The Mighty Pearl

This weekend I upgraded / replaced my old Blackberry with the newest creation – the BlackBerry Pearl.  First off, I replaced my other phone after the microphone died and it couldn’t help itself from hour glassing for 2-3 hours at a time (usually when I was lost out in the backwoods of Illinois.  So, I didn’t replace my phone because I didn’t like the old design, but was forced to due to natural selection.

My first thoughts are as follows:
The Bad New First….

  • The back piece is too thin.  Every time I hold the phone to type the back depresses more than it should, and makes me a bit nervous on its ability to sustain violent blows from its new user.
  • The buttons are a bit software, and slightly smaller.  This makes typing a bit of a challenge, but I hope it is just a learning curve given the new device.
  • 3 crashes in 4 days.  Not too inconvenient given that it comes back within a minute, but still something we need addressed.

The Good Stuff…

  • Fast – Wonderfully fast compared to the old BlackBerrys
  • The roller ball is quite responsive and allows for some nice navigation.
  • The push / pull services are excellent (note these may have always existed, but I was not introduced until recently)

My latest add-ons are:

  • Google Maps (Live Traffic feeds, Satellite, wonderful)
  • Google Chat
  • Push Weather services (multiple locations)
  • [Know of any others, please pass them along!!]
  • The bluetooth functionality is great – super easy file transfer with my new MB.
  • The ability to setup the phone as a bluetooth-modem to the MB is AWESOME.

Overall a good experience.  I will update this post with any new experiences….

James

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About J.D.

Passionate about CrossFit, mindset, bettering each other, technology, and the intersection of cybersecurity with products. The online views and posts represent my journey of discovery and learning.
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