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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review April 6, 2007 / 19 Nissan, 5767

BlackBerry Gets Biz Phone Right

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During the recent Federal Office Systems Expo at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Michael Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive of Research in Motion, expressed great confidence in the BlackBerry 8800 phone/PDA device, almost as much for what it didn't have as for what it contained.


The 8800, Mr. Lazaridis explained, doesn't have a built-in camera, because in many corporations, enterprises and government agencies - think of the Defense Department, for example - having a camera at hand isn't always a good thing. This device, available from Cingular Wireless for as little as $299 with a two-year service commitment, elevates handheld communications to a new level.


I hate to say it, but I have to imagine that my trusty Treo smartphones, the Palm, Inc., products I've loved for so long, may have finally met their match.


The 8800 is larger than the BlackBerry Pearl reviewed here a few weeks back. It has a full "QWERTY," or typewriter-style, keyboard, a color display, and the BlackBerry e-mail system, along with support for up to 10 -- count 'em -- different e-mail accounts. The unit has 64 Mbytes of memory, but can be augmented with "micro" SecureDigital, or SD, cards of up to 1 Gbyte of RAM. The device is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled phone, which, as with the Pearl, means it can operate in most of the world, and with high-speed data as well. There's a Bluetooth connectivity feature which lets you use wireless headsets and other devices as well.


This new phone also incorporates the TeleNav Track GPS service, which is promoted as "an affordable enterprise-grade application" including location-tracking, mileage-tracking, wireless time sheets, alerts and detailed location reporting to capture field data. Cingular, in a statement, said a "premium" TeleNav Track product can also be had, offering "wireless forms, dispatching, barcode- scanning support and voice and on-screen turn-by-turn GPS directions." The service costs an extra $13 or $22 per month, on top of phone and data charges.


In short, the BlackBerry 8800 can not only tell you that you have an appointment, it can tell you how to get there. For those whose business takes them to different, and perhaps unfamiliar, U.S. cities, this feature could be of tremendous help.


For most of us, I suspect, the key elements will be phone, e-mail, and Web browsing. In these areas, the BlackBerry 8800 is one of the most amazing devices I've come across. As a phone, it's as good as any device out there. There's an included corded heaset, if you don't want to use Bluetooth, and the built-in speaker and microphone are excellent. Dialing is relatively easy, although I wish there were an onscreen dialpad with the traditional "ABC" arrangement found on phones. When I see a number such as "1-877-CALL-BOB," I'd sure love to see what I'm dialing.


Web browsing is easy, although the lack of Java capability renders some Web sites unreadable. Such would be a problem on other handheld phones with Internet capabilities, so I won't fault BlackBerry here. The 320-by-240 pixel display screen is bright and readable; the built-in trackball makes navigating a Web page easy.


The 8800's e-mail approach is flat-out amazing: I entered my e-mail addresses and password and the BlackBerry device did the rest. No port settings, no fuss, no bother - it all worked, quickly and very well. Getting and sending e-mail is a breeze.


Am I sold? Heck yes. You might be, too. Details are at www.blackberry8800.com.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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