Not a huge fan of the Blackberry Platform at the moment

Today is the first day of work where I will be without my Windows
Mobile and on my work given Blackberry and already I feel very lost and
stressed. My PDA has always been a source of very rich Personal
Information for me. It's how I manage my life daily. It has long
extended beyond just a storage of just contacts and calendar. I use it
for email, blogging, reading and communicating. While the Blackberry
does all these things, it doesn't seem to do it as well. And my Blackberry crashes just as often as my WinMo when I'm doing the same things on it.

Before I owned a Blackberry, my friends always teased me about the
WinMo crashes and how the built-in software has always been poor. What
they often fail to mention is that you have the option to replace most
of the built-in software with third party options. Most of them for
free. I haven't found this to be as true for the Blackberry. For
instance, there are at least 4 different types of browsers you can
download, at least 2 major calendar replacement and more than a handful
of contact replacements. I am yet to find a decent implementation for Twitter and the
implementation for Newsgator actually really sucks when you don't have
network connectivity.

The one thing that the Blackberry has done exceptionally well is the
idea of consolidating all communications into one big folder. It works
well when you want to respond to people. However, still not so easy if
you want to initiate communication. Pocket Outlook, the Windows Mobile
email is usable and does everything an email should but there is
nothing that stands out. I have to say that I do like Windows Mobile's
implementation of SMS a lot better though. Not only can I respond from
an SMS thread, I can also initiate an SMS from the thread.

Another thing that I like about the Blackberry is some elementd of its
hardware. It is pretty. I am using an older model – the 8820. It's
relatively thin and very slick looking device. And the battery last
forever when you compare it to Windows Mobile even when it is
constantly connecting to the internet. That being said, it's not
running on 3G so it's not necessarily a fair comparison. The negative
things are that I hate the keyboard form factor. It's great for one
handed use but already my hands are feeling "stressed" from blogging on
the keyboard. The landscape keyboard works so much better for my hands.

I am sure that the Blackberry works for some. For me, knowing there are
alternatives to the Blackberry, it has been quite frustrating to use.

Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network