06-25-2013 11:57 PM
I've been looking to replace my 1st generation iPod Touch for years now. I'm not naturally an Apple fan, but we got this device from work. I switched to it when my Palm PDA started dying. The Touch also eventually worked poorly and unreliably for a host of reasons. Android looked like a solution, but I held back because of what I read about its security model. I keep a lot of information on PDA that definitely should not go into the cloud or be accessed by any app other than the host notes/contacts/calendar app.
The BB now seems to be the best solution, so I browsed online articles and videos. Now I'm wondering if I can get feedback from those familiar with the device on how it meets my itemized requirements.
As a reference point, let me be clear that I think Palm use to be the golden standard. Being a throwback to those days, I don't use many of the capabilities of the new devices. I don't do games, social media, I am not constantly connected, so the BB hub is probably not a clincher. About the only real-time communication I do is occassional texting and cellphoning on my cell phone. For my past PDAs, the core apps are calendar, contacts, & notes. Over the years, I've gotten to appreciate WiFi-enabled capabilities like mail (IMAP), maps, browsing, streaming music/radio, the occassional short video. Apart from WiFi, I have also gotten spoiled with MP3 files, podcasts, camera, and not having to use Palm's error-prone stylus/graffiti.
Things that I haven't experienced on the same device but would like to are phone (right from contacts if possible), texting, data plan, video recording, lower bandwidth voice recording, FM radio, and landscape orientation slide-out keyboard. A non-slide-out takes too much display area, and a portrait oriented keyboard is too error prone for my hands. It is a blessing for one-hand usage, but I'm willing to give that up. I've never seen a device with slide-out keyboards in both portrait and landscape orientation, and I doubt that any vendors will make a slide-out of any orientation for the BB 10.
About security, I realize that BB has the firewall between the corporate and personal use, but this will be a personal device so that is a nonissue. More of concern is avoiding a hazard that a friend described with respect to Android -- he said that there are times when the user can hit the wrong button and sync contacts with Google's cloud. This was a deal breaker. The only thing I want clouded was email, since I use gmail anyway. Other than that, clouding is a definite no-no. Does BB email have to go through the RIM cloud, or can I set up an IMAP client directly to gmail? How does one sync calendar, notes, and contact with Outlook? Does it go through a USB cable, home WiFi, or does it have to go through a cloud? What about syncing media files such as sound tracks and pod cast episodes?
The final thing I'm wondering is a bit of a biggy. It just drives me nuts that OS/app developers insist on throwing the time-of-day in your face at every turn. I am trying (as I always have been) to convert myself from a night-owl to a normal person with enough sleep. Being constantly hammered on the head with the time is the death knell for this. This behaviour is baked into the DNA of most devices/OSs. The irony is that I doubt most people care about the time of day at every waking second. Is there a reasonably simple way to ensure that the time is not shown except when specifically needed?
06-26-2013 08:38 PM
I am an ex-Palm user and I also liked them. I am not a huge feature user and basically need the same from a phone as you. Forst and foremost, it is a phone and the Blackberry outperforms the iPod phones in this respect hands down.
I don't think you will ever see a landscape slider in Blackberry. I would love to see one too, but have been waiting too long. I have a Z10 and the virtual keyboard is awesome with its advance word prediction etc. It addresses the shortfalls of most touch screens but I am still a fan of the keypad of the old Treo and the Blackberry Bolds I have owned.
If you want a real keypad, the Q10 is the go.
I don't know about the time, but I am pretty certain it can be switched on and off (I have not tried, I used my phone instead of wearing a watch).
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07-05-2013 07:17 PM
Well, I've *decided* to go with BB 10, virtual keyboard. Have yet to follow up. It will probably be a big decision that affects replacing disparate cell/DSL/phone companies with a single consolidated provider at hopefully a lower overall cost. Then I can get the phone for "free" by being shackled to the provider for 3 years.
I haven't decided with the shackling yet. Wiser (i.e. more paranoid) smartphone graybeards have described getting a smartphone independently from any provider, and sucking up the several hundred dollars, just to avoid any service-provider-ware that might be installed on a "free" phone.
BTW, would you know if the syncing with Outlook is done over USB and/or local WiFi rather than the cloud? The ability to avoid cloudiness is a key criterion.
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