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Should I Switch??

Being a long time Blackberry user, I keep asking myself, should I switch to an iPhone?  I played with one recently at the Apple Store and was not really fond of the whole touch pad concept; I do like my keyboard.  So I have been looking at the Blackberry Bold as my next phone. I am no rush, still have a few months left on my Verizon contract-so I will continue to ponder.   Here is a pretty good video comparing the two phones.


Writer for national real estate opinion column AgentGenius.com, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.

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  1. Marilyn Wilsob

    August 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the sneak peek of the BOLD and the comparison with the iPhone. You mentioned that you thought the Bold may have a shorter battery life. Are you comparing to the latest version of iPhone or the original version? From what I’ve heard the battery life on the new iPhone is horrible. My guess is that the Bold may win the battle against the new reduced battery life iPhone. It will be interesting to see once the BOLD is live.

    I think it is important to focus on the features that are the most important to REALTORS when we review the phones. According to the Smartphone Survey our firm conducted last year, the most important factors for evaluation were Usability, battery life, contact management, email, GPS and the ability to access real estate apps like wireless MLS, Top Producer etc.. Once the BOLD is live, it will be interesting to do a side by side comparison using these key factors and then we can all decide which is the best phone for us.

  2. Dan Connolly

    August 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Just got a Iphone 3g. There are things I like about it but it drops calls and doesn’t get good reception in my home office. I had AT&T before I got the Iphone and the reception on my old Nokia phone was very good, pretty much everywhere. . I am looking into signal boosters, Ordered one online for about $20 that mounts on the back window of my car.

  3. Jamie Geiger

    August 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    @Dan- one of the reasons I hesitate to switch, is I have been very happy with the reception I get with Verizon, never get dropped calls etc. I have heard reception is an issue with the iPhone. It sure would be nice if all carriers, could sell all phones. My next step is to compare monthly costs.

  4. John Sembrot

    August 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Some MLS’s have a blackberry interface for the GE suprakey system. I wonder if that one feature isn’t enough for a deal breaker. Any news on a GE interface for the Iphone?

  5. Ted Mackel

    August 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Yes, You will be upset that the iphone does not support of video, cut and paste and flash, but the rest is worth it. I can function without my lap top more hours of the day now.

  6. Teresa Boardman

    August 28, 2008 at 6:41 am

    I have been using a blackberry for 3 years. The way I see it is that the iphone is a lot more fun but when it comes to business applications I go with the blackberry. I can tether it to my computer for internet access, I can use MMS to post to my blog. I can surf the net real time. It has camera, video and MP3 player. I don’t listen to music on it, and have no need to play video on it. I can also use my blackberry on my network at home which means I can talk on the phone through my own wireless. It also has the push technology where the email come to me.

    So I guess if I didn’t use it for business the iphone beats the blackberry all day long for it’s coolness and big screne. As a business user I can’t use it right now because it is lacking functions that I have to have. I have gotten used to them and won’t give them up.

  7. ines

    August 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Funny thing is that I have an iphone and Rick has a blackberry – I hate his phone and he hates mine – we both sat here and watched in awe and did not say one peep 😉 (Rick still says he’s not getting an iphone)

  8. Louis Cammarosano

    August 28, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I switched from the bb to the iphone
    The iphone is better for:

    web browsing- the ability to reduce/increase the size of the page is a huge plus;

    email synching is seamless and the emails can be sorted nicely and increase/decrease the size of the emails;

    music-if you are a fan of the ipod ( I am not-I prefer Napster/san disk- i like the Napster subscription model better than the ala carte) its good;

    video-the video feature is excellent for you tube and videos purchased on itunes; and

    audio-the iphone has a small speaker so you can play audio even without earphones.

    screen size-the iphone has a far bigger screen

    The blackberry is better for

    writing emails (the tactile keyboard on the blackberry is far better than the touch on the ipod- the ipods key board is a real nuisance to type ont)

    Battery life on the ipod is deminimus if you keep all the features on-it will run out of juice in a half a day.
    BUT if you turn off some of the features you can get decent battery life.

    The black berry has better battery life..

    The blackberry gets the nod for business users who need to type out more than two sentences in their emails.

    If its for light business and entertainment, the iphone is better

  9. Bob

    August 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Louis, Thanks for that overview.

  10. Jamie Geiger

    August 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    @Marilyn- I agree, my phone is for business purposes, and the email and battery life will be high on my priority as well as the BB being able to function as an MLS lock box key- look forward to seeing the capabilities when it is rolled out.

