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At Last! You Can Get Rid of the Mobile Label Printer, and Pick Up the New Blackberry 8220 Flip

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A Blackberry 8220 open

Finally! RIM comes out with a version of their ubiquitous Blackberry device that doesn’t look like those mobile label printers that warehouse clerks and IT quartermasters use! So you don’t need to be embarrassed again for holding one up to your ear in front of your esteemed business colleagues.

Up until now, using my Blackberry as a phone is an awkward affair. Not just because it reminds me of cellphones back in the early 90s, and not just because I look totally goofy in front of my observant peers, but mostly because it’s too big to comfortably fit in the trouser pocket inside the attractive leather ‘sheath’ it comes with. So it was with childish delight, I read about the launch of a Blackberry I could use as a ‘proper’ phone.

The brand new Blackberry Pearl (pictured) looks a treat. Maybe a little bit too much like the Motorola RZR, if you’re familiar with those. It’s been remodelled to prevent Apple’s iPhone snatching their market. It comes out of the box with a 2 megapixel camera (do people really use those though?), a GPS satnav system, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g (for wireless network access), Dataviz Document to Go software (so you can read MS Office documents whilst sat on the toilet) and up to 16Gb of memory, so plenty of space for your MP3s and pictures of your kids.

According to reputable sources, the new device will be on sale in the US this fall. That’s plenty of time for Apple to sell another bucket-load of iPhones.

Will I be getting one? I don’t know is the truth. I have had Blackberry’s since they were first launched and they’re still plagued with bugs and annoying behaviors , so I think I will wait and see what the first ‘hands-on’ reviews say. I haven’t gone for the iPhone, yet.

Tell me if you’ll be getting one!

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

3 Comments

  1. Jason

    I don’t like most of the newer blackberry models. They’ve given up on the QWERTY layout in a way by using a single key to equal 2 potential letters, AND the keys have gotten ridiculously small. 🙁 I miss my blackberry that looked like an oversized pager and didn’t have any voice capabilities at all. 🙂

     
  2. simonstapleton

    @Jason – I agree with you that us sausage-fingered people have a tough time writing prose on the new keys. The first gen blackberrys were much easier to type on. But as you say it didn’t have voice, and even if it did, I hate holding something the size of a dinner plate to my ear.

     
  3. Asif Shah

    Lol – yes I remember when Blackberrys looked like that. In fact a built in printer would have been nice.

     

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