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Old 04-30-2005, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My PDA recently died and its probably just as well because I was sick of carrying a cell and PDA anyway. I'm ready to purchase my 1st Blackberry and I like the 7100. I'm worried that it will be difficult to use and that a new model will hit the streets the day after I buy mine. Anyone have any advice. Is it a worthwhile purchase?
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I wouldn't say it is difficult to use, but that is very subjective.

What did you use your pda for? I have found that many things I use my pda for I simpy can't do on my 7100. Of course the email that was always so fun (not) on the pda, is a breeze on the bb.

I kept my pda and just don't bring it with me most of the time. Still not a great solution for me.
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I mostly used my PDA from the calender and address book functions. My current cell phone doesn't have the best of either function.
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To quote my salesman from yesterday: "You probably will find you won't need your PDA(s) any longer." Bah on the salesman, lol. I've always been a multi-pda user, and have always carried my cellphone (upgraded from Motorola v300). I will likely always carry my top Palm and my top PPC handhelds, and (for long trips) my new Archos Media device, which I just got a few days ago. Now, as a woman, with a purse, carrying two PDAs and my Archos Player was nothing. Although I did carry one PDA and my BB on my belt, meaning two devices were in my purse. Although I do like the PIM features of the BB, I live and breathe PDAs, and don't know how long it'll take me to get used to *not* having a touchscreen with the BB. Meantime, email was my biggest worry, which is why I went for the BB. Initially, I upgraded first to a Nokia 6600. I had trouble pairing, which I did fix, but the TMO first salesguy didn't give me the complete upgrade, meaning I had to head back over to TMO for the credit to go to my account. It was then I chose the BB, since, with the full upgrade, it was now in my budget. I've already kind of moved a bit away from my love of PDAs, because I just but an Archos Video Recorder, because I was tired of buying 1gb SD cards, and with a 20gb player, I could put my ENTIRE video/music and other audio/photo library on one device, and in the meantime, able to record some favorite shows from TiVo seamlessly.

So far, however, with my BB, I love the "always there" email. With lots of doctor's appointments and hospitalizations, this (and my Archos player) is going to be a boon for me. I'll still use my PDAs, as I'm a Professional Reviewer, and my writing is important, and busy enough that my PDAs won't be made obsolete with this awesome device.
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I don't think you'll see a new model hit the streets right away, though they say the next model to come out will have all of the features of the 7100 but will be in the same form factor as the 7290. Basically, the only thing missing on the 7290 is the speaker phone and polyphonic ringtones. Anyway, the PIM features on the BB are quite good and it is pretty easy to use. Typing does have a learning curve but it's pretty quick to pick up if you've ever used a motorola phone.
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Ive had the samsung i500 for a while, its a cell with palm OS. Something to consider at least. I just got a blackberry 7100t for work and I'm probably getting rid of the i500 though!

One thing about the samsung vs. the blackberry...blackberry has a lot stronger 'online community' though!! So easy to find the info you need, questions answered, software, etc.. the i500 on the other hand takes some searching.


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I carried a cell phone and Pocket PC for some time.
I bought the Kyocera 7135 (Palm OS phone), and just used that for about a year. Then, I bought a Blackberry. Sold the Kyocera, and carried a smaller phone. I ended up using the Blackberry more and more for my phone, and I now only use my 7100g.
I dont miss my Pocket PC or Palm. The regular (and free) software updates, and VERY STRONG online community of the Blackberry has made the 7100g my only device.
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