Has anyone gone from a Blackberry to EPIC?
I've been a two year BB user and like it...but my 8330 isn't making it lately.
So has anyone gone from a Blackberry to and Epic? How was the experience...I know email will be difference...but is it a huge change of usefulness?
Thoughts, opinions? Share.
- 09-02-2010, 10:31 PM #2
I just came from a blackberry and you really can't compare the two phones. The Epic and Android are just on another level. The possibilities with this phone are endless.
Comparing the Blackberry App world to the Android market is like comparing a Kia to a BMW.
- 09-02-2010, 10:46 PM #4
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I switched from a BB Tour, and it was a leap into the 21st century! Android had no problem syncing with my Exchange account and I love the way the email and calendar apps look and feel. Overall it's a better experience IMO. The keyboard is pretty nice (admitedly RIM is still the keyboard king). The only reason your productivity may take a hit is because you'll be busy spending time seeing just how capable this phone is.
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- 09-02-2010, 10:46 PM #5
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- 09-03-2010, 02:50 AM #7
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I'm coming to Epic from an 8330 myself. While BB is like a well integrated phone, Android is like a little computer. Real browser, email, package manager, tons of apps, concerns over background processes. You'll probably spend a few days reading about it before you feel fully comfortable (I'm still reading).
I advise the switch, although I'm not entirely convinced that Epic is the phone to get as it has a few issues.
- 09-03-2010, 08:58 AM #8
I was on blackberry for 6+ years until Tuesday when I jumped ship and hopped on the android train (obviously got the epic). As a stay at home dad who manages a small business, I rely heavily on my mobile device for work and play. A few thoughts:
The screen on the epic is light years ahead of any blackberry I had (last was the tour)
Actual keyboard was essential. I was faster on the tour typing, but am still getting used to this one.
The processor on ny epic runs laps around the BB
Battery life on the tour was not good, but the epic really gobbles battery. I might need to dp a better job of tweaking settings, because I can't make it through a full day on a charge.
I am having issues getting work emails to auto dwnload through pop. This is a huge issue ; can only get them manually telling the email app to refresh). I posted on another topic about this and hope someone finds a fix as this could make me consider switching back to the dark side if unreslved.
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- 09-03-2010, 06:50 PM #14
I've been on BB for 3 years, and the Epic is definitely a step up in many directions. I miss being able to turn the phone off and still use the alarm clock function. I miss the holster magnet that made the phone vibrate in my pocket but ring normal out of it. Most of all, I miss the email client. I could send email from my school account with any signal. Now my school email won't send anything unless I'm using the school's wireless internet. Boo. I can't even set up the account without being on their system. Anyone know a workaround?--tcs
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- 09-03-2010, 07:45 PM #15
- 09-12-2010, 11:25 AM #16
Hey old bb heads i know you guys are more exchange users, i wanted to know if anyone here is using gmail if so do you find it annoying how they bunch all the emails, unlike the bb when you have the advance gmail plug in that collates all replies of that email in one thread you open your email and have to click on the top to see all the threads. i just did the regular email add for my gmail and its going to sync every 5 mins I just want it to be automatic have anyone find a way yet?
- 09-12-2010, 11:40 AM #17
I switched from a BB Tour and really like the Epic. I am missing Pocket Informant but Pimlical (from the developer of Datebk6 on Palm) should be available fairly soon.
I did have a problem with pop emails not syncing so I now forward them to separate gmail accounts and everything gets pushed to the Epic and saves some battery as well.
- 09-12-2010, 11:54 AM #18
- 09-12-2010, 11:57 AM #19
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Re: Has anyone gone from a Blackberry to EPIC?
My partner just made the switch. The thing his misses the most: being able to easily take pictures without people noticing. Also if you take a picture portrait it stores it sideways.
Battery life has also been a major issue. I tweaked the syncing and settings and installed juice defender and it's better.
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- 09-12-2010, 12:08 PM #20
I switched from a Tour to the Epic. Been a BB fan for a couple years.
BB positives are the magnet holster for different profiles, battery life, ease/speed of typing on the keyboard, simplicity of emailing and solid push.
Epic obviously wins out for everything else. I can deal without the holster and automatic profiles. THe battery life will just take some tweaking and paying attention to to make work for a full heavy day. I'm getting used to the keyboard and starting to really love Swype. I don't think it will ever be as nice to type on as the BB but it works good enough. I use Gmail so it actually integrates pretty nicely with instant notifications.
Overall for me the Epic is the obvious winner but I still see how BB would be better for some people.
- 09-12-2010, 12:20 PM #21
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- 09-12-2010, 12:47 PM #23
1st: I 've yet to see HTML email that's not supported on the epic. I get TONS of it and it looks just like it does in my yahoo account on my mac and pc. I've had a blackberry curve- and THAT had some horrible HTML email support - not to mention a tiny screen to view it on- so I don't know where this idea that HTML on epic is bad is coming from... I'm also impressed with the stock email tabbed folders at the top of the window- elegant and easy to view - no messy menu functions to mess with. Is the stock email app perfect - no but it is arranged and viewed better than most blackberries I've used- no idea how to explain the problems you're having- I'm not having them.
Being able to take pictures without someone noticing...do you mean the shutter sound? Did you know there's a setting to turn that off?
Battery life- considering the blackberry phones have the smallest screen with the lowest resolution than just about any phone on the market- it's no wonder it gets great battery life! When they have a 4" high res SAMOLED that updates twitter, facebook, sms, and multiple email accounts all day AND lasts 3 days I'll eat crow and say blackberry has great battery life, but until then, this phone if you set it up right can last 8 hours with some pretty decent use. I used BB for 1 thing- email. Everything else was a chore using the menu button all day long and scrolling w/ an optical/or trackball squinting at a screen and a terrible laid out UI.
Email SUPPORT on Blackberry is flawless- but that's all it's got- and that's easily fixed on Epic.
More corporate email support needed? - buy the app touchdown.
- 09-12-2010, 01:15 PM #24
^^ The stock email client on the Epic does not support HTML. That is one thing I found disappointing and the email client K9 isn't so good. The gmail client supports HTML though. There is no way you got HTML with your yahoo account on the email app that came with the phone.
Last edited by jamex; 09-12-2010 at 01:23 PM.
- 09-12-2010, 06:28 PM #25