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I wanted to make this thread to show people a lot of cool things you can do with BlackBerry! Most people don't use this phone to its fullest because they are not aware of all the things it can do. This thing can make your life a lot easier and entertain you for hours! I hope this thread sheds some light on what makes BlackBerry different from other phones and so addicting!

Control PC from BlackBerry. No matter where you are you can view your desktop screen and zoom in and out with full control over the mouse and keyboard - RDM+

Yahoo Messenger, Aim, ICQ, Google Talk, BB Messenger, MSN Messenger

Play songs on home stereo/pc speakers. I have a stereo (12 speakers) in my room and is connected to my computer with a little $6 RCA to 3.5mm jack. I have a bluetooth adapter (around $19) on the computer that I connect my BB with. I set the software to play any sounds coming from my blackberry on the computer. Also I can play sounds from my computer on my blackberry. - Widcomm Bluetooth Adapter

View web pages as they ACTUALLY look. - Opera mobile

View slide show of your pictures.

Play FULL LENGTH movies on your blackberry!
(This process is for movies that are already ripped or downloaded to your computer.)

1) Download Alive Converter to convert to Xvid AVI using 320 x 180 and the default settings.
The video will play fine but the audio will not sync properly to the video because of the frames per sec. To fix that do step 2.

2) Convert to final format by downloading BlackBerry Video and select 'Custom Video Resolution' and enter 320 x 180'
This will give you perfect picture and audio thru the entire movie. Also it cuts the size from 4gb or 700mb down to only 300mb! So you can fit at least 3 full length films on a 1gb card. (I like raising the volume to LAME +5 when I want it loud so other people can watch and listen. Also you can switch to full screen and watch movies and the BB light will not go dim while it is playing). On long rides, lunch breaks, you're never bored!

New features of OS 4.5 (free upgrade on blackberry.com)
-Stream media. Watch Youtube or listen to the radio.
-Use playlists in media player.
-Use video capture.
-Record audio.
-Use up to 16gb memory card.

Run emulators like Super Nintendo and play games like Super Mario Kart, Mario World etc.

Download software to view and edit Office docs like Excel and Word.

Built in ability to view word documents but only in .TXT format.

The ability to program dial extensions. If you have to pay a bill every month and hate using the automated phone service, you can program the extensions you dial into your blackberry so whenever you call the number, the BB will remember what to press.

Reliable task scheduler/calendar. I'm not a morning person, but we all have to work. So I scheduled an alarm for every weekday and the BB never let me down. I can hit the snooze button and set snooze length in settings. I make sure I have extra fail safe alarms in case I don't get the hint.

Change the color of the trackball and/or indicator light at the top. -Color Pearl

Download powerful Google maps. Whenever I go out of town, Google will find the nearest signal tower and give me a relatively close guess as to where I am (not using GPS). I can have it pull up gas stations, restaurants, even clubs.

The headphone jack is not proprietary (use any standard headphones). The charger is not proprietary (can be charged from usb any computer).

Set your calendar to automatically switch profiles. If you have classes between 9am and 2pm you can set it to vibrate during that time and go back to normal during other times. -BB Profiles

The screen back light is bright but is not abrasive. So at night you can use your blackberry light to walk around the house without tripping over things or just to find something you dropped in a movie theater. (a small feature but very useful)

This operating system never crashes! Now days this is a huge plus especially for anyone who used Windows Mobile. This can run for months literally but its a good idea to reset it every now and again.

If you use all its features, this becomes an all-in-one device that eliminates the need for many smaller devices. No need for mp3 player. No need for Video Ipod. No need to carry a laptop around if all you need is to email and work on word docs quickly with a full keypad.

Fast and reliable backup system. Use desktop manager. Create full backup. It saves all of your messages, calender appointments, tasks, phone book, etc. Basically everything but programs. Also you can use desktop manager to connect to your BB thru bluetooth! I cant express how much this saved me when I accidentally broke my usb connection and I had no way to backup my device before I replaced it. I found I could just do a full backup thru bluetooth (even when everyone including BB tech support was doubting me ). When I got my replacement phone I restored everything and it worked flawlessly. There are few phones out there with a backup and restore system this easy and reliable.

