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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.


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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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*New* TikTok Insights launch: Content creators finally get audience analytics

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The popular short-form app, TikTok, finally launches the anticipated Insights feature, where content creators can view target audience data.

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Marketers searching for the zeitgeist which means TikTok scrollers pause to watch their content and then click through to buy a product have a new tool to help make that happen.

  • TikTok Insights offers marketers bite-size bits of user demographic information that will help build content that leads to sales.
  • With TikTok Insights you can learn more about your audience’s behavior, their interests, and their general sentiment toward brands.
  • TikTok Insights is free to use. Marketers can find TikTok user demographics by using filters to determine what they’re looking for.

The demographic info can be age-focused, focused on specific types of marketing, or even as specific as holiday or event marketing.

This is a step in the direction marketers have been asking for as they create content for the TikTok platform; however, creators looking for detailed analytics like they get from meta need to wait. Insights doesn’t offer that for now.

Like TikTok says in its own analytic information,

“While analytics are helpful in understanding the performance of your videos, you don’t need to create future videos based primarily around them. It’s best to consider the bigger picture, lean lightly on analytics, and use them as a source for insight rather than strategy.”

Marketers trying to key into reaching TikTok’s billion users worldwide are left, right now, searching for the magic that leads to consumers making the jump from the platform to using their purchasing power.

For marketers that means keeping things creative and collaborative, two key factors in TikTok’s success. And that success is huge. Users spend an average of 52 minutes on the platform when they log in and a staggering 90% of users say they log on every day.

TikTok Insights will help marketers find ways to connect, but the content TikTok is looking for is authentic.

And while entrepreneurs can bid for advertising like other social media platforms, they need to remember when planning that spend, that most TikTok marketing success stories are more accidental than planned. Have fun with that knowledge. Instead of pressure to create the perfect plan, TikTok Insights allows marketers to keep it creative and to find a way to tie it into what they enjoy about the platform.

Like all other social media marketing, focus on creating content that stops the consumer from their continual scroll. Make it a challenge and keep it real.

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Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) User data has been a hot topic in the tech world. It’s often shared haphazardly or not protected, and the app Grindr, follows suit.

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If you’re like me, you probably get spam calls a lot. Information is no longer private in this day and age; companies will buy and sell whatever information they can get their hands on for a quick buck. Which is annoying, but not necessarily outright dangerous, right?

Wrong.

Grindr has admitted to selling their user’s data, however, they are specifically selling the location of their users without regard for liability concerns. Grindr, a gay hook-up app, is an app where a marginalized community is revealing their location to find a person to connect to. Sure, Grindr claims they have been doing this less and less since 2020, but the issue still remains: they have been selling the location of people who are in a marginalized community – a community that has faced a huge amount of oppression in the past and is still facing it to this day.

Who in their right mind thought this was okay? Grindr initially did so to create “real-time ad exchanges” for their users, to find places super close to their location. Which makes sense, sort of. The root of the issue is that the LGBTQAI+ community is a community at risk. How does Grindr know if all of their users are out? Do they know exactly who they’re selling this information to? How do they know that those who bought the information are going to use it properly?

They don’t have any way of knowing this and they put all of their users at risk by selling their location data. And the data is still commercially available! Historical data could still be obtained and the information was able to be purchased in 2017. Even if somebody stopped using Grindr in, say, 2019, the fact they used Grindr is still out there. And yeah, the data that’s been released has anonymized, Grindr claims, but it’s really easy to reverse that and pin a specific person to a specific location and time.

This is such a huge violation of privacy and it puts people in real, actual danger. It would be so easy for bigots to get that information and use it for something other than ads. It would be so easy for people to out others who aren’t ready to come out. It’s ridiculous and, yeah, Grindr claims they’re doing it less, but the knowledge of what they have done is still out there. There’s still that question of “what if they do it again” and, with how the world is right now, it’s really messed up and problematic.

If somebody is attacked because of the data that Grindr sold, is Grindr complicit in that hate crime, legally or otherwise?

So, moral of the story?

Yeah, selling data can get you a quick buck, but don’t do it.

You have no idea who you’re putting at risk by selling that data and, if people find out you’ve done it, chances are your customers (and employees) will lose trust in you and could potentially leave you to find something else. Don’t risk it!

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BeReal: Youngsters are flocking in droves to this Instagram competitor app

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As Instagram loses steam due to its standards of “perfection posting,” users are drawn to a similar app with a different approach, BeReal.

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BeReal is one of several “Real” apps exploding in growth with young users who crave real connections with people they know in real life.

According to data.ai, BeReal ranks 4th by downloads in the US, the UK, and France for Q1 2022 to date, behind only Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

BeReal flies in the face of what social media has become. Instead of curated looks that focus on the beautiful parts of life, BeReal users showcase what they’re doing at the moment and share those real photos with their friends. Their real friends.

It’s real. And real is different for a generation of social media users who have been raised on influencers and filters.

As the app says when you go to its page:

Be Real.

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for Real.

Every day at a different time, BeReal users are notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.

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The app has seen monthly users increase by more than 315% according to Apptopia, which tracks and analyzes app performance.

“Push notifications are sent around the world simultaneously at different times each day,” the company said in a statement. “It’s a secret on how the time is chosen every day, it’s not random.”

The app allows no edits and no filters. They want users to show a “slice of their lives.”

Today’s social media users have seen their lives online inundated with ultra-curated social media. The pandemic led to more time spent online than ever. Social media became a way to escape. Reality was ugly. Social media was funny, pretty, and exciting.

And fake.

Enter BeReal where users are asked to share two moments of real life on a surprise schedule. New apps are fun often because they’re new. However, the huge growth in the use of BeReal by college-aged users points to something more than the new factor.

For the past several years, experts have warned that social media was dangerous to our mental health. The dopamine hits of likes and shares are based on photos and videos filled with second and third takes, lens changes, lighting improvements, and filters. Constant comparisons are the norm. And even though we know the world we present on our social pages isn’t exactly an honest portrayal of life, we can’t help but experience FOMO when we see our friends and followers and those we follow having the times of their lives, buying their new it thing, trying the new perfect product, playing in their Pinterest-worthy decorated spaces we wish we could have.

None of what we see is actually real on our apps. We delete our media that isn’t what we want to portray and try again from a different angle and shoot second and third and forth takes that make us look just a little better.

We spend hours flipping through videos on our For You walls and Instagram stories picked by algorithms that know us better than we know ourselves.

BeReal is the opposite of that. It’s simple, fast, and real. It’s community and fun, but it’s a moment instead of turning into the time-sink of our usual social media that, while fun, is also meant to ultimately sell stuff, including all our data.

It will be interesting to watch BeReal and see if it continues down its promised path and whether the growth continues. People are looking for something. Maybe reality is that answer.

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