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Is a Blackberry worth it?

A few years ago I had a blackberry just to get my emails when I was out and about but it wasn't so reliable as an actual telephone (missed calls etc). For emails it worked fine.

I am in the market for a smart phone of some sort, just to get personal email. I don't want to surf so I don't need the latest and greatest. I use my ipod touch for music, and read ebooks on my ipad (wifi only).

Can anybody suggest a suitable phone? Are the new blackberrys any good? Android phones and iphones are way over the top for me I think.

Any happy blackberry users out there?

BTW my contract is with Swisscom if it makes a difference.

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Old 07.11.2012, 14:25
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I have a blackberry bold. Also used to have an old BB. Never had any issue with calls. They were (are?) pretty well made devices.
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Old 07.11.2012, 14:29
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

I'm a very happy BBerry user (although I admit one of few). It works perfectly for what I need and is a stable device...it's only my 2nd but very happy with it

Next year RIM will come out with OS 10 which is supposed to be a big new step for Blackberrys. If it doesn't do well, I would essentially call it the final straw for RIM, so that's not to motivating.

If you go with an abo, you will have to pay an additional Bberry fee to use their network---that keeps many off RIM products as well.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

While you may say that Android and iOS maybe over the top for what you need they will give the capabilities you're looking for. Windows Phone 8 is a bit of an unknown quantity at the moment, but looks like has potential.

To be honest I'm very much of the opinion that the Blackberry has had it's day, and what days they have remaining are numbered. It's main market, the corporates and large businesses are switching to alternative systems in droves.

Basically the BB doesn't have the advantage it used to have for the business side of things, and the attempt to sell the BB into the consumer space has had very mixed results.

That said, if a BB meets your needs then go for it. I just don't see them being around in 3 or 4 years personally.
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If you go with an abo, you will have to pay an additional Bberry fee to use their network---that keeps many off RIM products as well.
I think this was 5 CHF a month, does it sound right?
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Old 07.11.2012, 14:35
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I think this was 5 CHF a month, does it sound right?
Yes, I believe that's the cost for Swisscom.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?



I don't get it. If you already have an iPod, and iPad, why not an iPhone - it provides the email fucntionality you have and will probably replace your iPod Touch as it can pretty much do all the same things, but also has phone connection. You'll also be very familiar with the set up.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

I am a very happy BB user, if only for one thing:

I CAN'T STAND THE BL**DY TOUCH SCREEN PHONES!!!

No, really, I am quite happy with it and no problems at all so far.
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Old 07.11.2012, 15:02
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I am a very happy BB user, if only for one thing:

I CAN'T STAND THE BL**DY TOUCH SCREEN PHONES!!!

No, really, I am quite happy with it and no problems at all so far.
Agreed! I went to a touch screen for a couple weeks between my transition between the curve and the Torch 9810..and I couldn't stand it. I really appreciated how this Torch is set up in the generic touch screen format (so I can get accustomed if inevitably all modern phones will be like this), but still has the trademark Bberry keyboard which is super fast for messaging and typing. The touch screen is nice to have for browsing and the such, but when it comes to typing, I need that keyboard.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

+1 for the hard keypad.

Our company swapped from BBs to iPhones... 4 years ago... I am still "transitioning" on the typing front...
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

Blackberry is dead, any money you pay to get one is basically thrown out of the window. BB10 will be too little, too late.

Given you already use an iPad and an iPod, the best solution for you would be an iPhone. If the price is too high for you, look into older models, maybe from ebay or ricardo.

If you really want only phone and email, there will be no disadvantage to having an Android phone, as you don't have to buy new apps. You can get good Android phones for free with a new contract or an extension of the existing one. Or decent ones for just over 100 CHF without contract.

To those unhappy with touchscreens: You do realize there are Android phones with hardware keyboards, right?
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Old 07.11.2012, 15:23
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I don't get it. If you already have an iPod, and iPad, why not an iPhone - it provides the email fucntionality you have and will probably replace your iPod Touch as it can pretty much do all the same things, but also has phone connection. You'll also be very familiar with the set up.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.
I like keyboards and I already have most of the functionality of the iphone, also I like the styling of the BB.

