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    Smile Need Advice - Is the DROID for me?

    Hey All -

    First, sorry in advance for the long post!

    The thread title kind of explains my question . I am currently a BlackBerry guy - I've been using Blackberries for maybe 3 years now. Moved from a Moto RAZR to a BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, which was my first smartphone. This past summer, I rid myself of that old brick and upgraded to the BlackBerry Tour.

    First, I will say, I am not unhappy with the Tour. It is a great phone. My complaints are few. Mainly, the screen is just a bit too small to be *truly* useful for real web browsing (though it's great for mobile web sites). Likewise, the screen size makes Google Maps and such a bit less useful, though it's more than usable. In addition, while over all the phone is VERY snappy, the browser can be pretty slow at times and some apps, especially Google Maps, tend to bog down.

    What I like about the Tour is a keyboard. A physical keyboard is a must for me (so, AT&T aside, the iPhone has never been an option for me), and I think RIM makes the best physical keyboards around. So all in all, I really like my Tour - but I'm thinking I may like a Droid better, especially since I am now using the phone solely for personal use (Work gave me a company blackberry), not a mix of work and personal as in the past.

    How I use my phone (and these are in order of importance):

    1. First and foremost, for communication. Regular phone use, text messaging, Instant Messaging (AIM + GTalk), and E-mail. I don't have a land line at all, so the phone needs to be a good phone!

    2. Web browsing. I like a pretty full featured web browser. Mobile sites don't always cut it. I include Facebook in this category because I find the Facebook Apps never cut the mustard for me - I always end up going to the full mobile web site (this is partially because I *do not* use e-mail notification with facebook, and all the apps seem to work through e-mail, at least on BlackBerry).

    3. "PDA Functions" - that is, Calendar and Contacts. For Calendar, I use iCal on my Mac, which auto-syncs with my Google Calendar through CalDAV. For Contacts, I use Mac Address Book, which syncs with Gmail through iSync.

    4. Multimedia. This is a distant last place for me. I don't use my phone as an iPod. Occasional YouTube viewing is nice, but all in all, this is pretty low on my list of priorities.

    Okay - so with all that info - do you guys think the DROID is a good fit? I can get it with upgrade pricing (another line on my plan is due for upgrade), then sell my Tour .
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    I had a Tour and replaced it with a Droid. I'm not one of those "gotta have a new phone every 5 minutes" kind of person, in fact I had the same phone for 5 years up until about a year ago. If it works for me, I stay with it.

    My usage is similar to yours though I don't use the calendar much. Over all the criteria you named, the Droid wins with the exception of the physical keyboard. As you say, BB probably has the best physical keyboard in the business and the sculpted keys on the Tour are far superior to the flat keys on the Droid. However, the browser on the Droid is far superior to the Tour both in general operation and in terms of screen real estate, definitely much more usable. I mostly use the virtual keyboard on the Droid and do pretty well with it but then I'm only sending short emails with it.

    I also find the Droid to be superior on communication to the Tour and I also have no land line. With the Tour, the signal in my downstairs office would be good enough (barely) to make and receive calls but web browsing wasn't possible. It's pretty good with the Droid, definitely usable.

    Oh, and I have a Tour for sale too
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    You are going to get 500 different answers on this and what it really comes down to is will it work for YOU.

    I came from the Tour as well and use my device 90/10 (90%biz/10%pleasure)

    My calender and contacts are strictly tied to gmail and my business emails are fwd's to my gmail. So for me. This device is perfect. Do NOT miss BB at all and I will go so far as to say the Droid is a HUGE step forward for ME.

    I suggest getting it. You have 30 days to decide if you like it or not (as you already know)

    I will say this. do not have any expectations of it being any thing like a BB. It's an entirely different beast. You will have to learn an all new hardware piece and OS. You may be thinking thats very obvious but you would be surprised at the comments. "When I used my BB all I needed to do was this" or "On my BB to get to this I needed to do that" and on and on and on. It's nothing like a BB or any other phone, unless ofcourse you have experience with Android.

    It will take a good week to get used to it so be prepared. It is a LOT of phone.

    I just want to make clear that do not have any expectations of it being anything you are accustomed to. Thats not a bad thing, it's an awesome thing : ) The Droid is a bad arse phone....seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereal killer View Post
    You are going to get 500 different answers on this and what it really comes down to is will it work for YOU.

