Blackberry: Classic or Dud?

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Just got my first BB, against my will. The idea of having phone and web and SMS seems cool, but the fact that I am getting work emails on it kinda sorta totally sux. Plus, I was just about to get an iPhone.

libcrypt, Friday, 8 February 2008 05:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

getting emails don't mean you have to reply to them

electricsound, Friday, 8 February 2008 05:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yah, but it's harder to pretend that I ain't seen 'em.

libcrypt, Friday, 8 February 2008 05:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

love brickbreaker

jabba hands, Friday, 8 February 2008 05:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

uhm so which blackberry is better? the curve or the pearl or what?

bell_labs, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

pearl is fine if you don't mind the condensed keyboard. but if you're going to be pounding out a lot of text get the full sized one.

carne asada, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Curve is the sweet spot right now, I think. I have one(my second BB) it is a great phone and great email device, web browsing is a little old fashioned though. New Blackberries are imminent, though, with updated OS, interface etc.

Ed, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

hm. how imminent? should i wait?

bell_labs, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think you should wait as the browser promises to be a lot better and you can actually make use of the wifi as a network connection. They are talking about a July release:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/25/blackberry-bold-hands-on/

Ed, Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Still wishing I had an iPhone instead of this POS.

libcrypt, Thursday, 26 June 2008 16:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

i kinda want an iphone but im not into the touch screen and i doubt my work email will work on it since i can't even get my work email on my regular mac. also the at&t plans are $$$$.

bell_labs, Thursday, 26 June 2008 16:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

the blackberry bold looks cool but it will probably be really expensive when it comes out? but maybe the prices of the other ones will go down? i really don't need to be on the cutting edge of technology.

bell_labs, Thursday, 26 June 2008 16:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can anyone on ILX beat my high score of 27760 in brick breaker?

Will M., Thursday, 26 June 2008 17:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

i kinda want an iphone but im not into the touch screen and i doubt my work email will work on it since i can't even get my work email on my regular mac.

what email server do you guys use? lotus or something? exchange works with both mail.app and entourage (entourage is bullshit though).

akm, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can anyone on ILX beat my high score of 27760 in brick breaker?

-- Will M., Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:56 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

damn,what level is that?

carne asada, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

work email is outlook. for whatever reason, remote access doesn't work on either safari or firefox, only on internet explorer (which is no longer available for macs).

bell_labs, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

I am posting from my blackberry wireless thingy I got yesterday. So far: can't access my work email, tho I know its possible since my boss sends me 30 emails a day from hers. And I can't figure out how to get to facebook apps despite installing the facebook thing. I really need to feed my cute cat damnit! But overall its cool.

bell_labs, Saturday, 28 June 2008 16:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

you may not be able to do full facebook stuff... certain apps probably require java or flash or i don't know what technical stuff that is not avail on a bb.

tehresa, Saturday, 28 June 2008 16:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

you can upload pics, write on walls, read messages, etc. though.

tehresa, Saturday, 28 June 2008 16:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

How do I change my ringtone? Also where is the best place to download ringtones from? I have never even had a phone where I could do this lol

bell_labs, Saturday, 28 June 2008 19:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

You change ringtone in Profiles, you can also set ring tones for people in your address book. I have no idea how to add ringtones other than the standard ones.

Ed, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

sometimes i bluetooth mp3s to my phone to make a ringtone.

tehresa, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just worked it out. In the Media player application, select the tune you want and hit the menu key and choose set as phone tune.

Ed, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

Or, in fact, hit browse at the top of the list of tones in the relavent section of profiles and you can pick any music file loaded onto the device.

Ed, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

Still wishing I had an iPhone instead of this POS.

Don't. The iPhone is pretty and the iPod in it is great but it's lacking some pretty basic functionality that practically every other smartphone has like:

- copy/paste
- camera zoom
- search on contacts/emails
- MMS

The next iPhone update will add the ability to purchase and install native applications on it without hacking it; meanwhile, there are a bazillion apps for the Blackberry that you can download and install now.

I think the iPhone 3G might be worth getting in about a year. The current one is not necessary unless you are just dying to have a pretty phone.

HI DERE, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

(Oh, I forgot to mention that the default way to set a custom ringtone on an iPhone is to pay Apple to let iTunes convert a snippet of a song for you.)

