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Old 05-03-2006, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if anyone else feels the same way, but out of all the PDA phones ive used blackberry has the worst calendar software ive ever used....

coming from a treo and multiple windows mobile devices, its a little hard to conform to a blackberry.

Are there any alternatives out there???

Currently using an 8700.....
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Old 05-03-2006, 12:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use the Agenda view as my default view. Then "m" when I want to look at the Month view.

What features are you missing?

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I'm not the OP, but categories are the biggest thing missing. RIM really missed the boat on that.
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I have to admit I somewhat agree, the calander is not the best. I really hate having to dismiss an appointment on my BB then having to dismiss it later in outlook. On the plus side, it does alert me of my appointments.
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hmmm....so no one has any recommendations?
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If you are looking for alternatives that will compare to a PocketPC's calendar flexibility, you wont find it.

There are a lot of applications out there (PocketDay and BBtoday). However, none of these offer "categories". It is just not something that is currently offered.

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I honestly just hate the agenda view. I am needing something that offers a "today" like screen, I am using pocketday but don't think it is the nicest looking thing around. I don't like how the agenda view does not allow you to state how many days, and it shows the previous days. I don't like how it puts the recent day at the bottom, so I have to scroll down to see what else I have for the day.

I just am constantly using the "week" (w) view.
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Shoot, PocketPCs don't even use categories. That was my biggest disappointment with the Axim I'm now selling. You'd think with a full color device that operates on the same system as your PC you could get categories on a PPC. I use the agenda view. Its not great, but its better than carrying a paper planner around!
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Shoot, PocketPCs don't even use categories. That was my biggest disappointment with the Axim I'm now selling. You'd think with a full color device that operates on the same system as your PC you could get categories on a PPC. I use the agenda view. Its not great, but its better than carrying a paper planner around!
Um, yes PocketPCs do use categories and have for years. Not really sure what you're talking about.
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Labels... sorry, I'm looking for Label integration. In outlook you color code according to labels. Wish I could get that on PPC OR a Blackberry
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Labels... sorry, I'm looking for Label integration. In outlook you color code according to labels. Wish I could get that on PPC OR a Blackberry
I understand now.
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I used many Palms over the years and my PC Contact Manager is and has been ACT. Palm actually had a program with ACT called ACT for Palm. It allowed great linking of contact to appointments and ws really a great interface - it was like having ACT on your handheld.

I knew this going in to my switch to BB but that does not mean I can't still wish I had it- I miss it.
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I too was/am a Palmaddict and miss the calendar function to the point of thinking about carrying both. The functionality of the Palm calendar is just so user friendly. Other than that I love my 8700. Since my car is virtually my office it's no big deal.

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I carry/use both a BlackBerry (7130e) and a PocketPC with Pocket Informant, specifically because of the limited calendar feature on the BB.
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What features are ppl looking for? I think the BB calendar's like this because it's modelling Outlook.
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The biggest feature the BB calendar is missing is categories. That's an absolute must!
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I think the PIM software for the blackberry is lacking. I would love to get rid of my pocket pc, if there was better calendar and tasks programs the blackberry. I already tried PocketDay, but it was not support recurring events or tasks.
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I always hear about RIM's base customer being "industry types" (for lack of a better term)- I hear this when everyone cries for a camara and the answer is because the RIM customer base cannot take a camara with them into certain areas etc...

Could this be the reason for a lack of a good Contact Mangager/ Calendar?
Palm seems like it is built for sales and CM/Calendar is a sales/meeting derived application.

BBs are inherently a great salesperson's tool but that may just be by happenstance- salesmen like to take the office with them on the road and always be in touch with customers. That happenstance of BBs being great for salespeople does not mean it was built for salespeople though.

This could be what has led to the lack of CM and Calendar functionality in BBs. It is just not what they were originally built to do and it is hard to play catch up - if they even want to at all.

I hope I stated that well.
Basically - BB not built for Contact Manager/Calendar driven people-BB great for those people anyway because of other functionality- BB becomes a loved device that lacks a major need for those people.
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I too wish there were more robust PIM features. I carried a PocketPC and the BB for a short while when I first got the BB, but it was a too much of a pain. I just live with it for the moment hoping that with the newer BB's like the 8700 and the lawsuit behind us we can see developers moving forward.

PocketDay Pro is a nice product with awesome support, but it still doesn't compare with the PIM apps availble on other platforms.
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I personally threw my BB 7230 in the deep blue Pacific Ocean (metaphorically speaking) and switched back to the Treo 650 precisely for the calendar/PIM functionality.

The Treo has its faults (reliability being the biggest) but for those of us who really do want/need the PIM functionality I think RIM missed the boat. I looked at the 8700 and it unfortunately shares the same shortcomings in the PIM Department and does not match up to the Treo.

Shame, really. BB = Tool of Industry. Industry wants complete functionality of its employees anywhere they are. BB = fails to deliver. Its customers carry two devices (holy s*** if that isn't a vote of no confidence in the product you sell). BB = lose market share to companies that understand this.
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