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Old 03-12-2006, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

As someone who is new to BB and a long term user of Windows smartphones, and I guess the majority of you guys are BB fans, I wondered if anyone can explain to me the benefits of using a BB over a windows smartphone, apart from not having to download e-mail when they come straight through on a BB.

Its just at the moment I can't see the benefits.

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Damian, welcome to the forum. There are many threads on here discussing Treo vs. BB and Pocket PC vs. BB. I've used all of these devices and wouldn't trade my BB for anything else now. As a matter of fact, when I owned a Treo and numerous PPC's, I used to always check out what was coming out to see if there was something better.

The number one benefit for me is push email. I think my 8700 is incredibly stable and reliable. The PIM interface syncs well with Outlook too. Yes, I give up some of the multimedia functionality next to Treo's and PPC's but, honestly, never really used them that much anyway.

I've found very good programs that compliment my BB so I don't think I've lost anything at all by switching. If you're a die-hard PPC guy (like I used to be), give the BB a try for awhile. You might be quite surprised!
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Thanks Brandon,

I'm using both my BB and my smartphone at the moment so I will run them side by side for a while and see how it goes. Do ou use your BB as phone as well or just for e-mail etc.

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Damian, I use mine for both phone and email. It works great for both. I'm using a Plantronics Discovery 640 BT headset and it works flawlessly with my BB. I highly recommend it. I was using a Flamingo headset and it works great but not as good as the 640.

I'll use my headset all day and battery life is great. I know some people here have a seperate phone but I've had no problems at all using my BB for everything.
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My two reasons are stability and reliability. I have almost no problems with my Blackberry.
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I recently took the the new T-Mobile SDA smartphone for a two-week test drive. I've used a BB 7230 since their release and wanted to upgrade to a MDA, but they're hard to get if you're not activating a new line. I thought the SDA might cover my needs.

Short review: I loved the SDA. The Exchange ActiveSync worked like a charm, and connected to my Exchange 2003 server it kept the e-mail, contacts and calendar up to date. It's not doing it in "push" mode yet, but I had it set to check every five minutes during "prime time" hours, and never encountered a problem with syncing.

My only problem with the SDA is the keypad -- it's too darn small. They included a row of buttons that open the browser or control Windows Media Player, and IMO it's a waste of space. Typing short notes and replies on the keypad is infuriating. You can reprogram the extra keys to launch other apps if you don't mind hacking some text files, but the real estate would have been better suited to making the 0-9 keys bigger.

I returned the phone at the end of the trial and went back to my 7230. If you need a simple device that will interface cleanly to an Exchange server, it's a good phone, as long as the person doesn't really need to respond to e-mail or short answers are fine. The screen is beautiful, and reception is very good. My other gripe is T-Mobile's new $30 data plan for the phone -- I never go to Starbucks and don't travel by air much, so their included free WiFi is useless to me.

In the end, I missed the keyboard the most, but the OS and phone works well enough that I would recommend it to certain types of users.
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Damien,

I work in retail sales for an unnamed Cellular provider, the biggest difference my customers see between the smartphones(treo/audiovox/etc) and the BB, is reliability. From what I have seen the Treos have to be softreset quite a bit, although no data/memory loss happens, it is annoying still! Also, the Blackberry just seems to be much more durable in comparison to the heavy treos and bulky audiovox's.
As far as software goes, I feel the blackberry has just as many beneficial applications as any other handheld. I have enjoyed the BBtools the most and think they help you get the most out of your BB (check thread on "killer software) I highliy recommend BBToday, BBlight, and some form of Chat program of your choice (IM+, verichat, or my favorite...berryvine). Berry411 is also killer! Anyways, check the thread!
Besides pushmail, Ilike that my chat progs stay connected for as long as I need them, where as on the treo and others, it times out and doesn't stay connected (my experience), plus I haven't seen anything like BBToday.

Last, I have used them all, starting with the BB 1st...i switch to the Audiovox6700, wentback to BB. Switched to treo650, went back BB. Im a die hard and never will go without one, NEVER!

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Use a BT headset, lets you use the BB while talking, very beneficial for scheduling appts.
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