Questions from a potential Iphone buyer (can you sway me from "the storm"?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Hey guys.

    So I'm on the middle of a road, and at one end of the road is the Iphone, and at the other end, the Blackberry Storm.

    I'm a Verizon subscriber, I love their service in my area (Newton, MA) and its coverage when I travel within the States. I have to update my dumbphone this week, and I'm debating the Storm or Iphone. My contract is up, I'm a free agent baby.

    Here is my mindset with everything: I tried a Storm out at Verizon yesterday. I enjoyed the QWERTY keypad and do not feel concerns about not being able to type as fast as I can on a physical QWERTY keypad. The web browser on the Storm is a very important feature for me. It's clearly not as good as the Iphone's with the omission of multi-touch and less smooth scrolling of pages. Also the lack of wifi IS NOT a deal breaker for me, but I would have liked to have it as an option. Having said that, I still think the browser is "good enough" for satisfy my needs.

    So here are my questions for Iphone users. Any answers are greatly appreciated. Here goes.

    1. What is the learning curve for using the touch keypad on the Iphone? I find myself making a lot of mistakes in the short time I've used it. I find myself making a lot less errors using the Storm QWERTY in the first time I used it.

    2. A lot of my friends who have Iphone's say that the Safari web browser often crashes during use. Has this happened to you?

    3. How is your battery life? In my situation I would keep 3G and wifi off during the day, and turning it on only when I wanted to browse the web, etc.

    4. How has your plastic casing held up? I would not want to add a case, and I fear the hard plastic would break easily if dropped. Also, if you own a white Iphone, has your plastic back gotten dirty or cracked over time? I question how durable that white case is over time.

    5. Do your apps crash often? I was talking to an Apple store rep yesterday and I asked about the app that gives you a QWERTY key pad in landscape, and he said it's very buggy and he would not recommend it.

    6. This is more specific: does anyone here live in or near Newton, MA? I fear AT&T's service in my area. The AT&T site says I have great coverage, but I hear a lot about dropped calls and poor call quality from my friends who live in Boston and surrounding cities.

    7. Is 3G coverage still as spotty as it used to be? I've read a lot of complaints about inconsistent 3G coverage, etc.

    If I think of any additional questions, I'll add them here. Thanks in advance for all your answers!
  2. miiles macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2008
    He had no idea what he is talking about. At all. It's not a separate App or anything, its a feature, so if your texting and you flip it on its side the keyboard goes landscape. It's not buggy, and its not an app.
  3. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I'm sorry. I should have been more specific.

    I'm talking about the "Touchtype" app. .99 cents in the app store.

    And there is also a free app that does the same called "Easywriter".
  4. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    I don't know what kind of iPhone you have, but the rest of us do NOT have landscape texting.
  5. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Hello, and thanks for your interest in the iPhone.

    If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
  6. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Follow ups.....


    Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

    Some follow ups:

    1. You mentioned the white iphone fades in color? How so? What color does it fade/discolor to?

    2. So 3G can actually cause you to have dropped calls? I thought 3G just affected your browsing speed?
  7. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Well i don't really mean fade, it just gets a discolored look overtime. It's like the iPods. After being used with hands for so long, it can get a yellowish look.

    Yes. 3G is cellular as well, not just data like EDGE. If you were on EDGE and trying to load a webpage, you can't get calls or make calls, it would go straight to the voicemail. Since 3G is spotty, it can happen, but if the 3G signal is hard to get, the phone switches to EDGE. These updates (with 2.2) have helped fix the issue even more.
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I feel so ignorant. I had NO IDEA that you can't receive calls while browsing with safari. I thought an alert that a phone call was being received would show up while browsing, like when you are listening to music on the Iphone.
  9. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    I might of worried you a bit :D ONLY when the page is loading, you will not get calls. If you have Safari open just sitting there and nothing is loading or moving, you can still get calls like normal. Sorry about that ;). This is the same for all phones though.
  10. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Haha. Oh, okay.