HI DERE, Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why does my blackberry fwd the emails I send to me? Also is there a way to link it to my outlook calendar? Otherwise I love this thing. I downloaded zelda for it and a bunch of other games.

bell_labs, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 02:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

does anyone else here call blackberry "crackberry"? i can't be the only one

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 02:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just downloaded Opera Mini for my blackberry and it's improved the thing 1 million billion percent. Now browsing the web from my blackberry is like being on the actual internet rather than an even more aggravating than usual skeletal version of it. Opera Mini is great!

saudade, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 03:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why does my blackberry fwd the emails I send to me? Also is there a way to link it to my outlook calendar? Otherwise I love this thing. I downloaded zelda for it and a bunch of other games.

Download Blackberry Desktop from blackberry.com

Ed, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 06:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

ok thanks guys!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

What does it mean when the Blackberry is on and everything seems normal with no messages or anything but the light blinks blue?

libcrypt, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

does it always do this? it could just be that you have the LED coverage indicator turned on.

carne asada, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

No, this is the first time I have noticed it. Usually it's either green or red.

libcrypt, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just an aside: Does anyone else get these kinda notices several times a month?


***IMPORTANT***
BLACKBERRY DATA NETWORK OUTAGE
Due to a system upgrade, there will be a Blackberry data network outage on Wednesday, July 2nd from 1:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this time, no email will be sent/received using your Blackberry device.
NOTE: Sending/receiving e-mail from your desktop or PC will not be impacted during this outage. Only the Blackberry devices will be affected.
Any email sent to you during this outage will be forwarded to your Blackberry when the network becomes available at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
This outage will not impact the cell phone network. If your Blackberry has voice and data service, you will continue to be able to make/receive calls and send/receive SMS messages during the outage..
Thank you in advance for your understanding.

libcrypt, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can anyone on ILX beat my high score of 27760 in brick breaker?

-- Will M., Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:56 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

damn,what level is that?

When you beat level 34 the game loops back to level 1, but autmatically the ball goes really fast and the puzzle starts "falling" downwards. I think I made it to level 20-ish on the 2nd run-through.

Will M., Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Blue - Blue is for Bluetooth. A flashing blue light indicates an active connection via bluetooth. Enable/disable this feature under Applications > Options > Bluetooth > Menu > Options > LED Connection Indicator: On/Off

Green - Green is for coverage indicator. Who really wants to be continuously reminded they are in a service area? Not me. Enable/disable this "feature" under Applications > Options > Screen/Keyboard > LED Coverage Indicator On/Off

Red- This is the good one! A flashing red light indicates a new message is waiting. Check under your messages folder for any unread items. You can choose to be notified of new messages visually under Applications > Profiles > Advanced > [Select profile you wish to modify] > [Select message type you wish to modify] > Repeat Notification LED Flashing/Off

Yellow - Yellow indicates that you are running out of battery. Find a charger quickly! Thanks Catt!

carne asada, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

^ copied from some blackberry forum

carne asada, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Thanks carne dude. My bluetooth headset is off, so I dunno what it could be.....

SOMEONE ELSE IS CONTROLLING MY PHONE OH NO!

libcrypt, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 19:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

red is the crackberry nipple calling you

Ed, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 19:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also where is the best place to download ringtones from? I

There are probably better but funtonia.com has unlimited ringtones/realtones for a set fee.

felicity, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 20:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ok am I an idiot? I'm trying to install opera mini, and it says to scroll down to the bottom of the user agreement and hit the accept button. Yet I see no accept button anywhere on the paqe?

bell_labs, Friday, 4 July 2008 17:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

That confused me too, but I don't remember what I did exactly. Could it be that you scroll, then hit the menu button and there's the "accept" option?

saudade, Saturday, 5 July 2008 22:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

hey y'all, finally got one. Classic late adopter. I wanted an organizer phone so I didn't have to use my clunky planner all the time. Also honestly I just felt left out with all my fellow law students using them, lame as that is.

Garri$on Kilo (Hurting 2), Saturday, 23 May 2009 02:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wonder how it compares to an iphone. I don't think I could live without my iphone (hah!).

the tip of the tongue taking a trip tralalala (stevienixed), Saturday, 23 May 2009 08:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

I got given a free Blackberry Storm the other week and within a few days went back to my old Curve. The touch-screen keyboard just seemed incredibly difficult to use and unresponsive, which kind of defies the point of the device. It looked great but I'm not sure whether it's objectively worse than the iPhone I just don't like touch-scree interfaces.

