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blackberry Users Leaving

Why BlackBerry Users Will Defect

by Mike Schuster
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Despite bells and whistles, the device misses the 'fun factor.'

Call it a matter of touch-screen envy, but many BlackBerry users are starting to feel the 24-month-contract itch.

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And they're willing to switch to Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone or Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Nexus One, according to a recent study.

Conducted by the online market researchers Crowd Science, the survey results show that Research in Motion (RIMM) BlackBerry users are more likely to abandon the brand than iPhone or Android users. When asked of the likelihood of buying a particular brand of cell phone or smartphone if the purchase was made the following day, 39% of BlackBerry owners said they "definitely or probably would" nab an iPhone. And roughly one-third of the participants claimed they'd snatch up an Android phone.

Meanwhile, the fierce Google-Apple war seems to have bled into the user base.

An overwhelming majority of iPhone users — 92% — would likely stay loyal to the Apple device, and only a tad fewer Android owners — 87% — made a similar claim.

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However, Apple zealots who unleash a fervent hatred for opposing teams may have met their indignant match. While 15% of iPhone users "definitely or probably would not" recommend an Android device, a whopping 45% of Android users would never dare give Steve Jobs' baby a thumbs up. Whether that's a product of outsider's scorn or buyer's remorse, the study didn't pose the question.

But as the battle between Apple and Google rages on, BlackBerry users look on with a degree of envy.

Despite commanding a hefty lead over the iPhone in the smartphone market share — 42% versus 25%, respectively — the numbers for RIM have begun to drop, along with Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile and Palm (PALM).

According to comScore, RIM's market share dropped a percentage point in the fourth quarter of 2009 from the third quarter, and Apple's rose 1.2%. PCWorld's Tony Bradley calculated that, given the same rate of rise and decline, Apple could surpass RIMM's market share by February 2012. And buoyed by the success of the Motorola (MOT) Droid, Android showed the biggest gains — rising 2.7% to 5.2%.

Crowd Science Chief Executive John Martin addressed the study in the company blog. "These results show that the restlessness of BlackBerry users with their current brand hasn't just been driven by the allure of iPhone." He added, "Rather, BlackBerry as a brand just isn't garnering the loyalty seen with other mobile operating systems."

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iPhone, Droid and BlackBerry.

So what's the allure of the competitors? Why are BlackBerry users more willing to jump ship?

BlackBerry has long been the choice of tech-savvy executives who are wirelessly tethered to their jobs. But as evidenced in the study, only 7% of BlackBerry owners still use their device exclusively for work. For years, the smartphone has ceased to be merely associated with work — an evolution that Apple played a large role in influencing. However, the BlackBerrys, the Palm Treos, and the Windows Mobile devices never successfully adopted the veneer of "recreational smartphones" nearly as well as Apple or Android.

Put simply, iPhones, Droids, and Nexus Ones just look like more fun. And as the "fun factor" became a significant reason why smartphones became as popular as they did, any manufacturer still focusing on the business aspects fell out of favor with users.

What's the appeal of a physical keyboard if the iPhone can remember where you parked? Why use Microsoft Exchange when the Droid works seamlessly with Gmail — a service more businesses are using anyway? Is there a point to waiting for a BlackBerry version of an app that has dozens of variants available in the App Store or Android Market?

Unless a new BlackBerry device sheds the brand's stodgy work image, RIMM is going to miss out on all the fun — and customers.

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Motorola BackFlip Cases – Rubber Texture in 7 Colors

Motorola BackFlip Cases – Rubber Texture in 7 Colors
 
Protect and personalize your Motorola Backflip with this front and back Shield Protector Case.
Shield Protector Case is a set of form-fitting face and back covers that protect your cell phone without adding a lot of bulk.
Hard plastic protective covers snap-on to the front edges and back edges of the phone.
Motorola Backflip Shield Protector Case has openings for keyboard, camera, volume/side buttons, headset, charger jack
and speakers which allows access to all phone functions.
Flip action of the phone is not affected. Easy snap-on installation; no disassembly is needed. Compatible with Motorola Backflip MB300.
 

Motorola Devour LCD Screen Covers

Motorola Devour LCD Screen Covers
Motorola DEVOUR Screen protector prevents your LCD screen from getting scratched. Film is totally clear – no haziness – no bubbles – less glare. Screen Protector is custom tailored to fit the Motorola DEVOUR and does not interfere with touch operation. Screen Protector is easy to apply, but does require exact placement as it is made to exact shape and dimensions of the phone's screen. Compatible with Motorola DEVOUR. 
 

Motorola BackFlip Snap On Case Covers

The Motorola BackFlip MB300 MyBat Phone Protector Case protects the body of your phone while providing unobstructed access to your phone. The two-piece MyBat protector case snaps securely onto the front and back of your Motorola BackFlip MB300. Exact perfect fitting for the Motorola BackFlip MB300 with its custom cutouts. With this product, you will be able to function your device and keep it safe with maximum protection. The Motorola BackFlip MB300 MyBat Phone Protector Case is compatible with the Motorola BackFlip MB300 phone model.

