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    Anyone own a blackberry or smartphone

    I was wondering if I should get one. I would like to be able to send/receive e-mails while out and about. I do a few "homers" and think it would be handy to always be in touch with folks I do work for.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    I had looked at the Blackberry Pearl and Curve, but would like some advice before I try track down the best deal.

    MrTT

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    I've got the Nokia E90, yea it's a brick but so what? it's got all I need including wifi (where stupid poeple leave their system open) and laods more etc etc and on O2, can't complain as it is only on a 12 month contract with 3G networking as well. Only thing I am not happy with is the symbian software but heyhoe can't have everything can we :whistling:

    Work gave me a blackberry 3 months ago, its still sitting in my locker @ work im not taking it home (i dont want them sending me work 2 do !)

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    Got Nokia N95 brill phone, but i dont send emails or check my emails texts! erm N95 is good you can also install third party apps if required also has wifi

    Work gave me a SPV, but I re-configured it so its my personal emails I get rather than work stuff, they get enough out of me already.:whistling:

    Being windows based makes using it a doddle, I tried a symbian based mobile, but hated the OS, and had to go back to windows.

    I've got the pearl and i think its really good. Emails are pushed straight from your mailbox with minimum delay, It's easy to set this up, but It does cost extra to receive your emails.

    I've had no problems with the phone and it looks really good. Quite slim too so i don't really notice it in my pocket.

    I owned a SPV windows smartphone before the blackberry which was also good, but i prefer the blackberry.

    One nice touch is that when replying to a message you can scroll down and see the entire conversation history which is good for me as i used to always forget what i was replying too!

    Hope this helps

    Chris

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    chrisapplegate

    I've got the pearl and i think its really good. Emails are pushed … I've got the pearl and i think its really good. Emails are pushed straight from your mailbox with minimum delay, It's easy to set this up, but It does cost extra to receive your emails.I've had no problems with the phone and it looks really good. Quite slim too so i don't really notice it in my pocket. I owned a SPV windows smartphone before the blackberry which was also good, but i prefer the blackberry. One nice touch is that when replying to a message you can scroll down and see the entire conversation history which is good for me as i used to always forget what i was replying too!Hope this helpsChris



    thanks Chris, I had a look at the Pearl. Looks like a nice phone. 2MP camera, but not really concerned about that. If someone sends an e-mail with a large attachment, does it give you the option of downloading it ? or does it download anyway.
    Would hate to pay for pAYG data and then get a multitude of Spam that used up my allowance.

    >MrTT

    mrtootough

    thanks Chris, I had a look at the Pearl. Looks like a nice phone. 2MP … thanks Chris, I had a look at the Pearl. Looks like a nice phone. 2MP camera, but not really concerned about that. If someone sends an e-mail with a large attachment, does it give you the option of downloading it ? or does it download anyway.Would hate to pay for pAYG data and then get a multitude of Spam that used up my allowance.>MrTT



    it will show that it contains an attachment, but doesn't auto download, you have to go into the message menu. it only downloads emails a page at a time as you read them as well which is good if you receive junk mails where you don't want to download the full email. This saves quite a bit of money if you receive a lot of spam.

    The pearl also opens pdf/doc etc files (without images) which is useful if you need to proof read something before forwarding.

    feel free to ask any more questions

    Chris

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    I have the N95 too, its a fantastic phone, full internet and email anywhere, I am posting this on the phone as we speak. Stuck on a loading bay. Its great you can even bluetooth a mouse and keyboard on to it. :thumbsup:

    I have the iPhone. Its possibly the most elegant device I have ever used, does email and proper web browsing (i.e. not cut down - just like on a real PC), views PDFs and Word documents, plus its a fantastic digital photo album (keep all your photos on it to show people) and, to top it off, its an iPod too. Almost all its face is a screen, too, so it makes it a treat to watch movies or recorded TV programmes on. I rarely use my laptop at home now - this device has replaced everything that used to do.

    Only problems:

    - locked to O2 right now. You're not locked into getting a new O2 contract however (with a little tinkering you can activate it without needing to get a new contract). Soon (in the next month or so) you'll be able to unlock it for use on any network, for free.

    - off wi-fi Internet access is slow. The iPhone doesn't support 3G, so you'll have to use GPRS or EDGE (which has very limited coverage in the UK right now). This isn't a problem for me, as I'm almost always near a wireless network. Also you get cheap (free, I think) access to The Cloud - which is a collection of public wifi spots around the country. They have loads of spots too.

    - does TV out (so you can play your music and movie on your iPhone on your TV), but it has some ****** authentication chip in it. So, right now, you need to buy Apple's £35 cable to plug it up to your TV. This might change soon, if someone can hack the chip, but don't hold your breath.

    One of the few tech purchasing decisions that I have not regretted recently. This is an amazing device! Go and have a play with one and see what I mean!

    Original Poster

    thanks for all the help guys, settled om the blackberry curve, went to cancel my contract with orange and they offered me it free with 500 xnet minutes and 250 texts per month. Also included 5MB of data per month. All for £20/month
    I am really pleased with it, get all my e-mails directly to it now, even my gmail account.
    Real improvement on reception too from my old phone.

    I got one, its ok for what you want it to do ,

    Work give me a new one every yearish but I never bring them home, its sitting in my office

    I'm not a huge fan of Blackberries although I only support them rather than use them, the lack of feedback and entirely generic errors cause me a lot of grief. Main change I'd like to see though is a vertical keyboard similar to HTC are now using as I find the better spacing to be much easier to type with. Slightly puzzled by their change from a jog dial to a trackball though, I guess it's better for both left/right hand people rather than the right hand only jog dial.

    John

    Check out the HTC smartphones. I have the Excalibur and it has been superb.
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