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I know there are a ton of you people using crack-berries. I also know some prefer the Windows CE devices. The CE has an advantage to me in that writing apps for it will be a trivial change for me given that I'm already pretty comfortable in vs.NET. Still, crackberries are all the rage. Let me tell you what I currently have and what my goals are -- then you tell me what to look at.
Right now, I have a Motorola e815. Its your basic clamshell phone, but a good one. It has the "Get it Now" from Verizon and with that I have an IMAP mail reader, so I can easily pick up my mail from my Domino Servers pretty much at will. I can't respond without the most painstakingly annoying keyboard interface imaginable though, so I don't. Its also a "pull" device not a "push" one.
What I need:
#1 - It has to be a good telephone. That means good reception, comfortable to hold, clear and reliable voice audio.
#2 - Small enough to fit in my pocket.
#3 - Reasonably durable.
#4 - SOME KIND of email capability (IMAP is ok, better would be cool)
What I'd like:
#1 - A good web browser, and screen that lets me actually see the web pages in reasonable fidelity. That means flash etc. needs to work.
#2 - Better fidelity email in. Even a good IMAP which handles more kinds of mime data would be good.
What I don't need or want:
# -1) A Camera. Cameras on phones are terrible. I hate them.
# -2) A touch screen. Who cares?
# -3) Music. I have my zen player.
What else can you do?
What kinds of APPLICATIONS are you using on your Blackberries and Windows CE devices that make them so compelling for you? What am I really missing? If I go with that new small Blackberry 8130 -- which has two letters per key instead of a full keyboard -- is it too small to use as a blackberry? Do I miss the cool applications (if there are any)?
You all are so proud of your smart phones -- sell me. How will my life be better?
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