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HTC Status vs. Blackberry
on October 15, 2011
I'm a long-time Blackberry user who used this phone for 5 full weeks. I returned to Blackberry.
- Android operating system (superior to Blackberry for web browsing and multimedia)
- QWERTY keyboard, finally!
- Touch screen (not many keyboard phones have this)
- Smooth and minimalist form factor, very comfortable to hold.
- Android operating system (inferior to Blackberry for handling various messaging mediums).
- Keys are harder to press than Blackberries. Typing feels a little like a chore.
- Short battery life; I had to charge twice a day. Other reviewers have the same issue, so I'm not the only one.
- Tiny blinking LED notification that's difficult to see at angles. I missed a lot of messages.
- Lack of decent phone stand/pod. Blackberry pods allow you to simply drop the phone in and pull out. One HTC Status pod that's currently on the market (Fosmon USB Cradle Desktop Charger Pod) is not really "drop-in" - you have to plug the USB port on the side of the phone.
I spent at least a full month using each one of these Android phones
- HTC Desire Z (iPhone style with retractable keyboard)
- HTC Status
I also have the following Blackberry phones
- Curve 83xx (keyboard)
- Bold 9900 (the newest one with both keyboard and touch screen)
Keyboard phones are fantastic for text-based communications because the physical keys and tactile feedback makes for much more efficient and reduced-hassle typing. I spent a lot of time with sans-keyboard phones like iPhone 3GS and HTC Desire Z, and they don't even come close to typing quality. Their bigger screens are not worth it to me (it's better for watching videos, that's about it). Keyboard slider phones (Blackberry Storm, HTC Desire Z) still feel inefficient for typing.
I was excited to see HTC Status because it appears to be the first dedicated keyboard Android phone, so I bought it and spent a full month with it. The keys are sized just right, except they're hard to press. Also, if I receive e-mail notification in Android, I have to drag down the notification bar and click on the e-mail icon. Sometimes it will also ask me which e-mail account to open. It feels like a tedious process to view just one damn e-mail, 80 times a day.
Blackberry has a "Messages" window that lists messages from ALL mediums (email, text, MSN, GTalk, BB Messenger, you name it) in ONE window, all with the same formatting. This allows me to reply to anyone instantly, regardless of medium. Blackberry just feels more efficient for day-to-day communications than Android and iPhone. It's a HUGE convenience booster in my daily activity. If I want to check my Gmail in Android, I can't just open a "Messages" window, I have to open the dedicated Gmail app, then choose a Gmail account.
I bought a Blackberry Bold 9900 and OH MY GOD, typing on it feels so much easier and effortless compared to the HTC Status. Blackberry really nailed it on keyboard design. The cheaper Blackberry Curves (with prices that are comparable to HTC Status) still have better keyboards.