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iPhone 4S: 7 Confessions Of A BlackBerry Addict

InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson takes you inside his first weekend with the iPhone 4S and Siri--including some hits and misses compared to his beloved BlackBerry.
There are some nuances I'm discovering by comparing the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy SII--for example, the iPhone's keyboard provides audio feedback while the Galaxy SII provides tactile feedback. So far I can't decide which I like better, but I'm leaning toward the iPhone, because the vibration almost feels like I'm getting a mini shock--are my fingers being punished or massaged?

I like that the comma and period keys are part of the alphabetic keyboard in Android, whereas (I'm sure there's a shortcut, but I haven't discovered it) on the iOS I have to switch to the numeric keypad. In fact, on the Android keypad, I can also get to numbers and symbols all from one keyboard if I want.

There are many nuances here--far too many to get into, but for those who create information, from short messages to lengthier ones, this matters.

6.) Where's The Camera Button?

Most phones these days use hardware buttons to get quick access to the phone's camera. Not so on the iPhone 4S, at least from what I can tell. I read somewhere that tapping the home button twice will bring up the camera, but it doesn't for me. The same can be said of the Samsung Galaxy SII.

However, the camera app is incredibly easy to use and the quality so far has been pretty stunning. On both devices.

One disappointment is that while I can share a photo in the iPhone app to many social networks and the phone's messaging system, I can't share it to Facebook; I can on Android.

7.) iPhone 4S: Hits and Misses

Miss: Much has been made of Android widgets. I didn't think this was all that important at first, but having used them, especially on a phone (not just a tablet), I can see the instant value--pumping content feeds (news, weather, messaging, calendar, the song playing on iHeartRadio) into a widget right on the screen, without having to open an application is ... well, it's just a great user experience. I wish the iPhone 4S had them.

Hit: Having an iPhone 4S means fewer devices. I wonder if this will impact my use of the iPad, but it certainly has made my iPod Touch something I might have to re-gift.

Hit: This week, RIM is offering users $100 of free apps, a start (let's hope it's a start) to rectify a three-day outage that affected millions of users. For our troubles, we get SIMS 3, Bejeweled, N.O.V.A., and a few other games and toys. Hard to tell if anyone will get excited about that; it wouldn't have meant much to me as a consumer.

Miss: I love Android's universal back button. It's so simple--take me back to where I was.

I'll keep testing, especially examining battery life. While I've set up iCloud, I still haven't taken advantage of it yet, primarily because it requires Lion on the Mac, and because a few of our internal applications don't run properly on Lion, we still aren't running it here.

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