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Old 04-12-2007, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had a RAZR for about 2 years now. I want to upgrade to a new smart phone and have very few requirements.

1. Small. Needs to fit in my pocket like the RAZR.
2. I need a to-do list. I have seen 3rd party apps with this option. I like the lists not the task manager with calendar and alarm.
3. Basic text messaging, etc (all of them have anways)

I don't need 3G because it's not available in my area.

I am with cingulur.

Would the Pearl be overkill for me? I won't be doing alot of emailing or web surfing. Basically, need a phone with some organization and a To-do list.

Thoughts?
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I have had a RAZR for about 2 years now. I want to upgrade to a new smart phone and have very few requirements.

1. Small. Needs to fit in my pocket like the RAZR.
2. I need a to-do list. I have seen 3rd party apps with this option. I like the lists not the task manager with calendar and alarm.
3. Basic text messaging, etc (all of them have anways)

I don't need 3G because it's not available in my area.

I am with cingulur.

Would the Pearl be overkill for me? I won't be doing alot of emailing or web surfing. Basically, need a phone with some organization and a To-do list.

Thoughts?
Pearl would be perfect for what you want.
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The Pearl would be perfect for this. I am assuming that since you are in the market for a smartphone you will be getting a data package as you need one of these with pretty much any smartphone these days.

I had the Pearl for a few weeks and only went to the 8800 for the full qwerty keyboard. If you are used to texting on the RAZR, either MultiTap or SureType should work fine for you.

The Pearl (to me) is almost the RAZR of the Blackberrys in that it is compact, very sleek and cool phone.

Good luck.
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Wow. Thanks for the quick replies. I'm sure what the answer will be coming from this forum...but...any thoughts on the BlackJack?

Is the data package the one that is $50 a month?
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Wirelessly posted (Mandizzle's Pearl: BlackBerry8100/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/107)

I basically had the same requirements as you when I first got my pearl. Now that I have it its pretty much replaced my laptop. I rarely carry my laptop to school now unless I need the word processor or powerpoint.

But as said before make sure you get the.blackberry data plan to fully use all the features.
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Wow. Thanks for the quick replies. I'm sure what the answer will be coming from this forum...but...any thoughts on the BlackJack?

Is the data package the one that is $50 a month?
I was attracted to the Blackjack and considered getting it. Then came comments from friends and co-workers not happy at all about the battery life.

Than I also remembered all my experiences with any Windows Mobile (the operating system for the phone) and that did it for me. I personally will never again in my lifetime use any phone that uses the WM OS. The multimedia aspect of the phone is great. music, movies, video share is on the way.. but it just is not worth the crashing, daily resets, poor battery life, etc.

I went to BB because I value stability in my phone and that is exactly what you get with the BB.

Another phone to consider (but it is qwerty) may be the Nokia E62. It is not 3G but is a very user-friendly phone with a stable OS.

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I was attracted to the Blackjack and considered getting it. Then came comments from friends and co-workers not happy at all about the battery life.

Than I also remembered all my experiences with any Windows Mobile (the operating system for the phone) and that did it for me. I personally will never again in my lifetime use any phone that uses the WM OS. The multimedia aspect of the phone is great. music, movies, video share is on the way.. but it just is not worth the crashing, daily resets, poor battery life, etc.

I went to BB because I value stability in my phone and that is exactly what you get with the BB.

Another phone to consider (but it is qwerty) may be the Nokia E62. It is not 3G but is a very user-friendly phone with a stable OS.

Good luck
Definitely!! My phone hasn't crashed in months. Bought it in October and since maybe November.....It's run completely stable because of the constant OS upgrades.
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Before I got my 8800 I had a 7250 and even with the same ol' OS it was bulletproof.

I must admit that out of habit I do a soft reset if I install or delete an app but I think that is just a good overall idea.
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I think that the PEARL will work wonderfully for you. I have a friend who works for cingular when at work he has to carry the BlackCrap!!! as soon as he leaves back to his trusty 7100
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In the past few months I have had my BB I have had it freeze once. This was during a program installation of a beta program. I used to have a dell axim (windows mobile 5) and I had to soft reset daily before i could even use it. Stay as far away from the blackjack.
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As with everyone else, I think a pearl would suite your needs just fine.
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I also have a Dell Axim which I am replacing!
The only reason I say it could be overkill is the steep price $45/month for the Blackberry Data Plan. I have access to internet via computer at work so that isn't a big deal. I basically need some organization which the Axim provided plus a phone.

I have read that I could choose not to get the Blackberry plan and install Opera Mini as a browser and then use Cingular's $20/month Media Net plan. I would not have the email capability though which right now isn't a big deal.
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CW offers an unlimited BB data plan (BIS) for $30 - $35.
You can get (my plan) unlimited personal data (BIS) plus 1,000 text messages for $40.
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