Now, 2 years later, my trusty 8800 is starting to show early signs of senility: it freezes, it resets itself unexpectedly and batteries run out twice as fast as before.
I don't blame the trusty old device. In the last 2 years it has traveled around the globe and suffered extreme temperatures, being dropped from various heights, used for hours a day and the network switched several times a week. Add to that the fact that I loaded it with almost any software I could find, and you can understand why it wants to check out early.
Well, due to the economy, rather than get an upgrade to a new 8900, I received a Curve 8310 device. Still stuck in Edge network (as opposed to 3G on the 8900), it still offers some perks compared to the 8800:
- Camera and video camera - much missed from the 8800 and will allow me to leave my camera at home on some future trips.
- Geotagging will add your coordinates to the picture you take - works only if you're outside.
- Spell checker - finally! Now I cn snd emials wituot slepping erors.
- 3.5" headphone jack - I can now use my QC2 rather than a special set.
- The new 4.5 OS allows me to have Hebrew characters (or any other language you'd like) on my Blackberry, without resorting to arcane hacks needed in early versions.
- Sound recorder - nice idea, not so great execution - it actually freezes the device from time to time.
- HTML email view.
- All my old games and applications function seamlessly on the new device.
- The device is smaller than the 8800, so it does not fit in the holster I have and AT&T does not provide a new holster, just a pocket protector. And who uses pocket protectors in the 21st century?
- The keyboard is a throwback to the 8700 days. Clicky and plasticky. Very easy to hit the wrong keys, regardless of the size of your fingers. And did I mention small?
- The speaker is less than great, compared to the 8800. And the ring tones sound more metallic.
- You still cannot do anything else involving the network when engaged in a phone call, thanks to the stellar "Edge" network.
- The shiny plastic on the back of this device is quite slippery, and basically invites scratches.
- The number of useless links AT&T crams on this device is borderline criminal. "Buy games!", "Buy ringtones!", "Buy music!", "Buy our marketing people some brains!" etc...
What's more, these cannot be deleted. I tried deleting them from the service book, but every time you do a full restart (like when you install a new software), the device senses it's missing something, and re-installs them all - for your benefit (yeah right!).
The solution I found is to creat a folder, name it "useless links", drag all the links into it and hide the folder.