Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

Summary: I'm just back from CTIA, where BlackBerry   was one of the major exhibitors.Seeing so many BlackBerry models in one place, and saying hello to RIM folks, made me think about some features I wish most newer BlackBerrys should offer but don't as of yet.


I'm just back from CTIA, where BlackBerry blackberry-logo.jpg  was one of the major exhibitors.

Seeing so many BlackBerry models in one place, and saying hello to RIM folks, made me think about some features I wish most newer BlackBerrys should offer but don't as of yet.

Keyword yet.

With an acknowledgement that features are very power-demanding on the battery as well as on device memory, here's my list of 10 features I wish every BlackBerry would offer but don't.

1. Flash compatibility.  Currently, BlackBerry's web browser as well as built-in video player on the BlackBerry Curve does not support Flash-encoded videos. Frustrating to be able to watch Flash-enabled YouTube videos on iPhone but not on Blackberry.

2. Video capture.  Well, most newer models have image capture. I think offering this would be logical, and would be thrillingly embraced by many BlackBerry enthusiasts.

3. In-device photo editing.  I am a "fix it in Photoshop" type of guy, but having in-device brighten, crop, red-eye elimination and a few other basic photo editing capabilities would be great.

4. One-click photo publishing.  Very simple. Take picture. Save picture. Generate a menu that might include, "Publish to Flickr." I'd settle for Photobucket or Shutterfly as well.

5. More megapixels.  My BlackBerry Curve has 2 megapixels, but see, I saw some models at CTIA that go as high as 5 megapixels.  I predict that as 2008 rolls on, 2 megapixels in a phonecam will be seen as "so 2006."

6. Camera in the BlackBerry WorldPhone.  The BlackBerry 8800 series have no cameras. Strikes me as counter-intuitive, especially for the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone. Why would a businessperson taking this phone to Paris, or Tokyo not want this feature?

I know I sound hung up on BlackBerry cameras, but not entirely. Here are my other four BlackBerry feature requests:

7. Voice-activated driving directions.  Some of who wander are indeed lost. Of course I never get lost when I drive, but if I did, I wouldn't want to pull over to the side of an unfamiliar road and punch up my BlackBerry map or the bundled-in TeleNav map for either illustrated or even voice-delivered driving directions. I want to be able to bring up a BlackBerry app that would ask me: State departure address, state arrival address.  Then have the directions read back to me.

8. Enable sub-folders on BlackBerry email.  I haven't tried this yet on my Curve, but I'd sort of like to be able to perform pretty much any configuration in my BlackBerry email inbox that I can on my Outlook Express my BlackBerry runs.

9. Enable flawless SSL.  Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to be able to render my bank's secure Web addy on my BlackBerry browser. Doing so is hit and miss on the Opera Mini-Browser I've installed on my Curve. Maybe I am one demanding son of a gun, but I would like my BlackBerry browser to be able to handle any secure code or funky script that's out there.

And finally....

10. Better SMS.  On the BlackBerrys I've owned, SMS doesn't seem to work too well. Works outbound just fine on my Curve, but sometimes incoming messages get lost in space. Some take hours to even wind up in my BB email inbox. I'd rather have them show up in a dedicated SMS window.

Readers, what features would you like to see BlackBerry offer that they don't as of yet?

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • Second!

    I second the motion on most of these features.

    One feature you requested sortof already exists...

    TeleNav allows you to enter your destination address via voice. It uses some sort of IVR, you say the destination state, city and address of your destination, hang up the call and it launches the navigation.
  • RE: Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

    You can't watch flash-enabled videos from Youtube on the iPhone. You can watch reencoded content from Youtube tailored to suit the iPhone.

    I for one am waiting for official flash support on the iPhone.
    Julien Collot
    • "You can't watch flash-enabled videos from Youtube on the iPhone"

      Julien...this post is about Blackberrys...NOT iPhones. Get with the program kid. :-(
      • The point about Flash was an article mistake

        IT, read the article. It said "Frustrating to be able to watch Flash-enabled YouTube videos on iPhone but not on Blackberry."

        That was incorrect information and should be changed. iPhone does not have Flash. The YouTube videos that it can display have been recoded in another format.
      • I didn't realize you were unable to read.

