Former Blackberry owners
For any of the former BB owners that picked up the EVO I would love to know your thoughts so far. Will you be keeping it? Returning it and going back to BB? Not sure?
I am a loyal BB owner for about 5 years and I am making the jump.
- 06-05-2010, 02:36 AM #2
I had been using the blackberry bold since it's release a bit under 2years ago. The text communications handling within the BB OS feels much more unified in that I had the option of viewing each account and communication program separately or collared together. I haven't found any way to view my gmail and exchange accounts together yet. GoogleTalk is also separate. Nothing huge...just a minor annoyance for me.
Everything else, I've enjoyed thus far. Large screen, snappy processor, pretty good keyboard, solid web browser, etc. While not a complete replacement, the Evo for my needs is coming pretty close to replacing one of my computers. BB excels at being a communications center. The Evo is much closer to a PC. The loss of the spartaness from the BB will take me some time to get used to, but I quite like the UI.
BTW, I wrote this from the Evo while relaxing in bed. Not something I could have done on the BB bold 9000 at the very least...going to miss the ability to use a single phone for both US and Japan, but the pros of this platform/phone far outweigh any problems this exBB user has found thus far.
- 06-05-2010, 04:35 AM #3
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- 06-05-2010, 07:11 AM #5
I've had a Curve, Tour and Bold. I just miss being notified of all of my messages - I want LED customization and notifications on my accounts. I also want my accounts separate..haven't figured out how to do these things yet, natively OR with an app - I also do miss BBM, but I'll get over it... When you're used to a BlackBerry and it CONSTANTLY talking to you about what messages you have, this Evo seemed really quiet.
- 06-05-2010, 07:24 AM #6
- 06-05-2010, 07:43 AM #7
if you love bbm
There's an app thats just like bbm but better and its for all platforms its called cnectd I had it on my BB tour and now I have it on my Evo I knew I was leaving BB but I wanted to keep my bbm friends and the day before I got my Evo I told all of them about it and now its spreading like wildfire cause now they can meet new people and tell there friends who wants bbm on there cry phone or android to get this app its a great app
- 06-05-2010, 07:46 AM #8
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- 06-05-2010, 08:38 AM #10
Twitter and Facebook were better on my blackberry. But I like that this phone does not have a single integrated inbox for everything. I always hated that about my curve. I also have not found a good replacement for windows live messenger yet.
I will not be switching back. The web browsing on this is far too good and the apps rock. I am sold!
- 06-05-2010, 09:10 AM #11
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I can't decide if the messaging is worse or just different. Either way I knew it would take some getting used to. Same with the virtual keyboard, gonna take some practice.
One thing I miss already is the ability to make custome ring profiles. Like "Phone only" on the BB turns off all notifications except the phone. I used that profile at night so incoming emails wouldn't wake me up but the phone would still ring if I got an emergency call. As far as I can tell the EVO just has Normal, Vibrate and Silent.
Still, the EVO is a far, far better multimedia device. I doubt I'll ever go back to BB (or any other non-android device).
The only problem I'm having is notifications on fb and yahoo mail.
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- 06-05-2010, 10:08 AM #19
I gave up a blackberry tour for the Evo, and so far I like the Evo much better. There are small things about the blackberry that was cool, like instant notifications and mail, but I will give this a shot for a while. Its still probably the most innovative phone out there.
- 06-05-2010, 10:35 AM #20
had a few blackberrys, newest one being the 8330 and the only touchscreen phone i've ever owned was a mogul, so getting used to the EVO is a little rough for me. The first day with the phone I just sort of looked at it and wondered how it worked lol. I missed the notifications, missed bbm but quickly realized I actually didn't like the keyboard on the 8330 and am really starting to like the touch keyboard.
- 06-05-2010, 12:41 PM #21
- 06-05-2010, 12:57 PM #22
I am coming from a BB Tour and i do miss the bbm like serveral people mentioned and the notifications I get for new msgs (like fb which i do a lot) I would hope the android version of fb gets a improvement of notifications instead of me having to click on the app. but it's like comparing apples and oranges. but so far I am loving the EVO for it's simple way of getting things done. I do miss the physical keyboard but am hoping the learning curve isn't too much
- 06-05-2010, 01:07 PM #23
i am coming from using a curve, an 8900, and a storm 2. I must say i was a hardcore bb fan but i fell in love with this evo instantly. i do miss bbm but am looking into the cnected app. I love love love that i can customize the homescreens, no more searching for themes that i have to download that will take up space. I like this twitter app that i have touiteur premium the best one ever in my opinion. i am just happy that the software doesnt have any glitches like the sms scrolling issue i was having with the storm.
edit: i forgot i also really miss my blinking red light. weird i know but i miss it. lol
- 06-05-2010, 01:31 PM #24
Thanks for all the responses guys! I am coming from a Bold 9650 (had for like 5 days) and before that a BB Tour. I will get my EVO on Weds and look forward to checking it out. The e-mail (instant push), FB and Twitter could be deal breakers if all three are as bad as some people make it out to be when coming from BB but I will give it a fair shake and hope to be with the little green man and EVO for a long time!