How to Turn your iPhone into a BlackBerry

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that there has been some debate recently with Stephen Fung from FutureLooks.com. Stephen was going to purchase an iPhone 3G, until he walked into Rogers and fell in love instantly with a BlackBerry Bold, and ended up buying that instead. Jeez, poor guy hehe πŸ˜‰

The iPhone is one amazing device for what it can do well (surf the web, email, camera, iPod, videos, slick UI, form factor, App Store, etc). It definitely is one of the strongest contenders for the perfect phone.

Apple has been addressing our needs and desires through firmware updates, so in due time the iPhone just keeps getting better and better. However, let’s be honest here, there are shortfalls such as the lack of copy and paste (Clippy solves this if you’re jailbroken) and push notifications.

Now, for all your friends that don’t own iPhones and proudly show off their BlackBerries, there is a way to prevent yourself from the the rare disease, “BlackBerry-envy”. It’s slightly contagious and it’s spreading from coast to coast, so watch out.

Here’s how to turn your iPhone into a BlackBerry, which will pleasantly surprise your BlackBerry friends as you emulate their so called “greatness” through the power of Winterboard! The following themes are available through Cydia:

Theme – BlackBerry Impression

blackberry_impression

Theme – iPhone Storm

iphone_storm

Theme – Perfect Storm

perfectstorm1 perfectstorm2

perfectstorm31 perfectstorm4

perfectstorm5

Now, I apologize to those out there just suffered from temporary blindness from the pictures shown above. I’d like you to know that these themes have been uninstalled on my iPhone so no serious damage has been done. Also, by uninstalling Winterboard you can speed up your iPhone too.

Personally, I think you can’t compare the two phones because they’re totally different. They each have their strengths, but for my needs the iPhone wins hands down. The BlackBerry UI is just too painful for me to even fathom using. The trackball is pure torture when you’re browsing the web with the BlackBerry browser.

So if you’ve been suffering from an identity crisis from switching to an iPhone from a BlackBerry, you can now cure your RIM-desires by installing the above themes. How lovely!

Anyone out there using a BlackBerry Bold? How do you like it?

Anyone out there switch from a Bold to iPhone, or iPhone to Bold?

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  • The iPhone is the best phone on the market right now and the other companies are scrambling. The good news is blackberry, android, and palm are all getting better which in turn forces Apple to keep innovating. At the end of the day we win because our phones are getting better quicker than ever before.

  • The iPhone is the best phone on the market right now and the other companies are scrambling. The good news is blackberry, android, and palm are all getting better which in turn forces Apple to keep innovating. At the end of the day we win because our phones are getting better quicker than ever before.

  • Teebs

    A few months ago I picked up a Bold online through Craigslist. I use that and the iPhone 50/50. Some times 60/40, other times 30/70- It’s a love/hate relationship. After many-a-phone-call to the Rogers peoples I convinced them to port my 6GB iPhone Data to appear to look like a 6GB BIS (Blackberry Data) plan by giving them a code (APN3CON) to add to my account details. Call me crazy but the iPhone opened me up to the mobile world to me. I pay 80$ a month for having a mobile phone with 3G/Data so I figure I might as well have fun with a few models while I’m at it . . .

    I couldn’t agree more with those cliche’ “iPhone vs. Bold” reviews but it’s true: iPhone wins for AppleCare, UI, web browsing & applications. The Bold wins for reliability, functions, text/email (although I like the chat style view with the iPhone more) & the ability to do turn-by-turn GPS Navigator. I’ve been using “Telmap Navi”, a free Navigator for the Bold (along with other models such as Samsung Instinct) and it’s been very helpful on my weekend trips to Vancouver.

    The typing is perfectly fine on both QWERTY and Touch. I have no complaints, and am not bias towards one or the other. I find myself needing to charge the iPhone more often than the Bold but that’s understandable. It’s really the little things when you compare the two. If you’ve started with BlackBerry you’re not going to like the iPhone. If you’ve had anything BUT BlackBerry you’re good to go!

