I’ve been on my BlackBerry now for a few weeks. There are features that the iPhone had that I wish I had (like visual voice mail and a billion applications) but one single feature that the Blackberry has that I love – productivity.
The folks at work now joke with me that I spend as much time in front of my computer on my BlackBerry than on the actual computer. The reason is that it’s my living task list. A single screen that provides me with a stream of Facebook, Text Messages, Email, Call History, etc. is brilliant.
If an email arrives that isn’t important, I delete it from the BlackBerry and keep the email so I can login later and take care of it. While the half of my office mates put their iPhone down for the day and get their work done, I find myself prioritizing and navigating my workday through my Blackberry. I look up and Jess is on hers as well!
The usability of the operating system is fantastic as well… the fact that I can navigate, open menus, open full menus, jump fields, etc. all from a tiny trackball is ingenious. My favorite app is Google Sync, which is synchronizing my calendar and contacts online with Google Apps. And… I’ve been using the bluetooth earpiece in the car and using the speech recognition and it’s been flawless.
CALL BILL KARR… responds HOME or MOBILE… MOBILE… and it actually works and calls my son! Woohoo!
I would love a larger screen and a larger keyboard… if the BlackBerry had a horizontal layout with a wide, slide-out keyboard, I think I’d be in absolute heaven. And – if just once – I could get it to find the damn satellites (I’ve heard this is a Verizon issue) so I could get directions it would be nice.
For all the iPhone users, I do appreciate the technology behind the iPhone. It’s beautiful and elegant. I still don’t find the touch interface better than the tactile feedback of a keyboard and trackball. Of course you just added voice recognition and video editing on the fly with direct uploads to YouTube. I’m jealous!
Sometimes I think about all the time I could be wasting on the iPhone every day… and I’m glad I don’t have one.