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Old 05-07-2005, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HI, I'm stunt101 and I'm new to the forum.

As of late, I have noticed that my schedule has grown too complex for me to deal with everything by memory. At the same time, I have never been able to use a written planner, as I am usually in a rush and my penmanship suffers as a result. I originally wanted to get a pda, but I realized that I would never carry it around and that they are too large. As a result, I definitely want something that can double as a cellphone, so I will have to take it with me.

I'm not sure if the bb is right for me, but here is a general outline of items that a bb would help me out with. Please tell me if you think I should get one.

The only bb I am considering is a 7520 w/ nextel service.

1) calls. is the reception/call quality good? i will probably use the phone with a bluetooth headset as the device is pretty chunky.
2) email. i have two primary email accounts. one is from my college, the other is for the med school. while im not closing important business deals on the walk to class, it would be great if i could check my email when im not in my dorm, because my schedule is constantly changing. also, if writing email messages on the blackberry is easy, i could improve my productivity tremendously during the commute from the college to the med school.
3) AIM. im aware that i will have to get a 3rd party application, but I would love to have a seamless AIM program on my mobile device. however, if the software is as terrible and slow as on normal cell phones, i probably wont get the bb.
4) web browsing: this isnt the most important, but it would certainly help kill the time in airports, etc.
5) wireless modem: my current phone ( motorola v710 from verizon) also has bluetooth and can act as a modem for my laptop. can the bb do the same?
6) organizing. being a busy student at one of the most rigorous universities in the world, its hard for me to organize my schedule for academic repsonsibilities, let alone medical appointments and extracurricular activities. how is the software for this, and is input easy?

please let me know what you think

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Old 05-07-2005, 10:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1) calls. is the reception/call quality good? i will probably use the phone with a bluetooth headset as the device is pretty chunky.
The phone is good, not as bad as a sidekick, that's for sure. But with your bluetooth headset it would be great.

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email. i have two primary email accounts. one is from my college, the other is for the med school. while im not closing important business deals on the walk to class, it would be great if i could check my email when im not in my dorm, because my schedule is constantly changing. also, if writing email messages on the blackberry is easy, i could improve my productivity tremendously during the commute from the college to the med school.
Email is the best part, and yes, it's very easy to type on the keyboard (atleast from my view) As stated before, some members here can type up to 70 WPM on it. You can sync both of your accounts to the Blackberry, yes.

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AIM. im aware that i will have to get a 3rd party application, but I would love to have a seamless AIM program on my mobile device. however, if the software is as terrible and slow as on normal cell phones, i probably wont get the bb.
Well you a lot to choose from, and yes they are MUCH better than the cell phone AIM programs. You can compare it to the SK2 AIM, if you've ever seen that. And what's cool is, you can sign into not only aim, but msn, icq, and yahoo with a lot of the 3rd party apps.

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4) web browsing: this isnt the most important, but it would certainly help kill the time in airports, etc.
The browser is great, and if your just looking to kill time with it, it is more than great.

[quote]5) wireless modem: my current phone ( motorola v710 from verizon) also has bluetooth and can act as a modem for my laptop. can the bb do the same?[quote]

Yes, some Blackberry's can do that. Although it does depend on carrier/Blackberry version.

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6) organizing. being a busy student at one of the most rigorous universities in the world, its hard for me to organize my schedule for academic repsonsibilities, let alone medical appointments and extracurricular activities. how is the software for this, and is input easy
This is what I am worried about. Yes, the blackberry is good for that kind of stuff, however I'm not sure it's AS user friendly as say a Palm Pilot just because of the lack of the touch screen.

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please let me know what you think
I think that you should get one. Everything you described is 100% Blackberry user friendly, and more than half of the percentage of people that USE the Blackberry are people in your position, always on the go/chasing emails/trying to stay in contact/ect. Beats the hell out lugging a phone, a palm, and a laptop if you ask me.

Good luck with your hunt! I would also suggest reviewing Mark's FAQ sticky's to get a extended version of what I described.
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