But as others have pointed out the future of RIM is a bit worrying, I'm guessing they have had their day.
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Blackberry is dead, any money you pay to get one is basically thrown out of the window. BB10 will be too little, too late.

Given you already use an iPad and an iPod, the best solution for you would be an iPhone. If the price is too high for you, look into older models, maybe from ebay or ricardo.

If you really want only phone and email, there will be no disadvantage to having an Android phone, as you don't have to buy new apps. You can get good Android phones for free with a new contract or an extension of the existing one. Or decent ones for just over 100 CHF without contract.

To those unhappy with touchscreens: You do realize there are Android phones with hardware keyboards, right?
I wouldn't say they are dead. They will never "die" as you dramatically put it, they are just no long a top player in the smart phone division. The social hype and popularity as a 'must-have' item maybe dead, but if one is buying a smart phone for hype and popularity, I suggest lining up for each new Iphone that comes out.

Yes RIM's success as the company has been previously known lies completely on OS10, and yes it seems it will be too little too late, but the phone and network will continue to work and function as they are supposed to as RIM potentially faces breakup/selling/restructuring.
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I wouldn't say they are dead. They will never "die" as you dramatically put it, they are just no long a top player in the smart phone division. The social hype and popularity as a 'must-have' item maybe dead, but if one is buying a smart phone for hype and popularity, I suggest lining up for each new Iphone that comes out.

Yes RIM's success as the company has been previously known lies completely on OS10, and yes it seems it will be too little too late, but the phone and network will continue to work and function as they are supposed to as RIM potentially faces breakup/selling/restructuring.
I would imagine that the network would be running longer than any phone I might buy.
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Can anybody suggest a suitable phone? Are the new blackberrys any good? Android phones and iphones are way over the top for me I think.

Any happy blackberry users out there?
Blackberry is dead. Plus they still charge you 10 bucks a month just for BB service. Just get a Samsung SII or some other last-gen Android device. That way you won't spend too much and you'll still get more functuality than on a BB device.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

For what its worth. I was a BB loyalist up until i needed my Skype account to be mobile. I picked up a Samsung SIII and have almost forgotten about the BB. I still like the BB form factor...but the Android base is not bad at all.
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Re: Is a Blackberry worth it?

if you like BB, buy it. i also think BB is dead, but you can still use the device for a few years and see what your options are in a few years time...
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If it's e-mail and phone functionality you want without paying through the nose then you may want to consider Nokia c3
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A few years ago I had a blackberry just to get my emails when I was out and about but it wasn't so reliable as an actual telephone (missed calls etc). For emails it worked fine.

I am in the market for a smart phone of some sort, just to get personal email. I don't want to surf so I don't need the latest and greatest. I use my ipod touch for music, and read ebooks on my ipad (wifi only).

Can anybody suggest a suitable phone? Are the new blackberrys any good? Android phones and iphones are way over the top for me I think.

Any happy blackberry users out there?

BTW my contract is with Swisscom if it makes a difference.

Thanks,
Nigel
In my opinion, you have the following choices (in the order of attractiveness):

1. iPhone5: it makes sense since you are already on the iOS platform; you are familiar with the devices, with the look and feel, with its advantages and disadvantages. Oh, and btw, it is, based on market share of individual devices, the best you can get.

2. Samsung Galaxy: it is the next best device after iPhone. It is a me2 type product, nothing really innovative. Based on Android, offers a slightly different feel.

3. HTC: more of a basic device (still lots and lots of functions) based on Android platform.

4. BB (Bold would be my preference if I were to choose, but Curve not far behind): only if you prefer a hard keyboard, and not a touchscreen (QWERTY keyboard). The BB time is up, the devices are a few years behind everything else (RIM focused on developing the infrastructure, the OS, and on enterprise email, forgeting about anything else - they also missed the OS train, with the BB10 delays).

5. Nokia C5: if you prefer a real keyboard (the compact one, not a full QWERTY). Not my choice, but it basically addresses your needs mentioned above.

Everything else is a variation of the above, with some brands trying to copy, but not doing a great job at...
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a good recommendation. also the nokia E72.

i used a nokia E71 for a long time and this combined with profimail was probably the best mobile email solution around. even current android/iphone email isn't as good, IMO. sadly, profimail on android is extremely buggy (sad that i shelled out £35 for the android version)
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