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Need a business phone. Bb Bold?

Hey guys. My company is going to get me a business phone and is asking what I want. My default choice was a Bb Bold but, I'm concerned that RIM won't be around much longer. Should I still get the Bold or, is there something else that you recommend? Carrier will be ATT.

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:16 AM Whitebread is offline  
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RIM will not be around much longer.

If the company doesn't have a policy, I'd recommend an android phone, AS LONG AS YOU ARE PREPARED to configure it yourself. It has fairly strong business + organizer applications (probably not as good as blackberry though), but none of the default ones are it.

In the last company I worked at though, the managers found their androids to be enough, but I don't think they really relied heavily on their phones.

Long story short: don't rely on blackberry.
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An Android phone is acceptable and, I have no problem setting it up myself.

The only Android phone id be interested in is the Samsung captivate glide because, I need a keyboard. Reviews seem to say that the phone is ok and, is comparable to the Droid 3 I'm typing this on now. Any comments on the Samsung?
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I've used the regular captivate for a bit, but never the one with hardware keyboard. In general, very few androids have hardware keyboards, so I do not know how well the OS supports them.

What really does matter, though, is the OS version. Galaxy S, on which Captivate Glide is based (I THINK! could be wrong), was made in 2010, and for most carriers only goes up to android 2.2. so this is something to actually be a little concerned about, because 2.2-2.3 was a MAJOR switch, and most development currently assumes 2.3+.

At the same time, hardware keyboards are rare for androids, so maybe that's the best you can do.
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The Glide comes with 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). I think Ill go with the Glide.
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Oh, ok, then yeah, knock yourself out.

Look into the following applications:

- MailDroid (best e-mail manager I could find)
- Opera (fastest browser for Android)
- Smart Keyboard (best keyboard app I could find if you need to type in multiple languages)
- LauncherPro - by far the best OS shell, much better than default.

The organizers/Exchange-GCalendar-etc. interfaces vary, and I think it's preference-based which ones you'd like. Pure calendar is one place to look, but there are many others.
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If you need business critical email, where you'll be responding to clients / internal employees frequently than there is still no better device than a BB. It just does email and calendar very very well. Additionally having a physical keyboard is necessary for lengthy replies.

If it's more occasional, and not urgent than just go for an Android or iOS. They do everything else better


I've had both, and supported both. This is coming from several years experience personally, and from years of supporting a large international firm.
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iPhone. It works awesomely with Exchange. The only shitty part is creating or forwarding an online meeting with Lync through the calendar function. It strips the meeting details from event. So you can join if you have Lync installed, but if you want to join by phone, the event id is missing.
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If you need business critical email, where you'll be responding to clients / internal employees frequently than there is still no better device than a BB. It just does email and calendar very very well. Additionally having a physical keyboard is necessary for lengthy replies.

If it's more occasional, and not urgent than just go for an Android or iOS. They do everything else better


I've had both, and supported both. This is coming from several years experience personally, and from years of supporting a large international firm.

My company implements BES for companies. We are wondering for how long though.
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If you do want the true Windows ecosystem with Lync and Exchange, then the only phone you should look at is Windows Phone 7.
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Oh, ok, then yeah, knock yourself out.

Look into the following applications:

- MailDroid (best e-mail manager I could find)
- Opera (fastest browser for Android)
- Smart Keyboard (best keyboard app I could find if you need to type in multiple languages)
- LauncherPro - by far the best OS shell, much better than default.

The organizers/Exchange-GCalendar-etc. interfaces vary, and I think it's preference-based which ones you'd like. Pure calendar is one place to look, but there are many others.

Lync isn't on Android. There are probably third party hacks though.
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I have a Bold 9900. It does everything I need it to do.

If you're going to be doing any amount of major typing on your phone, a touchscreen still cannot compare to a good hardware keyboard. Relying on autocorrect blows, IMO.
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Lync isn't on Android.

Yes it is.
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My company implements BES for companies. We are wondering for how long though.

RIM has $2bil cash in the bank. they aren't going anywhere for a while still.

to the OP, I have the torch. I like it better than the bold because you get a lot more screen real estate yet keep the physical kb
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I have a Bold 9800, it's shit. Can't wait until I can ditch it for an Android phone.
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