Okay – I’ve decided that it’s time to put my BlackBerry experiment to rest. I’ve tried for several years to make good use of BBs but there is just too much on them that I’m not happy with to continue spending money on them. Don’t get me wrong – there is much about them that I like – all the MS Office type applications are awesome – the email, calendar, notes, contacts – etc. all work great. But the web browser and its internet capabilities are horrible. They just don’t work right. And it’s all HORRENDOUSLY slow. I’m now in Orlando and would think that I should be able to get reasonable download times for a mobile device, but no.
As a case in point – yesterday, I was on the road searching for the closest location for a particular establishment that I needed to find. I googled it, and found the company’s page, but I could never get the actual page to come up. Now, some of this may be that most sites today aren’t really formatted for mobile browsers, but I still should have been able to get something! Pages don’t render correctly, and web apps through the browsers are virtually IMPOSSIBLE to use. I’ve tried different plugins etc. still awful.
I’m with Verizon, so unfortunately at this point an iPhone isn’t an option for me (but I’m hearing it may be by this summer!) but there is also the Motorola Droid which I’ll have to look at. I have a BB Storm, but it doesn’t really seem to be that great in sync’ing with iTunes (though I’ve never spent a lot of time working on that) so I still use my iPod Touch for all my music and podcasts. Twitter is good through UberTwitter, but it leaves a little to be desired.
So, later this summer, it will be goodbye, dear BlackBerry. It’s been fun, but it’s time to move on.