Dear BlackBerry Users - I Get It, But It's Time To Switch

Reblogger Pam Sitterly
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX VINTAGE

This is go true. I am compelled to share this well-written post for all my Blackberry user friends who are reluctant to change. (Bari-this includes you!) I know I loved my Blackberry too... it was SO COMFORTABLE!  But finally, I switched to the Droid2 and I don't think my learning curve was much to fret about.

Original content by Sara Bonert

I get it, you love your Blackberry.  So did I.  I had the first one ever made and upgraded models almost every year.  I looked so cool boarding planes with that thing strapped to my belt loop.  I was a whiz at typing on it and could dominate BrickBreaker.

So what happened?  I got app envy.  I finally went for it and switched to a Droid.  Here is my story.

Day 1 - How fun is downloading apps!  I actually don't know how to use any of them, but saving that for another day.  Right now, all I care about is downloading all the things I've seen my iPhone friends use over the last year.

Day 2 - OMG, what did I do!!  I am never going to be able to figure this thing out.  Quick, put my SIM card back into my Blackberry.  Darn, it doesn't work anymore.  Stayed up for hours trying to figure out how to navigate this darn thing, yearning for the simplier days of my Blackberry.

Day 3 - I'm going to throw this thing out the window.  It doesn't work at all like my old Blackberry.  I'll never get this...

Day 4 - Actually swipe typing isn't that bad, I still make a lot of mistakes, but as I learn the shortcuts, it may even be faster.  Maybe I can get this.  A fellow Droid user spent 15 minutes with me and my phone- huge help.  It is starting to make sense. 

Day 5 - Learned a few more tricks.  Got my screen organized, so I feel a little better about what this phone can actually do.  Called Droid friend again for some more help (took him 5 minutes to explain what would have taken me 5 hours to figure out on my own).  Starting to understand the power of this device.

Day 6 - Bad day.  Droid usage regression.  Deep breathes....

Day 7 - Okay, back at it.  I'm determined to conquer this thing. 

Day 8 - I used the talking navigation app, it was awesome!  Also, tonight for dinner found a restaurant, made a reservation, and got directions - all in under 5 mintues.  My Blackberry could have never done that!

Day 9 - Ok, this thing is seriously cool. 

Day 10 - Mad dash to the airport, in the car rental bus - I'm going to miss my flight.  If only I could check in right now.. wait I can!  Done.  Droid just saved me from missing my flight - just paid for itself. 

Day 11 - My old Blackberry is staring at me on my desk.  Man, that things looks old and not cool.  Now I get why Droid and iPhone owners are such fanatics.  They know what they can do and Blackberry users can't.  Glad I made the switch.  I still have a lot to learn, but I'll get there.

Bottom line - the transition is painful.  Stick with it though, it is totally worth it. 

My new phone: the T-Mobile 4G MyTouch.

 

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Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Pam - I'm ready to make the switch to iphone or an droid phone. I'm tired of my Blackberry.

Dec 14, 2010 02:24 AM #1
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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I've been thinking about switching to the Droid.  I do love my Blackberry though.  Its just so comfortable.  I knoww the Droid is the way to go, but its like giving up your favorite robe or slippers.  Glad to see you've taken the plunge.

Dec 14, 2010 02:29 AM #2
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Pam, I am So happy with my Droid 2.  Previously, I had a Blackberry Storm 2 and it was the worst phone ever.  It had so many glitches and it started to negatively affect my business.  Having good hardware now saves me a lot time during the day.  Blackberry just can't keep up.

Dec 14, 2010 02:53 AM #3
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Sara Bonert
Zillow - Atlanta, GA
Real Estate Internet Marketing

That is a good word for a Blackberry - 'comfortable'.  The Droid got me out of my comfort zone for a week - but well worth it!

Dec 14, 2010 03:47 AM #4
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I wouldn't necessarily say that I love my Blackberry.  It has more to do with comfort than anything else.  At renewal time I'm going to try to take the plunge and switch.

Dec 15, 2010 02:34 AM #5
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Pam - I too am coming up for renewal and am thinking of switching to a Droid.  I don't have the "Crackberry" (hubbys word for his appendage), I have a 2yr old flip phone and I am so sick of it.  I've been researching the different droids and am undecided between the droid x or the droid incredible.  Hmmm.....any suggestions?

Dec 16, 2010 09:02 AM #6
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Pam Sitterly
RE/MAX VINTAGE - Magnolia, TX
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

Robert, Belinda. Take the plunge and go for the Droid! I cannot tell you how happy I am I took that leap.

Dec 16, 2010 11:18 PM #7
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Pam Sitterly
RE/MAX VINTAGE - Magnolia, TX
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

Patricia- I love my Droid2 also. I avoided the Storm; I've heard the stories!

Charita- The Blackberry is very comfortable. But it is limiting. Take the plunge

Donna- So many choices! I narrowed my search to include a couple of features I decided were "must haves," tethering and slide out keyboard. From there I selected the Droid 2.

Dec 16, 2010 11:22 PM #8
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