So my BlackBerry has finally bit the dust or in my case, a rock. I
have a holster for it but it tended to fall out even though it had the
magnetic flap that was supposed to secure it safely. It must have
struck a rock at just the right angle because it punctured right
through the case. The only damage done was to the letter "Q", which is,
fortunately, not a commonly used letter. Unfortunately it is used in my
name, so for the next while I guess I'll be Greg Uirk.
Needing to replace the BlackBerry is not necessarily a bad thing as
I've been using the 8700R for the past two years. I was checking my
e-mail in a restaurant the other day and one of my friends laughed at
me when I pulled out "The Bulk" as I like to call it. Now the search is
on for a substitute and I'm down to two choices " The Bold or the Curve
8900. Both seem pretty good and I've got friends who love each one (as
with all BlackBerries it is a love/hate relationship).
From the reviews I've read the pros for the Bold is that it has 3G, a
larger screen, awesome speakers and a slightly faster processor. On the
flip side, the Curve 8900 has a high resolution screen, smaller form
factor and has a slightly longer projected battery life.
I'm leaning towards the Curve for a few reasons. In Canada we don't
have a 3G network so that is not critical for me. I have an iPod Touch
that I use to watch movies so I'm not sure how much I would use the
Bold's bigger screen for that. When I listen to music I've got
headphones on and I'm not sure how often I would use the speakers on
the Bold. The faster processor is a nice thing to have so that is
really the big thing for me to consider.
Anyone have any opinions on which I should get? Note that, sadly, an
iPhone isn't an option for me for a variety of corporate reasons.
You are correct. I did a search and found out that Rogers does offer 3G in 14 cities throughout Canada. Surprise to me as they don't really promote it (I can't recall any ads about it and asked some people I know and none of them were aware that Rogers offered 3G... they do talk about the iPhone 3G, but I'd assumed, apparently incorrectly, that they were just using the same terminology as the US to avoid confusion). Not sure if it works for my area specifically as I'm in a suburb of one of the cities that it does cover. I'll have to contact them to find out whether I am in the coverage zone.
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