And the main reason I love BB is because usage-wise it is one of the fastest phones on the planet! You cannot type as quickly on any other device (certainly not the iphone). You don't have to worry about over sensitive or under sensitive touch screens or dialing with your cheek. You can set your side button to lock your device quickly or do anything like launch the camera or media player. The standard belt clip has an opening for all the buttons on the side and top so you can still play/pause music (mute key at the top) turn volume up or down (rockers on the side) and play the next song or go to prev song (by holding up for next and down for prev) which is incredibly useful when you are running/exercising while listening to music or if you just dont want to pull it out every time. And all these music control buttons work no matter what program is on the screen or if phone is locked. BlackBerry is good for people on the move a lot and don't have time to sort thru menus like some '2-handed devices' like the iphone. Sometimes I end up accessing this phone while driving, I know this shouldn't be done but it happens anyway, but it is easy and quick to maneuver to where I need to go (good luck accessing a touchscreen phone while driving :P).

I hope this thread helps anyone trying to decide between BlackBerry phones and others like the iphone. Let me know of any cool and useful features I left out.

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That has to be one of the best posts I've read on here, thank you.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how do you control your pc with the blackberry, just curious didn't know this was possible? Do you need additional software?
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how do you control your pc with the blackberry, just curious didn't know this was possible? Do you need additional software?
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How do you run emulators??? Where did you find any to run on the BB?
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How do I operate my coffee maker with my BB?
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^^^now that would truly be handy^^
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I must say I am kinda curious on running emulators, I've had a BlackBerry for over year. How do I do that? (i've got a ton of emulators, I just don't play any more. lol)
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I'm stupid, what's an emulator?
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Emulator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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An emulator duplicates (provides an emulation of) the functions of one system using a different system, so that the second system behaves like (and appears to be) the first system. This focus on exact reproduction of external behavior is in contrast to some other forms of computer simulation, which can concern an abstract model of the system being simulated.
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Hmmm, didn't know you could use your calendar to change the profile...any elaboration possible?
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Originally Posted by abcdjzmcbt View Post
I wanted to make this thread to show people a lot of cool things you can do with BlackBerry! Most people don't use this phone to its fullest because they are not aware of all the things it can do. This thing can make your life a lot easier and entertain you for hours! I hope this thread sheds some light on what makes BlackBerry different from other phones and so addicting!

Control PC from BlackBerry. No matter where you are you can view your desktop screen and zoom in and out with full control over the mouse and keyboard - RDM+

Yahoo Messenger, Aim, ICQ, Google Talk, BB Messenger, MSN Messenger

Play songs on home stereo/pc speakers. I have a stereo (12 speakers) in my room and is connected to my computer with a little $6 RCA to 3.5mm jack. I have a bluetooth adapter (around $19) on the computer that I connect my BB with. I set the software to play any sounds coming from my blackberry on the computer. Also I can play sounds from my computer on my blackberry. - Widcomm Bluetooth Adapter

View web pages as they ACTUALLY look. - Opera mobile

View slide show of your pictures.

Play FULL LENGTH movies on your blackberry!
(This process is for movies that are already ripped or downloaded to your computer.)

1) Download Alive Converter to convert to Xvid AVI using 320 x 180 and the default settings.
The video will play fine but the audio will not sync properly to the video because of the frames per sec. To fix that do step 2.

2) Convert to final format by downloading BlackBerry Video and select 'Custom Video Resolution' and enter 320 x 180'
This will give you perfect picture and audio thru the entire movie. Also it cuts the size from 4gb or 700mb down to only 300mb! So you can fit at least 3 full length films on a 1gb card. (I like raising the volume to LAME +5 when I want it loud so other people can watch and listen. Also you can switch to full screen and watch movies and the BB light will not go dim while it is playing). On long rides, lunch breaks, you're never bored!

New features of OS 4.5 (free upgrade on blackberry.com)
-Stream media. Watch Youtube or listen to the radio.
-Use playlists in media player.
-Use video capture.
-Record audio.
-Use up to 16gb memory card.

