Blackberry Vs iPhone for NS

  1. Okay, I'm sure this is on here somewhere, but can't find it....I already have a bb curve. Is it worth getting the new i phone for nursing school? Does anyone have either and use them? If so, what for? Any advice on this would be great! Thanks! Kelli
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the mobile computing forum
  4. by   Goingthere
    Iphone! The medical apps are amazing, and its fun for stressful days. You have your entire career to be tied to a Blackberry-enjoy an iPhone. But be prepared to be scre-wed by apple.
  5. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I have the blackberry storm, after playing with my sons Ipod touch I bought one of those as well because I love the navigation on it so much better then my Blackberry. Since it's the Ipod touch I can only get internet where ever there is WiFi but the touch is everything the phone is without the actual phone part. If I had At&T I would have went with the Iphone over the Blackberry. I like some aspects of my BB but I am not that impressed with it.
  6. by   TNMommy
    I bought the ipod touch because I like the touch screen versus a stylus. Also, the ipod touch does not have a camera or phone on it so there is no chance of a HIPPA violation. I also know that some clinical sites frown upon phones used in the facility.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Personally, I think since you already have a BB, why spend the money now? Just get the apps you need for school for the BB via Skyscape, Unbound Medicine, etc. and wait until you get out and are working to see what you want.
  8. by   conandcait
    traumaRS- Do you think I can get through NS without an I phone? Can I get the same resources (dictionary/ drug refs) on the BB? Kelli
  9. by   AlabamaBelle
    You can get the many of the same apps for BB as for the other systems.

    I have a BB Storm and enjoy it. I have some fun games and have a good bit of music on it. I also own an ITouch and love it, too. The majority of my family is on Verizon, so the BB Storm was the best way for a phone for me. The actual network can be turned off and you can use most of your apps without the phone part.
  10. by   conandcait
    War eagle for life--Thanks for the info! Roll tide!! :wink2: Kelli
  11. by   soulofme
    Quote from conandcait
    traumaRS- Do you think I can get through NS without an I phone? Can I get the same resources (dictionary/ drug refs) on the BB? Kelli
    I graduated back in 92 just fine without a phone or computer!
  12. by   CraigB-RN
    Personally I'd not even worry about the references now. You'll have more than enough stuff with the books you have. Once YOU get into clinical and see what kind of things your looking up, then make decisions. It's not something that you have to have.
  13. by   GilaRRT
    Quote from soulofme
    I graduated back in 92 just fine without a phone or computer!
    It is a very different world. I started in the 1990's, and finished in 2002. In just under eight years, I am back in school, and the difference is profound. All of my classes are "traditional," yet we are required to spend much time online. All of our homework, quizes, and discussion assignments are through an online service known as blackboard. New discussions and assignments are added at the drop of a hat. Additionally, all of my group assignments are easier because of SMS service. I can deal with several people, even though we live 100 or so miles away from eachother.

    It would be impossible to be a student without a computer and net access these days. A smartphone is not mandatory; however, my iPhone instantly tells me when I have email and I can deal with blackboard changes in real time, and I need not be anywhere near a WIFI router. I can also search and obtain info in realtime, and with my medical apps, I can reference diseases, treatment modalities, and pharmacology in real time. I have apps that keep me updated with the results of all the frontline EBM and current prospective studies.
  14. by   conandcait
    Thanks everyone, for your helpful answers. I think my problem with my bb is that the internet accessibility is lacking. For example, I tried accessing my school's email system last semester, and couldnt access it. My friend was sitting there with her Palm pre, and got right on. I can check email, but it's not the same "system" as the iphones and others. In order to access an email attachement, I have to click on open this attachement and it may or may not open. If it's a movie, I can forget it!!! I have verizon and need to really check into what they offer. Thanks again!

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