    @Louis- nice to see the side by side comparison from someone that has used both

    @Teresa- I agree, I think the iPhone may have more “toy” characteristics- that I most likely would never use- and I really am focused on the how either phone will facilitate my business

    @ines- keep the peace in the family- what ever works for you!!

    @John- have not heard about the iPhone capability for GE interface

    @Ted- that is great!

  11. Missy Caulk

    September 2, 2008 at 7:20 am

    I just got the new BB, I was having a hard time but I really use a phone for emails, text and the phone. I know people love the iPhone. I’m thinking I will probably end up with one but for now I just upgraded my BB. I love it ! My rep said for what I do the BB would work better.

  12. patsy

    September 6, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Anyone out there review or compare the BASICS of the Iphone compared to the BASICS of the Blackberry?

    I have a 1st generation Iphone and am pondering the new 3G edition. BUT, with my Iphone, I can’t HEAR my cell phone conversations unless I am hooked into an earpiece or car-bluetooth. The speakerphone is totally useless as well. I am not deaf, I just think the sound quality is extremely poor. And yes, the bluetooth quality is also very poor, constantly dropping calls…

    I trialed out a Blackberry Curve and the sound is fabulous! With the speakerphone on you can hear your caller from across a room! However, the darn keyboard is ridiculously tiny and having to put glasses on to make a call is reason enough for returning it.

    Guess I’ll just have to live with the old Iphone until the Blackberry BOLD is available…And when would THAT be? Anyone know?

  13. dunn

    September 13, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Does the blackberry bold have the same fragile trackball, that the blackberry curved did? That is such a problem to fix it!!

  14. ubiquitman

    October 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    The iPhone is the most chic phone on the market. It’s a status symbol to own one. Apple clearly has command of the consumer market.

    However, there is little hope in hell. There’s even less hope that big corporations that use PCs and Blackberrys will start using the iPhone for business.

    Personally, I think RIM has a much better chance (albeit small) at winning in the high end consumer smart phone market than Apple has of winning in the corporate market.

    Just as it is cool for a 16 year old to have an iPhone, it’s “cooler” for a 40 yr old professional to have a Blackberry.

    Plus Microsoft will eventually buy RIM. 🙂

  15. Rick Belben

    December 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I have been debating between the blackbery bold and the iPhone. I think I will be going with the bold. I don’t think I would ever get used to the keyoard on the iPhone

  16. Christi

    January 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the comments, ines — can you tell me if the speakerphone on the IPhone is as good as the one on the BOLD. I have the 2g IPod Touch and a Blackberry BOLD — I want to go to the IPhone, I am a non business user, but I am in love with the quality of the speakerphone sound on the BOLD.

  17. fiona westby

    February 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    wow.. great comments! realtor in WA, using Top producer.. the iphone is so young and sexy the BB bold so.. corporate stodgy.. praticle would be to go bold, but the iphone is really hard to pass up. Though i love cut and paste 😉

  18. Atlanta Real Estate

    September 1, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Jamie:

    Good topic.

    Not that you wanted to, but I doubt anyone will be converted in either direction. It’s one of those things.

    I’ve had almost every BB model since it was a square little brick thing that was basically a pager with texting capabilities. Back in the day!

    The iPhone is a LOT more fun, no doubt and the internet browsing is magnitudes better. Browsing has always been horrible on the BB.

    But the things I like about the BB will keep me using it:

    –unreal long battery life, like days long

    –instant email pushed to the device that always WORKS

    –seemless integration with MS Outlook (calendars, tasks, notes, address books, everything)

    –awesome navigation with tons of single press shortcuts everywhere that most users are unaware of. You’re in the car. Email comes in. Read it, hit R (for reply), hit k (for OK) press the ball to send. Three taps and you have replied “ok” to an email.

    –great GPS for FREE. It puts your location dot on a Google map and this is all I need! Zoom in, out, scroll around. It will also route you but I can look at a map and route myself normally.

    –the BB is super rugged. I’ve dropped mine down 14 wooden stairs quite a few times. Also, opened a car door, had it fall out, then stepped on it. That one is a classic. Impresses clients as well.

    –great speakerphone

    –you can be on a call on speaker, go get an address out of the address book, cut and paste it into the google map, etc. etc., all at the same time and it wont crash.

    –oh yeah, it never ever crashes!

    –it can’t get a virus. You can open all your shady emails it it that you might be scared to touch on your PC.

    Wow, I thought this would be a really short post!

    Sorry about the lenght,

    Rob M

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Promoted tweets getting over-promoted? Time for Twitter backlash

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As users continue to voice their complaints, it will be interesting to see how the situation ultimately resolves.

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