  • Teebs

    A few months ago I picked up a Bold online through Craigslist. I use that and the iPhone 50/50. Some times 60/40, other times 30/70- It’s a love/hate relationship. After many-a-phone-call to the Rogers peoples I convinced them to port my 6GB iPhone Data to appear to look like a 6GB BIS (Blackberry Data) plan by giving them a code (APN3CON) to add to my account details. Call me crazy but the iPhone opened me up to the mobile world to me. I pay 80$ a month for having a mobile phone with 3G/Data so I figure I might as well have fun with a few models while I’m at it . . .

    I couldn’t agree more with those cliche’ “iPhone vs. Bold” reviews but it’s true: iPhone wins for AppleCare, UI, web browsing & applications. The Bold wins for reliability, functions, text/email (although I like the chat style view with the iPhone more) & the ability to do turn-by-turn GPS Navigator. I’ve been using “Telmap Navi”, a free Navigator for the Bold (along with other models such as Samsung Instinct) and it’s been very helpful on my weekend trips to Vancouver.

    The typing is perfectly fine on both QWERTY and Touch. I have no complaints, and am not bias towards one or the other. I find myself needing to charge the iPhone more often than the Bold but that’s understandable. It’s really the little things when you compare the two. If you’ve started with BlackBerry you’re not going to like the iPhone. If you’ve had anything BUT BlackBerry you’re good to go!

  • Teebs

    A few months ago I picked up a Bold online through Craigslist. I use that and the iPhone 50/50. Some times 60/40, other times 30/70- It’s a love/hate relationship. After many-a-phone-call to the Rogers peoples I convinced them to port my 6GB iPhone Data to appear to look like a 6GB BIS (Blackberry Data) plan by giving them a code (APN3CON) to add to my account details. Call me crazy but the iPhone opened me up to the mobile world to me. I pay 80$ a month for having a mobile phone with 3G/Data so I figure I might as well have fun with a few models while I’m at it . . .

    I couldn’t agree more with those cliche’ “iPhone vs. Bold” reviews but it’s true: iPhone wins for AppleCare, UI, web browsing & applications. The Bold wins for reliability, functions, text/email (although I like the chat style view with the iPhone more) & the ability to do turn-by-turn GPS Navigator. I’ve been using “Telmap Navi”, a free Navigator for the Bold (along with other models such as Samsung Instinct) and it’s been very helpful on my weekend trips to Vancouver.

    The typing is perfectly fine on both QWERTY and Touch. I have no complaints, and am not bias towards one or the other. I find myself needing to charge the iPhone more often than the Bold but that’s understandable. It’s really the little things when you compare the two. If you’ve started with BlackBerry you’re not going to like the iPhone. If you’ve had anything BUT BlackBerry you’re good to go!

  • Guest

    So many amazing phones out on the market, its so hard to choose one! I myself would like to purchase a phone from the UK, but then again, money comes into the picture and makes me think if I really need to spend that much! lol Something new is always being released. :p
    Nice theme, seen many of them BB.

    Good job!

  • Dusty

    So many amazing phones out on the market, its so hard to choose one! I myself would like to purchase a phone from the UK, but then again, money comes into the picture and makes me think if I really need to spend that much! lol Something new is always being released. :p
    Nice theme, seen many of them BB.

    Good job!

  • T

    you mean BB Storm not Bold, as the Storm is the newest to the family and has a touch screen. the Bold came out at least over a year ago.

    i’m not big on the BB keyboard. i like how it supports picture and video text messaging though… damn iPhone *shakes fist*

  • Anonymous

    Personally, as I’m not using my iPhone as a business device it’s the perfect phone for my. However, if I had to start doing business via my PDA I’m sorry but the iPhone would get the boot and I’d be getting a Bold, hands down.

