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  1. JungleLarry's Avatar
    Add another BB to Android convert, and not looking back!
    DX>Storm II x 1000000
    Haha imagine how I felt coming from the first Storm.

    Oh wait...there's practically no difference between the Storm and the Storm 2...

    Stupid RIM.
    01-24-2011 05:18 PM
  2. whodatt's Avatar
    lol very true.
    Only thing I miss a bit is the BB messenger, specially when you consider that to nickle and dime you further, VZW does not consider text messages data, so you have to pay for them separately.
    01-24-2011 05:29 PM
  3. JungleLarry's Avatar
    lol very true.
    Only thing I miss a bit is the BB messenger, specially when you consider that to nickle and dime you further, VZW does not consider text messages data, so you have to pay for them separately.
    I use Google Talk more than I use SMS. But I still pay for that unlimited text plan.

    When I traveled with my Blackberry I rarely made calls or used text. 95% of my communication was through Gmail and Google Talk. Saved a lot of money that way...
    01-24-2011 07:23 PM
  4. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I have something to say, and it seems like this is the place to say it:

    So I've got a BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon that I use as a backup phone in case I break my X, or something along those lines. Well, as some of you know, VZW updated the Curve to OS6 a couple days ago, and I figured I should probably update mine. To do so, I had to switch to my Curve for a few hours. Keep in mind, I hadn't used a BlackBerry since September 3rd of last year. To make a long story short, dear God that was awful. I hope I never have to go back to BlackBerry. I thought I kind of missed it still, but I've decided that there's no way in hell I actually miss that. It was like going from Android to my old Startac. It was slow, I could only update one app at a time, the screen looked like crap, etc., etc. I was yelling at my computer to hurry up with the update so I could switch back to my X. I think I may have apologized to the X for leaving it for literally 3 hours (12-3 p.m. for the update). I mean, it's fine for a backup if I need a phone in an emergency, but I'm pretty sure that solidified my allegience to Android for good, not that there was much of a question before, but there's definitely none now!

    Thanks for listening, just had to get that off my chest.
    01-28-2011 09:21 AM
  5. Chrisy's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing that experience. I plan on keeping my BlackBerry Tour as a backup too.

    You came from a Curve 3G to a Droid X. Do you think it's an upgrade to go from 9630 to Droid X? Or is that a lateral move?
    01-28-2011 09:25 AM
  6. Wildo6882's Avatar
    You're welcome. I thought I needed to tell my story, this whole time I was really thinking I missed some parts of BB, but after 3 hours back on one, I don't think there's going to be any turning back for me. I was literally angry with my computer at work because it's so much slower than my home one, and I really wanted my X back.

    I actually picked up the 3G on the cheap to just use as a backup phone. I originally came from a Storm 2, but sold/traded that off awhile ago.

    I think that's definitely an upgrade. The X has been great for me. I've had a random issue here and there, but through AC and Droid X Forum I've been able to get all my issues solved. With all the customization, the awesome web browsing, and still being able to get my emails in real time (with full HTML), this thing is like 1965 Muhammad Ali fighting Glass Joe (that's a Mike Tyson's Punchout reference) when comparing it to a BB. Although at this point, I would only buy an X off contract (eBay or one of the Marketplaces) and wait for the Bionic or some of the other possible LTE devices, assuming you're upgrade eligible now.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
    01-28-2011 11:02 AM
  7. LastOstrogoth's Avatar
    I made the move about a month ago. Four defective BBs from VZW kind of made the move a foregone conclusion. My four were a Tour 9630 and three Bold 9650s. All four phones had major defects in basic services, GPS, Bluetooth, microphone, etc. A couple of them had more than one problem.
    Droid is by far a much more advanced system. You can actually surf the internet. Navigator is incredible, and unlike VZNavigator, Free. The phone is superb in all ways a much better piece of equipment. I would never go back to a Blackberry.
    01-28-2011 03:56 PM
  8. hootyhoo#AC's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing that experience. I plan on keeping my BlackBerry Tour as a backup too.

    You came from a Curve 3G to a Droid X. Do you think it's an upgrade to go from 9630 to Droid X? Or is that a lateral move?
    Chrisy. The DX is a huge move forward. I've only had mine a couple of weeks and I will admit that it took some getting used to the layout and I'm still learning things, but since I found a keyboard I like and have moved things around so that it's more comfortable for me, this thing is absolutely amazing. No lags. No spinning clock. No freezes. And apps that will do anything that you could imagine.
    01-28-2011 06:53 PM
  9. hootyhoo#AC's Avatar
    Just thought this was funny.

    My GF still has a S2 and we were texting today. We were really whipping them back and forth. I blew up her phone. She had to quick pull her storm 4 times. I will NOT miss that nonsense.
    01-28-2011 07:00 PM
  10. ultravisitor's Avatar
    Do you think it's an upgrade to go from 9630 to Droid X? Or is that a lateral move?
    Though I came from a Storm, I feel pretty confident in saying that your mind will be blown by the X.
    01-28-2011 09:25 PM
  11. Chrisy's Avatar
    Haha, great! I'm not worried about the learning curve at all. I think I'm down with Google.
    01-28-2011 10:01 PM
  12. ftunome's Avatar
    I just switched from the 8330 to the DX last week, AMAZING difference.

