Posted by: mydarkestplaces | September 29, 2009

An experiment in technology

I love gadgets. Anyone who knows me can probably attest to that. I love cell phones and smart phones and computers and cameras and whatnot. I can’t tell you much about how things work, I can’t give you the tech specs on what has what and how much of it. But trust I can tell a newcomer how to send an email or personalize their phone.

Since I graduated from college I have had a series of smartphones. My initial foray was a Palm Treo 650 (Palm OS), and damn if I didn’t love that thing. TV and I used to duel with them all the time. From there I got a Blackberry Curve 8310 and it was love at first email. Oh my word. The keyboard, the functionality, the petite-ness. Just. Splendid. However, being a gadget geek. I had to try out the holiest of holies. The iPhone. And test it out I did. I bought a refurbished 8gb 3G a couple weeks ago and since then have been giving it a test run. The phone is….meh. There are some things that I love – Phase10. Spite&Malice. MLBatBat. The full integration of MobileMe (yes, I like MobileMe).

However, there are some things that kill me. For one: call me lazy, but the amount of work that has to be done to get the cursor where you want it to be just so you can make a single letter lower-case is a pain in the rear. The inability to take a quick glance for spell check is tres annoying. However, for me, the lack of menus is my biggest pet peeve. I have never appreciated the BB button more than when trying to figure out spell check or copy/paste or options on the iPhone.

I understand that there are going to be some things that I’m going to be giving up going back to BB (no-need-for-a-trackball, good camera, and 3G chief among them). However, I like RIM software and hardware better than the iPhone.  Take away my Apple Fan-Card. But it’s just the way it is.

editors note: I am fully aware I do not *have* to sacrifice no-trackball or 3G in going back to BB. Alas, finances dictate that the Bold is out of my reach for now…someday, though. Someday…


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