    As much as Apple tries, there is no substitution for a physical keyboard for doing business, and RIM does know how to do push notification (I’ll believe Apple wants it on the iPhone when I see it).

  • T

    you mean BB Storm not Bold, as the Storm is the newest to the family and has a touch screen. the Bold came out at least over a year ago.

    i’m not big on the BB keyboard. i like how it supports picture and video text messaging though… damn iPhone *shakes fist*

  • Joost

    Personally, as I’m not using my iPhone as a business device it’s the perfect phone for my. However, if I had to start doing business via my PDA I’m sorry but the iPhone would get the boot and I’d be getting a Bold, hands down.

    As much as Apple tries, there is no substitution for a physical keyboard for doing business, and RIM does know how to do push notification (I’ll believe Apple wants it on the iPhone when I see it).

  • Teebs

    T: Bold. Storm. Their both BlackBerry and the article meant the same thing.

  • Teebs

    T: Bold. Storm. Their both BlackBerry and the article meant the same thing.

  • Teebs

    And we’re also comparing to the Bold because here in Canada you can’t even get the BB Storm for Rogers, officially.

  • Teebs

    And we’re also comparing to the Bold because here in Canada you can’t even get the BB Storm for Rogers, officially.

  • Teebs

    And we’re also comparing to the Bold because here in Canada you can’t even get the BB Storm for Rogers, officially.

  • I never how to turn your iPhone into a BB Bold…that was just an example. Those themes are for the Storm. πŸ˜‰

  • I never how to turn your iPhone into a BB Bold…that was just an example. Those themes are for the Storm. πŸ˜‰

  • dashparr

    I just don’t like how the berry has one less row of apps! LOL

  • dashparr

    I just don’t like how the berry has one less row of apps! LOL

  • Bryan

    I don’t have a Bold but I’ll add my 2 cents on the comparision. I picked up an older BlackBerry a few weeks ago to take places I wouldn’t dare take an iPhone (road cycling, in the gym, other rough and tumble places). I have a BIS data plan so I find myself swapping back and forth sometimes 50/50, 60/40, or vice versa. I agree fully with Teebs comments.

    Both phones I find are much better than their counterpart at their strengths which just happen to be completly different. It’s an Apple to oranges (BlackBerries) comparison.
    -iPhone: UI, media, no need for instructions, asthetics, WOW factor
    -BlackBerry: email and messaging, customizability, typing accuracy, swapable battery

    As to which is the better overall device, it’s really the old PC vs Mac debate. There is no right answer it really depends on the user’s needs and preference. Some people may use media features more, while another person is all about email and the ability set a lot of custom device settings.

    Like Teebs notes, I know many BB users who tried the iPhone and all of them gave up within a few weeks. It seems you cannot turn a CrackBerry addict into an iPhone addict. I think it may have to do with that blinking light BlackBerry’s have – it’s taken control over their users! =) Actually in all seriousness, this is the one feature I think Apple really missed / dropped the ball on. My guess is RIMs IP prevents Apple from using this but it really adds a phone’s functionality. I hope Apple adds something similar in their next iPhone model.

  • Bryan

    I don’t have a Bold but I’ll add my 2 cents on the comparision. I picked up an older BlackBerry a few weeks ago to take places I wouldn’t dare take an iPhone (road cycling, in the gym, other rough and tumble places). I have a BIS data plan so I find myself swapping back and forth sometimes 50/50, 60/40, or vice versa. I agree fully with Teebs comments.

    Both phones I find are much better than their counterpart at their strengths which just happen to be completly different. It’s an Apple to oranges (BlackBerries) comparison.
    -iPhone: UI, media, no need for instructions, asthetics, WOW factor
    -BlackBerry: email and messaging, customizability, typing accuracy, swapable battery

    As to which is the better overall device, it’s really the old PC vs Mac debate. There is no right answer it really depends on the user’s needs and preference. Some people may use media features more, while another person is all about email and the ability set a lot of custom device settings.

