BlackBerry to iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LadyX, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Anyone here switched from BlackBerry to the iPhone 5? I'm a long time user of BlackBerry smartphones. I'm thinking of switching to iPhone, the iPhone 5 to be specific. Will it be worth it? The most important feature in BlackBerry is BlackBerry Messenger. Are there any good alternatives to that for iPhone?
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2009
    came from bb

    whatsapp messenger and Apple's native iMessage are similar to bb messenger.. but you cant communicate with users of bb messenger but they work the same way
  3. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Do you like the iPhone better?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    yes. Did the switch from BB Bold 9650 to iPhone 5. There is no comparison. iPhone does everything BB does, plus more. iMessage is better than BBM.

    Some people like the physical keyboard on the BB. I couldn't care less about the keyboard. I like the bigger screen on the iPhone 5 and the ability to actually use the Internet (much faster on the iPhone), not to mention the gazillion apps with the iPHone that the BB does not have. Apps on the BB are a joke.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Who owns blackberrys anymore lol it will be a night nd day switch the iPhone blows doors on any blackberry or android device especially the iPhone 5
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    I have to carry a BB for work so I have two devices with me most of the time (iphone 5 & BB Curve). The ONLY time I look at the BB is to reply to emails. The functionality of the BB is not even in the same ballpark as the iphone.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    My entire office had 18 people with Blackberries in 2008. Then, people become more vocal about what devices they wanted in late 2009/2010. Now, no one carries a Blackberry (not an exaggeration).

    From what I heard from our ex-hardcore BB users was this in a nut-shell: "We miss the BlackBerry keyboard but it doesn't outweigh the iPhone's ease of use & speed. BlackBerry was good for email/texting but that was it. If you wanted to do something else, it sucked."

    In regards to BBM: iMessage is built in to every iDevice, so it's great to use (although it's not 100% reliable...), but Kik & Whatsapp work great too.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I switched my parents off of their BlackBerries to a pair of unlocked iPhone 4's. They state it's a night and day difference, and that they have never been able to do so much on a phone before. It isn't just a tool for communication, it is a tool for computing.
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I used to love my Blackberries... Had an 8900, then a 9700 before getting an iPhone 4 in 2010. Fantastic messaging devices. Had some great apps on there and I LOVED keyboard shortcuts

    I don't know how it is now, but I couldn't take the data outages any longer. I got tired of shelling out money every month and then data goes down for hours at a time every now and then. It's not the network either, it's RIM.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2011
    The BB Bold 9930 is what I use daily now, nothing comes close to it's quality of phone call clarity, it's BES and BIS push system, and it's hardware keyboard.

    iPhone is a much better entertainment device, obviously, but the BB is a much better communications device.
  11. macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    The Bold 9930 is pretty solid!

  12. macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2012
    I came from Blackberry 9970 to iPhone 5, now it's much easier to access any applications and get the job done faster over emails..

    If you miss blackberry keyboard - maybe you'll love this?

  13. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
  14. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    BlackBerry to iPhone 5

    Thanks for the replies. Just wanted to say that I just ordered my first iPhone. A white 32GB. Really excited!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2012
    Excited for you to get your iPhone!

    I had my Blackberry for two years before I got my iPhone 4, and, not to be dramatic, it was life changing.

    I had to bust it out last month so my brother could use it after he lost his Droid, and I had a big of a nostalgic moment. I do miss the keyboard and the cute little shape, but it's no where near as powerful and functional as the iPhone.

    Hope you enjoy the switch!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    You'll miss that addictive wee flashing light. I did. And I have and iPhone and a Bold 9900. IPhone for Web stuff and BB for comms.
  17. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    BlackBerry to iPhone 5

    LOL, yeah. My current BlackBerry is a Bold 9900 but the iPhone will be my primary and only mobile phone once I receive it. I don't want to have two phones. It doesn't matter, I get used to new things pretty quick.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    you will love the new iphone, crackberrys are outdated now.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2008
    Agree...I use apple for my personal devices (iPhone and iPad), but I have to carry a BB for work. I recently upgraded from a torch (junk) to the 9900, which is excellent for emails and the hardware keyboard is unmatched. Great mass communication device.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
    i came from a Bold and of course there is no comparison between it and the iPhone 5. take the're on a sinking ship.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2009
    I use an iPhone 5 and Blackberry 9900. I like and prefer the iPhone and only reason I have the BB is for BBM, which cannot be replaced. I use iMessage and WhatsApp, but they couldn't replace BBM.

    For the people saying no one uses Blackberry anymore, 90% of Dubai (and Gulf Countries) use Blackberrys, and I am sure Canadians and others do as well.
  22. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    That is so true. I'm from Abu Dhabi myself and a lot of my friends use BlackBerrys, only a small number of them have iPhones. People here in the UAE do like iPhones but they can't make themselves get rid of their Blackberrys (because of BlackBerry Messenger), so the majority have two phones, an iPhone and a BlackBerry. I don't know if this will change because the iPhone 5 is selling pretty fast here in the UAE.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    Congrats on making the switch I am confident you will not regret your decision.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    Getting a voicemail on a BB is so antiquated compared to the iphone. I was astounded how easy it was to retrieve a voicemail on my iphone the other day. No dialing into voicemail, no passwords, just press play on your phone. Getting a voicemail on a BB is painful. Wait, what key makes hitting that key a number; wait what key makes it a letter again. Please re-enter your password. Press 7 to delete 9 to save. Aaargh.
  25. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Thanks! :D

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