So my story for today is the absolute pleasure I had switching from the 8700 Blackberry to the 8800. I don’t quite know if I like the new one more than the old one but there are just some things that Blackberry gets done PERFECTLY and so few people ever write about it.
I went to Cingular Wireless today I arrived at the store at 8:45am for a 9:00am store opening, but it seems that someone had been out partying all to late the night before and they opened the store at 9:30. Holy sh*t, who can get away with this in modern mall society? This is a Cingular / ATT corporate store and not some independent who opened up late… Well enough about that, back to the phone.
I have been a Blackberry user for about 4 years, I have had the 7100, 7290, 8700 and now the 8800 and the thing that keeps me coming back is the provisioning feature of the phone. I am connected to a BES server and all of my contacts, calendar events and emails are stored on the server and I wirelessly sync to the phone to keep everything updated.
This is how it went:
I walked in and asked them if they had the 8800. They said yes, and I let them know that I wanted it. They provisioned it on my account within 10 minutes and while I was waiting I performed a wireless sync from my 8700 to the BES. After the sync was finished, it took about 30 seconds I performed a “wipe handheld” and typed in the security phrase “blackberry”. The old phone completely wiped all of my pertinent information and it was now factory fresh. I called the office to have them set me a new BES activation password (which took longer than the entire process at Cingular) and then I inserted my old SIM into my new phone. It took a little getting used to but finally I figured out how to do an Enterprise Activation, I entered my password and within 5 minutes I had synced the data.
I have about 900 active contacts and I keep my calendar for 60 days on the handheld so there was quite a bit to do. The phone finally displayed Activation Complete and there it was… all of my contacts, all of my calendar items and all of my tasks where there… Amazing!
I also discovered that my settings had also transfered to this new phone – one of my biggest and must do settings is to update the Auto On/Off settings. I like my phone to wake up at 7am and go to sleep – without this I would be on with clients 24/7. I navigated to the settings and I was AMAZED to find that it kept everything from the old phone.
So I migrated to the latest technology in less then 10 minutes including all contacts and I am just thrilled about RIMS tight integration.
If you want to know what I think about the phone? I am disappointed by the lack of 3G and WiFi but I can live without these. I am not enthusiastic about the missing thumbwheel on the right side of the phone but from what I understand the little nipple trackball is going to become the standard. So there is no time like the present to adjust and just move on.
The display is amazing, the color and the clarity is fantastic – there is no font that does not look great on the screen. I am told that the usability and functionality will usurp the previous models, I’ll just have to wait and see.
I’ll give it a few weeks and let you know how it goes. Oh yea – for those of you that PIN the text of an incoming PIN is red so that you don’t miss it in your inbox.