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Old 02-26-2005, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to admit that I'm a little nervous of what I am about to do but I think I'm going to switch from a Kyerocia 7135 to a BlackBerry 7250. I am on Verizon on I have a few questions that would really help me feel more comfortable with the change.

1. I have to take my blood pressure and check my diabetes three times a day. In the past Ive had either a Palm Pilot or a cell phone like the Kyerocia 7135 which Ive been able to download third party software that allows me to enter my blood pressure and diabetes readings. Does anyone know of any similar software for the BlackBerry 7250?
2. How well is the 7250 as a cell phone?
3. Over all how do you rank the BlackBerry over a Smartphone and why would you encourage a person to go with a BlackBerry?
I appreciate you help. Thanks
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I feel that all BlackBerries are smartphones, according to the definition of "smartphone" in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, although it's quite subject to debate.

Here are my favourte links about BlackBerry versus other smartphones:However, as a phone, you may prefer a model-7100 style phone, if you use the phone a lot more than data. However, if you use data a lot more than phone, you'll definitely prefer the 7250. Unfortunately, there's no 7100 style phone on Verizon, so you'll have to go with 7250 if you're with Verizon.

So, assuming you can live with 7250 as a cellphone. While the BlackBerry software market has exploded massively in recent months, there is still not nearly as much software for BlackBerry as for Palm, so you may have some difficulty finding such software. That can be a big problem for little niche-market applications such as a diabetes-related software program.

One route you can find out is whether there's any diabetes tracking software in "midlet" format for other cellphones (Nokia/Motorola/Sony/Siemens/Samsung) because you can install other java phone software on a BlackBerry too. So if there's a diabetes program for Nokia java phones, you can install that on your BlackBerry too.
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