    I'm still learning all the features, and new to this forum. It's probably covered somewhere here and I'm sure I'll find it when I search, but can I use different notification sounds for SMS, MMS, email, and facebook like BlackBerry does?
    01-29-2011 11:15 AM
  13. ultravisitor's Avatar
    Yes. Just open the program for each, press menu, and change the notifications from there.
    ftunome likes this.
    01-29-2011 01:00 PM
  14. clownin72's Avatar
    I have had numerous blackberries in the last 3 or 4 years (pearl, curve, tour, and s2). I never thought I would switch to another device and OS. Last month I gave up hope with RIM because of their lack of effort to get with the times and jumped into the Droid X. Wow is all I can say!!! Its hard to believe what all you were forced to put up with and deal with as a blackberry user!!!! No comparison what so ever!!!!
    01-29-2011 03:31 PM
  15. droidnewbie2011's Avatar
    I had a BlackBerry Tour for about 2 years and then after much frustration with the trackball, the crummy browser, the poor apps, etc........I made the switch to the droid x 2 weeks ago and I must say I am most pleased! As the ad says "Droid Does'!
    02-26-2011 09:53 PM
  16. Sage_F's Avatar
    I am coming from a BB S2, just ordered my Droid X and can't wait for it to get here. I have played with lots of Android phones that my friends have and I am bored to death of the crappy support and lack of modern updates for BB. Can't wait to get started on my own Droid!
    02-27-2011 08:49 AM
  17. cyberchief's Avatar
    Here I am... Droid X Virgin. Had a BB Curve for 2 years... then the Storm 2 for a year and a half. Was pretty satisfied with BB (didn't know any better). In fact.. if VZ offered the BB torch... I doubt I would be making this post. Thankfully they don't... and as such, got the X and am now seeing what I have been missing.
    02-27-2011 05:09 PM
  18. gaslog4's Avatar
    Just got my Droid X yesterday..early indications are am I loving it....Not to keen yet on the messaging though.........
    02-27-2011 08:33 PM
  19. GlueFactoryBJJ's Avatar
    The stock Froyo messaging is definitely nothing to write home about when compared to BB.

    However, you should try either MailDroid or K-9 Mail (available on the market for free, though MailDroid does offer an ad-free version, but it's expensive). They both offer approximately equivalent functionality, so for many the choice boils down to what works in their environment and which user interface works best.

    I've been using MailDroid since about August and like it. The devs for both programs appear to be pretty responsive. I can vouch for the MailDroid dev as I've had a couple problems he's addressed pretty quickly. Try to find that kind of service with RIM!

    Welcome to the world of Droid X. I'm looking forward to the DX2 when it gets here later this year, but I have to admit that I LOVE my DX!

    Oh, for those of you who were willing to try different, unofficial VZW versions of the BBOS, I think that rooting your DX is well worth the effort and just adds another level of "wow!" to the equation.

    BTW, don't forget to try the Swype keyboard (Settings, Language and Keyboard, Input Method, Swype)! There are many videos on YouTube to get an idea what it will do. Also, there are other good keyboards available including: SlideIt (very much like Swype, but arguably learns better and is a ~$6 pay app), SwiftKey (a very good learning keyboard for "thumbers" and is on sale @ 60% off, $2), and others. Almost all have a free/trial version available with differing limitations (if any). This is one of my favorite Android features.

    Also, you really need to get an app like Juice Defender to extend your battery life. I'm not saying that JD is "the one to get", but rather that there are apps available that will significantly increase your battery life and only with slight drawbacks. Again, free/trial versions are available of all.

    For those of you who root your DX, you can also try an over/underclocking app such as SetCPU, Droid Overclock, etc. Droid Overclock (DO) for one, also allows you to undervolt your CPU, extending the battery life even more without hampering usability. The only drawback I've found to DO is that when you change the clocking, you either have to drop the top speed (say 1000Mhz to 900Mhz) to keep the same "lowest" speed or if you keep the same or higher top speed, your bottom lowest speed will be raised, sometimes fairly dramatically.

    I'd also suggest you check out some Calendar extensions such as CalenGoo (also has an iPhone version), Pimlico, Jorte, Calendar Snooze, Simple Calendar Widget (simple, free, "Agenda/Today" view), etc. Any of these (and many others) will make the Android/Google calendar much more useful.

    Unfortunately, CalenGoo and Pimlico do not have free/trial versions. This is unfortunate because I believe them to be the most functional of the calendar extensions and think they would get MANY more registrations if they did offer free/trial versions.

    IMO, stupidly, Google dropped the app refund time down from 24 hours (barely enough to adequately test a complicated app like a calendar extension) to a ridiculous 15 minutes, a totally inadequate time period.

    Personally, I'm using Calengoo and I'm very happy with it.

