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Old 05-15-2007, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the Pearl becoming outdated?

The Pearl just came out like in September or something and the 8800 and Curve seem like they are taking over.

What do you guys think?
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Like many, you're trying to compare apples to oranges. The three devices you refer to are all very different.

It's not outdated at all. It's just not the newest option out there.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the Pearl becoming outdated?
Yes, to some extent, but this is largely a personal matter.
Every device is destined to be replaced by something newer, faster, etc...
The speed at which that happens is rapidly increasing.
In truth, the Pearl started to become outdated the day it was released... just like every other device. I'm sure a "better Pearl" was being developed before the current Pearl even hit the market.

Bottom line... if the Pearl (as it is now) still suits your needs, then it's not outdated. Once it doesn't do something you need it to do... then it's outdated.
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For example if you like suretype...it's the latest. If you just like the newest device...it's a little old.
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I understand a little better now.

That was a good point of view guys.

The only thing I feel right now that I am really missing out on with the Pearl is WiFi. I don't need GPS.

But I don't need WiFi really, because I have unlimited with TMO.

Thanks guys. :]
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Perhaps I'm a little uneducated, but what's with the craze of people who want WiFi? On a Blackberry, what is the advantage to having WiFi as opposed to an Unlimited Data plan? And, from recent readings on Windows Mobile devices that have WiFi capability, the most common response is that it puts a crucial drain on the battery life.

Am I missing something here? I could understand if you could access network drives, etc... But, to my understanding, there is no point in doing this on a Blackberry, considering that without the use of 3rd Party Apps, you can't really even create or edit office documents.
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Perhaps I'm a little uneducated, but what's with the craze of people who want WiFi? ...snip....
I generally agree with you. I wouldn't use wifi on my blackberry unless there was some strange circumstance where I didn't have cell service, but wifi was present. I can only come up with two such cases. One, you are in a remote area, maybe in the mountains etc, staying at a hotel or business center where wifi is available but no cell service. Or Two, in another country. Then again with the 8830 this wouldn't be a problem.
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I generally agree with you. I wouldn't use wifi on my blackberry unless there was some strange circumstance where I didn't have cell service, but wifi was present. I can only come up with two such cases. One, you are in a remote area, maybe in the mountains etc, staying at a hotel or business center where wifi is available but no cell service. Or Two, in another country. Then again with the 8830 this wouldn't be a problem.
Good point. Situation one slightly validates the need for WiFi. I feel bad for saying it, but too often I see people leaping for these features that they definitely can't justify (business-wise).

Thanks for the insight.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I generally agree with you. I wouldn't use wifi on my blackberry unless there was some strange circumstance where I didn't have cell service, but wifi was present. I can only come up with two such cases. One, you are in a remote area, maybe in the mountains etc, staying at a hotel or business center where wifi is available but no cell service. Or Two, in another country. Then again with the 8830 this wouldn't be a problem.
Most likely, if I was in a remote area on business I would have my laptop. Anywhere I am mobile I can get cell service. I too used to think it would be a great idea but the more you think about it, the battery drain alone would make it something I would rarely use.

Bottom line is I believe it would be a rarely used feature that adds cost to the device. JMHO.
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Yea, it is definitely a feature that would be used sparingly and one that isn't a make or break addition.

The reason I pointed out the remote area circumstance is because it happened to me this past weekend. I was with my wife up in the Catskill area and there was absolutely no cell coverage. The hotel however had wifi. I promised I wouldn't work while there so I didn't have my laptop. However had my BB been wifi equipped, I could have shot off a couple of emails while lounging by the pool.

Again this doesn't happen all that ofter. Actually, I can't remember any other time it has. But I guess I would look at it like a failsafe. Then again, as I said, it isn't a deal maker or breaker. I would take it if it was there, but wouldn't jump carriers, etc., if it wasn't.
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I hear ya. I'm sure all of us could come up with one situation where it would be nice to have. If it comes to that though, we need to reconsider our addiction!
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[quote=Ominx;537558]However had my BB been wifi equipped, I could have shot off a couple of emails while lounging by the pool.
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Call me crazy, but if I am in a remote place like that, and I can't get cell service, I hope like heck my phone DOESN'T have another means for me to communicate. I think there are times when its perfectly okay to be "unplugged". By the pool in the catskills with your significant other definitely sounds like one of them to me.

Just trying to keep my wheel balanced I guess.

Gotta run, my message signal just beeped.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My one time I would want wifi on my blackberry would be overseas. You could use free hotspots while walking around a city like paris(at every other coffee shop or bistro for instance). The counter to this, at least for me, is that I seem to remember Tmobile letting you make your data unlimited in select places in europe for an additional 20/month
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