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Old 10-13-2006, 05:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I work for an IT company that supports customers BlackBerry devices and I've received an email from a customer asking me what the differences are between a BlackBerry and a Laptop.

I have informed him of the following:
  • Size
  • A totally integrated wireless email solution
  • Over-the-air calendar, Mail read, delete and file functionality - Contacts, Tasks and Notes - automatically synchronised between handheld device and the company Email Service
  • Over-the-air address/telephone/personal details look-ups from the Company Address Book
  • Save time and frustration - no dialling up, no logging in for mails, they are automatically pushed to your handheld device

Can anyone think of any other pros that I have not thought of.
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They're completely different. Completely different OS. Completely different apps (far fewer on the BB and far less flexibility on the BB side). Completely different functionality. I don't see how one couldn't see them as entirely different...

I guess the question to ask the user is do you need email access on the go without powering up the laptop and connecting either via hotspot, ethernet, or modem? Obviously if the user needs Office apps, the BB isn't the right choice.
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There is no comparison. A BB cannot replace a laptop. No handheld device can. But when your in the tube/train cramped with wall to wall people and your able to read your e-mail, it's priceless..
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's almost a silly question about what is the difference between a Blackberry and a laptop.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's almost a silly question about what is the difference between a Blackberry and a laptop.
Almost as silly as the difference between night and day.
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Apples to Oranges......
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There is no comparison. A BB cannot replace a laptop. No handheld device can. But when your in the tube/train cramped with wall to wall people and your able to read your e-mail, it's priceless..

Exactly my sentiments. A BlackBerry is a fantastic tool for getting quick responses and managing appointments and contacts, but a handhelp workstation, it is not.
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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While I agree that there are tremendous differences in functionality between a laptop and a BlackBerry, there are enough similarities that I don't think the OP's question is entirely ridiculous.

BlackBerry long-timers, you can pretty much skip the rest of this, since you've already experienced this (or something much like it). For those considering the development of a BlackBerry addiction, though, the following might be helpful

I travel a lot, and whether I'm traveling or not, need to be reachable both via phone and email. One of the advantages of the BB is that I remain reachable without bringing my luggage along; previously, a cell phone alone would provide me a measure of connectivity with the rest of the world, but a full-blown laptop was the only way I could be "completely" connected.

The BlackBerry changes all that. I have ready access to all of my email accounts and can easily respond to messages received. I can browse the web if I need to, and I still have the ability to reliably send and receive phone calls in a highly portable package.

In other words, even though I'm tied to work, I'm free.

Earlier this week, I needed to bring my mother to the hospital for surgery. I'd only had my BlackBerry 2 days at that point, and wasn't completely comfortable with its capabilities. I decided to bring my laptop along as well just in case I needed to do some serious emailing.

What a waste. Not only did I nearly lose my laptop (left it in the cafeteria), but I certainly didn't need its "advanced" email and contact management capabilities; everything I needed could be done on the BlackBerry. Not quite as quickly, mind you, but every bit as effectively.

Yesterday, I visited her at the hospital again. This time, I left the laptop at home, and used the BlackBerry exclusively. I fielded a number of emails, kept a teleconference appointment, and handled a couple of phone calls without taking significant time away from my mother. It was wonderful knowing that I was able to stay on top of work while still providing my mom with the support she needed.

Sure, there are many things that can only be done on a laptop: updating spreadsheets, composing lengthy/heavily-formatted documents, generating PDFs, image processing, software development, etc. But when you're in a management position and need to keep in touch with clients or staff, you can do 95% of what you need to do with just this one miraculous little device.

So I would rephrase the question a bit:

Q. Is a laptop better than a BlackBerry?

A. Sometimes. But not as often as you'd think . . .
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I agree, this question is not too far off. I actually thought of the same thing before I got a laptop.

It all has to do with what your going to use it for. Certain simple tasks you can definitely just use a blackberry. But for people who do designing (like me) there is absolutely no option to do a laptop replace with a blackberry. A family of mine uses his blackberry as a laptop replacer because everything he needs it does.
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I wanted to say the same thing. It doesn't replace a laptop, but I do find that I don't need the laptop as much as before.
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i believe a laptop will not give you a sore thumb.
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True dat, My thumbs were definitely sore for a while when I got my BB

I usually always brought my laptop on Airplanes because I travel alot. But after I got my BB I didn't bring it on the plane as much.
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Another point, many types of employees such as middle management, do not NEED a laptop. A device (BB) that allows them to read incoming mail, become informed and then issue guidance, is all they need.

UPS took the laptops away from ~3-5K managers and replaced them with BB's. Apparantly a great success for them. Less support costs, less capital upfront, ... and the managers became more productive (the only part of the story I don't believe ;) )

A BB is less costly (TCO) than a laptop.

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Well you can make a laptop work with a Blackberry as a modem, but you dont need to attach anything to the Blackberry to make it work.
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