    Thanks gain Nick for your answers. I'm going to go to Verizon and play with the Storm more to really figure this one out. It's a big decision!
  11. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Keep in mind as you list the weak points of the iphone, the storm will
    wind up having many as well.

    One review I read really disliked the storm whereas Walt Mossberg seemed
    to like it ok, but you get the feeling the iphone is still #1. AND the iphone will
    just keep getting better with each model.

    Which is why I have decided to wait until next summer or so for the next
    revision of the iphone.
  12. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Too be honest, and I'm not being biased here, but the iPhone would be the best solution for you if you want a phone that is stable, and you can rely on. The storm has a lot of catching up, and while the iPhone might lack some storm features, most can be added later on to the iPhone.
  13. Starflyer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
    Give it 2 weeks and you will be texting like a champ.

    I have yet to have Safari crash with iPhone OS 2.2. I use Safari heavily throughout the day.

    Mine battery life is fair. Although I have a charger in my car and my office so my battery rarely dies. Two things to keep in mind: 1. The Storm does NOT have WiFi. 2. The iPhone scores pretty high in 3G smartphones when it comes to battery life.

    I have the white one and it has held up rather nice. I am really hard on phones. After I dropped it a few times I bout the InvisibleShield from Zagg and I am VERY happy with it. I havent noticed any discoloration and have had mine sice day one.

    Any app that I have had to purchase I can't remember any issues with crashing. Free apps on the other hand...

    Can't help you there. I for the most part have great ATT service in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

    Like I said in the previous answer. I have been pretty happy.

    Hope this helps.
  14. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    1. I have smaller hands and I found that within a week I had adjusted well to typing. I've even turned auto-correct off because I find it to be annoying for me, however if you're one who makes a lot of typos it's a lifesaver.

    2. I don't find mine crashing too often. It usually only crashes if I have 4+ tabs open, or I'm loading a page that has a LOT of stuff on it. I would say it crashes about 2%-5% of the time.

    3. An average day - I turn 3G off, wifi is always on (it searches for open networks), I talk about 20min a day, text constantly, and surf the internet for anywhere from 1-3 hours. Brightness is usually pretty low, locations services and BT are off. I find the phone lasts me 9-11 hours, maybe 6-7 hours if I use the iPod for an extended period of time.

    4. I have an Incase rubber case on it so I can't say. However with the rubber case I've dropped it several times and nothing has happened.

    5. Not at all. Tetris crashes a few times but that seems to be the only app with major issues for me.

    6/7. I don't live in MA, but in Southern California and call quality is clear and I have great coverage. There is 3G in most major cities here but I rarely use 3G unless I want to surf the internet w/o wifi.
  15. dredg macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    go with Iphone

    I say go with the iphone it is a great phone ive only had mine less then 2 weeks battery life is alot more better with the 2.2 update that came yesterday gps is great 3g where i live in a small ass town (20000 people or so) and i have 3g and it works really well 3g dos eat up the battery but with the new update it lasts alot longer. but i use wifi most of all its faster and not a battery drainer like 3g. but the iphone is a good phone i would highly recommend it. i would of said go with the blackberry storm but it needs to mature a little more then it will be a worthy opponent to the iphone.
  16. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    not really, I was using my first gen. iPhone yesterday, in Safari, loading a page, and then it went to the home screen, thinking that it crashed I tried to click on it again, but then my phone started vibrating and then started to ring, and I got a call :D

    my brother pre-ordered the Storm unlocked on AT&T and after I actually use it I'll go ahead and post here saying whats better/not better.
  17. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I apologize OP, b/c I am biased=Go iPhone ONLY...:D
  18. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    What did he order to get one that would work on ATT? Is he getting an unlocked Vodafone version?
  19. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    Both phones use touch keyboard, iPhone OS was designed for touch, and Blackberry's touch interface was an add-on.
    How many of your same friends have used Storm? This aspect is not available yet for comparison.
    Even if you keep wifi and 3G on during the day with little usage, you will be fine. Again, you can't compare in this aspect when Storm has not been user tested.
    You should read engadget's review on the build quality of Storm, then you wouldn't question the quality between the two.
    Again, not available yet for comparison.
    Network is network, if that is the most important factor of getting the phone, then you shouldn't worry about any of the above.
    6 and 7 is the same question...

    iPhone is the pioneer and leader of touch UI...your questions aren't about making comparison between the two, but rather just pointing out some of the shortcoming on iPhone.