Run emulators like Super Nintendo and play games like Super Mario Kart, Mario World etc.

Download software to view and edit Office docs like Excel and Word.

Built in ability to view word documents but only in .TXT format.

The ability to program dial extensions. If you have to pay a bill every month and hate using the automated phone service, you can program the extensions you dial into your blackberry so whenever you call the number, the BB will remember what to press.

Reliable task scheduler/calendar. I'm not a morning person, but we all have to work. So I scheduled an alarm for every weekday and the BB never let me down. I can hit the snooze button and set snooze length in settings. I make sure I have extra fail safe alarms in case I don't get the hint.

Change the color of the trackball and/or indicator light at the top. -Color Pearl

Download powerful Google maps. Whenever I go out of town, Google will find the nearest signal tower and give me a relatively close guess as to where I am (not using GPS). I can have it pull up gas stations, restaurants, even clubs.

The headphone jack is not proprietary (use any standard headphones). The charger is not proprietary (can be charged from usb any computer).

Set your calendar to automatically switch profiles. If you have classes between 9am and 2pm you can set it to vibrate during that time and go back to normal during other times. -BB Profiles

The screen back light is bright but is not abrasive. So at night you can use your blackberry light to walk around the house without tripping over things or just to find something you dropped in a movie theater. (a small feature but very useful)

This operating system never crashes! Now days this is a huge plus especially for anyone who used Windows Mobile. This can run for months literally but its a good idea to reset it every now and again.

If you use all its features, this becomes an all-in-one device that eliminates the need for many smaller devices. No need for mp3 player. No need for Video Ipod. No need to carry a laptop around if all you need is to email and work on word docs quickly with a full keypad.

Fast and reliable backup system. Use desktop manager. Create full backup. It saves all of your messages, calender appointments, tasks, phone book, etc. Basically everything but programs. Also you can use desktop manager to connect to your BB thru bluetooth! I cant express how much this saved me when I accidentally broke my usb connection and I had no way to backup my device before I replaced it. I found I could just do a full backup thru bluetooth (even when everyone including BB tech support was doubting me ). When I got my replacement phone I restored everything and it worked flawlessly. There are few phones out there with a backup and restore system this easy and reliable.

And the main reason I love BB is because usage-wise it is one of the fastest phones on the planet! You cannot type as quickly on any other device (certainly not the iphone). You don't have to worry about over sensitive or under sensitive touch screens or dialing with your cheek. You can set your side button to lock your device quickly or do anything like launch the camera or media player. The standard belt clip has an opening for all the buttons on the side and top so you can still play/pause music (mute key at the top) turn volume up or down (rockers on the side) and play the next song or go to prev song (by holding up for next and down for prev) which is incredibly useful when you are running/exercising while listening to music or if you just dont want to pull it out every time. And all these music control buttons work no matter what program is on the screen or if phone is locked. BlackBerry is good for people on the move a lot and don't have time to sort thru menus like some '2-handed devices' like the iphone. Sometimes I end up accessing this phone while driving, I know this shouldn't be done but it happens anyway, but it is easy and quick to maneuver to where I need to go (good luck accessing a touchscreen phone while driving :P).

I hope this thread helps anyone trying to decide between BlackBerry phones and others like the iphone. Let me know of any cool and useful features I left out.
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Hmmm, didn't know you could use your calendar to change the profile...any elaboration possible?
yes, that would just be too cool, and I would love to know how!
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Where do you get Blackberry Video mentioned below? Is that part of Desktop Manager?

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2) Convert to final format by downloading BlackBerry Video and select 'Custom Video Resolution' and enter 320 x 180'
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yes, that would just be too cool, and I would love to know how!
Changing profiles automatically requires a third party app like BB Profiles.
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How do I operate my coffee maker with my BB?
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Wow. What a great thread! Thanks for taking the time to show some other uses that don't know all the great features all the cool things to do with your Berry. Somewhere, someone is going to read this and I can picture a head exploding with all the cool features that they didn't know about!!
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Great Post! Thanx

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x2!

For me, the flashlight make-shift app is the way to go! It's the video recorder!

Thank you!!
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Thank you for the great post.
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