    I came from the Tour as well and use my device 90/10 (90%biz/10%pleasure)

    My calender and contacts are strictly tied to gmail and my business emails are fwd's to my gmail. So for me. This device is perfect. Do NOT miss BB at all and I will go so far as to say the Droid is a HUGE step forward for ME.

    I suggest getting it. You have 30 days to decide if you like it or not (as you already know)

    I will say this. do not have any expectations of it being any thing like a BB. It's an entirely different beast. You will have to learn an all new hardware piece and OS. You may be thinking thats very obvious but you would be surprised at the comments. "When I used my BB all I needed to do was this" or "On my BB to get to this I needed to do that" and on and on and on. It's nothing like a BB or any other phone, unless ofcourse you have experience with Android.

    It will take a good week to get used to it so be prepared. It is a LOT of phone.

    I just want to make clear that do not have any expectations of it being anything you are accustomed to. Thats not a bad thing, it's an awesome thing : ) The Droid is a bad arse phone....seriously.
    Thanks for the advice! I'm enough of a geek that the "learning the new OS" thing is actually something I'd look forward to. BlackBerry OS is old hat to me now - which in some ways is a good thing of course - but at the same time the idea of learning Android is exciting. It's a total paradigm shift from what I'm used to, and a totally different technology (touch screen vs. trackball + keyboard).
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    I use the physical keyboard more than the virtual when I am messaging. I never understood why people like to touch the screen they are looking at. Whatever works for you...

    The physical keyboard took me 2 days to get the complete hang of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordKastle View Post
    I use the physical keyboard more than the virtual when I am messaging. I never understood why people like to touch the screen they are looking at. Whatever works for you...

    The physical keyboard took me 2 days to get the complete hang of it.
    Yeah - I tried the physical KB at the store. Honestly, I didn't have much trouble with it - my Tour skills seemed to transfer well. The only thing I had issues with is the placement of certain symbols and such, but that's just a matter of learning the layout.
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    I am a die hard Blackberry Storm user. My wife just got the droid, and I can't keep my hands off it. What a great phone. It just works. It is smooth, fast, and just works well. I recommended it to my wife because it has a physical keyboard, because my wife texts a lot and is coming from a full keyboard phone. The portrait virtual keyboard is so good, she rarely uses the physical keyboard. The calendar and contacts work and sync very well. Looks like I will be getting a Droid as soon as I can upgrade.
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    I'm in almost the exact same situation - and I love the droid.

    Came over from a Curve, and the Droid picks up and improves on almost all of (my perceived) limitations of the curve.

    A few things took getting used to (what is the equivalent app to BB profiles?, etc.) - but the range of apps/mods available and little plusses faaar outweigh anything I felt i might have lost moving away from the blackberry. A caveat: while I used my berry like a business device for contact management/calendar/etc, i was not a dedicated business user (i.e. not on an exchange server), and b/c of this, all the contact management (sync with gmail, facebook, etc) has been a huge plus that i didn't know i was getting.

    I dove in (thought about waiting) and really really like it so far.

    -edited to add:
    I tried out the physical keyboard in the store and was non-plussed compared to my BB curve speed typing method, to the point that for the first couple times i used the soft-keyboard (word complete is nifty) for all my messages, even longer ones. I've since gotten a lot better with the physical keyboard, and while I'm not where i was (speed-wise) with it yet (compared to the curve), I'm getting there and I think i'll be faster in the long run.
    that said - the soft keyboard is great for short messages/etc. I really have no complaints, other than when it tries to turn a non-standard word into something it understands (was hassling my LSU fan buddy yesterday, and it kept wanting to "fix" "LSU" into "Lisa". lol
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    Yeah you can turn off automatic capitalization and word suggestion/fixes.
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    !!! Welcome "Azmordean" to DroidForums !!!


    If you love your , but you feel at a loss for something that seems missing. The Droid is for you.

    If you like to Text, Email, Chat with your Phone, The Droid Fits the bill here too.

    If you want a snappier OS, the Droid has it.

    You do get 30 days to try it out. You don't have to keep it.

    As the Advertisements say, Droid Does !!!

    But I bet once you cross the line, and you finger, pet, scroll a Droid, there will be no turning back. You will become addicted. The only cure is to get one and keep it all to yourself.

    Hi, My name is Jim, And I am a Droid Addict !!! {The Crowd Chants, Hello Jim !!!} And I know, I have gone down the right path. Come over to the DROID SIDE !!! It's nice over here!!! You will not be Alone
    Where Ever you Go! There You Are !!
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