It has been almost a week since I have ridden myself of my Blackberry device for the Android based T-mobile MyTouch 4g. So far, I can honestly say that my experience with the device has been amazing—it feels wonderful to be able to rely on a phone that can give me the same web I get while I am online on my PC. Plus the Android Market is killer—the apps I am able to have on this phone versus my Blackberry Bold are wonderful. Now, if I could just wean myself away from Blackberry mail.
Blackberry mail or Blackberry Enterprise Mail was the major reason why the phone dominated business users for so long—the ability to get your email as soon as the person presses send without having to rely on POP3 or push email is an absolute must when running your own business or utilizing your device for business purposes. My Android based phone has the option for me to add multiple email accounts that aren’t web based accounts (ie Yahoo, Google, Hotmail et al), but it is lacking the speed of the Blackberry device. I’d say that I am receiving emails about five to seven minutes after they are received in my Microsoft Outlook inbox.
Does a five to seven minute delay really matter in the grand scheme of things? Possibly. There are times when I’ve received time sensitive information or an email about an opportunity or story that I need to respond to ASAP—or else. I would say that the email is the only thing that I miss about my Blackberry. Everything else is such an upgrade from my Bold.
So how do I wean myself from Blackberry mail? Well, I’m trying to only use my phone for “other” duties when I am at home and in front of my PC. Mail shouldn’t really matter at that time because my Outlook is always open. When I’m out (as my friend @xdwebsolutions) so eloquently stated, “you won’t know that you are getting your email late. When it arrives, it arrives.”
So there you have it. When looking at it like that, it’s easy breezy.
I thought I was going to experience major withdrawals from my old BB, but so far, I’m not missing it one bit. Despite the lag of email receipt on my new Android, it still trumps the Blackberry when it comes to overall useability.
Have you moved from BB to Android? Did you go through Blackberry mail withdrawals? Let’s discuss!