I must admit. I am a mobile phone freak. I almost always get hooked to the latest in telecom gadgetry during special occasions when I have the extra fund to buy one. I’ve had continuing flings with Nokia, Samsung, LG and the iPhone 3G (which keeps me company without fail) but the search for the perfect partner hasn’t reached (or will ever reach) the end. This Christmas, it won’t be any different because I have a new toy.
It’s the Blackberry Bold 9000. This is not the first time that I entered into a relationship with Blackberry. The first one, though, was relatively forgettable because the unit I had lacked the features I enjoy using in a cellphone. But not this one. From the moment I laid my eyes on the ‘Bold’ and started tinkering with it, everything worked like a charm.
The (pre-stored) images are the clearest and crispest I’ve ever seen in a handset. And that is just the beginning. After migrating my Smart regular account to a Blackberry, I started to experience true ‘push email’ features. No need to access the internet or find a wi-fi hotspot to promptly get my emails (from between 1-10 free email accounts on the net). The messages come automatically pouring into my unit. But wait, there’s more. The applications (although not as varied and numerous as the iPhone 3G’s) get synchronized as well. My Facebook account gets regularly tapped so the contents in my inbox appear in a jiffy. The camera (only 2mp), though, can dampen anyone’s spirit if taking pictures is a top priority. But since I have my Nokia NSeries for that function, this concern is no biggy. By the way, it’s a quad-band phone so worldwide roaming is right at your fingertips.
The size can be another annoying factor to some. Not me. I’ve gotten used to using handsets that practically cover my entire palm area. I actually prefer using the QWERTY keyboards since I type messages faster that way. And with the sensitive and glistening trackball in the middle, navigating the whole thing is quite a breeze!
However, the battery life could be better. I can opt to switch off the 3G and wi-fi signals if I want to make one full charging last for three days, but I’m currently into a 2-day mode. There’s also an option to automatically switch off the device during certain parts of the day (like when you’re in deep slumber) to save on batt.
Over-all, I am more than happy with my new toy. I was supposed to get the Blackberry Curve (which is significantly cheaper) but it’s a good thing my supplier ran out of stock. True, I ended shelling out more for the ‘Bold’ although after further analysis, this one is definitely a better buy.
The Blackberry is not for everyone. And I don’t just mean the price. It tends to cater to a select group which finds enjoyment in using a wide-bodied handset with QWERTY keypads. But I’m not giving up on iPhone 3G. I love both devices and have assigned them to be my two permanent love affairs.
P.S. If you’re on Blackberry as well, you can directly send me messages via: firstname.lastname@example.org