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Old 09-01-2006, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings to all of you who know thnigs: I am new and obviously ignorant, in the best sense of the word (and maybe other senses).

I got myself a Blackberry 7230 on eBay. We don't use them at work, and I am not particularly interested in instant delivery of my emails--home or work ones--nor do I need to be in constant contact with the "office" (I am a teacher). I got the Blackberry because I desperately need a PDA to keep me on tract with a quite complicated schedule, including teaching and taking music lessons, rehearsals, and many projects at my "day job" and evening projects.

I like the look and interface of the Blackberry, and very much wanted a phone and PDA in one. Now, having actually used the thing, I am beginning to wonder if I'm really making the most of it, or would I be better off with a more non-corperate, consumer-level Smart Phone. {I'm not interested in a camera or a music player, either}.

Any advice, opinions, smart-alec comments?

Thanks for your guidance
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds to me like you do a lot of what I do. I have no use for a camera/mp3 player/etc in a phone. I wanted a PDA and cell phone in one unit and the BB fits that perfectly. There may be better pure PDA devices, but the BB does want I want. It is nice to have all my contacts (clients, friends, family) names, phone numbers, email and snail mail addresses on hand. The calendar is very useful for keeping tract of appointments with the reminder notice if needed. I keep my default set to "agenda" mode and I can instantly see what is coming up next.

I also like being able to keep this info current on PC using Microsoft Outlook and then just sync it to the BB. I hardly ever enter anything directly into the BB.

And last, being able to see my emails is nice. The internet browsing is not that useful.

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you know if maybe you were looking for a smaller phone with those capabilities you might be interested in a windows mobile phone...which service do you have? im saying this because if you have cingular they have a windows phone that is smaller than a bb with the same capabilites its all in your needs im not sure you might wanna check it out
msmobiles.com - Cingular 2125 Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Review

i do love my blackberry though
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I agree with trigga15, you'd be better off with a Windows Mobile or Smartphone. Windows does so much more out of the box.

Blackberry is great for people who need instant email or for corporations that need the security and central management of the mobile device. Blackberry also is better with battery life and can probably take more punishment than a PDA phone. I'm not a fan of the Suretype, QWERTY is better if you're inputing a lot of data.

If you do keep the BB, take a look at PocketDay, ideaMatrix and todoMartix. From what you've said, you'll probably find these applications useful.

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yeah if you did want a smaller phone and wanted a bb then take a look at a few of the suretype bb
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