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  1. jcp007's Avatar
    Full disclosure...been a RIM user since 2006...currently have a 9810 Torch and a 9900 Bold as well as a Playbook.

    After watching the S3 review on phonearena, I am sorely tempted to make the switch to Android but am intimidated by the user interface as it is so different from RIM. Has anyone else made the transition? Will the S3 synch with MS Outlook?
    05-17-2012 12:53 PM
  2. Paul627g's Avatar
    Welcome to the "other side"...

    To be honest you couldn't go wrong picking the new SGSIII or its competitor the HTC One series or its variants. Coming from BB your not making a bad decision going either direction both are top devices despite their competitive differences.

    Some tips on moving over from BB to Android... May help answer some of those questions..
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...ps-tricks.html
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    05-17-2012 12:57 PM
  3. jcp007's Avatar
    I will hit the link in a minute. Does it synch with MS Outlook? Do you have to have a Gmail address?
    05-17-2012 01:04 PM
  4. jcp007's Avatar
    Do I have to give up my grandfathered unlimited AT&T plan?
    05-17-2012 01:12 PM
  5. lsutigers03's Avatar
    I came to Android from an iPhone and it didn't take long to learn a new OS. My Outlook email works just fine on the One X so I'm sure it'll work fine on the S III. You do need a gmail address if you want to use the Google Play store for apps, movies, music, etc. Your unlimited plan will actually be better because since it's LTE you'll be throttled at 5GB vs 3GB on 3G data plans.
    05-17-2012 01:13 PM
  6. Nashstruck's Avatar
    Full disclosure...been a RIM user since 2006...currently have a 9810 Torch and a 9900 Bold as well as a Playbook.

    After watching the S3 review on phonearena, I am sorely tempted to make the switch to Android but am intimidated by the user interface as it is so different from RIM. Has anyone else made the transition? Will the S3 synch with MS Outlook?
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sam...rackberry.html
    05-17-2012 01:16 PM
  7. Paul627g's Avatar
    I will hit the link in a minute. Does it synch with MS Outlook? Do you have to have a Gmail address?
    I forgot to add this earlier.. Also found under that Getting Started with Android link I dropped you.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...ml#post1482527

    Yes you do need a GMail account to activate and use your Android. All you settings, contacts, calendars, apps are synced to the GMail account. But you can import your MS Outlook info into GMail.

    I believe there is guides and info contained in those links about syncing up with MS Outlook.
    05-17-2012 01:20 PM
  8. jcp007's Avatar
    On CB as jcp007.
    05-17-2012 01:20 PM
  9. jcp007's Avatar
    Does it matter that I have a Comcast email account? That is where I receive all my email.
    05-17-2012 01:22 PM
  10. Paul627g's Avatar
    Does it matter that I have a Comcast email account? That is where I receive all my email.
    No it doesn't. You can have GMail poll your Comcast account to pull in your email or use Comcast's Xfinity app (free) from the Google Play Store. ( I have Comcast too)

    K-9 Email App (free) is also a popular application for combining up your various email accounts into one place.
    05-17-2012 01:24 PM
  11. JayWill's Avatar
    Does it matter that I have a Comcast email account? That is where I receive all my email.
    Nope. In that case, you would use the phone's stock email app or a 3rd party alternative and set up your Comcast account to view emails. You don't have to use Gmail for email at all, only to run other Google services on the phone.

    Google services are nicely integrated in Android though. Gmail, Calendar, Google Talk, Google Voice (not necessary but some like it), etc. all sync and operate together very well. You may find you want to migrate to Gmail for your email and calendar if you make the switch.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 2
    05-17-2012 01:27 PM
  12. jcp007's Avatar
    I don't want to offend since you guys have so nice answering all my newb questions but, on the off chance that I want to migrate back to BB, how difficult is it? I have all these questions because I like to research as much as possible before diving in. I'm actually headed to an AT&T store to try out the Galaxy S2 and the Note.
    05-17-2012 01:43 PM
  13. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    I don't want to offend since you guys have so nice answering all my newb questions but, on the off chance that I want to migrate back to BB, how difficult is it? I have all these questions because I like to research as much as possible before diving in. I'm actually headed to an AT&T store to try out the Galaxy S2 and the Note.
    Back up your current Blackberry using the desktop software, then if you want to switch back you can just restore it.

