It's my first post and my question was partly discussed already in some other threads I found by searching (e.g. thread comparing M600i with the pearl or comparison of Nokia E61 with BB devices).
But I still find this post necessary, so please be kind
I've been a very loyal SonyEricsson Smartphone user for several years now. Started with the Ericsson R380s, continued with the P800, the P910 and now currently an M600.
I was almost always very satisfied with these smartphones. The usability, the quality and features provided.
But the last device, the M600i had some drawbacks (well to be honest, all devices had their own drawbacks, I never had my personal "perfect" smartphone, but I do not really expect that - it's always a
split between pros and cons of the devices available).
Maybe I have to point out, that the M600i was nearly perfect.
What I always wanted for my smartphone was:
-NO camera (NO! NEVER, NO!)
-relatively light weight
-nice form factor
-hand writing recognition
-possibility for one handed operation
-possibility to install 3rd party software or even develop own software
When I decided for the M600i about 18 months ago, there was (AFAIK) no other phone/device on the market that could beat it. And I really liked it all the months. I just accidently
cracked the display a couple of weeks ago and so I have to replace it now sooner or later (as the touchscreen is not working properly anymore cause of the crack). As SE was not
very nice to their customers concerning M600i/P990i firmware updates (support stopped, but bugs are still present), my loyalty has shortened.
When I now go for a new device, I thus added some new wishes and requirements:
-being a little tougher
-stable OS (the M600i was quite stable - i.e. running my device about 20-50 days without reboot or any lock/crash whatsoever - but had some unresolved issues)
-WiFi (well 18 months ago I was not aware, that this could really be cool
While searching for a new device the last days, I found the RIM 8820. It has all of the above except for handwriting recognition. As I use my M600i for a couple of weeks only by
keys now (I mentioned the crack of the display already, have I?), I think I could live without it. For the form factor, I'd think, the pearl would be better, but the pearl has a camera,
so no go for me.
So now, here is/are my question(s):
Can anybody give me an advice on going for the BB 8820?
What I use my device for is
-Internet access on the go (including normal websites, RSS Feeds and ssh connects)
-2-3 IMAP Mail accounts
-Syncing Contacts/Calendar/Notes/Tasks online via SyncML
-Listening to audiobooks/music
My hope is, that I can also use navigation software when getting a 8820, but that would be bonus.
Can I do all of the above with the 8820?
What is your experience with the usability and quality of the 8820?
What is your experience with its form factor?
I have read, that GPS is not always enabled?
Does anybody have any experience with using an unlocked 8820 (I ask, because no provider in Germany offers the 8820 for now, and I'd have to buy an unlocked one to get one)?
Are there drawbacks for the 8820 (please be honest)?
How stable is the OS?
I do not use any blackberry server (yet?), is it possible to use the device without any?
Thx for sharing your opinions/experiences/advices with me.