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About 2 months ago my wife and I were up for new phones through Verizon and they were having a deal on the Blackberry Storm, buy 1 get 1 free.  I thought cool.  I have had a Windows Mobile phone for a while and liked it, but I also really liked the last Blackberry I had.  Being the geek that I am and always wanting something new, had my wife take a look at the Storm and she liked it.  Long story short, we walked away (a few hours later) with 2 new Blackberrry Storms.  I was quite excited.

So I began looking for software to install on it and put the facebook app on it (not sure why, I never use it) and Twitterberry so I could tweet from my phone and stay up on tweets while I was not at my computer.  I quickly got annoyed with Twitterberry because on the main timeline screen the tweets didn't wrap so I could only see part of the tweet unless I clicked into it.  Frustrating, but still useable enought, I didn't look for another client.  Twitterberry, however, was the least of my problems.

One of the biggest things I loved about my Windowss Mobile phone was that my email and appointments synced really well with Exchange at work.  Well, unless you have the blackberry email service, you can forget getting that to work right.  My other personal email accounts worked just fine, but when ever I would reply to an email in Outlook 2007, the email would get duplicated on my blackberry.  It wasn't that it showed me my reply, it actually duplicated the original email that was sent to me.  So if I wasn't paying attenction, I would think I actually got an email from that person that needed attention.  Frustating, but since I tend to ignore email as much as I can while writing code anyway, it was a minor annoyance. 

I flag email in Outlook so that I can keep track of what needs to be done so I don't forget about it.  I also am very OCD about not having unread email in my inbox so I flag everything that I will need to either read later or that will need attenction.  This is especially helpful to me since I do tend to ignore my email while I'm trying to write code.  I have Outlook 2003 on my work PC and Outlook 2007 on my laptop.  I use the Outlook 2003 just to keep tabs on things if I am working on my pc instead of my laptop (however rare that may be).  The problem I ran into was I could flag something in Outlook 2003 and it would properly flag and when I looked back at my laptop running Outlook 2007, the message was flagged.  But anytime I flagged (or unflagged) an email in Outlook 2007, it would duplicate the email on my Blackberry, again. 

So if I flagged an email, later read it and unflagged it and then replied, my Blackberry would have 4 copies of the email. Just completely unnecessary.

I would have other problems where sometimes, for no obvious reason, my Blackberry would re-download all of my email again.  So suddenly I'd have over 1,000 unread emails on my phone tha I had to get rid of.  This happened probably 6 of 7 times in the last month.  Coupled with the fact that it would occasionally lockup and take 5 minutes to reboot, needless to say, I've been very unhappy with my Blackberry.  I thought on multiple occasions of going back to my Windows Mobile phone, but I did like the browser and bigger screen of my blackberry.   Finally today though, I had enough.  Since I had the day off, I went first thing down to the Verizon store and reactivated my Windows Mobile phone.

I now feel like a whole person again.

P.S.  I have a 2 month old Blackberry Storm for sale if anybody is interested...

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009 11:35 AM | Back to top

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