    Android apps and stuff won't transfer over anyway.
    05-17-2012 02:07 PM
  14. jcp007's Avatar
    Just got back from the AT&T store. Having had the chance to play on the One X and the S2, I am much more at ease about getting the S3. Based upon the phonearena review video, I would still go with the S3. I know that this sounds totally ridiculous but I feel like I am cheating on RIM, though not nearly as much as if one were unfaithful to their spouse. I guess it is hard to let go of something that you have been familiar with for so many years. More input is greatly appreciated in terms of things to check in terms of functionality and build quality when the S3 is released by AT&T next month.
    05-17-2012 03:40 PM
  15. Paul627g's Avatar
    I think you find that many members here also came from BB at one point. I did.. It was a but hard at first giving up what I was so used to but after seeing what Android offers in terms of flexibility and apps (free) & paid you soon forget about the past and look into the future.

    Probably the only thing I really missed with BB at first was their email system, but that was also over 2 years ago and much has changed and improved with GMail and everything surrounding Android since then.
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    05-17-2012 04:01 PM
  16. Tkbredx's Avatar
    Welcome to Android. I'm sure you'll like it. Even if you dont like the software compared to blackberrys... You'll love the various amazing hardware that comes with Android.
    05-17-2012 04:05 PM
  17. jcp007's Avatar
    As I mentioned, is there a checklist of things to test and check when S3 arrives in the store so that from a build quality and performance standpoint to make sure that I have confident that unit purchased does not have any defects or flaws?
    05-17-2012 04:06 PM
  18. jcp007's Avatar
    The funny thing was that based only upon my own research and watching the phonearena video review, I seemed to know more about the S3 than the salesperson although he was very patient with a hands-on crash introduction to the Android environment and seemed to prefer the One X.
    05-17-2012 04:10 PM
  19. Paul627g's Avatar
    You probably do friend. Not bashing the sales reps but from everything I have always seen it appears as they only know what is handed out to them from corporate. If it isn't printed on their weekly sales rep update sheets then chances are they probably don't know much beyond that.

    Big fail on the part of the carriers and the stores, as I would want my sales reps to be the most informed so they can answer questions and sell more phones but that isn't the way its done I guess.
    05-17-2012 04:16 PM
  20. jcp007's Avatar
    Is there any aspect of the UI and/or hardware of Android phones in general and the S3 missing or need improvement?
    05-17-2012 04:33 PM
  21. Paul627g's Avatar
    From what I've seen in the reviews here at Android Central, the SGSIII looks to have everything done very well. It features a newer updated version of Samsung Touchwiz UI. Touchwiz is Samsung's version of a UI, HTC has Sense, Moto has Blur.. etc.. Last but not least is the Nexus line (Galaxy Nexus) which is Pure Google experience, meaning no bloatware, no manufacture UI, just pure Android.

    This is all a personal choice as to what you like to see in a UI. They all basically offer the same, just the way its presented and designed to be used and integrated into the device/OS.

    Aside from what you probably have already seen in reviews you have watched I'm guessing as many others are that once the SGSIII hits stateside you will see some slight changes to it from its overseas counterparts. Most noted is the opinion of the Home key button and what processor will it be using. Carriers may also want to put their own little spin on things too... Sprint is famous for making a device "special" and stand out from its sister variants on other US carriers, hence see the Epic 4g (physical keyboard) and the HTC EVO 4g LTE which has some changes over its sister devices the HTC One on AT & T and T Mobile.

    You have noticeably been doing your homework so keep up the studying and choose wisely. After all once you get past that 14 day return window your married to whatever you choose for the next 2 years.
    05-17-2012 04:45 PM
  22. jcp007's Avatar
    Is there any rhyme or reason that the Android OS always has something to do with food?
    05-17-2012 04:49 PM
  23. Paul627g's Avatar
    Ya, if you don't like this years flavor wait until next year

    Jellybean 5.0
    05-17-2012 04:50 PM
  24. jcp007's Avatar
    Is there a way to remove the bloatware? I guess that I will have to "force" myself to go back and try the Nexus.
    05-17-2012 04:53 PM
  25. Paul627g's Avatar
    Sure there is always "rooting" your device.. Once you root your device you can remove bloatware and do much more.

    More information on rooting...

    http://www.androidcentral.com/what-rooting
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    05-17-2012 04:55 PM
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