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It’s been about five days since I ditched my iPhone and made the BlackBerry Curve 8900 my primary device. There are many things I miss about the iPhone, such as surfing the Internet with a full-blown browser. More importantly, I miss Facebook Mobile. And I am […]

It’s been about five days since I ditched my iPhone and made the BlackBerry Curve 8900 my primary device. There are many things I miss about the iPhone, such as surfing the Internet with a full-blown browser. More importantly, I miss Facebook Mobile. And I am missing it even more on the road, since I’m trying to limit my computer usage while on this trip.

The Facebook for iPhone app allowed me to get through a whole lot of stuff really really fast. It was easy to click and upload photos, approve friends, respond to events and send short messages. I constantly changed my status and, most importantly, enjoyed checking out photos of my friends.

The Facebook for BlackBerry app allows me to do all of those things, too, just not nearly as easily. While one would think that a full keyboard would make things better, the app is challenging to use (other than, admittedly, answering messages, which is actually much faster — but that’s about it). It’s like driving around a sleek Aston Martin (Facebook Mobile on iPhone) for a year, only to have it replaced by a Honda (Facebook on BlackBerry).

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  1. That’s a good point Om. To be honest, I’m personally battling with the thought of moving to Blackberry Bold. I’m in the city and don’t have issues with AT&T coverage but the iPhone just doesn’t feel powerful, full featured especially when it comes to email. Once a week I load up cell phone sites and compare prices just moments away from clicking a “buy” button. IDK.

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  2. My suggestion: Get an iPod Touch and load the facebook app on there. I, like you Om, don’t want AT&T, but want all the apps and features of the iPhone platform.

    So, I loaded Facebook onto the iPod Touch and can use the awesome Facebook app that way. Anywhere I can get online (which is easy with Boingo), I can get onto facebook via the iPod.

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  3. It isn’t that the Blackberry platform has failed, it is that Facebook needs to put more effort into the app for the Blackberry. They (FB) all carry Phones so of course it is going to be the best of the platforms.

    I recently switched from BB Curve to iPhone. I miss my Curve for a number of reasons. Form factor, 1 handed use, messaging on a keyboard, etc.

    They need a iPhone OS on a Blackberry Curve form factor.

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  4. Given that a Honda is a much better daily driver than an Aston Martin, I wonder at your analogy. Are you really just saying that your problem with the Bold is that it is not cool?

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  5. Do you really want to downgrade to Edge data?

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  6. If you are in the Facebook for BB application, Menu -> goto Mobile Site. It is actually pretty good on the BB. It is pretty much fully featured. It isn’t quite as slick as the iPhone but it is pretty usable.

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  7. As a non-iPhony Honda driver, I think I take offense…

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  8. I’m trying to keep my mind clear but are too many voices around against facebook, about their rights on the user uploaded pictures and so on…

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  9. iPhone = sleek & easy to use

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  10. Just today.:

    OM Malik: “Aston Martin replaced by Honda”
    Stacey Higginbotham: “Ferrari getting upstaged by an Acura”

    You know, you people should sell the company already, buy your dream cars and be done with these car fantasies.

    Depression, anyone?

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