Starting to miss my BLACKBERRY-- anyone in the same boat?

ali.fazal

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I absolutely LOVE my Droid-- and it really has been the only phone (let alone a touch screen one) that has competed with my Blackberry Tour in terms of speed. Forget the sluggish molasses-like performance of the Pre or G1.

HOWEVER, I am starting to miss BB simply because of it's keyboard. Sometimes now, I find myself not replying to messages simply because it's such a pain to use the keyboard and I hate virtual keyboards. It's not awful by any means, just not as great as a BB.

The Droid still has enough amazing goodness to keep me around (well, mainly the expectation of Flash support, although with that eons away now, I might have to rethink this stance), but my fingers are starting to itch for a Blackberry every once in a while.
 

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I did love my 8330's keyboard but every other area that matters..the Droid destroys it.

How long have you had it? I had my 8330 for 10 months before switching to the Droid roughly 30 days ago now and I'm just getting used to the hard-keys. Took a little time to break in. Now I'm working on getting good with portrait mode soft-keys.

Also if you're iffy on softkeys..go to Settings -> Language & Keyboard, Android Keyboard Settings. turn on "Vibrate on keypress" When you go to type a message, change orientation of the screen to landscape (wide) mode and then try to type with that. Its actually not too bad with the haptic feedback turned on. I need a little action to buttons to feel what I'm pressing, that helps quite a bit.
 
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I'm not sure if its a learning curve or if it just takes time to be "broken in," because here I am 30 days in and noticing the keys have much more action and feel like they pop a bit as I enter in a character than they did initially. Strange phone but with time I grew to love it as much as any other phone I've owned. Even my precious 8330 :)
 

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the thing im having a hard time leaving is the Blackberry Messenger so now I have a Sprint Tour and a Droid I got yesterday, im addicted to phones haha
 

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I don't miss anything except BBM, but I have gotten most of the same people on my gtalk, and the rest have push email so I am good. As for the keyboard, I was in the same boat, until I started forcing myself to use the physical keyboard. Now I love it, and use it frequently. Also, check out keyboard replacements like better keyboard and slideit which may help you type better.
 

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I miss the BB Keyboard of my 8830 BADLY, and the way it handled/aggregated email/SMS/IM (and lack of an officlai Yahoo IM)... Profiles I sorta miss but oh well.

I bought en extended battery, so that's not an issue of mine anymore.

But, the Droid kills the BB's in everyother way. And I hope they dial in the OS better and better. Just stuff like the vibrate on text buzzing the whole phone while in a call, silly odd **** with how the keyboard acts when typing stuff out, etc. The Blackberry did a lot of cool stuff you don't think of till you're text editing in long emails. This is frustrating at times as I type a LOT.

Seein some of the vertical sliders coming, I think that will be cool.

An Android with a vertical slider, Chicklet/BB style keyboard and a Trac-pad for text editing, and emulate how the BB does text editing etc... I'd totally be in heaven.

I'm still not going back to BB anytime soon.
 

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I almost miss my click screen from my BB storm, but their are enough android perks to keep me from longing it again. As for the keyboards, its definitely no BB, but its not supposed to be. Its supposed to be a sleek keyboard unlike the pop out at you buttons of the 8330 or the World Edition. If you spend enough time with it, or any keyboard, you'll master its use and not even notice that the keyboard is physically lacking. I'm very fast on the physical keyboard. And its because my thumbs have dedicated the keyboard letter positions to muscle memory so I don't even look at my keyboard anymore. I'm typing this out on the droid and no problems what so ever. Who needs a multi-touch keyboard when you've already got a physical keyboard. Granted, I'm still pro-multitouch so that I have more options if I want.
 

Jared DiPane

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Cory have you tried smart keyboard? Should be multitouch actually.

As for the screen clicks, that was the BEST thing I ever gave up! I sometimes miss the definition of the keys on the BB but thats about it. It took a while to get used to this physical keyboard since the layout is a huge difference, but after getting used to it, i fly around on it now and I love it!
 

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I miss the form factor of my curve, and the keyboard, but I can type faster on android. I just prefer the smaller physical keyboard and non-slider design. Other than that, android kills blackberry.
 

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