Off topic: I’m a few weeks with the Blackberry Curve (8330) and it is a major leap forward from the un-smartphone I had before. And of all things, I began to use it for just about everything: task management, music, some card games, blah, blah, blah. Reception is always absolutely clear, and for $99 it was a great buy. But there is one question that I’m puzzled about – and maybe one of my readers could clue me in on this: why did Apple lock itself up with AT&T. I know that Verizon and AT&T use different – what do you call it – protocols, systems, for broadband and wi-fi. But I would have to believe that Apple could easily offer a version for Verizon and a version for AT&T. I just use them as examples because I forgot the acronyms for the two systems.
But that decision is something I don’t understand. So if it’s not a technical thing – why did they partner with AT&T, and do you think that in the future they will offer iPhones for Verizon customers. I became very interested in the mobile environment after getting the BB. Although there are tons of BB Apps – it’s RIM is still behind Apple as far as innovative Operating Systems go. (Though Google is taking a crack at the market now… but that’s another story).
It’s true that more BB Curves were sold than iPhones in the last quarter – but given that BB has been around for a long time, and that they work with many carriers – plus they were actually giving them away – it isn’t a fair comparison. If the iPhone was available for various carriers – it would have blown BB out of the water. So again – I wonder about this tie with AT&T and whether it was a sort of stepping stone – before introducing a version for other carriers – or whether there is some business reason for the partnership that escapes me.
Just one of those things that bugs me. Also, I used the camera on the Curve this morning and was surprised to find that it had a very pleasing and soft flash that went off. Also, that you can buy an app to turn it into a flashlight. Kind of cool for when I’m out shooting at night. I’ll tell you, once you take a dip into this digital stuff – it really pulls you in.
Next trip – I’ll have my BB, and eBook – and even though I’m going to a desolate spot without any signals – between these two small gadgets, it’s sort of like taking your home with you. I still haven’t gotten to the point where you’ll see me walking through the streets staring down at the BB – but I do have it with me – usually turned off – and sometimes I’ll just sit down in the park – turn it on – and go through my e-mails which are my lifeline. I can see how it really is possible to run your business (this sort of web-based business) from this tiny thing that reminds me of – what were they called in Star Trek – tricorders? I just got that. First re-corders. Then tri-corders. And eventually quad-corders. Ah, that Rodenberry. Genius. Only thing that’s missing is some sort of stun device, and that thing that McCoy had for doing cat-scans on the go. But that day will come.