BlackBerrys have recently taken over my workplace. You can always tell
when someone’s got a new one because they stop paying attention in
meetings and start fiddling with the BB. I hate that. It’s one thing to
jot a note or check a calendar, but it’s quite another to see someone
staring at the BB and chuckling when there’s nothing funny going on in
the meeting. Makes me want to invest in a big container and insist that
all BBs go in there upon entrance to the meeting. End of rant.
So you can see that I had no real desire for the BB. My only
work computer is a laptop and it’s with me everywhere and pretty much
everywhere I go has wifi. So I didn’t really feel like I needed the
connectivity. And I already had a mobile phone that was perfectly
servicable, which nobody called me on anyway. So I didn’t really feel
like I needed a new phone. And my Palm did everthing I needed with
respect to task management and calendar stuff, plus a bag of chips. So
I didn’t really feel like I needed new organizer.
Well, circumstances being what they were, I buckled and took
the BB. I have surprisingly few regrets. The keyboard is nicer than the
one on my T|C, making email relatively easy to handle and the web
browser is serviceable. The default task manager needs some help, but
at least it has categories–a feature I understand is kinda new on the
BB. I just wish the categories had categories and that the category
assignment required fewer button presses (or at least the ability to
have a default category, or auto-assign a category based on the filter
The screen is definitely lower resolution than the Palm,
making it kinda useless for storing pictures. The screen isn’t
touch-sensitive, so you’ve got to use keys for every kind of movement.
This is helped by a scrollwheel, but it still gets annoying when you
just want to scroll sideways on a document or image.
The thing was a nightmare in it’s default settings. Like most
folks, I get a lot of email. The thing was buzzing every time a new
note came in. Drove me nuts. I figured out where the setting was and
now the only time it buzzes is when someone’s calling. Which I’ll
usually miss because I refuse to attach the thing to me. Speaking of
which, I’d like to find a decent case that doesn’t have a belt clip.
Still looking. I may just hacksaw the clip off of the standard case
that came with it.
The default "desktop" is stuffed with a bunch of icons for all
kinds of stuff. All I really wanted was to see the phone, addressbook,
email, browser and task manager. Fortunately, I learned that by holding
key and clicking the scrollwheel I can choose to hide icons and even
move them around the screen. Very helpful. Now I’ve hidden most of the
icons and moved the ones I use to where I want them.