    Get a barcode scanning app such as ShopSavvy or Google Goggles (and others) for scanning product barcodes to look for better prices and/or just to be able to scan the increasingly popular QR Codes you may have noticed. Way cool stuff!

    Another app is AdjBrightness, which can drop the system's brightness down to 2 (1 to 255 range), which is great for reading in bed to avoid irritating your significant other.

    Oh, how could I forget?!? The Kindle and Nook apps are musts and, now that B&N has provided a recent update, the Nook app is rather exceptional and has more utility. However, both allow you to tap into your existing books and read them on the DX's rather large screen. NICE!

    One final app I'd recommend is Widgetsoid. It gives you a convenient way to toggle various settings without having to dig through the Settings menus.

    Other apps/app categories to try (in no particular order or explanation):

    1. Other media players like WinAmp, mVideoPlayer, Rockplayer, TuneIn
    2. Other browsers such as Dolphin HD, Opera Mini 5.x, Skyfire.
    3. Various voice recorders
    4. File managers such as Astro, Root Explorer, Ghost Commander
    5. Easy Tether, Network Info II, Lookator, etc.
    6. GAMES! Angry Birds, Abduction, Bejeweled 2, Blow Up, Hyper Jump, Doodle Jump, Hungry Shark, Pocket God, Super Tumble, Space Physics, The Sims 3, Toss It, X Construction, and HUNDREDS of others! Worth it just to keep the kids quiet on trips!
    7. Text messaging such as Handcent SMS and other excellent programs.
    8. Different "Home Launcher" programs such as Launcher Pro, ADW, Go Launcher, etc.
    9. Androidify
    10. Anti-Virus such as LookOut, Trend Micro, others.
    11. Weather apps such as Go Weather (my favorite), Weatherbug (requires tracking you via GPS), Accuweather.com (no widget), The Weather Channel (requires tracking you via GPS), and others.
    12. Tapatalk, gReader, etc.
    13. I'm not a social networking person, but there are many FaceBook, Twitter, etc. apps available which are reputed to be quite good.
    14. *GOOGLE* VOICE SEARCH WITH VOICE ACTIONS (not Pannous Voice Actions)! You really need to check out the ~20 minute official Google video on Voice Actions on YouTube to really appreciate how AWESOME this is, especially compared to ANYTHING that RIM can/might do!
    15. Don't pay for VZ Navigator anymore, use the free and IMO better Google Navigation (in combination with Google Voice Search)!

    Hope these help! They have definitely made my life easier.

    Oh, I did some travelling recently and got a newfound appreciation for my DX. I had Google Navigation, Trapster, and TuneIn all running at the same time I was getting my favorite (home/local) radio station music (TuneIn), Police/camera location reports (Trapster, you know, in case I needed their help or wanted to wave at the cameras), and step-by-step directions, with up to date traffic info (Google Navigation). My old S1 would have trouble keeping up with any ONE of these, much less all three together... and that is with the DX underclocked to 900Mhz.

    Scott
    02-28-2011 11:10 AM
  20. GlueFactoryBJJ's Avatar
    Also, there are some "scanner" apps that will do OCR on pics of documents taken with your phone's camera, just like using a scanner.

    Scott
    02-28-2011 11:13 AM
  21. azatru's Avatar
    So, I was a big fan of google sync/calendar/tasks on my BB.... (and I loved that bb desktop manager would sync with ms outlook)...I've successfully found their counterparts for android, all except for a decent FREE way to sync everything with MS Office Outlook.

    Any ideas/suggestions?
    03-03-2011 08:52 AM
  22. greydarrah's Avatar
    So, I was a big fan of google sync/calendar/tasks on my BB.... (and I loved that bb desktop manager would sync with ms outlook)...I've successfully found their counterparts for android, all except for a decent FREE way to sync everything with MS Office Outlook.

    Any ideas/suggestions?
    I know this will be a radical concept, but you need to just abandon Outlook altogether and stick with gmail for calendar, contacts and email. After being a dedicated Outlook user since Outlook came out, I finally did this last year and could not be happier. No more being tied to a single computer for all your info, no more cabling up to sync with your phone.
    03-03-2011 09:48 AM
  23. LeslieS's Avatar
    I used BB for years and loved it! The reason I got the Evo shift: Best Buy was out of my 2 BB choices when I went to upgrade, so they gave a great deal (I think) on the Evo Shift. It's been 2 days, I do like it but am having BB withdrawal which I think is only because of the familiarity with the BB, so once I'm comfortable with this one, I'm sure I will love it (everyone tells me I will! )

    When I connected the phone to my computer, all my appointments, Birthdays, etc., that were in Outlook, are on the phone, so I think the sync went fine. However, from everything I've read/heard about Goggle calendar, I would like to try it. I created an account and have the calendar, but are there any instructions here on this forum that will walk me through, step-by=step, what I do now and how to sync the phone with Goggle?
    Thanx for your patience and help (sorry this is kind of long)

    Leslie
    03-03-2011 12:28 PM
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