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    Hi all. I am swithcing over this week from a Blackberry Storm 2 to an iPhone 4s. I weighed the options and looked at what I do and the iPhone 5 is more than what i really need or would use. To be honest, so was the Storm 2.

    The reason I'm switching is because my Storm 2's screen cracked this weekend when I dropped it. Also, the phone has been discontinued by VZW and RIM so I can't even find screen protectors anymore. I guess in the cell phone world, 2 years is a life time.

    Anyway, the 4S gets here Wednesday. I hope I made the right choice!
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    Congrats on the upgrade :) and welcome to the forum!
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    Good gravy wildcard6 how in the world did you put up with that Blackberry Storm 2? Welcome to the world of real touch screen phones.

    I had a Storm and a Storm2. Had some hardware issues with the Storm 2 and I was waiting for help. Started playing with the Original Motorola Droid. I new right then and there that Blackberry was light years behind and I took the Droid home with me.

    Being a Verizon customer the iPhone was unavailable to me until recently. Now I have an iPhone 5 and I know you will just love it. Good to have you here, you're going to love your new phone.
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    I tried the Droid for 10 days between the Storm and the S2. I wasn't impressed with it so went to the S2 which is what the original Storm should have been. Keep in mind the Storm was my first smart phone. The S2 was a tough and sturdy little phone and it served me well for two years. As I said, most of what I do is texting and calls with some pix, so I'm not looking for a whole lot from a Smart Phone. BUT.... since the days of the old flip phones are long behind us, there aren't lots of choices out there.

    Anyway, I'm just glad the iphone is on multiple carriers now because truth be told, if it had been on Verizon from the get go, I may not ha ve ever bothered with the Storm.

    As far as RIM goes, they are dropping BB OS 10 and a slew of new devices next year. I'm curious to see what they will come up with after getting pasted by Apple and Google.

    Anyway, the new phone arrives some time today, so as soon as I'm up and running, I'll post something here. Thanks for the welcomes from everyone. Glad to be aboard!
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    I went from a BB Tour to a 4S. I think you'll be happy with it.

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    Yep. Posting this from the new device. I miss my S2, but only a little. I can't believe the increase in usability over the S2! Incredible! Does anyone have a good texting app to recommend that allows you to input more than 160 characters?

    Thanks!
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    Actually, disregard the above post. The iphone automatically breaks up the message for me, which is all I wanted. On the S2, I had to send the message as soon as I hit 160 characters and then and then continue with a new one.

    I just called 2005 and told them I'm sending their S2 back....
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    I think the only advantage of Blackberry was the mini keyboard, which was not the case with the Storm 2. You will certainly enjoy using the iPhone a lot more. It takes a while, though, to get to know all the possibilities, but it is mostly a great experience.
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    No, that is incorrect. Storm does not have keyboard. I had a Torch which did.
    The main advantage to the bb over an iPhone or android is email and calendar integration. Almost complete control over email. Especially if you where on exchange email and had a BES server.

    The keyboard on the torch was great but they have been getting worse. My blackberry Bold had the best smartphone keyboard on the planet. With keyboard shortcuts I could do in one keystroke what take many touches on an iPhone
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    OK.... I'm officially impressed with the functionality of the phone now. Unbelievable usability and complete control over tasks, etc... I've retired my S2 and it's occupying a place on my desk in its cradle (unplugged and powered down) in recognition of its years of faithful service...
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    Have you used the keyboard shortcut feature on the iPhone? To create shortcuts go to Settings>General>Keyboard.

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    lol, and if you need a back up for any reason, there you go.

    I have to tell you.....I just read your post about comparing the Original Droid to the Blackberry Storm 2. Yes, Storm 2 was a step up from Storm but not even in the ballpark to Droid. And as Droids continued to evolve they really did leave the Storm 2 behind.

    But there was a time when an iPhone wasn't as good as a Blackberry Storm. I don't think the iPhone 2 even had a camera on it. Maybe that was the first iPhone but IMHO Blackberry Storm did, for a while, lead iPhone.

    But not since the iPhone 3. Since then iPhone has just mopped up Blackberry, and I think that my Motorola Droid Bionic is close to the iPhone 5. Not quite as good but certainly a quality phone.

    I'm happy to hear that you're enjoying the iPhone 5. I am too, I love Siri and the voice recognition is light years in front of the Droid. Have fun and enjoy.
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    Yes, I am aware of that. What I was talking about was system shortcuts. Because it had a physical keyboard you can have keys on the home screen to bring up apps or system options. One keystroke to bring up wireless settings another to browse and another to send a quick text.

    Also with email rules I can have the phone play a sound if I got a message from particular people but only sent to me. Or I can play a sound for email only with particular keywords in the title or message. Or I could filter out messages from certain groups.

    With iPhone I find some things are better but where blackberry was deep the iPhone is shallow, but it does run much wider.
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    The first screen is a search screen. it has a keyboard on it and should bring up anything on the phone. If you are saying can you assign a key, press and hold, I don't think so.

    As far as ringtones go, absolutely. just go to phone, contacts, select edit and you will see ringtones. You can create custom ringtones with an app or simply use existing tones.
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    Actually blackberry had a bunch of shortcuts built in. But people just never bothered to learn them. It's one reason I think they failed. People that did not know any better think they are getting the same functionality from the iPhone when they just never used a lot of functionality built into BB.

    As far as ringtones they don't apply to emails. I think you misunderstood.

    I am sure not more than 1% of blackberry users ever used that, so would never miss it or even know what I am talking about. Such is the state of the world that everything gets dumbed down. Just wait until windows 10...
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    As far as how many things you could do with Blackberry it's been so long since I had one I can't say. I know for mail functions it was the best.

    You were right, I couldn't find a way to customize sounds for emails but I'm still discovering the phone, I may not have found it. SMS could be customized that I did see.

    When you compare the functionality of how the touch screen works vs Blackberry that's where iPhone can't be beat.

    One last thing. Android phones do have customized email tones. That I know for a fact, I kind of find it hard to believe iPhone doesn't. Of course if you jailbreak the thing the possibilities become almost endless. I don't want to go there myself.
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    ;-) and that is why I jailbreak.

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