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Old 07-17-2006, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first post. Im 18, and I just graduated highschool about two months ago in Las Vegas, and I will start attending Arizona State as a business: management student. Im going to stay on after my undergrad work and go to law school.

I work in politics; im currently working as an assistant campaign manager for a rather important candidate in the upcoming primary elections. My job forces me to juggle tons of paperwork, appointments, contacts, and dates. I owned a palm m125 when I was in 7th grade, but I didnt care much for the palm OS and ended up getting rid of it- I decided to go analog ever since. My trusty Samsung e105 recently took a dump(resiliant little phone though...)

Last week I took the plunge and bought a T-mobile 8700g from the T-mo website($320 with a 50 rebate and a contract extension).

It will be here in a few days. Im looking forward to it, however a few of my friends scoffed at me when I told them I bought one. A lot of "Im trying to look like a professional" comments ( Im only 18, and Im currently making 40k a year, while many of them are mechanics). Really though, I think it will be very helpful in school- when professors love to hit you with readings and assingments as you walk out the door. Rather than having to open my laptop or scribble down a note, my berry' will suit me perfectly. The only reason I want one is for Task/appointment/contact management first, actuall phone usage second, email third.

Do you think having a laptop and an 8700 will be overkill?


Also, how bad is it to stuff the 8700 in a jeans pocket? I would rather not wear a belt clip everywhere I go if its at all avoidable. I thought I would just buy a cheap little phone for when I go out, and just swap the SIM's.



Edit: I forgot to mention. I went to a T-mobile store to play with a 7105t. I liked it, however the keyboard is horrible- it didnt feel all too dis-similar to text messaging on my standard phone. They keyboard alone made me decide to upgrade to the 8700.

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Old 07-17-2006, 06:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sure sounds like you have your head in the right direction. I am in the businees world working as a Program Manager. I to have went the PDA route in the past and thought I would never use a single device for phone and organizer. Once I made the swith to the blackberry I can not imagine going back. I still use the PDA for entertainment purposes, but use the balckberry for day to day tasks (meeting schedules, contact, notes, tasks list). I also am a laptop user and have no issues with both devices.
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Awsome, glad to hear it.

I appreciate your compliment as well
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think you made a wise choice. Even as a student it's a great way to keep track of assignments, take down some notes and throw your class schedule into. All in all it's a great way to keep ahead of the game.
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I also think that having the berry and a laptop is not overkill...I had a pda and laptop throughout college and found it to be a very good combo. If you aren't going to get a case for your berry, I would recommend the Invisible shield product which you can purchase at shieldzone.com. With that I am confident your 8700 will be fine in a jeans pocket.
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I agree with the others. Having a blackberry and a laptop is pretty smart. That is what I have. I am a communications major and my BalckBerry is my lifeline.

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As a working professional, I would be lost without my Blackberry and laptop. Shouldn't be overkill at all, once you get used to the amount of data you are fielding each day ( it took me about a week).

If you want to put your 8700g in your pocket, be aware of two things:

1. get some good screen protection. Check out the BBF Reviews thread for some ideas. Most screen protectors are pretty cheap and will keep your display clear and ledgible for the life of the handset. I use the Screen Patronus product, but shop around for what you think works best for you.

2. Make sure it is the front pocket of your jeans, not the back. Back pocket storage will open you up for damage to the device, or at the very least accidentially "butt-dialing" someone on your speed dial list.

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I too carry my laptop and my 8700g, although I'm not in college. Welcome to the community.
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I am a college student also from vegas currently at the ohio state university. Originally I had the slvr and a desktop computer. Since I fly a lot I purchased a laptop. Now I hate lugging the laptop around abd not everywhere has wifi. So what I did was canceled my plan were I was paying 50 a month. Got on a family talk for 10 and now I'm paying 45 for my bis plan. Aldo purchased a refurbished BlackBerry for 150 so for 5 more a month I have internet everywhere can email instantly, and I am much more organized. I recommend getting a BlackBerry. Now I can even use my BlackBerry as a modem for my laptop. So all in BlackBerry is the way to go and I will never get a plane phone again. Hope this helps. Just curious was high school in lv? I graduated from durango.
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You made the right choice. You get what you pay for and the BB is well worth the money. Ever since I got mine, I wondered how I lived without one. ;)
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I agree that you have a made a great choice, and welcome to the forums.

