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| | [01-03-2005] Blackberry 7100t is a Charm With the Mac
I am a big fan of smartphones because I love the concept of being able to get my email and browse the Web in one small device that is also my phone. The problem is the most phones are too small to fit a meaningful UI and most PDAs are too big for a pocket and need a belt clip. I have previously used a Sony Ericsson P800 and HP iPaq h6315 (link 2) Pocket-PC based PDA and find that the Blackberry is exactly the combination of form and functionality that I need. |
BlackBerries don't come with native Mac capability out of the box, so you'll need to pick yourself up a copy of PocketMac for Blackberry (US$29) straight away. PocketMac For BlackBerry is the first program to allows you to sync your data between the BlackBerry and Entourage, Address Book, iCal, Now Contact, Now Up-To-Date, and even Stickies. And it's fully integrated with iSync as well.
In order to setup email you need to connect to T-Mobile's Blackberry Web Client (BWC) and set up an account. It's a relatively easy process although parts of the Web interface look bad in Safari. At the end You're issued an address in the format of . The good news is that you can set your reply-to address to your usual email address. POP and IMAP accounts are checked every fifteen minutes and pushed to your BlackBerry's PIN over the BlackBerry service.
If you're company uses Exchange for email, then you should investigate if they've installed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) as it allows you to "browse and save to multiple folders, sync your calendar over the air, and do all sorts of cool advanced features the BWC people can't do" according to MobileWhack.
ScOObydoo has posted dozens of 7100t screenshots in his review of the 7100t at BlackBerryForums.com.
Note the Plug for my review here on the board!