My Name is Robb… and I am a BlackBerry Addict.
I first started using BlackBerry devices almost exactly 1 year ago. I will never forget the day as it was the first day that the BlackBerry 7100t from T-Mobile was available in stores. I know many of you don’t care for the candybar style 71xx series BlackBerry devices, however, a BlackBerry that was closer to the size of a regular cell phone was exactly what I was looking for.
I was a diehard Pocket PC / Windows Mobile user before I got hooked on BlackBerry and had been carrying a Pocket PC device around with me for years. I never intended to become a “CrackBerry Addict”, as we are sometimes called. It just kind of happened. The only reason that I even bought a BlackBerry was because my previous cell phone had an unfortunate encounter with a concrete patio from about 20 feet above. I bought myself a BlackBerry 7100t because it was small, and because it had Bluetooth, which at the time I thought could be used with my iPaq to get it online. I was pretty upset when I found out that the Bluetooth on my BlackBerry was for headsets only and almost took the device back, however, for some reason I just couldn’t. I know now that addiction sets in almost immediately.
Within a few days of using the BlackBerry 7100t for personal email only, I started to see the power of the device. Even though the company that I work for didn’t have the 7100t on the list of approved models that they support on BES, I pulled a few strings to get mine hooked up. The days of coming into the office and having to weed through 30 to 40 emails were gone. No longer would I have to pull my laptop out in airports hoping that I could find a spot near an AC outlet. I often wondered how I ever got anything done before I had my BlackBerry 7100t.
After just three months of using a BlackBerry Berry, I removed my Pocket PC device that I had been carrying around with me in one model or another for the passed 5 years. It wasn’t that I didn’t still like my my iPaq 5555. I just didn’t use it enough to remember to recharge it every couple of days for when I did occasionally pull it out to play a game or listen to MP3s.
I’ve become so enamoured with my BlackBerry that I’ve created a website devoted to it. I spend countless hours researching and speculating where Research in Motion will go next. I have a regular 9 to 5 that has absolutely nothing to do with BlackBerry yet I find myself staying up till wee hours of the morning looking for new BlackBerry stuff to write about. Take this post for example. It is almost 1:00 a.m. in the morning, I have to catch a 7:00 a.m. flight, yet I am still up trying to feed my BlackBerry addiction.
Man, I’ve got it bad…
but are you having any pain from using it so much?
shoot me an email if you are…
When the 7100t came out, I was considering getting it but I chickened out. I didn’t really like the blue color scheme either. Obiviously, you love it. Anyway, now that the 7105t is out, I’m considering getting it. I like the gray/black color and the improvements. I know that it is only a minor upgrade but I’ve heard it addresses many of the concerns people had with the 7100t. I was wondering if you had the chance to play with one and if you had an opinion on it. Noticeable difference from 7100t? I’m 85% sure I will get one. Thanks! I’m still a little disappointed that there is no EDGE though.
I have looked at a 7105t in the store and there were really two things that stood out that were different than the 7100t. The screen seems much clearer. I’ve heard that it you can see it in direct sunlight which I couldn’t test for myself, however, it sure looked good indoors compared to my 7100t. The biggest improvment that I could see in my five minutes of playing with a 7105t was the contoured keypad. Being almost 6′ 5″ inches tall and having very large hands, this was a very noticable and much appreciated improvement.
I won’t be upgrading to a 7105t because I am switching carriers and moving to Verizon before the end of the year, however, I would definately upgrade if I were staying with T-Mobile.
By the By. I am not having any problems with T-Mobile. The company that I work for is switching carriers.