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I’ve been a loyal and loving Blackberry user for over 3 years now. I’ve had two pearls and while I know they are the less desirable model among the die-hard BB users, they have always served me well…until now.

My current phone is only 6 months old and requires at least 3 battery pulls a day under normal use – which for me consists of a steady stream of SMS, a few pictures to email, checking GMail and random IMs via Blackberry Messenger.

I realize I am more demanding of the device then your typical user, which leads me to wonder if I am using the best one for my needs? I fear that if I were to “switch teams” and cross over to the dark (iPhone) side would it be able to handle all that I want and need in a mobile.

So I turn to you, my friend, for your advice, experience and recommendations. Below are all the ways in which I use my phone – Please, help me decide which way to go from here to keep me happy & connected!!

SMS – I send/receive a few text messages between friends and family each day, but in addition to that I am following about 10 active Twitter accounts of my closest friends via SMS and use it to reply as well.

MMS – I don’t use this feature all that often, since AT&T often eats them.

Email – I send more then I receive and it’s mostly pics to email and an occasional email on the go using the Blackberry email functionality.

Gmail – I use the GMail app regularly to read messages, but most of my replies are held until I am on a computer.

Twitter – I am a manic tweeter!! I manage more then one account and currently have Twitterberry, TweetGenius and UberTwitter loaded, though Twitterberry seems to use the least resources and is the one app I use most of the three.

Facebook – Yes, I know…it’s the Devil, but I still have a need to check in once in a while. I vary between the mobile app and using my browser to login.

GPS – I rely on Google maps to get me where I am going when I’m unfamiliar with the area – which accounts for 75% of the travel I do. This is a Must!

Internet/Google – I love my Google and use it often. I need a browser that can handle occasional surfing.

Camera – Have you seen my Flickr?? I take/email/upload pics every day – some days more then others, but pretty much every day.

Video Camera – While I have one, I don’t use it as often as I would like. I’d love a device that would let me record video or stream live using apps like Qik. My Blackberry has never been much of a streamer. It takes a few tries before it will actually connect and send.

Pandora – Must have streaming radio! Pandora is my service of choice. I listen in the mornings while getting ready for work and occasionally when I am sitting on my deck.

Alarm Clock – Another necessity – I rely on my BB alarm to get me out of bed every morning… lately that hasn’t been happening since the phone will freeze up over night and the alarm never rings :(

and lastly – I do talk on the phone every so often :) I assume bluetooth is a standard features these days??

So all that being said – what would be my best fit? A better grade Blackberry? iPhone? or is there something else out there with a less popular name that I may be overlooking??? I am a loyal AT&T user with no intentions of switching service.

Now, I realize I am asking you readers a lot today, but I’d also love some tips on how to ask my service provider to accommodate an early upgrade request with a discount towards my future device. Better yet – how could I go about Test driving a device before I commit!??

TIA for your comments below & XOXOs

  • http://www.the-broad-cast.com Kat

    I think you should completely unplug all your technology. Disconnect your phone and write letters – in pen – to all of your friends. Then you should let the hair on your legs and underarms grow really long. Dress in lengthy, patch skirts and braid your hair. Learn all the words to “I’d Like to Teach the World To Sing” and join a knitting circle (the “real” knitting). Sell your car for a Volkwagon Van (Punch Buggy – No Return!) and channel your inner Janis Joplin. Make Love – Not War! After you’ve started your own business making your own scented soap, we can consider signing you up for a pre-paid phone plan.
    But that’s just my opinion.

  • Adrian

    Before anything (and this is the tech support in me talking), have you’ve upgraded the OS on the phone?

    Now, my suggestion:

    I would say grab an iPhone 3G, especially if you’re not on a contract. I would only recommend the 3GS if you’re really interested in the video portion, but what you gain in video it seems you lose in battery life.

    I have users/friends here at work who have recently upgraded to the iPhone 3GS, and they are lucky if they can get to mid-afternoon before the battery is at 20% or lower. My iPhone 3G has held up pretty well overall.

    Let me know if you want more details.

  • http://www.bobnew.com Robert New

    I went from a Palm Treo Windows version to a BB Bold. I can’t imagine ever switching from a BB. I was hooked from day one. I have compared my Bold to my son’s iPhone 3G, and still haven’t regretted my choice for one second. I am using the Gmail app, uberTwitter, the Facebook app, and a few others. Email and SMS, occasional MMS (when AT&T lets me), and the BB messenger are the primary uses. I rarely use the browser on the phone, mostly just to go to a link that is sent to me since we do not have 3G service in our area.

