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.Â 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.Â 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.
- 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.Â 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.