Replying to: BB vs. Android by spirit22
In purchasing your first smartphone you need to ask yourself what your priorities are.
If you need the fastest speeds and processing power and have to have the latest tech advances in phones, Androids are a good way to go. Your trade offs with Android are typically worse than average battery life, a less polished OS compared to others, and an open environment that allows for malware among other things.
People should be looking at Blackberries in general for their superior and secure communication abilities. Battery life is above average in general for smartphones. RIM (Along with Apple in some cases) prefers to not be 1st to market with the latest tech. They got their start by making devices for companies and business people. The media embraced them because even they depend on them. Oddly enough they very Media that helped make them a success is their heaviest critic now. So we now see these stories about fed up blackberry users and outages being the "last straw" for users
Whats really happening is that many that are entering the smartphone market aren't making the best choices in phones for them. Just try to do your homework before you buy and don't be afraid to take a phone back!
If you are looking at a Bold, they have the best physical keyboards in the business. The trade off is less screen space
RIM outages are rare. They are big news when it happens for a variety of reasons. Since all email is run through RIMs own servers, a problem will typically affect many in a geographical area. Millions of people can be affected.
But like I said, it's a rare event.