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    I'm looking at a smart phone. Currently have an LG flip phone for the last 10 yrs - it does what I need mostly.....but ?

    I may get a gen or two back....? Are slider keyboards out of the picture ? A couple of phones I'm looking at have them. Any pro's or con's - slide out vs touch pad keyboard ? Let's start there.

    I'm looking at Android.
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    Steve,

    I have Andriod based smart phones. The first was with a slide out keyboard, too bulky and heavy for me. Small keys made it difficult for my fat fingers. The next was the Droid with on screen keyboard, much better IMO. the onscreen keys are bigger. The last iteration was the DroidX which I have still, great phone. does everything I need then some. I use talk to text a lot and that greatly minimizes my typing requirements.

    The apps you choose will make a big difference in how productive your phone is too your specific needs.
    Chuck Kiser
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      I was going to get one of those fancy smart phones and a tablet since it seems to be the new thing for business. I suspended one phone line and now currently running my business off of one basic phone (6 yr old g'zone) and e-mail.

      I think I'm better off right now without all the technology. It appears all the technology gets in the way of work and making money.
      Gary

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        Get an iphone. Learning curve is almost not existent. Perfect for a new user.

        I've had a smart phone since they where available and several different models. Iphone still my preferred choice.

        Much easier to use and just works.
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          I am sure the I phone is a great phone,but I must say I love my Samsung epic 4G.
          One reason is the screen is considerably bigger.

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            The type of phone you buy needs to fit your style (hopefully effectively) of doing business.

            I use a Blackberry Bold because of the amount of emailing I do. It's not an iPhone when it comes to web surfing, but for me that happens in the office.

            When RIM dies, I'll find something else but for now, it works best for how I work.

            I'm changing to having a full-time laptop in my van as well. This will allow me to have full screen capabilities when I need them for drawings, viewing products online, etc.

            Again, whatever works for your style.
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              Dutch, FYI, they can see the porn through the window tint.

              Ok, just kidding.

              I have a BB and an iPhone, I love the new iPhone and the apps I use, I look at it as a computer. Very advance in that regard.

              But...the tried and true Blackberry...well in my opinion, it just can't be beat for email and the phone. It just rocks the house in that department.
              "First we finish the game, then we’ll deal with the Armada!"

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                Geez Ted, for a second I thought you were my neighbor with the porn reference...gotta tint my window next to my home computer!

                Blackberry is the king for email and real world work stuff. iPhone does blow it away for play and for flashy things but I really don't have time for that. I really don't need all the apps for restaurants and tunes and all the other "playing" things....just please give me the communication.

                I'll be bummed if RIM doesn't get their act together soon. They are flush with cash, but the populous wants toys.

                As a reference and head check for y'all, my most recent client makes more than any of us including Alan and operates off an ancient laptop and a phone...from his house.

                It's about brains, not devices.
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                  I'm not clear on how/why the BB is superior for email. What's it do that my email app doesn't?

                  BTW, I'm on a laptop right now - internet connection through my phone - pleasantly impressed.
                  Francois


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                    Originally posted by frenchie View Post
                    I'm not clear on how/why the BB is superior for email. What's it do that my email app doesn't?
                    Frenchie

                    I would agree with Ted, the BB I had with a mechanical keyboard was unbelievable in sending emails. I could write very long emails at breakneck speed. I could also get to the contact a lot quicker than with my iPhone.

                    I have had an iPhone for over a year and send a lot of emails, I have gotten used to it and a lot quicker, but for me it doesn't compare to the BB I used. Of course the iPhone does some things much better than the iPhone, but for that one task the BB was much better.
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                      With a BB sitting next to an iPhone, both receiving the same email, the email hits the BB first nearly every time and the red light is flashing. It takes longer to hit the iPhone. Sometimes I find myself going into email on the iPhone and it starts down loading. Not so on the BB, someone sends an email, bang it's there, no exceptions. Its rock solid.

                      One thing I don't like about the iPhone email is the little blue dots for the unread email. On my BB, if I have 100 unread emails, which happens if I am in the office using my computer for email, I can simply highlight all and mark read. It's like whipping the slate clean in the inbox in about a second. Try that on an iPhone...good luck, you have to open every email.

                      I can get up to a 100 emails in a day, I find I can't manage it on an iPhone. On the BB, no problem.

                      That said, if I had to choose, I'd take th iPhone. While driving away from a site I am dictating reports right up to the cloud along with photos. Someone else gets the info, puts it together and I am done.

                      I could never do that with a BB. And that's too powerfully of functionality to pass up.
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                        Originally posted by Allan Edwards View Post
                        Frenchie

                        I would agree with Ted, the BB I had with a mechanical keyboard was unbelievable in sending emails. I could write very long emails at breakneck speed. I could also get to the contact a lot quicker than with my iPhone.
                        My thumbs are way too fat for the average BB keypad. Even on the galaxy, I'm pretty useless in portrait mode. But that's the beauty of touchscreen: turn it to landscape, I'm good to go.

                        RE finding contacts quickly: doesn't the Iphone have anything like android's google widget? It's a text box that sits on the desktop/home. I tap that, start typing... any matching phone contacts, email contacts or apps, start appearing below. Rarely takes more than 4 letters before the right one comes up.

                        Originally posted by Ted S. View Post
                        On my BB, if I have 100 unread emails, which happens if I am in the office using my computer for email, I can simply highlight all and mark read. It's like whipping the slate clean in the inbox in about a second. Try that on an iPhone...good luck, you have to open every email.
                        So, no real email management - only email access? I didn't know that about Iphones.

                        On android, using gmail - every email has a checkbox, I can delete/archive/label a bunch with one tap. 'Mark as read' would take an extra tap, it's under 'labels'. Only thing I can't do from my phone that I can do on a computer, is identify something as spam.
                        Francois


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                          I had the BB first and then the iPhone. I think if you want the smartphone for mostly email then the BB is a better choice. Now, since I left my employer who supplied my phone I have a non smart phone again. Bad decision. Its tough to revert back to a basic phone. I plan on getting a smart phone again soon and will look into droids but if I have to pick between iPhone and BB I will go with the BB. I just remember it to be more geared towards business. Email was a lot better and the appointment and calendar worked out a lot better for me. Felt like I was always missing the the features of the BB when I would use the iPhone for email and calendar.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by frenchie View Post
                            So, no real email management - only email access? I didn't know that about Iphones.

                            On android, using gmail - every email has a checkbox, I can delete/archive/label a bunch with one tap. 'Mark as read' would take an extra tap, it's under 'labels'. Only thing I can't do from my phone that I can do on a computer, is identify something as spam.
                            No- you can hit edit, then check them off. And, of course, you can get any number of email utilities that increase utility.

                            OTOH, I find that, even with big fingers, any of the mechanical keyboards are faster than the touch screen... and much more accurate. The touch screen on the iPhone (well, almost all of them now, since they've all followed Apple's crappy lead) is my biggest gripe. I don't like it, I find them all slow, awkward and inaccurate. Can't wait for this fad to go away.
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                              I think the future is voice recognition. The only thing I type on the iPhone is passwords and dialing phone numbers, maybe some other minor things. Emailing, text and more is done by voice. And I think Apple is going to develop that,which is why I switched and all the usable apps. All of my apps are for business, I don't have one game I play.

                              My moving away from BB is more to stay on top of technology; I see BB in general falling behind regardless of ther great products. It will be a sad day when I shut my last BB down.
                              "First we finish the game, then we’ll deal with the Armada!"

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