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Old 09-14-2006, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default No Q. I want my BB back!

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I have a job where I get to play around with almost every new smartphone coming out. I recently took the Q with me on a business trip. It just looks so damn cool. But the thing doesn't work right. At least not compared to my 8700g. Windows Smarphone Edition is filled with detours to the things you do often, and the superthin devices seems kinda flimsy and can't be held between you cheek and shoulder. It's too thin and drops. So I dropped it and I ended up with several pieces. I'm not going to miss it.

Getting my 8700g back was not exciting in any way, but the feeling I immediately got was: "Ah, not I can get the work done again".

I wonder if this is because I am used to BB's, or because they simply are better productivity tools? So if being a Blackberry addict means wanting the only tool that gets the job done, then I am one! I mean, are you a "tool addict" if you depend on a hammer to get the nail in the wall? The Q was like trying to hammer it in with your fist!

Old 09-15-2006, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A lot of people are lured to other devices due to cosmetics (e.g. thin cases or other aspects of the case style) or whistle-and-bell types of features. It's important to keep in mind what features truly are important. Do you really need that crappy camera or MP3 playing capability?

For me, software reliability and hardware durability are at the top of the list. It's just like coverage -- cheap prices and fancy features are great but useless if you can't actually use the device because it crashed, froze, or broke into pieces. I think it's also important to remember that the Blackberry does what it does as well as it does because of the infrastructure in place to support the device. It does add a bit of cost to using a Blackberry but I'd rather pay for a $40 data plan for a solution that works.

I'm not saying that design or additional features don't matter. If someone can incorporate really nice design with better reliability than what I get with my 8700 I'll switch.

For all the talk about the "flimsy feel" of the 8700, I've dropped mine many times including a couple of spills on the concrete in my parking garage. Aside from some gouges in the plastic there isn't a single problem with my Blackberry.

I'd probably also be more willing to deal with software and OS features if I didn't use my device as a phone. However, I'd say that a second priority for me was to have my Outlook and cell phone phone books one and the same...

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