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Michael Gracie

Back in Black(berry)

A year and a few months after dumping my Blackberry for a Nokia flip, I’ve turned back to the dark side. Part of the reason was simply needing email in my pocket again – I’ve got several projects going on right now and I’m feeling the heat every time I step away from the desk for more than five minutes. Also, RIM finally released a desktop manager for OS X, so I knew I could keep things in sync (or at least have someone to complain to about it).

After two days I’m impressed. The Curve 8900 connects to the neighbors’ wifi, so I can carry on with my surreptitious mobile activities, anonymously, and the interface has the clean and easy feel I became accustomed to last go-round. I was, however, surprised to find so many available applications that are actually useful. While Skype chat is still missing, I’ve been able to dig up an RSS reader, various IM clients, and of course the usual…apps for Twitter and Facebook.

Yep, I’m impressed. And while this post is not particularly impressive in its own right, I did type and publish the whole thing with WordPress for Blackberry. What will they think of next?

MG signing off (to walk the dog, fully connected)

Comments

My first Blackberry foray involved the awful Blackberry Storm, a demented device which may have put me off these things (smartphones) for good.

Typing is damned near impossible – as is carrying on a conversation when the disconnect is just a bump away.

I’m looking at a Curve for the L&T, who actually needs the thing worse than I do. Nice to know it’s not horrifying.

TC – Touch screens aren’t for me either. The keyboard is still small, but you get used to it very quickly. But note, if the gal has long-ish fingernails, she might have a problem with it.

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