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Old 12-03-2008, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i am trying to get a gift for my father. he likes pocket organizers, but he does not like to use touch screens or a stylus. within the traditional pocket organizer category, and after eliminating any organizer with a stylus or a touch screen, i'm left looking at things like the EZVue 7 PDA (check it out on Amazon, it looks terrible).

so, i used to have an 8700 series BB, and i think that the organizing functionality of that device would probably be right up dad's alley. my questions for the Greater BlackBerry Community are:

- since i don't plan to ever activate the phone functionality of the device, does it really matter what 'x' is in 8700x? are the features of the devices different for models made for different carriers?

- a priority here is synchronizing information (primarily address book, but schedule would be nice too) with MS Outlook. i gather that this is possible, but how EASY is it?

- how big a mistake might i be making, buying a used BB on eBay? remember, i do NOT intend to activate it as a phone, ever.

- finally, am i going completely overboard here? is there some other device out there that would satisfy my requirements?

thanks all!
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Greetings, and welcome to the BBForums.

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- since i don't plan to ever activate the phone functionality of the device, does it really matter what 'x' is in 8700x? are the features of the devices different for models made for different carriers?

All the 8700 models have the same features

- a priority here is synchronizing information (primarily address book, but schedule would be nice too) with MS Outlook. i gather that this is possible, but how EASY is it?

Very seamless with Outlook for Calendar, Address Book, Tasks and Memos.

- how big a mistake might i be making, buying a used BB on eBay? remember, i do NOT intend to activate it as a phone, ever.

If you never intend to activate or put a SIM card in the device, you are limited only to considerations of the hardware, but you might want to read this anyway, although none of it applies much if you are not putting it on a carrier network.
Buying a BlackBerry off eBay - BlackBerryFAQ

You can probably find a good priced device in our BuySell section here, from a reputable person.

- finally, am i going completely overboard here? is there some other device out there that would satisfy my requirements?

Most any model of BB will do all of the above... 83xx would be a good choice. A used 87xx will be cheaper.

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thanks JSanders! others' feedback is still more than welcome, of course.

JS: i feel foolish, but i'd better make sure: as long as i never intend to activate it as a phone, the device would not need a SIM card, right?
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Correct, no SIM card needed. There will be a line at the top of screen, not obtrusive, that reads, SOS or such.

Otherwise, unless someone has another opinion on what BlackBerry model you need (and any will do what your needs have stated), more feedback will only mimic what you have already learned. It works for the needs you have stated.
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good point, JS

so, your suggestion of the Curve is understandable, but my dad's used (and loved) some pretty primitive stuff... so i think the 8700 is easily good enough. in fact, i just saw a 77xx for the first time, and that may be good, as well. does that model synch with Outlook? i suppose i should go to the 7700 portion of the fourm...

anyway, thanks!!
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8700 is your choice, don't be cheap with your dad!!!! Just kidding...

Using a BB8700 like a PDA is killing me!!!!!!!!
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