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Old 07-20-2006, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i purchased a TMobile MDA last weekend and I absolutely hate it. i wanted so bad to like the device, but after so many hours with tech support to get email synced and wi-fi working i've decided that it's just not worth it. its way too slow to pick up reception after i hop out of the subway and the processor is crazy underpowered. its like trying to run windows xp on a pentium 90. it crashes when more than 2 programs are open and i can't get the AIM client to sign in. voice quality is marginal and the keyboard is counter-intuitive.

that being said (apologies for the lengthy rant), i'm returning my MDA this weekend and exchanging it for a Blackberry 8700g. i like the sleek form factor and dark blue paint job. i can live without a crappy cameraphone and seldom used multimedia options that hog system resources. all i need is push email (gmail and my work email), AIM, simple PIM applications and an EDGE speed browser. i'm looking forward to my new toy but i have a few questions that i hope this community can answer:

- the company i work for is quite small and is not BES equipped. can i still have my work email pushed to the Blackberry? what features other than wireless syncing do i lose by not having a BES-enabled server?
- are there 3rd party programs available to allow wireless syncing with my work Outlook contacts & task list without BES?
- can i sync my device (via USB) with 2 different computers? for example, i want the phone to sync with my work computer to keep my contacts up to date and also sync with my home laptop to update my rss feeds every morning.
- is the OZ AIM client (included with the 8700g) a capable messaging client? i was spoiled with a sidekick for some time and every other mobile AIM program that i have worked with since falls short by comparison. many of my business contacts are on aim so its essential that i'm connected for heavy messaging back and forth.

thanks everyone. i'm looking forward to my new 8700g

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