    Like Teebs notes, I know many BB users who tried the iPhone and all of them gave up within a few weeks. It seems you cannot turn a CrackBerry addict into an iPhone addict. I think it may have to do with that blinking light BlackBerry’s have – it’s taken control over their users! =) Actually in all seriousness, this is the one feature I think Apple really missed / dropped the ball on. My guess is RIMs IP prevents Apple from using this but it really adds a phone’s functionality. I hope Apple adds something similar in their next iPhone model.

  • Teebs

    Bryan: bang on with the blinking light. If it’s one thing I could add to the iPhone it would be this function. Just one of the small things that BB’s are on top of right meow.

  • Teebs

    Bryan: bang on with the blinking light. If it’s one thing I could add to the iPhone it would be this function. Just one of the small things that BB’s are on top of right meow.

  • Bryan

    If your iPhone is jailbroken there’s a “half fix” to the lack of a blinking light. There are some Cydia apps that put notifications on the top bar even on the lockscreen. So atleast it’s a press and glance not a press + a swipe (to unlock) to see if you missed a call, email, message, etc.

  • Bryan

    If your iPhone is jailbroken there’s a “half fix” to the lack of a blinking light. There are some Cydia apps that put notifications on the top bar even on the lockscreen. So atleast it’s a press and glance not a press + a swipe (to unlock) to see if you missed a call, email, message, etc.

  • Bryan

    If your iPhone is jailbroken there’s a “half fix” to the lack of a blinking light. There are some Cydia apps that put notifications on the top bar even on the lockscreen. So atleast it’s a press and glance not a press + a swipe (to unlock) to see if you missed a call, email, message, etc.

  • panchita

    I had an iPhone, then went to Bold and Berry Flip… I love berry’s over iPhone anyday. Blackberry is where it is at. iPhone just lacks at MMS and a bunch of basic features and does not push emails as well as a berry does. iPhone is more of a toy phone than a workhorse. Blackberry’s are the best workhorse phones out there and can do the most feature wise and the best. iPhone just looks pretty and does a good amount of stuff. It wins in the touch screen department as the nicest screen and most beautiful layout by default but themes on a berry can fix that and berry’s just do more and will always work better/harder and do better at anything. πŸ˜›

  • panchita

    I had an iPhone, then went to Bold and Berry Flip… I love berry’s over iPhone anyday. Blackberry is where it is at. iPhone just lacks at MMS and a bunch of basic features and does not push emails as well as a berry does. iPhone is more of a toy phone than a workhorse. Blackberry’s are the best workhorse phones out there and can do the most feature wise and the best. iPhone just looks pretty and does a good amount of stuff. It wins in the touch screen department as the nicest screen and most beautiful layout by default but themes on a berry can fix that and berry’s just do more and will always work better/harder and do better at anything. πŸ˜›

  • RC

    Funny enough!! My wife got her Bold from the company and she paid US$9.99 to buy the iPhone theme. LOL! And it’s funny to know that people using iPhone would like to make the theme looks like Blackberry.

  • RC

    Funny enough!! My wife got her Bold from the company and she paid US$9.99 to buy the iPhone theme. LOL! And it’s funny to know that people using iPhone would like to make the theme looks like Blackberry.

  • RC

    Funny enough!! My wife got her Bold from the company and she paid US$9.99 to buy the iPhone theme. LOL! And it’s funny to know that people using iPhone would like to make the theme looks like Blackberry.

  • I loaded the iPhone Storm WB theme and it didnt look great. the regular icons get a bit chopped off on the edges. The top calendar gets obscured by the icons over top of it.

    What I want is a icon set I guess that is transparent like the iPhone Storm theme. But Allow me to change the background to whatever I want.

  • I loaded the iPhone Storm WB theme and it didnt look great. the regular icons get a bit chopped off on the edges. The top calendar gets obscured by the icons over top of it.

    What I want is a icon set I guess that is transparent like the iPhone Storm theme. But Allow me to change the background to whatever I want.

