I’m chronicling my switch from the Blackberry to Android platform, and the steps I took to adapt. For part 1 in the series, see here.
I’m an IT Manager and a Network Administrator and email is my life. Between my various gigs (and personal life) I have five email addresses, all of which I need instant push on. Most people outside IT don’t see the necessity of push email, however if you’ve ever gotten that urgent helpdesk ticket while out of the office, you can appreciate the difference a near instant response to the user can bring vs. a 15 – 20 minute delay. Email was the primary driver for my switch to a Blackberry, and so for a switch to Android to be feasible, workable email was a must.
I’m a Blackberry addict. Since first getting my hands on an 8703e in 2007 I’ve been more in-touch with my email than I have with anything else in the world. For the last 4 years, through 4 different models, the Blackberry has been cradled to my hip reliably delivering email day and night. That is, until last December.
Like many, in the last year or so I’d been admiring Android devices from afar, taking in their amazing features, open accessibility, and fast web browsing with awe. Yet, I remained strident that I needed email more than anything else, and nothing was better at email than a Blackberry. This was confirmed with an ill-fated attempt at switching to an early Android handset, the Droid Eris, in 2009. It didn’t last long, and I soon went back to my Blackberry. However, in the last 6 months, as the mobile web became more and more useful, my frustration with my Blackberry finally snapped, and in December I upgraded to a Droid 2 Global.
The Droid 2 Global has been a wonderful device for so many things, but I’m just now coming to peace with it as a replacement for my Blackberry. The road was not without bumps, and I even switched back to my Blackberry for about two weeks to try and figure out what was missing from the Droid’s email experience that the Blackberry was providing. Fortunately, that act seemed to do the trick, and as a result I was able to pin down a few crucial areas of concern and address them systematically. Specifically I was looking at:
- Easy and fast email
- Notifications and profiles
- Battery life
- General usability
In the next few days I’ll touch on each of those areas and outline what I’ve done to address them.