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

4 thoughts on “Is There a BlackBerry In My Future?”

  1. My Samsung t609 is dying on me a little more each day. It crashes several times a day. It’ll completely turn off on it’s own accord several times per hour, let alone day. I’ll even be in the middle of something and it’ll shut off. Sometimes it gets stuck on the start-up image. Several times it’s told me that I don’t have a SIM when clearly I do. It’s just a nightmare.

    Anyway, I could have told you that convergence devices all suck. The cameras on phones are far from modern technology that you want to be using when trying to capture a moment. MP3 interfaces on phones suck, and until they get better and have actual memory available for them, then my iPod will continue to be attached to me wherever I go. And don’t even get me started on WAP…

    With that said though, I still really enjoy the iPhone. I would never let it replace my actual iPod due to memory sizes available, but carrying a few playlists on it would be fine. I would never let it replace my camera, as shitty as my Cybershot is. The main reason I like the iPhone, aside from it’s aesthetics, are not because it has decent internet abilities or ballin email skills. No, those don’t really mean much to me, and if I were to own one, I could tell you that they would be used about as much as Jessica Simpson’s brain. The additional features don’t even interest me that much like pictures, YouTube, stocks, calendars, weather, etc. No, the reason I like it is because of it’s integration with the computer. Dock it and go. Snap a picture of someone to tag for caller ID? It gets uploaded to their entry in Address Book. It’s so simple to use and it’s integration is what I like. If other phones had a system of tightly integrated applications then they would be stellar choices for me. As it stands though… I’m waiting for the iPhone.

    I did send you a text this morning though stating that if April rolled around with no Canadian version of the iPhone that I would just get the LG slider instead, and I’m actually considering it.

  2. Holy novel Rene!

    Nokia is the way to go, I’m convinced. After 4 cell phones in two different continents Nokia has always won out on ease of use, durability and attractiveness. They may not have the whistles to go with the bells, but who needs them if you can smash it against the wall and talk to a friend two minutes later? (not from experience of course:P)

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