So Many BlackBerry Users

During any break in the Microsoft TechDays event in Toronto I couldn’t help but notice the vast amount of BlackBerry owners in the room. I was also surprised to see very few iPhone users (I can literally count them on one hand) . 

So is having a BlackBerry part of the whole ‘being professional’ package? Or is a BlackBerry the only answer to push email that professionals are most comfortable with and can trust and rely on when out of the office?

I think I just answered my own questions.

Whatever the reason those people may have for owning a BlackBerry, it certainly makes me proud for owning one.

The Problem is You and not the BlackBerry Bold

You know what? I am sick and tired of reading about some Bold owners complain about the device’s battery life. Whether you’re on the official BlackBerry Support Forums or over at CrackBerry.com Forum, you’ll come across people who just can’t stop complaining about the Bold’s battery life. 

Ever since I bought my Bold from Rogers Wireless a couple of weeks ago, I was able to use it for 3 days straight before the device even started asking to be recharged. So what exactly are those users doing on their BlackBerry Bold that requires them to charge it sometimes twice a day?

Here is my advice: buy a freakin’ computer! Stop using your cellphone for the wrong reasons. So what if it’s a smartphone? It still doesn’t mean that it replaces your laptop or your home PC.

I constantly use my BlackBerry Bold to blog, browse the web for the latest news, maybe check out a couple of YouTube videos every once in a while and I still manage to get through 3 days on a single charge. But that doesn’t mean I completely forgotten about my laptop and was satisfied with just using my BlackBerry. I try as much as I can not to waste my BlackBerry’s battery on stuff that can wait till I get my hands on a PC.

Smartphones aren’t there to replace your computer. If you’re home and using your BlackBerry Bold to surf and chat online, then maybe you should jump on your computer instead. Stop blaming the device and start becoming more aware of how much you use it and for what reasons.

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Windows Live for BlackBerry

Things has never been easier when it comes to blogging on my Windows Live Space. And using the convenient QWERTY keyboard to blog directly from my BlackBerry Bold is something I am highly proud of.

Whenever I feel like saying something on my Windows Live Space, I quickly pull out my BlackBerry Bold and start typing away. It’s as if I am always taking my Space with me where ever I go. Plus, I am always connected to my Windows Live Hotmail through the seamless and easy setup of Windows Live on my BlackBerry Bold. And that’s not all, I also have the slick and user friendly Windows Live Messenger application for BlackBerry devices. This way I am always thumbs away from reaching my Messenger contacts.

Windows Live is not just designed and developed for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS (did I miss any?). It’s also for BlackBerry owners and road warriors.

You might hear people saying that they can’t live without their phones, or their computers, or their cars. Well, Windows Live has become an essential part of my life and many others. Living without it would be a type of punishment. At least in my opinion.

To get a copy of Windows Live Messenger for your BlackBerry, go to http://www.blackberry.com/select/live/

BlackBerry Bold v4.6.0.162

Last night I read on several mobile blogs that a OS update for the BlackBerry Bold was available for those on the Rogers Wireless network, such as yours truly. So I went ahead and downloaded the latest OS v4.6.0.162 and installed it on my computer, connected my Bold, and fired up BlackBerry Desktop Manager. 

Desktop Manager alerted me that an update for my device was available so I followed the on-screen instructions and in a few clicks the upgrade was in progress. The process took around 30 minutes.

After the upgrade was successfully completed I played around with the device to see if everything was ok but unfortunately I had a couple of minor issues. Clicking on the Browser icon always took me to the Rogers Mall site as well as Facebook and Windows Live Messenger refused to connect.

After Googling for a bit, I found a simple fix that solved all the issues mentioned above. I had to go to Options -> Advanced Options -> Host Routing Table -> Highlight first row -> Press the BB button -> click on Register Now.

After that is done I did a hard reboot (took out the battery and placed it back in) and everything was back to normal.

There is definitely a lot of improvements in this version. The browser is faster when navigating or loading sites and the overall responsiveness of the OS got better.

This upgrade should also address the memory leak problem a lot of Bold users were facing as well.

In general, this is an essential upgrade for all BlackBerry Bold owners out there.

Hello BlackBerry Bold

After using a Nokia E61 for many years, then switching to an iPhone for a long time now, I somewhat felt the need (or could be desire) to try something totally different. And that’s when I went for a visit to the mall and got myself a brand new BlackBerry Bold.

As you may know, the Bold isn’t using Windows Mobile, Symbian or a Mac OS X. It’s using BlackBerry’s own operating system. And that’s what I meant by completely different.

So far I can honestly say that I am impressed by the phone’s form factor, design and the comfortable keyboard which I am using to type out this blog post. The thing that impressed me the most is its home screen. It’s not just beautiful, but it also has all the information you need right of the home screen. And the scroll wheel does an incredible job navigating through the phone’s menu, applications and web browser.

I was surprised by how amazing the sound and video quality was on the BlackBerry Bold. The sound is crystal clear and the video is crisp and vivid. It definitely makes me want to watch some high quality video clips or movies on this phone.

So as you can tell, I am obviously loving the BlackBerry Bold and this is just day one!

I will certainly continue to blog about my experience using the Bold and hopefully I get to experiment soon with new software.