Bold move

The new BlackBerry Bold arrived and seeing the faux leather back – I just had to have it.

The keyboard is fantastic and I’ve noticed lots of little software improvements like being able to read HTML email.  The best thing so far is that the new BlackBerry Browser seems to work very well – so far no need for OperaMini. Xero Mobile (http://m.xero.com) worked without any style tweaks.

As the Bold has wifi I will surf more on my BlackBerry at home and work.

My biggest gripe so far is that RIM doesn’t include the same useful applications that the iPhone has on the front screen. Weather, World Time and Stocks are the obvious ones.  With a BlackBerry you have to hunt for those applications yourself and load them up.  Too hard.  I don’t understand why RIM don’t do basic Interaction Design and see what users actually do. Or just copy Apple.

The Bold is expensive – especially when there is so much innovation happening and there is already talk of the next models which will be Curve (8310) sized. While the Bold may only have a fashion life of 20 minutes, it is by far the best mobile email device I’ve used. I just wish RIM would do some work on their software.

3 Comments

Rod Drury
October 10, 2008 at 12:05 am

You buy a BlackBerry for its keyboard not its software, but the click touch looks interesting. An iPhone with hard keyboard would have me in a nanosecond.

Rod Drury
October 10, 2008 at 9:06 am

Just noticed that if you have a wifi connection, email gets pushed across that connection even if the mobile radio is off. So RIM have done it right!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Is Ext JS right for your business?

This is the first in a series of developer-focused articles exploring Xero’s architecture. I want to start out by focusing on Xero’s front end. The majority of our front end is built using the Sencha Ext JS framework – Version 4 if you want to be specific, although we have several areas now utilizing V5. Ext ...

Selecting a cloud inventory solution for an ecommerce business

A cloud inventory solution is one of the most important tools for an ecommerce business. Cloud inventory is the core of your operations, providing the infrastructure and technology needed to manage goods. There are many great cloud solutions which integrate with multiple marketplaces, shopping carts, and accounting platforms. Unless you only sell digital things or ...