    If I am trying to pick a smart phone and network coverage is not the primary factor, I would wait few months after Storm has been user tested before making comparison.
  20. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I'm getting an Iphone!!!!

    It's amazing how much can change in an hour.

    So after my post and a few replies here, I made my way to Verizon to play with the Storm once again. To make a long experience short, it was a nightmare. I played with 3 units. The first 2 had major issues, major, and the third unit showed me how bad the browser is. I won't get into details, but to put it simply, browsing on the web with the storm is not enjoyable.

    So I hightailed it to my local Apple store and after 10 minutes on safari decided to get an Iphone. I'm going to wait until Black Friday to save on Mass sales tax, but I'm psyched to finally make the leap!

    Quick follow up: my current Verizon account is in my mom's name. I opened the line when i was 16, 12 years ago, and never took my name off the actual bill (even though my name is attached to the account and i have full access to it). I asked a sales rep at the Apple store if I need her to come in to switch my account to an Iphone, and he said I just need my current account number and her social security number.

    Can anyone confirm if this is correct or not? I would really prefer not having to drag my mom to an Apple store to get my Iphone (for obvious reasons ;)).
  21. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    If your name is on the account, and you have permissions to do things in a retail store, I don't see an issue. AT&T has this thing online where you can list names of people that can access and change plan packages and such in a retail store. I would imagine verizon has a similar section for that on its website, though I do not have any experience with them.

    Congrats on going to the iPhone, you will love it, and at times you may hate it, but overall, you will love it, by far the best choice.

    Good luck,

  22. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    I have the white iPhone, what Nick is predicting is the chance that the white iPhone may turn a yellowish faded color when it ages as do most white plastics. So far, personally I have not observed anything of the sort.

    3G can be spotty on occasion. Personally, I have not experienced more than 2 dropped calls in owning my iPhone 3G Since (July, 2008). I do live in Central New York, and my 3G coverage is fantastic so my results are good for that reason. Just check your local coverage. You are right in saying the 3G is there to increase data speeds, some have experienced their iPhone 3G's dropping calls at much higher numbers than the original iPhone. Then blaming the 3G signal for the problems, which is probably true, but their local coverage is at fault, so before you buy an iPhone 3G - check the ATT 3G coverage map for good coverage in your area.
  23. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
  24. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    If you are into media, go iPhone as this has, and still appears to be, a significant weakness of BB's. From the reviews, safari is better than the Storm browser.

    If you are into email and have a company with BES, go blackberry. If you are happy with Verizon and Att coverage sucks in your area go with the storm.

    The iPhone doesn't have discoloration issues with the white.

    3G works great on iPhone and ATT unless your coverage is crappy. No need to fiddle with turning it off an on as of 2.1 firmware.

    Battery life on the iphone is about the best I know of for a 3G smartphone. If you get any 3G smartphone you will only get one day of charge out of it. Less if you use it heavily. I can talk a few hours a day, light browsing and lots of iPod use and stil have plenty of battery left at the end of the day. I don't do any special power management things (even use push email). The big battery killer on the iphone is browsing and some processor intense apps. iPod battery life is outstanding. Very little noticeable battery drain compared to not using the iPod.

    Note that the BB doesn't have WiFi. This is actually a PITA because WiFi is much faster
  25. rush0 macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I dont really like the touch screen on it. Its far from an iPhone. Wonder why they dropped Wi-Fi

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