I finally took the plunge and have replaced my BlackBerry 7100g
with a BlackBerry Curve (8300)
. I've only had it a couple days but so far, I like the upgrade.
Items I like include:
- Slightly larger display
- Faster! Both the CPU/processing and being EDGE rather the just GPRS
- Google Maps works with my Bluetooth GPS
- It's faster!
Other things I haven't played with but expect to soon include:
- Playing music
- Playing videos
- Taking pictures
I am actually one that kind of liked the SureType keyboard on the 7100 and was used to it. The Curve has a full keyboard and to do so the keys are slightly smaller but I think I'll be fine and ultimately like it better.
So far I've installed GTalk (use it to IM rather than using SMS saving SMS charges), Google Apps (Search, News, Mail, Maps) and actually installed some bPhone themes which are knock offs of the iPhone look.
Which begs the question, why didn't I just get an iPhone? I did seriously consider it but ultimately decided not to for a few reasons:
- It does have 3G/HSDPA. Ok, the Curve doesn't either but for the web browsing and YouTube watching the iPhone encourages depending on EDGE or being near free WiFi just doesn't do it. And BlackBerry's have proven to do great with limited bandwidth.
- I like open platforms that the community can build around. Clearly Apple isn't encouraging that and is in fact making it difficult for the community to embrace the iPhone with bricking unlocked devices. Fundamentally with the equivalent of a small computer in my phone I want to be able to program it or leverage programs others have made and relying on only apps running in a browser isn't enough for me.
- Several co-workers have iPhones and I tried the soft keyboard and perhaps I just need more time with it but had a hard time with it and just didn't like it. I prefer having tactile feel from pressing keys.
So, I'll post more when I've tried more Curve features.