Blackberry vs. Treo: Oops.

BlackBerry 7100t I’ve been using my (T-Mobile) BlackBerry 7100t for a few weeks now. As you might have known, I exchanged my Treo 650 for it. For the past 6 months or so, my CEO has been raving about how the BlackBerry is like crack. It’s a tough addiction, but once you get hooked, there’s no going back.

Unfortunately, I think I’m alergic to CrackBerry phones:

  1. CrackBerries don’t have cameras. I miss my camera, even if it doesn’t take the best photos, I’ve been using it to document my life more than my regular camera. That’s crack to me.
  2. For being a business solution, it’s suprising they don’t have even PDF support. Not to mention XLS or DOC support. As a “business man”, that seems essential.

However, there are some great things about the BlackBerry. The scroll wheel on a BlackBerry is one of the greatest UI designs I’ve seen on a phone. It’s simple and easy to use. There’s sometimes I wish there were keyboard shortcuts I could add to it, but it’s still pretty easy. Second, I love the big keys and the speed at which I can type using their SureType ™ keyboard. From what I’ve used it for so far, it’s been great at guessing what I’m typing. Unfortunately, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits for this phone. I decided to switch back.

But wait, T-Mobile doesn’t have a Treo 650, and I’m surely not going to downgrade to a 600. Nor am I going to go back to Sprint, who’s service coverage is terrible. So, I’ll wait. According to our kick-butt T-Mobiel rep, they may be getting the Treo 700 which is theoretically coming out in December.

Hmm. Three months with this phone. It’ll be painful, but I’ll cope. If BlackBerry is like crack, I’m a addict looking for a recovery center but not able to find one for 3 months. Please hurry T-Mobile. Please hurry.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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