Is There a BlackBerry In My Future?

My K790a (cellphone) is dying again. Despite having already sent it into Sony Ericsson to get fixed, the same issues have cropped up – the menu has stopped working problems with missing icons, messages and files have become corrupt of their own accord and a bunch of applications are not longer accessible. A firmware flash temporarily fixes the problem, but the show up again inevitably, which makes me believe this is a hardware issue, not software.

Despite being filled to the brim with features, I’ve been generally pretty disappointed with the device. Features are great, if they actually work. The thing has been plagued with problems, like the above mentioned as well as a navigation stick that doesn’t work properly. It’s gotten to the point where using the phone is more of a frustration than a pleasure.

Bad Sony Ericsson K790a

I’m now questioning my prior opinion that convergence devices are the way to go. It’s all about the matter of ‘jack-of-all-trades, master of none’. I’m looking at high-end phones that include everything from GPS to MP3 players to cameras to (gasp) even telephony. But the MP3 interface isn’t as nice as many standalone players and the cameras are perhaps as good as my 3 year old Canon SD200 that I’m trying to replace. The idea is that you don’t need to carry around a device for each function, but as it stands, I’m not sufficiently satisfied with the converged devices.

With that said, I’m going to go ahead and sound extremely hypocritical by saying I’m strongly considering the Nokia N82. I figure I should at least give another company a chance to impress me with their converged device and Nokia’s as good a choice as any. Aside from iffy thoughts on the physical attractiveness of the N82, the specifications and initial user response to the device leave me with a pretty positive impression.

Nokia N82

On the other hand (and as the title alludes to) I’m also considering a BlackBerry. Part of it is the simplicity. It’s a phone and email device first. Sure cameras and music players have found their way onto the device over the years, but it still performs its core competencies very well. Plus, the geek and business parts of me long for one. My two main candidates in the BlackBerry ring are the Pearl 8120 (Pearl 2) and the 8300/8320 (Curve). Either one would be a massive improvement in texting that my K790a and in the short time I had with the Curve, I absolutely loved it.

BlackBerry Curve

I’m still holding out hope that Sony Ericsson can try and fix my K790a. One year with a cell phone seems a little short, especially if I’m looking at phones in the $500+ range. That could become a very costly hobby. A part of me wants a new toy to play with, but my wallet is clearly screaming otherwise.

UPDATE: Seems like Nokia’s corrected one of my biggest gripes against the N82 – aesthetics – by releasing a black version of the phone. I think you’ll agree that it’s much nicer looking.

Nokia N82 Black