    Bottom line, we’d hate to see you go to the dark side!

  • TheDiva

    @Kat – Umm…no.

    @Adrian – I believe I am running the latest OS, but just to be sure I will make an effort to plug in tonight and see. Thanks for the tip on the 3Gs – my friend just got one and she mentioned the battery draining and she hasn’t had it a week yet. That is one good thing abt my BB – I carry a back up battery :)

    @Robert – Wow. Thanks! You made me feel better about continuing my brand loyalty! I was just told the BB Pearl is the Tampon of BBs…LOL! I know it’s the chick model, but it’s pink and so damned cute!

  • Adrian

    I have a coworker here that has a pink Blackberry (ala the “Pinkberry”). It’s a Verizon-branded Blackberry curve. I’ll find out exactly how she got it.

  • http://www.scottsigler.com Scott Sigler

    Can’t you just kill your service provider?

    • TheDiva

      @Scott – yeah, maybe … with your help! :D

  • http://www.clubrepiblik.com Amanda

    I’ve had my iPhone 3G for a while now and I love it… Google Maps are standard, I’ve got my Gmail routed straight through into my inbox and the mail can be configured for several different providers, Gmail being one of them, so it was dead easy to set up straight from the box…

    It’s got FULL internet access, camera is 2Megapixel, so not brilliant but OK for photos on the move… I’ve not played with MMS yet, it’s only just been upgraded on the 3G but I might at some point. My phone is on 24/7 and with the push activated on the email, it’s constantly hunting on the network and the battery life is about 2.5 days for me at the moment. I text a fair bit, email a lot and use it for voice too, so all in all, it’s not bad.

    If you get one, GET A CASE for it and if you can, get one that has a raised front edge to protect the screen too…

    However, I really do recommend the iPhone 3G, I luffs mine!!!

  • http://beatchicks.com/ Hope Clary

    I love my itouch and now My iPhone! I you can get all you want and more from the iPhone. An all in one device is the way to go. You will now get my itouch just so you can check the difference. Bigger screen and with all the apps the sky is the limit! All I need now is someone to make a Blip.fm app for the iphone and I will be set!

  • http://pupuplatters.com PupuStudios

    I think you should completely unplug all your technology. Disconnect your phone and write letters – in pen – to all of your friends. Then you should let the hair on your legs and underarms grow really long. Dress in lengthy, patch skirts and braid your hair. Learn all the words to “I’d Like to Teach the World To Sing” and join a knitting circle (the “real” knitting). Sell your car for a Volkwagon Van (Punch Buggy – No Return!) and channel your inner Janis Joplin. Make Love – Not War! After you’ve started your own business making your own scented soap, we can consider signing you up for a pre-paid phone plan.
    But that’s just my opinion.

    • TheDiva

      @ Pupu – I think you are right!

  • Neil Ford

    iPhone plain and simple. Done the blackberry thing, had an iPhone since day one and wouldn’t have anything else now. And there are some very swish addon battery solutions, which if you have extra batteries for your blackberry won’t seem like a pain.

    - Neil. x

  • http://TreoBenny.com TreoBenny

    You absolutely, must get off the Pearl. Your entire post is an oxymoron. You identify the main issue right away, and then spend several paragraphs ignoring it. Your entire list of issues goes away with any other model. I’ve had a Pearl, so I speak from experience. I have a Curve now, the 8320 with AT&T. My girlfriend has the 8900 (also with AT&T) and it looks plenty cute in her hands.

    I got my Curve for $30 with Amazon, signing a new contract in the process. But, beware…AT&T has now 4 Curve models I believe. Only 2, the 8320 (Sapphire) and the 8900 have wi-fi. You absolutely need wi-fi so don’t slip up when choosing models.

    My boss has the Bold and loves it. She had a Treo, then a Curve before the Bold. For the benefit of the other readers, I had a Treo for a long time, and still miss it. But Blackberry has treated me well. The calendaring SUCKS, but hey…

    • TheDiva

      Did you just call me a moron!? LMAO!! Yes. I know, but AT&T won’t give me a break and I can’t just throw $400+ at a new phone :(