This is what would happen when you know what you need to write but falls sick in the process. Yes people, 6 days of absence from blogging, all because the "flu bug" decided to pay a visit...
Nevertheless, I was given the opportunity from the good people of DiGi (read what happened here) to review a phone which I personally find so useful, there is no way I would leave home without it!
[SmartPhones at War!]
For most of my readers out there, you would know I have been promoting and pushing people to use a BlackBerry rather than any other phones out there, on the sole basis that you would not look like a giggling teenager whenever you would use it. Lets face it, at this day and age, every teenage Tom, Dick and Harry would already own a smartphone by now and if you have to conform to the trend, you might as well get something that suit your image and age...
Two key major factors that made me favor the Blackberry Bold 2 among the rest are as follows. Firstly would be the simplicity of the design of the phone.
As most people would say, a phone "too smart" might leave you feeling rather dumb for not being able to figure out the functionality of the phone itself. The BlackBerry Bold 2 eliminates all that by keeping things simple and yet maintain the style and sophistication on the phone. When making a choice for a phone, I am sure that the last thing you would want to do would be to accidentally pre-order the Barney and Friends Channel on your phone when all you would want to do is to see the latest picture of your cat staring suspiciously at you (note that this did not happen to me... sort of..). The BlackBerry Bold 2 still holds its ground as a very useful smartphone, while maintaining its compatibility with almost all online applications there are in the market and yet simple enough to use for even the most "un-IT" person you can meet out there!
How can I prove my statement you ask?
This is my dad. While 99.99% of the time he is the most awesome person you have ever met, he does have a teeny tiny tendency to be a little impatient when it comes to phones and technology (like most dads). However after much consideration, he managed to ditch his old Nokia Communicator to a BlackBerry Bold 2 and until today, he can't go anywhere without it. Go figure...
Second thing that got my attention to the phone was the QWERTY Keyboard as well as the trackpad navigation for the mouse. One of my pet peeves against touchscreen smartphones out there is I would not, to save my life, figure out how in the world would get used to using touch screens in the first place. Either my ginourmous fingers would not be able to use touchscreens properly or I have the absolute believe that touchscreen keypads are design to make humanity suffer, the built in keyboard solve the problem instantly!
My logic behind this that for most of us IT born babies out there, we have grown accustomed to the use of keyboards in our life and it has worked so well for us. Why change it now? :D
Funtionality wise, I have to admit that the good people at Research in Motion (RIM) has put a great deal when it comes making the phone compatible with the works of the phone. With the use of the BlackBerry Bold 2 most users would be able to access most internet based applications such as Twitter, Facebook and such on their phones, the BlackBerry also prides themselves on their prized jeweled, which is the BlackBerry Messanger system. For most of you all who don't know what this is, its a messaging system which is independent to your phone system which allows you to message, transfer files and voice chats for free among other BlackBerry user for free, even in the most remote areas of the world, something which obviously other smartphones in the market would miss out within their system.
The BlackBerry Bold 2 keeps the interface of this system at the simplistic level so for even the most recent user would not have a problem understanding the mechanics of the system itself. Mirroring to what we are used to with the Windows MSN system, it wouldn't take long for a user to really get used to the idea of using the system.
Some drawbacks that I have found while using the phone would be the battery life. Unlike other smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 2 does have the tendency to drain out the batteries especially with multiple programs running at the same time. Although this could be a hassle to many, the phone can still survive one whole day with multiple programs running at the same time.
Apart from that, another drawback of using the phone would be the programs made available for the phone. While some phones do offer programs to be used for free, BlackBerry however require its users to pay for some of the programs that are downloaded for the phone. Price to pay for sophistication I suppose...
In much hope that this review would help many out there to make a decision whether to get the phone or not, perhaps there are others out there would want to share their experiences with the phone. As always, I'm all ears for opinions! :D