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Old 02-21-2007, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I'd post these comparison pics if anyone was curious.
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Old 02-21-2007, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thought I'd post these comparison pics if anyone was curious.
After owning both on a scale of 1 to 10 being best.

Blackjack: 3

BlackBerrry 8800: 9

Blackberry 8800 is a device that is fast, stable, with a world class phone.

Blackjack is a device that freezes, hangs, and cannot be counted on.

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Thought I'd post these comparison pics if anyone was curious.
I actually played around with the blackjack the other day. I actually liked it alot. However, the thing about bb is the operating system and the push email. Until someone else can come up with a technology that rivals the ease and efficiency of the bb, I will be hard pressed to switch to anything else.
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Interesting. I don't think I would have rated the Blackjack at a 3. I would give it a 7.

Even though the 8800 is now my primary device and I absolutely love it, the blackjack was rather nice to use. I never had it freeze up or hang on me. Not like the Treo 750.

My negatives would be screen size and the built in email, tasks and calendar apps. Other than that, I thought it was pretty good and the OS was very simple (I've read some don't like it cause it's much more simple than the Treo OS).

But, I posted the pics cause I like how the 8800 size and form factor compares to the Blackjack. I think any Windows/Blackjack owner would have think twice before saying the BJ is slimmer or has a better form factor now that the 8800 is out there.
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I actually played around with the blackjack the other day. I actually liked it alot. However, the thing about bb is the operating system and the push email. Until someone else can come up with a technology that rivals the ease and efficiency of the bb, I will be hard pressed to switch to anything else.
The problem is that I too played with one in the store. So I bought one and all was fine for just two days. Then the problems began. I returned it on day 5 for a new one.

Same issues with the new replacement , very slow OS which freezes, I am a businessman that will not use a device that freezes in the middle of responding to an important email.

As an entertainment device for someone who just wants to play, even if it's an expensive toy, it may work for some.

As a serious device for business it's a failure. I think this is why Microsoft rushed WM6 out the door so quickly, as they are feeling the heat with the continued succcess of BlackBerry and the new direction it's headed in the consumer market.

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Interesting. I don't think I would have rated the Blackjack at a 3. I would give it a 7.

Even though the 8800 is now my primary device and I absolutely love it, the blackjack was rather nice to use. I never had it freeze up or hang on me. Not like the Treo 750.

My negatives would be screen size and the built in email, tasks and calendar apps. Other than that, I thought it was pretty good and the OS was very simple (I've read some don't like it cause it's much more simple than the Treo OS).

But, I posted the pics cause I like how the 8800 size and form factor compares to the Blackjack. I think any Windows/Blackjack owner would have think twice before saying the BJ is slimmer or has a better form factor now that the 8800 is out there.
First of all, thanks for the pictures as they were well done.

At first glance my rating of 3 may indeed look rather harsh. Also, as we all know it's really a matter of intended usage. For clarification I would be remiss if I rated it any higher than a 3 based on how unreliable it was overall.

What I failed to mention, is that I used the second one for three months to insure I was giving it a fair amount of time. During that three month trial, just when I thought that perhaps it was sorted out and operating properly another event would occur causing the device to fail. At that point I began to poll other users and found out that I was not experiencing something unheard of. Therefore the rating of 3.

As an early adopter and someone who is in the tech sector, I enjoy a wide variety of digital devices, camera's, laptops, mobile phones, smartphones, etc. That said, of primary importance is the performance and reliability of the product. As much as I enjoy and favor the BlackBerry Platform, I'm not blindly following them or believing that they are the "best" or "only choice". I remain very open minded and not married to any brand. In fact I hope this new release of WM6 proves to be a big improvement over the previous version. The more competition in our free enterprise system the better.

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I used a Blackjack for 2 days and was very unimpressed. Hated the keyboard too.
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What do you use it for?

I own both. Here are my needs in order of importance, then IMO the winner for that need.

1) phone - BB

2) bluetooth headset - BB(BJ really bites. Samsung did a really crappy job on this feature, good 1-2 second delay when answering, no matter what headset I used)

3) mail - BB

4) calander/organizer - BJ(because of aftermarket software available)

5) battery life - BB(even with the the BJ extended battery)

6) camera - BJ

7) slingbox - BJ(I don't live in 3G area, so really mute)

8) internet - BJ(only because of 3G, but I don't have that so...whatever)

9) maps - BB(when BBmaps uses the GPS)

10) full keyboard - BB
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I played with a BlackJack on on my wait to buy the 8800. Wow. Its a great looking device and I ran through almost everything in the OS. Went very fast and clean. BB has the business market cornered but a smartphone with all those media features seems like the best option for nonbuisness use. I held the two side by side and the BlackJack was a lot smaller. In those pic's the 8800 looks smaller. Odd.

The BJ seems better built with all the ports having rubber coverings and was that metal or really strong plastic for the casing? Seems lighter and more rugged then the 8800.

8800 had a much better keyboard and over all OS and email. Was an easy pick with the 8800 for me.
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