Should I dump my BlackBerry 9650 for the Shift??
I'm seriously considering doind the deed, however I'm worried about the keyboard - as I really use it a lot.
Has anyone switched from BB to Shift? And how'd you find the keyboard?
- 02-15-2011, 08:29 AM #2
- 46 Posts
- 02-15-2011, 10:39 AM #3
- 02-15-2011, 12:02 PM #4
I just switched from the Bold 9650 to the Shift on the 11th. I LOVE it! I am a big keyboard person as well. I have always had a physical keyboard. I too was very concerned, as I have tested out touch keyboards in the store before. It once took over 5 minutes to send a text. I DON'T have that problem with my shift. As indicated in the other posts, I too have fallen in love with the touch keyboard. I LOVE it (The landscape one more than the compact portrait). I find myself using it more than the actual keyboard.
The only thing I really miss now is the ability to word substitute. I had tons saved in my 9650. I used u=you, pic=pictures, etc. I have been looking for an app and haven't found I like yet.
I am VERY glad I made the jump. Best of luck with your decision!
- 02-15-2011, 04:30 PM #5
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I was a bb user for years! They were great to me......untill I bought my wife an evo for christmas. All I will say is my bb is collecting dust now! I went and got an evo for myself. I personally suggest you go for the big boy (evo) not shift. With swype there is no need for a keyboard! I will never go back to bb untill they catch up majorly! The evo is the best device I've owned to date!
- 02-15-2011, 05:40 PM #6
- 02-18-2011, 07:43 AM #7
- 02-18-2011, 03:53 PM #8
I'm a long time BB user, and I am considering the shift. I actually have held off to wait and see what BB may have coming down the pipe....however it looks as if it's only going to be a touch screen bold and new curve so I'm close to pulling the trigger on the shift. I am in sales and drive 40k a year, so most of my emails are done on my phone. How is the shift in this regard? The ability to navigate fast through missed calls, emails, ect... is important.
- 02-20-2011, 09:17 PM #9
As for speed of switching around, I think you need to try it and see what you think. If you know someone with the Shift or another recent HTC phone, you could experiment.
To me the biggest adjustment (coming from a Treo) is having to switch between portrait for quickly seeing what's going on to landscape to use the real keyboard. Well, that and the change in touchscreen technology...
- 02-20-2011, 11:45 PM #10
- 02-21-2011, 02:08 AM #11
- 02-21-2011, 03:42 PM #13
- 02-22-2011, 10:41 AM #14
- 02-26-2011, 12:18 AM #15
Since you're in sales, you're basically in business for yourself (I assume you work on commission). So, you have to make a decision what is more important to you. No one can beat an Android/iPhone on social media, multimedia, etc. because that's what they were made for. No one can beat a Blackberry for email and getting business tasks done because that's what they were made for. I don't know if you know this, but if you disable dialing from the home screen on a Blackberry, you will enable shortcut keys. So, from the home screen, if you want to get to your calendar, you just hit "L". If you want to see the Monthly view, you hit "M". If you wnat to see your tasks, you hit "T". For Notes, hit "D". Want to send a text or email, hit "C" for compose, select your contact and type away. What can be faster than that. There are many shortcuts on Blackberries that make things just a few clicks away and you can get stuff done fast.
I still want an Android phone so I totally understand. You just have to prioritize your needs. Having something that's "cool" won't make you money and may even cost you money. If you ALREADY use several Google services, then an Android may be best for you. Just prioritize and then research and see which phone is better at the things you NEED. The best solution of course would be to have a Blackberry for business and an Android for personal. But that's tough on the wallet.
I hope that helps.
- 02-26-2011, 02:45 AM #16
- 02-26-2011, 04:25 AM #17
Another thing I liked about Blackberry was that applications seems to integrate better. If I'm viewing a contact, I can hit the menu key and then view their address in Google Maps, blackberry maps or Sprint Navigation without having to retype anything. Most applications integrate well with each other. Also, I didn't like the idea that you had to find a different calendar or email app just to find something that works better because now you have different applications that may or may not share data. I wasn't able to find an answer to this.
Well, considering you use GMail for your email, it makes your choices a little less complicated. You just have to see if the other apps work for you or if you would be comfortable having to go find other apps that fix what shouldn't have to be fixed. On the plus side, Pimlico (Pimlico Software home page) makes what seems to be a really nice datebook app. I had something similar on my old Palm. I'd probably get that if I had an Android phone but only if it integrated well with the default calendar otherwise I'd worry about future apps not being able to share data.
Just keep in mind that you have 30 days to change your mind. So, it may come down to trial and error.
- 02-26-2011, 05:03 PM #18
- 02-26-2011, 08:05 PM #19
email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org. Would Google Apps work with the GMail app on an Android or will you need to use the email app? If you need to use the email app, then you don't get any benefit from moving your email from an existing domain. Anyway, having to move your email from a current domain is kind of going overboard just for a phone. Good idea though if you don't already have a company email address.
- 03-01-2011, 02:51 AM #20
Also, Exchange ActiveSync "push" email works by opening a connection to the server and listening for incoming traffic over an extended period of time, rather than polling the server at set intervals. I suspect Blackberry works that way as well. When I tested K-9, it did not have push for Exchange.
At the moment I'm still using HTC's email client. The things that annoy me the most are: cumbersome to change folders (e.g., to Draft and back to Inbox); absurd to have a huge long flat list of folders (rather than a hierarchy) when I want to move a message; and unable to read embedded Outlook messages (forwarded as an EML attachment).
- 03-01-2011, 03:20 AM #21
I don't mean to put down the Android phones. It's just that people can't pretend they're something they're not. Some people really need to have phones they can work from. I'm also hoping I'm wrong and there's a solution that I don't' know about but it doesn't seem that way. Well, maybe in 2 years when I can renew my contract they'll have models that can do these basic things. Hopefully.
- 03-03-2011, 03:52 PM #22
So I to have left my bold 9650. It was hard to put down. Tried evo and was to big and also palm pre and was to small. Loves all the kwel stuff but always made my way back to a blackberry. Now now I have the evo shift and love it. Didn't like the gmail app so i use HTC mail. So I turned off sync to mail only; and left contact and calendar on. Then entered gmail as exchange on htc mail for push email. Use m. Google. Com. Next I use the SwiftKey app and it's awesome.
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- 03-03-2011, 05:33 PM #23
- 03-04-2011, 02:42 PM #24
What's funny about all of these responses is that everyone would be better off with an EVO rather than the EVO Shift. If you end up using and enjoying the touch kb and swype on the Shift, then you would like the EVO that much better simply because of the increased ease with more space. The EVO touch kb is wonderful and after using it for a couple of weeks when the Shift came out, I tried out the Shift. It's way too small, especially in portrait view. Just my opinion and I've had years of happy use on old Treos, a BB Tour and Touch Pro 2. I loved all of those physical kbs, but after a short time with the EVO, I don't see a need anymore. It's that good.
- 03-04-2011, 03:09 PM #25