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charliecross
04-08-2009, 11:32 AM
My dad is ready to buy a Blackberry. He asked me to help him out, but I'm a bit torn as to what to recommend him.

The main things he wants:

Syncing with his calendars on Windows XP and Ease of use. Easy to read keys and ease of typing.

He doesn't text message ever, so messaging capabilities are not important.

Thanks for any advice. -Danny

jmosssr
04-08-2009, 12:52 PM
I have worked with both the Curve and the Storm. The Curve has an advantage over the storm with a fixed keyboard but the Storm has a better display which would be easier to read.

edster00
04-08-2009, 01:15 PM
I'm an old dude...and i love my Pearl (8130)!
If your dad is anything like me, take him to the store and let him play with the choices for a few minutes. I thought I was going to get a Curve but liked the Pearl much better.

Dubdub
04-08-2009, 02:15 PM
IMHO, and as an "old guy" myself, I would pick the one with the largest screen and the easiest to type (Bold or Curve). But the above advice to go to a store and let him play with the various models is the best idea.

Does he use Outlook for email, calendar, contacts etc? If so what version as that makes a difference in which version of Desktop Manager to use.

dc/dc
04-08-2009, 02:26 PM
I would suggest the Bold. It is more age appropriate.

bostonnerd
04-08-2009, 03:13 PM
My (way) over 40 eyes vote for the Bold.

element526
04-08-2009, 03:20 PM
Ditto on the Bold. Great keyboard and easy to read screen.

Oditius
04-08-2009, 04:12 PM
How old is old? I am 53 and I like the curve. But then I txt, email and play with all the gadgets. I like the media player, use it as a radio. Read AP news all the time and play games. Not a big fan of the camera, I like my digital one better.

mDRagON-
04-08-2009, 04:19 PM
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charliecross
04-08-2009, 05:00 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I think it will be the bold.

I'll have him visit a shop and play with a few different models just in case.

sabrewulf
04-08-2009, 08:41 PM
Get him the Jitterbug. LOL
Seriously, if you are going to relate any of these three devices toward the "old" crowd.. I'm feeling quite old myself for liking the Bold and only being 29.

To me, the old crowd want one thing.. A phone that makes calls and nothing more. You start throwing in different menus and pages for them to scroll through, they panic. They are in the least interested in a full keyboard or any for that matter since they don't have time to text. They are old fashioned and if they have to communicate, they'll place the actual call.

whitecollar
04-09-2009, 03:13 AM
Well in that case what BB does the president have? He's 48 this year.

stevetaz
04-09-2009, 06:20 AM
Get him the Jitterbug. LOL
Seriously, if you are going to relate any of these three devices toward the "old" crowd.. I'm feeling quite old myself for liking the Bold and only being 29.

To me, the old crowd want one thing.. A phone that makes calls and nothing more. You start throwing in different menus and pages for them to scroll through, they panic. They are in the least interested in a full keyboard or any for that matter since they don't have time to text. They are old fashioned and if they have to communicate, they'll place the actual call.

I am well over 50 and I text, email, surf the web and moderate on another BB board, often from my BB. The keyboard is also very important to me.

Your opinion is based on nothing factual.

bostonnerd
04-09-2009, 06:50 AM
Get him the Jitterbug. LOL
Seriously, if you are going to relate any of these three devices toward the "old" crowd.. I'm feeling quite old myself for liking the Bold and only being 29.

To me, the old crowd want one thing.. A phone that makes calls and nothing more. You start throwing in different menus and pages for them to scroll through, they panic. They are in the least interested in a full keyboard or any for that matter since they don't have time to text. They are old fashioned and if they have to communicate, they'll place the actual call.

I'm well into my fifties and have been writing and designing Operating System code since 1972. I was using the Internet in the 80s when it was ARPANET.

Yep, menus and page scrolling make me panic.....

takeshi
04-09-2009, 10:34 AM
It's a subjective matter no matter what the user's age is. Have him try them out in person.

bigbda1
04-09-2009, 10:56 PM
It's a subjective matter no matter what the user's age is. Have him try them out in person.

For sure. I'm 63, got the Bold the first day they came out, and use all the apps(plus 9 that I downloaded) all the time. I love this thing!
Have him try both at the store.

Rhyalus
04-10-2009, 05:54 AM
Wirelessly posted

Those young kids just text - OMG!

What a waste of technology, eh fellow older guys?

:-)

R

GataGirl
04-10-2009, 06:48 PM
Yes, Im an 80s IBM CMS person who transitioned to PCs and cells as an early adopter and the 1st internet browser Mosaic from Univ Illinois where I work.
ok now here is a stupid question I cant figure out nor find any info here on, fellow techies...
QUESTION
I have long appointment notes etc and want to know how I can quickly get to the end of the file instead of scrolling scrolling scrolling forever.
thanks
Michaela

Trimix
04-10-2009, 07:01 PM
Yes, Im an 80s IBM CMS person who transitioned to PCs and cells as an early adopter and the 1st internet browser Mosaic from Univ Illinois where I work.
ok now here is a stupid question I cant figure out nor find any info here on, fellow techies...
QUESTION
I have long appointment notes etc and want to know how I can quickly get to the end of the file instead of scrolling scrolling scrolling forever.
thanks
Michaela

No shortcut unfortunately. Give you some some exercise or you can change the scrolling sensitivity to make scrolling to the bottom quicker.

Trent14
04-11-2009, 01:54 AM
Bold
BOLD

Ritsuke
04-11-2009, 06:05 AM
Well in that case what BB does the president have? He's 48 this year.

I thought he had a Curve.

teech53
04-11-2009, 10:34 AM
I Believe The Bold Screen Is 480 X 320 And The 8900 Is 480 X 360
That Is One Reason I Bought The Curve 8900