The old-skool Curve is classic for all time though. Also it has a much better version of Brickbreaker, which is all important.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Saturday, 23 May 2009 09:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm not that crazy about the Blackberry browser, but in a way it's a good thing internet isn't too easy to use on it so that I won't be wasting time on it all the time. The planner function, the ability to get e-mail and the keyboard are all great.

Garri$on Kilo (Hurting 2), Saturday, 23 May 2009 22:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

i need to get a blackberry this week. what kind should i get? i'll want to use it for typing a lot so no touch-screen keyboards. and where should i get it from, to get the best deals? (my current phone is virgin pay-as-u-go lol, so no upgrading possible really.) tell me the things i need to know in order not to wander into the shop and be entirely at the mercy of evil salesmen~~~

lex pretend, Monday, 7 September 2009 09:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, me too! (funnily enough)

Mark G, Monday, 7 September 2009 09:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I often wonder if it's easy to type on the BB keyboards.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 7 September 2009 10:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Don't. The iPhone is pretty and the iPod in it is great but it's lacking some pretty basic functionality that practically every other smartphone has like:

- copy/paste
- camera zoom
- search on contacts/emails
- MMS

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 7 September 2009 10:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

I meant to say LOL

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 7 September 2009 10:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

My present phone has camera/zoom, it's good if you want much lower resolution close-ups.

(Is that why the LOL, nath?)

Mark G, Monday, 7 September 2009 11:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

curve 8520 v 8900... one has awesome new track/scroller thing (less annoying than the pearl) but the other has better screen resolution.

tehresa, Saturday, 3 October 2009 19:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

i had an 8900 for a minute. it was alright for what it was but i had gotten used to 3g so i had to move off blackberry (t-mobile still needs to get it together as far as smartphone selection - do they even have touchscreen blackberrys yet?)

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/compare/product-attr-compare.jsp?products=1528&products=1686

alex b. skeaton (tremendoid), Saturday, 3 October 2009 20:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

I got the 8900 (definitely way nicer than my really ancient pearl). Tmobile doesn't have the storm - verizon's got a monopoly on it I think, but I refuse to go back to them and I don't want to pay for at&t juat to have an iphone.

tehresa, Saturday, 3 October 2009 22:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

aargh

why does technology hate me so much? trying to d/l twitterberry and it's just not working. says i need to alter my browser configuration but every time i change it to "internet browser" it resets itself automatically to "vodafone live" - why the fuck does it keep doing this??????

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

i also really want to set it so that it vibrates when i get phone calls or text messages but NOT emails. no idea how to do this.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

twitterberry was really messed up on my new blackberry - it would give me the notifier in the top of my home screen and the led would flash and i couldn't get it to go away. some forums said it's a common issue w/ twitterberry. i just deleted it. gotta find a different app. i don't knwo about the dl issue though :(
which bb do you have?

go into your profiles settings and you can set individual alert preferences for each type of communication.

tehresa, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

bb bold. might try ubertwitter, i'm just going by what seems most common on my twitter feed.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

ubertwitter failed as well! "907 invalid COD". technology rage here.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have viigo but i can't figure out how to update, only read!

tehresa, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

our brave new digital future.

am basically following all the steps here - http://orangatame.com/support/?id=50150000000M7fh - but no matter how many times i do step 5 and save, it defaults back to "vodafone live". WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY just whyyyyyyy

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

says i need to alter my browser configuration but every time i change it to "internet browser" it resets itself automatically to "vodafone live" - why the fuck does it keep doing this??????

Mine did that for ages - I think you need to changeit in both Browser Configuration and General Properties. Still, Twitterberry works fine on mine, and it's exactly the same as yours, so no idea what's happening there.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

but i changed it in general properties first as per the instructions! and it just keeps switching back automatically.

it also won't let me log into twitter AT ALL while browsing. AAARGH i hate this stupid machine.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Are you saving before you close?

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

yes!!!!!!!!!! repeatedly! everywhere!

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also, are you doing this in the Browser itself or on the main Blackberry Settings menu?

