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Re: I bit the bullet and came over to the quasi dark side. :)
I I would like to welcome you as well and tell you that you are not alone, many of us came from BlackBerry for many of the same reasons you did. I owned every major BB since the 7520 and it was not an easy decision to make at the time but I was tired then of all the delays with BB10 and got the original Galaxy Note and haven't looked back. I still carry my 9810 for business, I need BBM for overseas customers, but less and less.
As others have said before me welcome and don't be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of "on BB I used to be able to do....is it possible on Android?". Don't hesitate to ask as I said many of us came from BB and walked the walk you are about to walk :-). You are lucky you have someone in the house already who has had Android and likes it - that is a big help!
Make sure you check out your device's forum and be certain to catch the podcast, the guys here are really good about doing it just about every week and I promise you you will learn something every time.
Its hard to add to what Lumenii said, he did a good job there with his list. Just remember if you want to do something on Android chances are someone has thought of a way to do it! You just have to chase it down.
Like CrackBerry you will see Phil, Jerry, Alex and Andrew all over the place here especially if they are rocking a phone you have at the time. I think they learn from us too from time to time. There is a lot to learn and it may seem like a lot at first, your 9900 probably required little work to get it as you liked it, the One X+ might require a little more but the effort is worth it!
Again, welcome to Android and the "quasi dark side". The force is strong here!
I would definately recommend the new SwiftKey - the predictions are amazing. Its the same predictive engine that's in the new BB10. Other apps I say are really great:
One More Clock Widget
if you are a baseball fan the MLB At Bat is great
I use Avast Mobile protection for the anti-theft (kinda like BlackBerry Protect) and it's free
Since Falcon pro is now closed to new users I would recommend Carbon for Twitter if you like to Tweet
FlipBoard - must have
Google Currents, Zagats Guide, and Field Trip 3 from Google worth getting
ES File Explorer - it's great has built in integration with Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive and SugarSync
Google + is Facebook but for Geeks
iMediaShare is great if you have DLNA in your TV or DVD player
HBO Go, Max Go and Showtime anywhere if you have the cable these are free to use
Locale is a great program to help maintain battery life
Mighty Text puts text from your phone on your desktop during the day
Chrome (sync it with everything Android and the Chrome on your desktop) and use the "send to mobile"
Mx Player (i paid for the Pro but the free version is really good as well) I have yet to find a video file it cannot play
Nova Launcher is my favorite Launcher, very customizable
PocketCast for Podcasts
ROM manager once you are rooted(if you ever are some folks never do - and that's' ok)
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Tune In Radio (a carry over from my BB)
Viber and WhatsApp
WorldMate is the original BlackBerry Travel
Waze - another absolute must have - navigation with a real plus
Did I give you enough there?