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Differences between Droid/Smartphones and Blackberry? I'm a little lost

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My local Verizon retailer is well it sucks. I will be making a trip about an hour away to a true Verizon store this weekend to be able to physically handle the phones to decide but will be ordering online.

Anyway, Can someone explain the differences between phoes like the Droid and a Blackberry? I did find out I will have to drop back from premium plan to and then add data plan but should amount to the same bill prices. I don't understand what the diverances are between them and the different operating systems. (If there is a thread already explain this please point me towards it.)

Also, A question, I have dial up on a desktop computer at home with no chance of cable (live out in the sticks) Apparently you can connect the phone to computer and run off the vz network, (at least according to my not so knowledgeable local store) Is this true? Would I be able to work on something other then dial up at home somehow?

 

My husband and I are both upgrading on our new every two program and have a company discount so cost isn't really a consideration. Just want to spend it correctly.

I use internet, vz navigator, phone, text, calendar as most important but dont need it for work. I currently have voyager and hubby has enV. I've never used any apps because of availability but I'm sure I would if had them.

 

I just don't understand all the hype like blackberrys are the best but no now the droid is? What makes them different?

 

Thanks so much for your help.

 

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If I get a vote, I vote the DROID, but I'll admit I'm a bit biased. (Android is the future!)

 

The main difference it that the DROID has the new Android operating system. It is open source, which translates to more easily developed apps (among other things). The UI on the DROID is more similar to an iphone than a Blackberry, in my opinion. It is very intuitive, at least to me.

 

As for the uses you listed:

internet - DROID does

vz navigator - DROID does not, *but* it does have the Google maps app (among others) that was recently updated to include turn-by-turn directions.

phone - DROID does

text - DROID does

calendar - DROID does (Syncs with your Gmail calendar, so it can be updated on your pc or your phone easily.)

 

(Apologies to anyone who finds my use of "DROID does" to be corny, I simply couldn't resist!)

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There is literally so many differences that I couldn't begin to seriously list them all. Here are a few just to go and name a few:

 

Physical Hardware differences: The BlackBerry phones generally feel the same, while most Android phones have a lot of variety, from touch screens to actual full QWERTY keyboards (Now the worlds thinnest) phones.

 

UI Interfacing: I hated the BB interface. Everything was so Iphone/Windows esque. I had to scroll everywhere to do everything. I hated the way it looked like a Windows 95 computer OS, and I hated the way the Storm treated me (even though it was the only touchscreen BB did make).

 

Applications: Andorid has thousands of applications, all that we actually can create outselves, and we can actually dictact what is or what is not on the market. I love everything we have on the Android Market, and, I really do feel like the quality of our apps are much more higher than other providers.

 

Overal User experience: You're not gonig to get the same experience on a BB like you are on Android or Vice Versa. It's just different.

 

My opinion? Go check it out for yourself. See what you like. Droid will probably win you over.

 

 

 

Just saying.

 

 

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To compare the pros and cons between all the various Smartphones, including Blackberrys, I suggest using the internet and going to consumer web pages the specialize in addressing exactly those questions.  They can also tell you what likely improvements each provider has in mind down the road.  Also, consider what 4G might mean to your situation.

 

The only way to do this is with fast internet so I would use the internet at your local college, library, or some wi-fi hot spot.  Most McDonald's restaurants have fast internet via wi-fi.

 

One other thing, if you want fast internet at home, take a look at getting a Hughes satellite set up.  It works really well for people in the sticks who hate dial-up.

 

 

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