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Why I killed my BlackBerry

I had great fun with my BlackBerry when I bought it 2 years ago ...Reading and sending email anytime everywhere, even while sitting on the canDocking it beside my bed so that I could monitor the overnight batch jobs.

I had great fun with my BlackBerry when I bought it 2 years ago ...

  • Reading and sending email anytime everywhere, even while sitting on the can
  • Docking it beside my bed so that I could monitor the overnight batch jobs. I programmed the batch job to send me hourly updates, summarised into a short email title so that I could see the status from my inbox screen.
  • Programming it with J2ME, exploiting it for location-based services
  • But it wasn't long before I stopped using it...

  • You have to keep clearing your mailbox or it would stop working. Often a single email with a large attachment would bomb out my BlackBerry.
  • You can't purge your mailbox from your BlackBerry, you have to use a PC-based web browser because of the silly way that the BlackBerry Web Client uses frames.
  • You can't properly edit Word and Excel attachments and send them back. The screen wasn't big enough for reviewing screenshots either.
  • Very slow in supporting 3G. BlackBerry didn't have 3G handsets until recently.
  • If you're happy with the BlackBerry as your mobile companion, well good for you. For now I'm roving around town with my not-so-mobile Sony Vaio and Merlin 3G Data Card. Until something better comes along.

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