I think others should answer those questions for you.
I'd suggest going into a store and playing around with one for a while, realizing that you will get better with the keyboard the more that you use it, and knowing that there are third party alternatives out there.
The HTC keyboard also has a compact QWERTY mode that works very well; its predictive text is very, very good.
- 04-12-2010, 02:50 PM #4
The BB deals with this by using BIS. BIS handles pulling email from POP accounts. It's only between BIS and the BB itself that mail is push in such cases. I've heard of people using gmail to poll POP accounts and then have the mail pushed from gmail to the Android device. I'm sure if there's any real advantage solely on a delivery time standpoint.
Not sure with OWA. I'm on Exchange but we have ActiveSync and it's instant push.
In my case, I only really use my Exchange account but I do have a gmail account that was used to set up the Droid.
Last edited by takeshi; 04-12-2010 at 03:00 PM.
- 04-19-2010, 10:01 PM #5