        If you had actually read it correctly, you would have realized the article has mistakes in it.

        But no, you had to be condescending and make a fool of yourself. Please learn to read and
        think before voicing misinformed opinions.
        Julien Collot
  • You missed a few

    Better calendar that supports colors. Coming from the Palm OS, one of the thing I miss is color categories on the calendar. HTML email. Its 2007, HTML email is needed.

    I like a lot of your ideas, but go to any BB forum and mention some of them and many of the users will be looking to string you up. I've found a lot of BB users to be dinosaurs when it comes to new ideas.
  • RE: Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

    Take the leap onto HSUPA on all 3G frequencies (700, 850, 900, 1800, 1900, & 2100 MHZ)
  • RE: Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

    Flickr upload works perfect, just send your photo to your unique flickr email adress - see http://www.flickr.com/help/photos/#33
    • uploading photos

      I am using an app called "I took this on my phone"
      with my 8100 Pearl.

      You can configure it to auto-upload your BB pix to a URL
      then set the photos to private or public.
      Its free.

      I like free.

  • Phone Numbers

    If you are given a phone number with letters in it, there is no easy way to convert the letters to the corresponding numbers.
    • Phone Numbers

      Not sure if this is what you meant but try pressing the Alt key while typing the letters in the phone number. Once you hit Send, the BB will convert it to the appropriate number.
      • Genius!

        BBRules- You're a GENIUS! I've been using BlackBerry's fro years now, and I didn't know that it would convert the letters to numbers!!! And I'm the type of person that normally figures out EVERYTHING a device can do! I've been through the tutorials & they NEVER mention that handy feature. It should be publicized!! Thanks a million!

        Keith (Chicago, IL)
  • No Cameras Please

    Sorry - I like my BB 8700c just the way it is - no camera at all. I work in a high-tech, highly-engineered industry and many vendor and customer sites will not allow a phone with a camera into the facility.

    I'll keep mine the way it is. If I want a picture, I have a camera for that, and it takes better photos, and video with sound, than any camera ever will.
    • Correction

      Sorry - Make that "...it takes better photos, and video with sound, than any PHONE camera ever will."

      And bring me more coffee! ;-)
    • No cameras please

      Many courts do not allow cameras. RIM should have at least one phone that does not have a camera.
      Lewis Page
  • multiple calendars through Blackberry Enterprise Server

    I frequently get requests from my executives to empower their assistants with blackberries, partially to manage the executives' calendar. BES still doesn't offer the ability to sync multiple calendars, the same as Outlook client allows these assistants through delegation rights. This would also allow me to check on my staff's calendars to see if they are available when sending a meeting.

    Most agreed with from your posted wish-list: FLASH player. Youtube would be great.

  • I could care less about items 1-7

    To me, those items don't create value, and I would not trade battery life of cost for them.
  • RE: Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

    It would be nice is we could edit contacts, clanders, delete email and sms via the computer while the Blackberry phone is connected to the computer.
    Also allow transfer of Contacts, email, sms to other phones and visa vesa
    • Is RIM sleeping?

      The option to configure your BB from any PC would be huge.

      Seems this would be fairly simple and a huge leg up
      on the other carriers.
      Maybe you BES folks have it but us BIS guys will go nuts
      when someone rolls this out!

  • RE: Ten features I wish BlackBerry offered, but doesn't- YET

    Naah...Its the poor support for MS Word, Excel attachments. I don't need full Excel spreadsheet support or VBA, just a modicum of charting and viewing graphs. Whatever it is, I don't like the style of intercepting MS attachments, sending them to site XYZ, doing magic, and then sending them to my BB. Whatever I get, I want it to be self-contained on my BB.

    Would love traffic reporting as good as the AccuWeather support and as easy to use.

    I can't wait until we get bigga screens.

    I can't wait until more websites are more BB friendly.

    I too could care less about an embedded camera. Shoot, I'll just bet there's a way to bluetooth from my nice Cannon camera to my BB.

    Want some whippy under the arm holster like Tony would wear. Can't stand the belt holster, but I put up with it in disgust.
    Doctor Neutron