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My good friend has a blackberry tour. He loves it. I have told him countless times how great android is compared to blackberry. His major concern was being able to get emails quickly from many accounts including Yahoo, and being able to view attachments in different formats.

Just comparing Android to Blackberry based on email ability, how does Android Rate?
 

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Strictly as a gmail user who doesn't touch any other accounts its better. Everything syncs which I love.

It may not be the case for non-gmail accounts though. I hear Yahoo support is odd, everything else doesn't sync since it uses imap to check mail but you can set intervals for email checking manually.

If you're married to a google account like myself and many others are its perfect. If not, you may need to make some adjustments.
 

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For gMail, no issues on my end. In order for me to get my Hotmail and yahooMail, I have had them forwarded to my gMail account. For my work email (POP), it sucks. Some days, the timer just spins and spins and spins. Other days, the email just comes right up. On occasion, when the timer is spinning, I will power down and reboot. Once it is up and running again, the POP email will show up. That however, doesn't always work.

As far as email is concerned, it is not nearly as good/efficient as my Blackberry 8900. I do love the Android apps. These apps have opened up smartphone functionality that I never had with my 8900. I'm digging my yelp, Open Table, Ringdroid, weather widgets, fring, shop savvy, Google Maps, and even, guitar chord/tuner apps.
 

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Have you tried one of the replacement mail apps? Give K-9 a try, worked great for POP for me. It's built on the base Android mail app but it works and has a number of improvements and features added in.
 

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The default (non gmail) mail app is by far the worst i've used on any phone (Blackberry/iPhone previously). The app would constantly not pull my email, it would not reflect deletions properly and sometimes would download the same message over and over.

edit: that's not to say that I don't love the Android OS in general it is amazing but yea the email app is pretty bad.
 
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I agree, import all your accounts through a central gmail account, you can still respond as though it is thru the original, but you gain the push aspect.
 

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I've had no issue with the stock email app and using my yahoo account with it setup is somewhat of a pain initially but now its a breeze
 

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I've had no issue with the stock email app and using my yahoo account with it setup is somewhat of a pain initially but now its a breeze

for people who need email on their device as its received, this may not be the best option. The email app is a pull, not push app isnt it?
 

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If I needed yahoo email for work I'd be upset using it on an android device.

If I paid for the yahoo pro account and forwarded it to a gmail account, then I'd be happy with the service, but upset to actually have to pay for yahoo email.

Android, unfortunately, has way to come on email. Blackberry, with all of its problems and limitations OWNS email on mobile devices.
 

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If I needed yahoo email for work I'd be upset using it on an android device.

If I paid for the yahoo pro account and forwarded it to a gmail account, then I'd be happy with the service, but upset to actually have to pay for yahoo email.

Android, unfortunately, has way to come on email. Blackberry, with all of its problems and limitations OWNS email on mobile devices.

This is correct, BlackBerry is still the leader in push email for celluar devices, but take away the push email, and the BBM, and what is BlackBerry left with, an outdated UI that doesn't offer an extreme amount of features or customization. The BlackBerry is a great device, but keep in mind how long its been around for. The Android platform is so new in comparison, and while yes it has a way to go, think of where its at and its pretty impressive.
 

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Anyone moving from bb to Android will NOT be disappointed. This device and OS is light years ahead of bb.

TRUE, bb does "better" with email. But, not enough better to ignore the obvious advantages of the Android OS and the build quality of this device (droid).

It's just that "out of the box" bb does better and the set up is a breeze. You just need to fiddle with the settings on Droid a bit and not expect "instant" or pushed mail.
 

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It's just that "out of the box" bb does better and the set up is a breeze. You just need to fiddle with the settings on Droid a bit and not expect "instant" or pushed mail.

You really think setting up a BlackBerry was easier then setting up the Droid? I would have to completely disagree with that statement and say that setting up a BlackBerry to a new user can be EXTREMELY confusing and quite a lengthy process if you are not familiar with what you are doing.
 

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Unless you have to have other email accounts out side of the gmail then you should stick with BB. Nobody can even come close to them as per email. Outside of that Droid is better on all other fronts.
 

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Anyone moving from bb to Android will NOT be disappointed. This device and OS is light years ahead of bb.

TRUE, bb does "better" with email. But, not enough better to ignore the obvious advantages of the Android OS and the build quality of this device (droid).

It's just that "out of the box" bb does better and the set up is a breeze. You just need to fiddle with the settings on Droid a bit and not expect "instant" or pushed mail.

Absolutely the best description I've seen.
 

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Unless you have to have other email accounts out side of the gmail then you should stick with BB. Nobody can even come close to them as per email. Outside of that Droid is better on all other fronts.

Not quite sure what you mean by this.

Yes, the BB handles multiple email accounts through push the best. BUT you can always import your other accounts through gmail, and use that service to your advantage on Android. Also, has the Android internet ever went down? Oh, yeah well the BlackBerry one does, and then your device is basically an expensive text/calling device with no emails or data services.
 

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It did get rather annoying. It would be just out of the blue, everything would die out. Rush to a computer to try and catch emails and all. At times it would create some BIG issues.

Was not one of the deciding factors for me trying out Android, but definitely didn't hurt the cause...
 

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@ dream to believe.. I meant the email set up using the email set up wizard on bb seemed easier than Android. I guess it wasn't the easiest process. I was just comparing it to the android process (detailed somewhere here on this form) for imap accounts. The whole imap.mail.yahoo.whatever process - that was a pain in the neck. however, I agree... totally setting up a bb was a painful and tedious affair.

to the OP: have your buddy check into paying for yahoo pro and forwarding to a gmail account - in my opinion, that's the best idea
 

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BB setup was easy I thought. Make a BIS account (it wasn't even called this, it was called email setup), add your email address and password hit next.