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  • Jeremy

    The Piephone is simply garbage. It'll never live up to the Blackberry Storm 2. $700 phone that doesnt even come with a flash for the camera? Give me a break. Go home Apple, you're not in the race anymore.

  • Shawn

    I had a iPhone 3GS got sick of it cuz I couldn't Jailbreak it, so I swapped it out with a Blackberry Bold 9700…. I have to say at first it was nice, the Blackberry did everything the iPhone could then I went online… the browser lacks speed, and for me surfing the internet is everything, just wish I could take my newly bought Blackberry Bold 9700 and drop it off a cliff lol but I do enjoy this Blackberry Messenger… which I wish I could port to my iPhone but don't think that's gonna happen soon unless I find me a good hacker to port out my pin and use it on the iPhone…
    good news is I still Switch back and forth between my Blackberry and iPhone so theirs still hope that I'll be back, maybe with the arrival of software 4.0 or the rummer'd iPhone 4G (something will come and I'll be back.)
    Just wish there was a Full unlock for 3.1.3 and no not some half ass Spirit Jailbreak (good if you want to use just one carrier) and the iPhone would be back in my hands most likely πŸ™‚

  • Shawn

    I had a iPhone 3GS got sick of it cuz I couldn't Jailbreak it, so I swapped it out with a Blackberry Bold 9700…. I have to say at first it was nice, the Blackberry did everything the iPhone could then I went online… the browser lacks speed, and for me surfing the internet is everything, just wish I could take my newly bought Blackberry Bold 9700 and drop it off a cliff lol but I do enjoy this Blackberry Messenger… which I wish I could port to my iPhone but don't think that's gonna happen soon unless I find me a good hacker to port out my pin and use it on the iPhone…
    good news is I still Switch back and forth between my Blackberry and iPhone so theirs still hope that I'll be back, maybe with the arrival of software 4.0 or the rummer'd iPhone 4G (something will come and I'll be back.)
    Just wish there was a Full unlock for 3.1.3 and no not some half ass Spirit Jailbreak (good if you want to use just one carrier) and the iPhone would be back in my hands most likely πŸ™‚

  • JTRABBIT

    First of all gotta say i love when blackberry users comment on iphone posts and your comparing apples and oranges the iphone and blackberry are two totally different concepts, the blackberry is the ultimate business tool unmatched by anyone, first to have the push email system etc. where as the iphone is a toy. Its like comparing the xbox360 and the nintendo wii. both great systems and uncomparable as it takes two different users to appreciate either the 360 for serious gamers and the wii for those who just wanna have fun .. anyway , to my question
    I LOVE ALL THESE THEMES BUT, EVERY BLACKBERRY APP I DOWNLOAD FROM CYDIA THE SMS MESSAGES ICON NEVER CONVERTS, IT ALWAYS STAYS AS THE DEFAULT APPLE ICON, ANY WAY I CAN FIX THIS ??

  • Kantara

    I left Blackberry and moved to an IPhone three months ago. That was a mistake. The Iphone is more fun after hours but its not a great business tool. Its buggy, very buggy. I have reset my Iphone 4 times because it doesn’t do what is should do. And then I have to reorganize everything, again. MobileMe constantly fails to synchronize and the error messages are common. MobileMe Tech support confirms the phone is “not intended for business use”. And, when travelling, the data costs are MUCH larger than Blackberry because Blackberries compress the data. And, commonly, the WiFi connections don’t provide full web access or quick access.
    I’m going back to Blackberry. The new 9800 looks very good with touch screen technology and I know that it will work better for email and won’t be so buggy. The Iphone is good for kids, but its not good for business users.

  • nosir

    “…comparing apples and oranges…”

    pun-tastic.

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  • haha in hindsight, “Go home Apple, you’re not in the race anymore.Go home Apple, you’re not in the race anymore.” is quite comical. I have an iphone but i do miss my old bb torch.