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iPhone 4S: 7 Confessions Of A BlackBerry Addict

InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson takes you inside his first weekend with the iPhone 4S and Siri--including some hits and misses compared to his beloved BlackBerry.

For a fun time, read Mashable's Siri greatest hit comebacks; you can have lots of fun with her ... she'll be a fantastic wing-person at parties.

3.) Notifications

One of the things that I got used to on my BlackBerry is all of the little icons striped across the top of the screen--essentially a notification bar in miniature. It shows you new LinkedIn requests, new messages, missed phone calls, voicemail, and so on--really, any app whose developers have reached into the notification capabilities of the OS can have notifications displayed there. Tap on the strip and you get an entire menu of notifications, with more detail, and the ability to go to the app.

iOS 5 provides a better form of notification than previous versions, which were very interrupt heavy. I'd be reading something or typing a message and something from CNN would pop up and I'd have to view it or dismiss it. (Also, as always, each app shows new messages or changes on the app icon itself.) Now it's much less intrusive. And there is a notification center--swipe from the top of the screen down, and there they all are.

With the BlackBerry, I could see how many new messages I had (text, voice, e-mail), all at a glance. With the iPhone, if the screen is locked, I really can't see anything. It might seem a little thing, but I never really had to hunt around to find new incoming messages.

On my Samsung Android phone, when in normal mode, I see notifications atop the screen just like on a BlackBerry. Other than the notification center that you have to open, there is no iPhone equivalent.

4.) To Touch Is To Love

So this is what touch screen user interfaces should feel like? I exaggerate but every iPhone experience and application is practically mindless and incredibly responsive. Some of this, of course, is because of the fast processor in the iPhone 4S; the newest BlackBerry devices also have this sort of experience, and certainly the Galaxy SII does as well.

On the other hand, it seems this iPhone 4 form factor may be getting a little long in the tooth. The 4.5-inch Galaxy SII is practically a mini-tablet. Put differently, I could see watching a Netflix movie on the Galaxy SII (and did), but not on the iPhone 4S ... or at least it wouldn't be as enjoyable as it is on the Samsung phone. In fact, the Galaxy SII screen--its size, its responsiveness, its resolution--are a step above anything I've seen.

5.) Big Fear: The Keyboard

Honestly, my biggest fear was the touch keyboard. I've used plenty, I've used Swype, but I remained unconvinced that I would be able to send e-mail with anything more than a cryptic one-sentence reply. To my surprise, I'm already getting over it--the auto-guessing is quite nice and will become a time saver once I get used to it. I'm a touch typist, so having to watch the words unfold is a little unnerving. So far so good, though.

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User Rank: Apprentice
10/20/2011 | 1:33:23 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 7 Confessions Of A BlackBerry Addict
WRT the touch keyboard concerns, try the dictation feature. Especially for quick (text) messages, it works great.
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10/18/2011 | 8:50:04 PM
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"One disappointment is that while I can share a photo in the iPhone app to many social networks and the phone's messaging system, I can't share it to Facebook; I can on Android."

Open Facebook app - type a message in 'Status' - click camera icon and select from your library of pictures.
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10/18/2011 | 6:28:23 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 7 Confessions Of A BlackBerry Addict
to get a period on the iPhone: hit the space bar two times, and there it is!
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10/18/2011 | 6:13:02 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 7 Confessions Of A BlackBerry Addict
The security features of IPhone are still far from wide enterprise deployment. Probably companies with less security concerns may adopt it easier than the other. It may take them one compromised device to understand the risk they have taken.
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