Addicted to your BlackBerry but your wife does not approve

by Volker Weber


Enter a new feature of the BlackBerry Bold clock. What does it do?


You get to switch off the LED which otherwise becomes a beacon at night. You can also switch off the radio so you are not receiving any messages and you can dim the brightness of the backlight so you don't have to read your steamy messages under the sheets.


Any more thoughts on Blackberry Bold vs iPhone 3G? Which would you buy?

Stuart Mcintyre, 2008-08-13

Lots of thoughts. There are three top-of-the-line devices:

Nokia E71
iPhone 3G
BlackBerry Bold

Only the BB talks to BES. Only the iPhone has a really good browser and the app store. Only the E71 is completely open.

All three are well built, fast 3G phones. All three are a joy to have. All three are the best in their category.

Pick your poison. You should not be confused which one is for you. Which one would I get? Not the BB. For a simple reason: it does not connect to my Mac. The other two do. The E71 or the iPhone? The keyboard makes or breaks it. Either you want one, then it's the E71 or you don't. And then it's the iPhone.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-13

BB now has a bedroom mode?

Is there anything it can't do?

Chris Linfoot, 2008-08-13

Yes, you can't set it on permanent vibrate. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-08-13

"Yes, you can't set it on permanent vibrate. :-)" Ok that really did make me laugh out loud.

Carl Tyler, 2008-08-13

Volker, I am surprised at your assessment of the Blackberry vs iPhone.

For me, there is only one device - the Blackberry, because you can deal with emails on the move with poor and shaky reception. You can read, write and delete emails while out of coverage, it all gets synced back as soon as coverage comes and goes. The emails use the minimum data transfer necessary (which is important when roaming). You just turn it on and the emails come. No firing up mail to force a check.

As far as I can see, the only benefit of the iPhone is that it has a very good web browser (which is fine if youre always in wifi range, or on a unlimited 3G data plan and you are not roaming, with good coverage).

For international travel, there is simply no substitute for a blackberry. If you travel internationally with an iPhone and dont always have access to wifi, you are going to get stung on data charges.

I do not find the ability to connect to a Mac important - The blackberry just does notes email and browsing. All RSS reading is handled admirably with Viigo.

Regards from Delhi

Andy Mell, 2008-08-13

Um Andy, isn’t this exactly what vowe is saying?

Only the BB talks to BES. Only the iPhone has a really good browser and the app store. Only the E71 is completely open... Pick your poison

i.e. each of the phones is good, so choose according to your needs—your best fit is a BlackBerry. That doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.

Ben Poole, 2008-08-13

Yes, but it seemed an overly simplistic comparison. I was outlining the primary benefits of the blackberry solution.

I'm very sure which is the one for me, but Stuart clearly isnt sure, so it is important to be clear about what the benefits are rather than "it connects to BES"

BTW, How is the App store considered a benefit now? :) Its full of useless junk...

Andy Mell, 2008-08-13

Andy, you made your choice. And it is a good one.

But it is not the only one. Other folks have different priorities. The BB only talks to a BES is very, very important. Because if that is where you data lives, the other two are dead. If your data lives on an Exchange server and you don't have a BES, the BB is dead.

Try to be as brief. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-08-13

@Stuart - You need to get the iPhone as it's the only one that will play the music you keep buying on the iTunes Music Store ;O)

Repeat after Vowe...DRM is bad for the consumer.

Ben Rose, 2008-08-13

Only the E71 is completely open

That's the killer for me. Have been a UIQ user for years (SE P800 through P990), but recently switched to the Nokia E51 ('cause my employer provided that in return for paying my contract bills :-)). I do miss the keyboard though and thus I may be taking the tax returns to the next electronics dealer to get en E71. It still bothers me that it doesn't charge via the USB data cable. (vowe, if you have any insider info on that being changed in the foreseeable fututre, an Alex warning would be most welcome :-)).

I also don't quite see why the App Store is such a plus. Having a decent and active development community and lots of useful applications available for the device, certainly, that's a BIG plus. And it should be easy to install and manage them as well, that's true also. But with neither I had an issue on Symbian, and with S60 even less than with UIQ (particularly UIQ3 is lacking support in many cases and I don't see that changing).

My choice is clear...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2008-08-13

my wife approved almost everything after the upgrade from a manual notebook ( not a computer) to the BlackBerry Pearl. It just works.

bye marco

Marco Foellmer, 2008-08-14

Yes! Another reason to get a Bold.

I'm so tired of hearing "turn that thing off!"

Eric Hancock, 2008-08-16

Indeed the Blackberry DOES connect to your Mac...!!! In fact, there is a new version of PocketMac (free from RIM) that now includes full Sync to ITunes, Entourage 2008 contacts and calendars, iPhoto support, contact photo sync from address book, etc.

Adam Zeitsiff, 2008-08-27

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