I’ve been addicted to a crackberry for about 10 years. I got my first one through work and resented it immensely because it required me to be connected all the time. But soon I crossed over to the dark side and couldn’t live without one, even after I quit that job.
In recent years, my blackberry has let me down. The web connection is slow and I have a persistent problem opening attachments. I have all my important memos stashed in my phone, as well as my calendar, which makes me dependent and vulnerable.
When we replaced our home desktop we got a Mac because so many said it was the best and the most user-friendly. That’s true and we’ve been very happy. But synching the blackberry with the Mac is an exercise in frustration. Last year during a particularly disastrous attempt to sync, I somehow deleted my calendar and notes completely, while doubling all my contacts .
That’s when I technically cried uncle and decided it was time for an iPhone.
We have an iPad and iPods and the Mac desktop so it makes sense. My dream is to sync my calendar with Wilson’s to eliminate the dozens of superfluous scheduling emails we exchange each week, trying to make plans and ensure coverage on the kids’ activities.
I’m told the iPhone will solve all my problems. That sounds enticing, but what about the lack of keyboard? The blackberry is much more efficient for typing emails and texts. My pudgy fingers make sentences that lead the reader to believe a toddler has commandeered my phone.
Will this annoy me so much that it’ll overshadow the 5G internet access and Siri’s eager-to-please services? Will all recipients of my written messages lose respect for me when I start texting nonsense? (You can read the best of funny autocorrect mistakes on www.damnyouautocorrect.com.)
Everyone I know who has an iPhone is in love and covets its magic. I’m intrigued.
Many say they hated the typing but eventually got used to it, but I’m skeptical. I’m considering purchasing a bluetooth keyboard attachment to avoid the impending aggravation and make my transition smoother.
I know it will be heavier and bulkier, but I carry it in my purse most of the time so not sure that matters so much, and may be worth it.
Are you an iPhone convert? I’d love to know your thoughts on your transition and whether the keyboard is a good investment. Tell me in the comments.
I have not found a solution that suits me so I use both. I have tiny tiny fingers and hands and still can’t type or text on the iphone, so when I need to type I pull the blackberry out, when I need to talk, take pictures or do a quick text, I use the iphone. This decision caused much angst, I am sure this doesn’t help, but its worked for me.
I switched from the droid with the pull out key board to the iPhone two years ago. Was nervous about typing on the iPhone too but in no time you get used to it. Forget the separate keyboard until you’ve tried doing without for at least a month. My bet, you’ll never need it!!
thanks for the tip. i’ll think about it. xo
I went from BB to iPhone about 4 years ago. At first I hated the iPhone’s touch screen keypad, but now I’m totally used to it and it’s not a problem. Re the Bluetooth keypad, I would guess that it will slow down your “getting used to” the iPhone typing. The only way to get used to it and get better at it is to practice, unfortunately, and the Bluetooth keypad will steal that practice from you. If you go cold turkey, your typing will be slower initially, but I think you’ll ultimately acclimate faster.