To answer your question about carrying it in your pocket, check out this case from Sena, I use it when I am out and about to protect the BB in my pocket, I have been really happy with it.

http://www.senacases.com/catalog/BLA...p-1-c-387.html
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I appreciate the welcome =)

I graduated from Las Vegas Academy as a Technical Theatre major.


Alright, so now im glad I went ahead and bought it. I think im also going to beat back my frugal ways and pay for the insurance and data plan as well. I REALLY wish I had telenav at the moment, but im not taking my car to school freshman year- so it would be unneccesary.
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Good choice!
Make sure you keylock your phone before you put it in your pocket or set it to auto keylock at a very short timeout interval or you'll be calling random people all the time! The biggest problem with carrying it in a pocket is the lack of the magnet that a holster or case provides.
And like the other guys said, make sure you get a good screen protector!
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You have made the right choice and good luck with your career. Good stuff that your doing and I wish you success.

I wish the BB was around when I first came to college (1984).

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lol "too much for a college student"
well...i would seem to think not. or well..then again- it depends
if you are just that college student that is doing nothing and that just wants the phone just because and it serves absolutely no purpose but just another way to spend about $500 then yes i would say too much lol
but on the flip side...
if you are that college student that will use their phone to some extent or greater then i think it will not be too much. I am 19years old...college junior and i use my phone ALL THE TIME for class schedules, meetings, reminders, and other things...and i also have a laptop that i carry around, sometimes, to sync my data from my Microsoft outlook. I am a college student and a Kaplan employee and an employee at a local hospital...so I totally think it is not "too much for a college student" i just wish I could take pictures with my BB ... now that would be awesome! lol ...
but thats my 5cent on that topic lol

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The only reason I want one is for Task/appointment/contact management first, actuall phone usage second, email third.
If these are your priorities, my opinion would be that you would be better off with a separate phone and a PDA. I believe a PDA is better at handling the first first items on your list, a phone could take care of the second, and the two in conjunction could help you with the third.
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As a college student, I think you will find your priorities will become e-mail, phone, task. These days, announcements from professors, TAs, assignment changes, meetings, project partners and leftover cookie announcements (push e-mail!) all come in by e-mail. I had a Sidekick through grad school, it was indispensable and I never used the PIM features. (I also had a RIM 950 in high school, which I miss)

I had a laptop, but it got less use as time went on. Most places have tons of school computers, they'll have all the software you'll need, your files will be on a shared and backed up filesystem and you don't have to drag it around with you everywhere you go.
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Thanks guys! I really appreciate all the support and replies.


Edit: forgot to mention; As I said earlier, I had a Palm m125 back in the day- but I was never fond of the OS and I hated GRAFITI. The full qwerty is what attracted me to BB's in the first place.
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I've been using a BlackBerry 7100t in College for the past year, and am planning on upgrading to the 8700g in a few weeks.

For Classes, I end up using the calander to mark, the building location, and the hours of my classes. I then either use tasks or calander again to mark homework and whatever is do. I perfer to use calander to mark homework personaly.

In Los Angeles I use the apps, Berry411 and Google Maps on a daily basis. Why does it matter what type of phone you have, it's your phone. Ignore your jealous friends. Mine were all jealous when I got the blackberry, but now they always say, hey get you BB out and find us a movie showtime, directions, etc.
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Don't worry about "looking like a professional"...sounds like you already are a professional. I don't think it's overkill. My 8700 is the most versatile thing I own (and now I have my wife hooked). Wish I'd had one when I was in college (hell, wish I'd had a cell phone of any kind).
Sounds like a wise, mature choice to me.

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