Ever since Smart introduced Blackberry services in the country, it changed the way email communication is delivered for people on the go. I know of executives working off the blackberry and not use any laptop at all. It’s very handy for occasions where you are traveling and you are stuck in immigration line, or in an industry conference listening to a boring speaker, or just simply traveling while stuck in traffic in Manila. People loved it for its intuitive interface, email security and ability to sync not only email but also your calendar which is important for travelers and executives.
I use a blackberry 7100g and I hate it for a variety of reasons:
1. There is no more excuse for not reading your email, even when your hard disk crash on you.
2. Even on holidays, you get to receive business emails from around the world where it is not a holiday and you feel obliged to respond.
3. What’s with the two-letter button keyboard? Why not just build on the existing 3-letter button layout used by Nokia / Ericsson phones?
4. Most of additional third party software is not FREE but comes with a FEE.
5. I need to learn predictive texting in combination with the blackberry click wheel.
6. If you don’t develop a routine or discipline in handling your blackberry mails, it can consume you and instead, be less productive.
7. Hey RIM guys, Where’s the camera?
8. Still, a bunch of ugly looking phones relative to Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung.
Oh well, I just need to focus on the positives and probably you cannot win them all. It would be the day if we would have One Device that can handle email, SMS, MMS, IM, VOIP all in one slick customizable intuitive application that is sexy inside out.