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Man, I had a long weekend.
It didn't look like it was going to start out that way, but I had to do a bunch of tech stuff -- including reloading my Blackberry Pearl software -- that caused me no end of tech stress. The worst kind, right?
But, it was all good, and it paved the way for me to do one of my favorite things in the world: Get a new technology toy...err, device.
And, this time, I'll have you know once again I put my money where my mouth is: I upgraded to a Blackberry Bold.
Some fellow IBMers in Twitterland were giving me a hard time, asking why I didn't go ahead and make the switch to an iPhone.
It's a simple question: I can't get my work email via the iPhone. At least, not yet.
I looked on internal forums for everything from an internally available beta of iNotes to a VPN solution, and it just wasn't there.
I don't carry a mobile device just to be a hipster. I use it for work. Namely, for my work email and calendar. So, no amount of iPhone sexiness was going to do the trick without being able to have constantly synched email and calendar.
Second, I've got an iPod Touch, and i can do all that other cool stuff (load applications, play games, watch movies, etc.) on that without missing much in terms of the iPhone experience.
So, in preparation for making the transition, I did a lot of homework and reloaded the Blackberry software on the Pearl so I would know how to make the upgrade (my Pearl had gotten wiped recently).
IBM doesn't really offer we IBMers much in the way of help for such things, although the internal forum we run is chock full of helpful advice. No, you're pretty much on your own, so I needed to set aside at least part of a Saturday to track all the info down to pull off the reimaging.
Reloading the IBM Blackberry image and synching took about four hours.
Four hours out of my Saturday. Yeah, no wonder I was stressed.
But, I got it working again, and all the research I did kept leading me back to the Blackberry Bold as the appropriate upgrade.
Well, for one, I wanted a faster Blackberry (read: 3G).
Two, I wanted a better screen for reading stuff on the fly (the Bold's screen is hands down the best I've ever seen on a mobile device).
Three, I wanted to be able to tether my computer via 3G, so I would ALMOST ALWAYS have mobile Internet access (and ATT's network is known for being pretty ubiquitous).
Four, I wanted to be able to do voice and do data transmissions simultaneously.
Five, I wanted to be able to edit/view docu
Six, and most importantly for me, I wanted to continue with a physical, tactile keyboard.
Even on the iPod Touch, I just don't deal well with that virtual keyboard, and that's also the reason I passed right by the Blackberry Storm (that, and the fact that it's offered through Verizon).
So, those were the primary reasons.
The bonuses I've discovered along the way thus far: The Bold offers much better multimedia (due to the speed of the processor and the 3G connection), the ability to download and listen to non-DRMed iTunes music, the 3.5mm headphone jack (not proprietary sized), and the much better browsing capability of the Bold.
The device activation has been underway for about 35 minutes....well short of four hours...we'll see how long it takes to finish and whether or not it works.
More on my Blackberry Bold transition once I've got some more serious usage under my belt.