Few years back Blackberry was regarded as a ‘professional phone’. Market is full of iPhone and Android offerings and have became the latest trend in business style. But Blackberry has always been the best and latest BlackBerry Passport sports a big, square screen and a physical keyboard. It is offering a truly unique smartphone that offer compelling features for business users, including top-notch security. And if you want a phone with a physical keyboard, BlackBerry might be your best bet.
But changing mobile platforms isn’t easy. Switching from iOS or Android to BlackBerry phones have to have the choice of right device, and transferring all your precious data.
Choose the Phone
As there are only few of devices to choose from getting a right BlackBerry phone is pretty easy, You have to think whether you want a compact, touch-screen smartphone, or a massive phablet.
The three of the best are:
BlackBerry Q10: The Q10 is a classic BlackBerry smartphone, with a QWERTY keyboard as its standout feature. It also offers great security and decent performance, if you can deal with its tiny 3.1-inch touch screen.
BlackBerry Passport: The Passport is one of the most eye-catching smartphones ever, with a physical keyboard and a massive 4.5 x 4.5-inch-square touch screen. The display has great dimensions for viewing documents, if you can handle the phone’s bulky design.
BlackBerry Z30: The Z30 looks more like a typical modern smartphone. It lacks a physical keyboard, but offers a 5-inch touch screen and long battery life.
You have to know that switching to another phone means the data loss. So in order to get down to business, you’ll need to find a way to transfer all your messages, files, contacts and calendar items and there are alternative solutions that you can use to get your new phone loaded and ready for business.
BlackBerry natively supports most popular Web mail services, including Gmail, AOL, Exchange and Outlook. Just go to Settings > Accounts and type in the credentials for your email account. If you’re trying to add a work account, follow these step-by-step directions provided by BlackBerry.
Transferring texts depends on which platform you’re coming from. Android users can use the SMS Backup & Restore app to export texts in the XML format. From there, you can use a USB connection to transfer the file from your Android phone to your computer, then from your computer to your BlackBerry phone. Finally, use the SMS Backup app to import the XML file to your BlackBerry address book. There’s no good way to transfer texts from iOS to BlackBerry, however.
There are few good ways to transfer calendar appointments to your BlackBerry. If you use a Web calendar service such as Google Calendar or iCloud, simply go to Settings > Accounts, tap Add Account and enter your login credentials. Additionally, you can easily import appointments from enterprise calendars such as Outlook using the BlackBerry Link software for Windows or Mac.
The Device Switch app lets you easily transfer your contacts, as well as other data such as photos, from an iPhone or Android device to your new BlackBerry phone. Just download the app on your BlackBerry, connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network, and complete the on-screen instructions.
BlackBerry’s online services aren’t as integrated as Apple’s iCloud or Google’s suite of Web services, but they do provide the functionality you need to stay productive.
BlackBerry Hub is a notification center on every BlackBerry phone, and lets you view and respond to all your emails and messages in one spot.
Unlike Google, Apple or Microsoft, BlackBerry doesn’t have its own cloud storage service. Still, Dropbox and Box are great third-party apps that let you back up and sync your files and documents to the cloud.
BlackBerry phones ship with Docs 2 Go, a full-featured mobile office suit that lets you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations right on your phone. And it syncs with Dropbox and Box, so you can save your files to the cloud and access them everywhere.
BlackBerry’s native calendar app has everything you need to plan your schedule and plan appointments. Plus, you can install the BlackBerry Blend app on any PC or Mac computer to manage your calendar at your desk.
Find the right apps
BlackBerry doesn’t have as many apps as competing platforms, but it does offer a pretty good lineup to help you stay on top of your email inbox, balance your books and even meet remotely. Here are some of the best apps for the platform.
BlackBerry Messenger is a supersecure messaging app that connects you to co-workers and employees using a unique personal identification number (PIN), which keeps the service private and gives you more control over who contacts you. And all messages are encrypted during transmission, to keep work conversations secure.
Expense Manager is a solid app for BlackBerry users who want an easy way to track daily expenditures. The app lets you enter in new expenses with a few taps, then categorize them by week, month, year or category. You can even save and index receipts by snapping a photo with your phone’s camera.
Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps you’ll find on any mobile platform. It lets you dictate or manually enter notes, snap photos, create lists and more. And it uses text identification software to recognize and index printed or handwritten text, so you can find specific notes later using keywords.
Splashtop Remote Desktop HD is a remote desktop app that lets you view the desktop of your work computer remotely, right on your BlackBerry device. Once the app is set up, you can remotely access files and documents, and even run desktop apps such as Microsoft Office and Outlook on your smartphone.
Skype, the service that’s synonymous with video chat, is a good option for meeting remotely with employees or clients.