 

Motorola BackFlip LCD Lens Protection

Motorola BackFlip Screen protector prevents your LCD screen from getting scratched. Film is totally clear – no haziness – no bubbles – less glare.
Screen Protector is custom tailored to fit the Motorola BackFlip and does not interfere with touch operation. Screen Protector is easy to apply,
but does require exact placement as it is made to exact shape and dimensions of the phone's screen. Compatible with Motorola BackFlip MB300.
 

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Tricks to Keep Cellphone Battery Going

Tricks to Keep Your Device's Battery Going and Going

by Eric A. Taub
Sunday, March 14, 2010

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If you're a recent convert to smartphones, you're probably still discovering all the amazing things that your new BlackBerry, Android phone or iPhone can do. But one thing you most likely found out right away: the more you do, the shorter your phone's battery lasts.

While a standard cellphone's charge can easily go three days or more, many smartphone owners are dismayed to learn that their new mobile toy requires charging every 24 hours, or even more often. It was great that I could use one device — my iPhone — to check my calendar and respond to multiple incoming calls during January's Consumer Electronics Show, but I paid the price when its battery died at 2 p.m.

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The answer was not to desperately search for an electrical outlet to recharge the phone (though I've done that) or to consider giving up the phone (done that, too), but rather to figure out a strategy to reduce energy consumption while still having it available for essential tasks. Whether you're using a laptop or a smartphone, the devices can be tweaked to get the most out of its lithium–ion batteries.

Reconsider Your Network

All things being equal, the C.D.M.A. mobile standard used by Verizon uses more power than a G.S.M. network, principally used by AT&T and T–Mobile. If battery life is critical, you might want to consider G.S.M. as long as its coverage meets your needs.

Dim It

The brighter your screen, the more juice you're using. If you're in a dimly lit room, turn down your LCD screen's brightness. If your device has an autodimming feature that detects the light in a room, use it. Similarly, if you use your smartphone or laptop to play music, lower the volume.

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If you have a BlackBerry, the company's holster will automatically turn off the screen when you insert the phone.

Stop Searching

It is great that you can use Bluetooth technology to connect your smartphone to a headset, or use Wi–Fi to speed up the downloading of e–mail messages. But when you're not using that headset or not near a Wi–Fi hot spot, turn off those features on the phone or laptop.

The reason is that portable devices will continue to look for Wi–Fi or a Bluetooth headset, using power.

Similarly, put your phone to sleep when it is in standby. On an iPhone, you do so through the "Settings" icon. On a BlackBerry, use the "Manage Connections" icon.

Skip a Generation

Your smartphone is also continually looking for a cellphone signal. If you're in a weak signal area, your phone must work even harder to find one, decreasing battery life. If you know that there is no coverage in your area, turn off your portable device's mobile capabilities.

If your G.S.M. 3G network is not available or the signal is weak, the battery will drain faster looking for one. Consider turning off the phone's 3G network or using the slower EDGE network instead. It will make Web access slower but won't affect phone call quality.

Check Mail Manually

Mobile smartphones can check for e–mail messages and instant messages automatically. Or they can be set to "push" notifications as soon as they arrive in your server's mailbox.

Both strategies can be power hogs. To increase your battery life, turn off push and increase the interval between when the phone checks for new messages. Or better, set up your phone to check for messages manually.

Turn Off Everything

The simplest way to cut power to a minimum is to put your smartphone into "airplane mode." You turn your BlackBerry or iPhone into a music player and personal organizer, and you won't be able to receive e–mail messages or make or receive phone calls, but you will stretch your battery.

"In airplane mode and running just the alarm clock, your iPhone battery will last up to a week," said Kyle Wiens, co–founder of ifixit.com, an online iPhone and Mac laptop repair company.

Disable the Animations

The hotter your laptop feels, the more battery power it is using. And one of the biggest users of power is Flash animation, the technology behind many online videos and animated ads. To improve battery life, disable Flash when not using wall power. BashFlash and ClicktoFlash for Macs and Flashblock for PC are programs that will automatically restrict Flash.

Get an App to Aid You

There are a number of applications that can help monitor battery life and shut off various functions that cut down on a mobile device's effective power.

Battery Go and myBatteryLife tell iPhone owners how much charge they have left and how that power translates into minutes of talk time, music, video and Web surfing.

NB BattStat alerts BlackBerry owners to the amount of battery charge remaining, as well as the battery's temperature. (Hot batteries lose power more quickly.) The device can be set to vibrate or sound when a predetermined low battery level is reached.

Radio Saver will monitor your BlackBerry's mobile coverage and shut off the device's mobile circuitry when you are out of range of a cellular signal.

