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Almost 2 years. Time for an Upgrade?

It has been almost two years, and in about 4 months – it would have been 20 months since I had the first revision of the My Touch as my cellular phone. When I bought it, I wanted it for GPS, and 3G capabilities. At the time, it was the only smart phone that was such an option for me. Now a days, in comparison – it will seem as if my phone is more like a toy rather than a phone. And there are times I am frustrated with the CPU lag it gives to me. Of course with a 528Mhz CPU on an OS that should be using twice the CPU, I guess I can’t blame it. So, I already know I wish to upgrade, but exactly what, and would I settle for less? Well, first I don’t see a reason to settle for less, and if there is no phone I am comfortable with on my carrier, I simply would either consider another carrier, or not get a new phone.

I will go into each and every detail that I will consider as important to me, and would offer my thoughts to such. With that in mind, I would focus on what I would want, and expect for my needs. While I am sure that there are other features some may find as important, that would be on their interests, and not so much of mine. However, I would of course need a smart phone that would support Google Voice, and offer the ability to tether without paying extra.

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RIM PlayBook – Promising, but Not Perfect

There have been rumors about the Blackpad and RIM even acquired blackpad.com for whatever the reason. However, earlier today – RIM announce the plans for a multi-media slate style tablet. This tablet features a 1Ghz CPU, and 1GB of Ram which puts the standard 624Mhz with 256MB of memory that most of the newer RIM devices have to shame.

It has even been touted as the iPad killer for business users. So, why don’t I see this as perfect, or even marketable as perfect? Well, first – when tech blogs are touting this as the iPad killer for business users, that right there is the big problem. However, what I feel as the other problems is completely RIM’s fault.

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RIM Might Be Giving In to Touch Screen.

Original Article ( http://fsp.tw/24 )

RIM, the makers of Blackberry might be coming out with OS 6.0 which would be an upgrade most likely for all of the 9xxx series phones like the 9000, 96xx, 95xx, and 9700. There are a number of features that seem to otherwise keep RIM from being stronger in the Smart Phone market. Of course, RIM is still a superb platform, but when people want to make the most of the phone’s size, and capabilities – this is where RIM has lacked.

One of the things that have seem to be famous for RIM was QWERTY keyboards targeting ½ QWERTY (Sure Type) keyboards for consumers. However as consumers focused their desires on models like the 83×0, 9000, and now the 9700 – it would seem as they would be pulling back on ½ QWERTY, at least for a physical keyboard.

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Tele Fingers – OK, but not perfect.

About a week ago, I received a pair of Tele Finger gloves after paying $20, and waiting for a week for them. For those that may not know what they are, they ideally allow you to wear the gloves to keep your hands warm, while allowing you to use a capacitive touch screen such as what are on most said phones.

And while I hadn’t used them daily in real world applications, the benefits, and disadvantages are definitely apparent. First, let me discuss what the touch screen types are, and how they relate. Capacitive touch screens are on most new phones. Almost all Android OS phones have them. The iPhones have, and even a few Windows Mobile have them. The design of the phone allows for multi-touch, and therefore interface has to just be built into the OS, but obviously everyone is worried about hurting Apple’s feelings. Capacitive screens however requires an electrical current that your fingers generate to be recognized. This allows for it to recognize exactly where the fingers are, and therefore more accurate.

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I just hate to make sacrifices

OK, after a bit of research, it would seem as if the 95xx from RIM would go again exclusively to Verizon. Maybe, a 9520 would go to AT&T, but for some reason – no RIM Touch screen phone for T-Mobile. This a bit of a shame as I was hoping for such.

Now, I am forced to have to be prepared to make a decision on my future that would not have everything I need and want. With the possibility of a $50 everything plan coming to T-Mobile, UMA will not be as important since most areas I go to has cellular coverage. However, UMA is still valuable. So, I would have to decide which of the two phone I would want.

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Once You Go Blackberry, You May Never Go Back

People who use a RIM Blackberry Device on a very regular basis are sometimes called CrackBerries. For some reason, one finds the Blackberry device so easy, and so powerful, that they would find it hard to live without one. Let’s face it, email, push notifications, and one of the best access to applications, it makes sense that such a phone has an appeal.

One may even say that the Blackberry may have been responsible for the demise of the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). They are able to do everything your old PDA could do, and make phone calls as well. In a matter of fact, you could use the PDA’s Contact Directory to make calls from.

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Please – something good within a year

I’m at a dilemma here. I’m on a contract that ends in July for my phone, and I do want something better. However, I am stuck at some issues that is coming out. I don’t think there is anything perfect as for solutions, and this is of course partially the fault of the carrier. Maybe I should explain my situation. I bought a RIM Blackberry 8320. For those that don’t know, this is like the 8300, but lacking GPS for wifi, and UMA calling. I love the 8320 with the exception of the that as with all Blackberrys with numbers between 8000 and 8999, the data connection is EDGE. Also, the 8320 has no GPS. So, this means if I want GPS, I have to rely on Bluetooth, and the one I bought kills the battery, and was pretty much crap.

So, what do I want in my phone? Well, a smart phone of course. I am not going for iPhone even if it was on T-Mobile, and forget WinMo as a standard phone. I heard too many bad things of Windows Mobile, and I am not committing to 2 years of anything to regret over. GPS, and 3G is a must. I hate relying on Cell Triangulation, which could be accurate from 100 – 1000 meters. Oh, yeah – really good if I should have to go into a wheelchair, and trying to find a bus stop. EDGE is OK for some things, but I do rely on my phone for more than just basic browsing, and basic email. I definitely would love to have a call manager. I think it is more flexible, and cheaper to control incoming calls from the phone than to rely on Google Voice for the half ass way they do the phone rules. Don’t get me wrong, Google Voice is great, but not perfect. I would like to have UMA, although I am not as important to since I’m unloved, and no one calls. However, UMA is still important to keep my cell phone bill assured down.

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