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Old 09-07-2005, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi... new to the forum. I'd like to ask for opinions of those that have 'been there , done that'. I'm considering a BB for work (7250 or 7520). I estimate my need for a cell phone for research/business is a '4' out of 10 based on what I've done in the past. What I do more often is check email and the web, and keep a phone around in an emergency. So, it would seem as if a BB is the best thing to have.

I do have some PDAs that I'd hate to let go, and when I absolutely must work on documents, I really need a laptop around. However, I don't tend not work on large files when traveling. Regardless, I was considering maybe a BT enabled cellphone to pair it up with either my PDA or laptop.

Have any users gone the BB route, and then wished they just went with a cell phone + laptop? Have any users gotten a cell phone for use with their laptop and then just wished they had gotten a BB?

On a technical note, can I download a file from a BB and then transfer it to a laptop when syncing?

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I recently went the BB route, and certainly don't regret it. For email it is unbeatable - it's great to be able to send/receive instantly and discreetly whether in a meeting or a bar, on a train or a boat (last week's trial!). For those instances when it's convenient to use the laptop, I set up the BB as a modem, too - worked perfectly when I was sat in the middle of a field in France the other day, with no other way of connecting to the net.

Out of the box it offers little in the way of document handling, just basic file type viewing, but I bought eOffice and RepliGo apps. The latter allows you to view numerous types of files and images with really good quality reproduction. The former is a suite that enables you to open, edit, save and send email attachments in word and excel formats. This is a simple way of synching work done on your BB with home/office - simply mail a copy of any document you worked on to yourself (I copy all BB mails to home automatically).

On a final note, I've also been delving into IM on the BB, something I never really did from home. It's great to be able to sit and chat realtime with the kids while traveling!

Anyhow, those are my thoughts, based on about a month's usage.
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I can't live w/o my Blackberry or my laptop, so choosing between the two would be impossible. However, I'd much rather have my Blackberry than a PDA or 3g cell phone.

If you absolutely NEED to get your emails instantly, this is the best way to go. I'm not a big fan of surfing the web on such a small screen, but that could be said for any mobile device.

My only complaint w/ the Blackberry is that it's so proprietary. Can't sync and get files on/off the device. If they could stick a 512MB flash card in this thing to transport files, I'd be in heaven.
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Thanks for the great replies! I actually just spoke to my local BB rep who said that technically, BBs cannot currently act as outgoing modems for laptops (although I know some are successful) and that it is not possible to sync a downloaded file from the BB to the computer directly. However, he understands that these types of functionality MAY be coming with the next software revision/update.
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I currently have a Pocket PC (smart phone) as well, and couldnt live without the combination.I found a loophole in my service providers data plan, and its great. I can use it as a wireless modem, and a phone, and with my laptop, i dont even need a desk!
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Sorry copper7op... you mean you find the PPC indispensible, or the BlackBerry, or both?
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Thanks to all for their comments. I am now the proud owner of a shiny (or at least, non-dusty) 7250!
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Thanks to all for their comments. I am now the proud owner of a shiny (or at least, non-dusty) 7250!
Good luck, and enjoy!
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I'd have to say that a BB and a laptop would be all you would ever need. No you can't get files from your BB email off of the BB and on to a laptop. One way around it would be to use you BB as a modem and go to your providers BB web client and check your email there and download it. But whoever said that the BB can't act as a modem is wrong. I have surfed the web via my 7290 just to test it out. Its definately not fast but it works in a pinch if you had to use it that way.

A blackberry is the absolute best at push email. Other pda's and cell phones use pop3 access to get email to them. While pop3 works but its definately not as fast as push. Yes you can download certain programs that will allow you to have push email but the BB comes with it. So whats better a device that is made for push email or a pda that works through a 3rd party to push email?

If you must have 24/7 access to your email now, than a BB is the only way to go. And in a pinch the BB will act as a modem to provide you with internet access on your laptop no matter where you are as long as you have a signal.
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