This past week, I had the opportunity to trade my old iPhone 3G for a brand new Blackberry 9000, better known as the Blackberry Bold. I figured Hey, I might aswell try a Blackberry out, figure out what the hype is about and learn more about RIM's software. I have been a loyal iPhone user since day 1 when I camped out over 28 hours for the 2G iPhone, therefore I have been using the iPhone's UI for over 2 years and I finally just got sick of it. I am one of those people that really can't take the iPhones current GUI and think that it needs an entire overhall in OS 4.0 but thats a different post. First Impressions: I'm not going to lie, I had the worst headache with this blackberry the first day. I couldn't figure out how to work anything, I no longer had MobileMe so my email wasn't natively being pushed. Lets just say, I wasn't able to use this phone with a blindfold, like I was my iPhone. But determined, I decided to give it a shot. The very next day, I was taking a trip from where I am from Milwaukee to Chicago for Lollapoolza (It was AMAZING, Kings of Leon, AMAZING...) anyways, I thought this would be a good test for the new Blackberry. Mistake #1... I no longer had my so USEFUL google maps application, I wasn't able to give myself walking directions at all, I had to figure out where I was with Blackberry Maps, which isn't bad but its not nearly as useful as googlemaps. Also for some reason the iPhone would switch between EDGE and 3G... I don't know why but my iPhone usually stays on 3G. The Good: So what I really like about this Blackberry is the notification system. I can easily see what messages I have, my missed calls, emails, facebook notifications... All from my LOCKSCREEN. I don't have to open the phone and page through applications to figure out what the hell is going on. I also like that there is a message center where all my messages are conveniently stored and organized. Overall RIM's software is nice but I feel that iPhones could be a lot better if they would just update it to todays standards. The Bad: If your like me and switched to MAC OSX a few years ago and was once a die hard windows user, some of the hate I had for windows is definitely part of this blackberry. The menus are not simple, and although you can multitask really well on this thing, the phone becomes ridiculously slow when you have to many applications open... its a pain in the butt to go into each application and close them. The Current Verdict: (Update Later) I'm gonna stick with the Blackberry for now, at least until 3.1 is released and its running smoothly. Possibly when its able to be jailbroken. I really like this blackberry but I feel like thats just because its a nice change from the same, simple, iPhone GUI that I don't really like anymore. I'll update this thread as the week continues, sorry if its not a list of statistics to compare the phones with. This is my personal experience, I feel like if anyone is in my shoes, this would be more useful. Thanks for Reading, Loyal Apple User, Jack :apple Day 2 Update: Today I went out to the lake with some friends to do some boating, wake-boarding, tubing, etc... you get it. Anyways we were out on the lake when a giant storm moved in ontop of us. Being the techy in our group of friends everyone turned to me, so I went for my iPhone but realized I had my new Blackberry haha. Now I'm used to having The Weather Channel MAX application on my iPhone which gives me update to date live inmotion radar right away. I had no idea what to do on my blackberry so I went to weather.com which loaded up nicely and searched for the city. It was kind of a hassle because I couldn't figure out how to get radar in motion or any of that. The blackberry worked for updating me on what was happening but it wasn't on par like my iPhone is. Anyways, just another everyday situation that I thought I should add to this post. Day 4: I'm back to my iPhone. I have had enough blackberry. I am never doing that again. End of Story. Haha.