blackberry 8830 With all of the hype and excitement over the iPhone 3G, it’s easy to forget the phones that have come before it and what they can do for you.

I actually spent Thursday of this week, the day before the new iPhone release, traveling on business.  Due to my hectic schedule, I very rarely get out of the office, and this was the first time I had done so since getting my BlackBerry 8830 a few months ago.  All I can say is that I was more than slightly amazed by all of the things I really could do from it.

Over the course of the day, I:

- Sent and received IM conversations on GTalk with no problems.

- Updated and kept up with Twitter via the TwitterBerry Applicaton.

- Was able to check out some posts on Google Reader as I drove down the road (as a passenger, not while driving).

- Using Google Maps, I was able to track my location fairly accurately, even while moving down the road in a car.

It may not be as “sexy” as an iPhone, but it is a very functional piece of equipment, with a full physical QWERTY keyboard that is a heck of a lot easier to type on than an onscreen keyboard like the iPhone features.  In my real-life tests of it while out on the road, with numerous issues happening back at the office, it worked with flying colors, and while I am sure the iPhone may handle things just as well, for now I am happy to stick with my BlackBerry 8830.

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