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Inaction is itself a course of action - Dan the Serene
November 19th, 2011
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Inaction is itself a course of action
I've been eligible for a new every two replacement of my blackberry 9630 (the last Blackberry to have a trackball) since March. First I was waiting for the blackberry 9930, then the iPhone 4S. Now I'm thinking of what will likely come out in the next few months, like the Nokias using WP7.5, or an iPhone that can use LTE. Not to mention the next OS for blackberry if they can just remain viable as a company. Whatever I buy is already obsolete as far as a two year replacement cycle is concerned, so I've been waiting.

Yesterday my trackball stopped scrolling down reliably. My previous blackberry was an 8830 with a trackball you could remove and clean with minimal effort. It appears this one can only be accessed by taking the bloody thing apart. I'll have to look into that more.

So, my options are limited to two basically.

iPhone 4S (White 16GB is the only model in stock--other colors or sizes are "expected" to ship 12/9) or Blackberry 9930.
Coming from a Blackberry background, 16GB shouldn't be a problem. I'm excited about the apps and the ability to get corporate mail on my personal device, which my BB can't do since they redid Exchange server. But I would badly miss a physical keyboard, the iOS is the opposite of securable, and I hate, fear, and don't understand the whole iTunes/AppStore model. I know exactly dick about the whole system, so there would be a steep learning curve. No doubt worth it, but a lot of effort to get things going on the front end. Maybe a Bluetooth keyboard for the office would help, at least for pushing info from the workplace?

The blackberry 9930 is an OS up from my current phone and should at least be able to support Google + entries. It would have been the shit in 2008 or so. I don't know how viable the company supporting it will be over two years. At least Dumping my data over and learning to use it should be as painless as such a thing can ever be.

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From:dantheserene
Date:November 19th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Good to know this specific issue, but hardly surprising that some handsets in a new model have some sort of problem that may require replacement. There's a reason I do a full backup of my device every other day.
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From:daddygod
Date:November 19th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I've got a Bold, but it's the 9650 or some number like that, still running OS 6.
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From:dantheserene
Date:November 19th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Mine is the 9630. You have the one between mine and the current model.
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From:daddygod
Date:November 19th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Ah. I can still get my corporate email though, but it's through Outlook. I have no clue if that is the same as an Exchange server or not, I am truly a Luddite and can barely spell IT.
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From:dantheserene
Date:November 19th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I could when it used POP3. When they changed it to LMAP the blackberry couldn't keep up.
I can technically get Outlook Web Access to work on it, but it's not nearly as useful as the old way. It doesn't pull mail, for example.
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From:daddygod
Date:November 19th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Ah, gotcha.
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From:pasquin
Date:November 28th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
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I own a blackberry (8100, an antique!) and an iPhone antique.

If you're a propeller head like I used to be, iphones are simple, yet cool, toys. The 4s you can talk to and command.

The perfect wife.

BB used to be secure. Own servers. Maybe from commercial hacking, but not government intrusion.Not any more.

For now, I'm keeping my BB for business, and my iPhone for the bedroom.

Facetime, baby.
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