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Blackberry
Does anyone have one? Are they cool?
Bob_Trotta




msg:931308
 10:21 am on Mar 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking of getting a Blackberry PDA? What are people's thoughts and experiences? Good, bad indifferent?

Bob Trotta

 

pmkpmk




msg:931309
 10:23 am on Mar 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ask Paris Hilton [tabloidcolumn.com]. She has one. I doubt though that she's too happy with it right now :-)

cfcoder




msg:931310
 8:38 pm on Mar 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Actually she has a Sidekick. BlackBerry's are great. Quite a robust enterprise solution.

reddevil




msg:931311
 8:13 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have also heard many comments about the Blackberry being solid. I also heard it was Americanised, whatever that means?

Does anybody have one, or have held one, or know of anybody who has one?

The_Hat




msg:931312
 8:23 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I work for a pretty large communications company and most/all of the high up market managers, consultants, administrators etc. have one. To me they just look like another way enabling you to work 24/7. Good thing/bad thing? Depends on where you are and were you want to go I suppose.

reddevil




msg:931313
 3:34 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

The_Hat,

Are you in USA?

The_Hat




msg:931314
 4:03 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

reddevil,
yes i am in the USA

reddevil




msg:931315
 5:55 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I suppose this would be a silly question then - but do you have any idea why non-American people would describe a Blackberry as an Americanized item? the only thing I can think of is if the dictionary has americanized words, but that would be easy to change, right?

I am looking for the cheapest Blackberry that has a qwerty keyboard and is capable of e-mail function.

The_Hat




msg:931316
 6:10 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well the only thing I could think of would be (an these are just possibilities, I have no idea about blackberries)maybe that it is all set up (permanently) for $dollars, and all American type measurements. maybe they are set up for American voltage/amperage.

Pretty hard for me (an American) to think how non-American might interpret something as prosaic as a PDA. I did check out the flash product demos on blackberry.com, pretty neat.

reddevil




msg:931317
 8:31 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks.

I will be vacationing/holidaying in the UK next week and will check out some of the malls/shops there - if they sell them that is?

have a good day/cheers

christopher w




msg:931318
 9:39 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a Blackberry and I love it. Great phone, great email system, great for IM, etc.

Not sure why someone would describe it as Americanized, especially when the company that makes them (RIM) is Canadian and doesn't even have an office in the US (but they do have one in the UK)...

reddevil




msg:931319
 8:36 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, sounds great, just what I am looking for.

Any idea how much the lowset price Blackberry would be with a qwerty keyboard? I am going to the UK next week and will look around but thought it might be cheaper to buy in the US?

christopher w




msg:931320
 8:48 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

You know what - buy one on ebay - don't buy from the dealer (like I did) - it will save you a lot...

bakedjake




msg:931321
 8:51 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a 7290 (GSM quad band worldphone). I absolutely love it.

100% perfect synchronization with my Outlook. Get a bluetooth headset for it - well worth the $100 for the rechargable Motorola.

Kirby




msg:931322
 2:52 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I didnt like the push email. The Treo equipped with snapper allows me to pull any of my pop3 accounts. Any hope of blackberry changing this in the near future?

bakedjake




msg:931323
 3:13 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

push

That's the #1 reason they're so popular.

That said, I think you're confusing the technology with functionality. I have 10 email addresses being pushed to my BB.

christopher w




msg:931324
 3:19 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah - the "push" is the "key" to BlackBerry.

What don't you like about this feature?

Tempufugit




msg:931325
 3:26 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Perhaps the Americanisation could be that it is "Made in Canada - eh?"

We do speak Approximately the same language!

By the way - they are extremely popular here in Canada and most of my business associates have them, they have almost become a corporate standard here. Yesterday it was having a company laptop - today it is a company Blackberry.

TsF

jimbeetle




msg:931326
 3:29 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been using a Blackberry for about 8 months or so. I ditched the phone service because even with an earbud and mike the quality was really, really poor, and without them I felt I was talking into a ping pong paddle.

The biggest drawback is the signal strength. Whenever I have a meeting inside a halfway well-built Manhattan office building or hotel I find I have to be somewhere near a window to send or receive.

It suits my purposes for now, maybe in the next year or two when I feel I've gotten my investment back from this I'll investigate other PDAs.

swoop




msg:931327
 3:40 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I like the Outlook calendar and contacts synchronization of my Blackberry. The email is OK, but it is difficult to type on the keyboard and all outgoing mail is plain text (no bold, italic, etc.)

The web browser is clumsy.

I wish the thing had a stylus option, like a PDA. You have to click click click to get anything done.

A couple of years ago they were known informally as "crackberries," dut to their addictiveness to the early adopters, but nobody says that anymore.

christopher w




msg:931328
 3:48 pm on Mar 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

jimbeetle - what service provider did you have with the blackberry?

Also - I agree - for web browsing it is not up to par...

reddevil




msg:931329
 6:36 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Can anybody tell me if the Blackberry bleeps when it receives an e-mail message (similar to a SMS message)? I would hate to have to "log on" everytime I wanted to check if I had an e-mail.

Currently I have a Nokia 6820 and that does not have the bleep for e-mails (as far as I know).

christopher w




msg:931330
 7:57 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

reddevil - it notifies you (either through a sort of ring/beep or vibrate or both) each time you get an email or an Instant Message, etc

jimbeetle




msg:931331
 5:36 pm on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

service provider

T-mobile. I didn't want the phone service and it was the only one at the time that offered data only in my area.

Though poor reception is not at all limited to that service. Used scanner-enabled BBs for one trade show and updates we sent to units weren't downloaded unless exhibitors happened to walk out of the hotel expo area. That was a different provider, Verizon if I correctly remember, so seems like big-city, big-building reception problem affects the technology itself.

Kirby




msg:931332
 4:52 pm on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah - the "push" is the "key" to BlackBerry.
What don't you like about this feature?

Because Im dependent on the server. With the pop3 and snapper on my Treo, I can retrieve 10+ accounts as well when Im travelling and I dont have to worry about equipment failure. I set it to auto retrieve as frequently as every 5 minutes, or I can manually check with the push of a button.

I havent checked lately, so maybe RIM has or is adding pop3 capability. That would be good.

Bob_Trotta




msg:931333
 9:39 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the feed back guys. After ordering a Mini-mac on reccommendation here, I think I'll have a crack at the Blackberry now.

(I'm such a sucker for gadgets!)

Bob Trotta

reddevil




msg:931334
 11:06 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Bob,

Watch our for RSI, apparently this is the latest injury to thumbs for gadget monsters like you!?

Essex_boy




msg:931335
 6:20 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I bought one at the weekend and cant put it down. These really are amazing - that coming from someone who hates mobile phones!

Best feature is the ability to have it auto switch off and on during the weekend and week, silly I know but great.

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