I sure wish my BlackBerry could do this… by Robb Dunewood | Jun 11, 2006 | BlackBerry | 6 comments Motorola Q, Moto Q, SlingBox Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 6 Comments JM on June 11, 2006 at 8:09 am Wow! I would so love to have that capability to watch the World Cup on my phone. So cool Reply Martin C. on June 11, 2006 at 8:56 am Even though they say that you have to reboot the Moto Q two or three times a day, you have to admit that this is pretty cool. Reply SB on June 11, 2006 at 12:54 pm Yawn…..toys are toys and tools are tools. This is a toy!!!! Reply Thought on June 12, 2006 at 12:21 am SB makes a great point. The BB’s in their current form are well designed business tools. They do what they do very well, but it is a relatively narrowly defined functionality. The Q is indeed a cool device; if you haven’t seen one at a store, go see one and you will be impressed by it’s sleek design and very nice screen. But as SB points out, it’s really designed to be a fun device…a toy, if you will. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s an entirely different purpose. That being said, the Q is crippled by its Microsoft Windows Mobile OS. Typical of WM, it’s not as easy to use or as stable as other competitors, like the BB OS or the Palm OS. One big flaw of WM: it’s very difficult to actually close programs; attempting to close a program the conventional way only “minimizes” it and puts it running in the background. This of course means that for many users, their memory will be tied up with all of their apps running, without them even realizing it…then the system slows down or crashes. The only way to close a program is to go into the memory manager applet and close them. It’s very awkward and completely counterintuitive, like so many operations on WM. Enterprise users will not flock to this device; the BB OS and email is still superior. In fact, what would be a great device would be a Q with the BB OS running on it. That would work well. Reply Rick Mahn on June 12, 2006 at 12:48 am Well, “Thought” & SB, (nice names), the reality is that this device is hardly a toy. Yes the issues Thought points out are true of some WIndows Mobile devices, not all have the same issues. You would be surprised at how many enterprise users actually ask for Windows Mobile and Palm devices by name. Also, the number of people who prefer BB to WM or Palm when presented with the devices side-by-side are surprisingly small. One of the things I’ve found during out BlackBerry rollout at work, is that many people are discovering that they have mobile needs far outside the feature set of BlackBerry. One common question is “can I get BlackBerry email on my Treo, MDA, XDA, SDA, KJAM, JASJAR, MDX, etc…? While our initial plans were to add BlackBerry for mobile use, we will also be adding support for Windows Mobile and Palm devices as it allow our user mix a much wider selection with a smaller added cost over time. The latest BlackBerries are great devices, and will only improve as all platforms do – and there is no better mobile email deliver system then BlackBerry. I’ve had the luxury of using all these platforms, have discovered the strengths and weaknesses of each, and know that there is a place for each one. Laugh at WM devices if you will – but don’t be surprised at their adoption rate, its only going to pick up steam. Reply Robb Dunewood on June 12, 2006 at 8:20 am I tend to agree with Rick on this one. I definately use my BlackBerry for business, however, I would like to use if for other things as well. There is no question that the overwhelming majority of people use their BlackBerry devices for business, however, it is viewed as a tool for work, much like a laptop. I would imagine that 60% of Blackberry users couldn’t even tell you what model they have. Consumers are buying these other devices, not because they can hook them up to their corporate email, but becasue the are “cool” and they do what they want them to do. If these other devices just happen to be able to get email , which is the primary use case for 90% of those same corporate customers, these very organizations, such as Rick’s, will start to hook them up to their systems. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.