Best BatterySaver allows owners of mobile phones using the Symbian operating system (including models from Nokia and Sony Ericsson) to create battery–saving profiles. For example, certain features can be automatically turned on when the phone is connected to a wall plug, or Bluetooth can be automatically disconnected when the battery charge drops below a certain level.

For laptops, programs like Battery Health Monitor (Mac) and Laptop Battery Power Monitor (PC) keep track of battery charge and estimate how many more times you'll be able to recharge your battery.

Realize the End Will Come

The older generation of nickel cadmium batteries suffered from memory issues; if you didn't fully charge and discharge one, it would hold a progressively smaller amount of juice.

Today's lithium–ion batteries don't suffer from memory loss, so it is safe to top off a battery.

Lithium–ion batteries cannot be overcharged; a device's circuitry cuts off the power when they are full. However, manufacturers still recommend that a laptop not be continually connected to power once the battery is at its capacity. If a laptop won't be used for several months, it should be stored with the battery in a 50 percent charge state.

All batteries can be fully charged and discharged for a fixed number of cycles; lithium–ion batteries typically last between 300 and 500 cycles. Information on the number of cycles can be obtained at manufacturers' Web sites, or at batteryuniversity.com.

No matter how well you husband your battery's resources, there comes a time when you'll need to send your battery to its final resting place.

Like most things nearing the end of their life, your battery will stay awake less and sleep more. "If your battery lasts only an hour after you've charged it," said Anthony Magnabosco, owner of Milliamp.com, a battery replacement company, "you know its time is up."

MyBat Series Nexus One Dual SnapOn Protector Cases

MyBat Series Nexus One Dual SnapOn Protector Cases
 
Protect your Nexus One with the dual phone protector cover. The case uses a silicone case to protect it from scratches and nicks. The silicone skin also helps prevent your Nexus One from sliding across your car's dashboard or other slick or angled surfaces. The two-piece MyBat protector case snaps securely onto the back of your Nexus One. Exact perfect fitting for the Nexus One with its custom cutouts. With this product, you will be able to function your device and keep it safe with maximum protection. Hard Plastic with a Silicone Insert that you can mix and match. Combined with a plastic protector case at the back, your Nexus One is even more protected with twice the protection.

The Nexus One Dual Phone Protector Cover is compatible with the Nexus One phone model.

 

Motorola DEVOUR LCD Screen Protector – $8.99

$8.99 Motorola DEVOUR Screen Protector:

Motorola DEVOUR Screen protector prevents your LCD screen from getting scratched. Film is totally clear – no haziness – no bubbles – less glare. Screen Protector is custom tailored to fit the Motorola DEVOUR and does not interfere with touch operation. Screen Protector is easy to apply, but does require exact placement as it is made to exact shape and dimensions of the phone's screen. Compatible with Motorola DEVOUR. 

Motorola DEVOUR Mirror Screen Protector $11.99

$11.99 Motorola DEVOUR Mirror Screen Protector:

Motorola DEVOUR Mirror Screen protector prevents your LCD screen from getting scratched and doubles as a mirror. Mirror Screen Protector looks and works like a mirror when the screen is shut off. Once the screen is activated, screen contents appear like normal. Mirror Screen Protector is custom tailored to fit the Motorola DEVOUR and does not interfere with touch operation. Mirror Screen Protector is easy to apply with no bubbles, but does require exact placement as it is made to exact shape and dimensions of the phone's screen. Compatible with Motorola DEVOUR.

Body Glove Snap-On Cover for Motorola Devour A555

Body Glove Snap-On Cover for Motorola Devour A555

Brand/model: Body Glove 9132601

Protect and personalize your Motorola Devour with this front and back soft-touch rubberized Body Glove Snap-On Cover.

  • Form-fitting front and back snap-on covers protect your cell phone without adding a lot of bulk.
  • Rubber-textured finish.
  • Openings for volume/side buttons, camera lens, charger jack and speakers which allow access to all phone functions.
  • Slide action of the phone is not affected
  • Comes with a detachable belt clip that lets you carry your phone vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
  • Belt clip and the knob that holds the belt clip can be entirely removed.
  • Built-in kickstand for desk or table top viewing.
  • Compatible with Motorola Devour A555.
Kickstand for desk or table top viewing.
 
 
 

Motorola Devour Solid Cases

Motorola Devour Solid Snap On Cover Protector Cases
Snaps onto the front edges and back of the phone, providing protection for the device.
All buttons, functions, and features remain accessible though the form-fitted openings.
Flip and slide actions of the phone are not affected, enabling the snap-on cover to
remain on the phone without the need for removal for proper usage.
 

Motorola Devour Rubber Texture SnapOn Cover Cases

Motorola Devour Rubber Texture Snap On Cover Protector Cases
Snaps onto the front edges and back of the phone, providing protection for the device.
All buttons, functions, and features remain accessible though the form-fitted openings.
Flip and slide actions of the phone are not affected, enabling the snap-on cover to
remain on the phone without the need for removal for proper usage.