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Try whichever one you aren't doing.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

So that would be Options -> Advanced Options -> Browser, and then change the default browser configuration that way.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

in the browser. and it worked suddenly and randomly when i did exactly the same thing as i'd been doing in vain all the other times. fuck this technology shit.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

struggling with the profiles now. can't see how to set a default alert for different things?

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haha now NEVER CHANGE IT AND NEVER SWITCH IF OFF EVER AGAIN.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Srsly, whoever devised Level 16 on Brickbreaker is the biggest cunt that ever lived.

Space Battle Rothko (Matt DC), Wednesday, 25 November 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

got an onyx last week

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 25 November 2009 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

new trackpad is like buttah

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 25 November 2009 17:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok, sigh, how the hell do i get photos off the blackberry and on to my mac?? keep trying to drag and drop them but it says "the finder cannot complete the operation because some data in <jpg file> could not be read or written (error code -36)". and i want to throw it all across the room and tear the head off whoever invented these cursed machines.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 14:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Email it to yourself?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 14:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

is there a way to do that with a load of pictures at once?

lex pretend, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

does anyone have the 9650? how's the battery life? browser?

janice (surm), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 17:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

ugh i can't decide if i should get this or stick with my samsung "multimedia phone"

janice (surm), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

also tempted by DROID but i don't want a shit battery life, that's really important to me.

janice (surm), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

i will be free of my 6 year relationship with BB as of 10/17/2010!!!!!!!!

Evo vs. iPhone4 vs. Incredible?

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have a second hand Blackberry in a drawer. I broke my current phone at the weekend and spent all Sunday afternoon trying to figure out all the hows/whats/whys of it before I decided to just give up and stick my SIM in an old Nokia 3310

get the fuck out of my mouth (boxedjoy), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 20:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Pretty happy with the new Blackberry Curve (I think mine is 8330). The newer browser is a huge improvement. I kind of don't want an elaborate gaming/music/app device so much as just a good way to check and send e-mails on the go and occasionally get directions or a quick food recommendation. I find the BB well-suited to this and I like the BB keyboard (probably the main reason I didn't switch to another brand). My stubby fingers and touch screens don't get along.

Ground Zero Mostel (Hurting 2), Sunday, 19 September 2010 18:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

gah, what's the best ilx stylesheet for the blackberry (8520)? the iphone one has all the text in a thin tiny column in the middle of the screen and i don't see an option for a mobile stylesheet (though i did c&p <a href=http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/NewAnswersControllerServlet?xml=true&stylesheet=mobile.xsl&boardid=40>;this</a> but i cant get to search or the individual boards or anything from that link

NI, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Old.css works fine on mine.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's loads better, thanks matt.

what are the best settings? i find that when the list of threads comes up its in real tiny text so i zoom in but then have to select 'column view' to be able to read it properly, same with each thread too. is there a way of setting the blackberry browser to do this automatically?

NI, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

I beat that brick breaker score *sunglasses*

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh wait, no I didn't. i only got 25010

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

can i unbump this

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ha ha brickbreaker is pretty good for a crappy game!

don't smurf (u s steel), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 17:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

you're right...it is crap. full of glitches and terrible level design...75% of the levels after 13 seems designed to be obnoxious and require a few lucky bounces to complete. and yet I keep playing it...hmmmmmm (hmmmmm)

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 17:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...
3 months pass...

stop fucking constantly freezing on me you cunt and just work properly

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

that black square and ticking cursor UGHHHHH

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

my blackberry keeps making noises unbidden - it's like it's tuning in to some radio or something? i didn't tell it to do this, no relevant application seems to be running, i don't even know HOW to make it do it

it first happened the night of the boston bombing - it played a full news report for NO REASON at all and completely freaked me out. now it seems to be picking up some sort of broadcast from the french open - if i knew how to make this happen i would have done it myself, but now i am concerned with WHY and HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP.

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Friday, 31 May 2013 15:55 (10 months ago) Permalink

Pull the battery?

Jeff, Friday, 31 May 2013 15:59 (10 months ago) Permalink

yeah that'll probably work but i want to know why and i want it to NOT DO IT. i genuinely think all technology is a) not controlled by me in any way b) out to get me

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Friday, 31 May 2013 16:01 (10 months ago) Permalink


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