01-01-2010, 08:21 AM
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Threaded SMS is nice, but the new SMS application needs some fixing. It feels like it was written by a non-blackberry-user (and perhaps FOR non-blackberry-users). Please comment if any of these are fixed in later releases. I’m using v.321.
1. Alt-del functionality missing. While composing an SMS, the alt-del key erases the entire composition, not merely the characters immediately to the right of the cursor. You can only use the “backspace” del key by itself inside the SMS application. Might be fixed in v.415 or v.421?
2. 3 lines of text. While composing an SMS, you can only see 3 lines of text. In the old app, you can essentially use the whole screen. One line of text is about 23 characters, so 3 lines is about 70 characters, less than half the usual carrier limit to the number of characters for a single SMS. I would rather use my screen real estate for what I am typing, not to look at the rest of the thread. I see this on my PC-based IM apps as well, which is even sillier since those screens are huge and don't need a scroll bar.
3. Add to Contacts. While reading an SMS from a new person, the “Add to Contacts” menu item populates the phone number into the Work field, not the Mobile field. The previous SMS application usually got this right. Now I have to cut n paste every time.
4. View contact. There is no longer a “view contact” menu option while reading an SMS. I often want to jot down a note about a customer so I would “view contact,” “edit contact,” type a note in the note field and save it, then esc out to the SMS and continue with a reply. The workaround I use now is: while reading an SMS, choose “compose [fake] email” to the person, then view contact…
5. SMS is no longer like email. Ok, I know that is the whole point of the new Dreaded SMS application, but does it really matter if you are sending a short message as an SMS or an email? A message is a message. The two apps used to have the same layout and functionality. While the new SMS application got threading, it lost a lot of the navigation ease. For instance, composing an SMS to multiple recipients now requires extra steps and the names are essentially hidden on one line since there is no “to” field anymore.
6. Delete one, delete all. If you delete an SMS which was a response to an SMS that was originally sent to multiple recipients, it will often delete the thread for all responding recipients. …sometimes, not all the time, probably just a bug, or I'm confused.
7. No more R from the message list. When sitting on an SMS in your messages list, you can’t type R to reply to the SMS. You need to open the SMS and then reply. This should be easy to reinstall as a feature.
8. No “discard” changes. While composing an SMS, it is always autosaved; you can’t exit the composition and elect not to save the changes. I suppose this is a feature, but it takes some retraining.
That's enough for now. Is there a bug-fix list that comes with each new OS update?