I have had a Palm Treo 650 for the last two years and it has served me well. I used it to check work email, keep contacts, check my calendar. Basically, I used it for all of the Outlook functions without having to turn on my computer, which isn’t very practical just to check my availability for an appointment. The Treo was a big clunky device that had poor sound quality, low battery life, and a small screen with a weak backlight. It was so poor as a phone that I still carried a Motorla Razr as my phone.

About three days ago, I upgraded to the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the device is nothing short of amazing. It is small sleek, has a great high contrast color screen, good sound quality, amazing battery life, and even great native third-party apps, like a GoogleTalk and Gmail client. Best of all, the built-in camera is 1.3 megapixels and has great image quality. With all of these features built-in I am going to get rid of my Razr and carry just one device from now on.

After two years I saw the Treo as a necessary tool that I simply tolerated. After only a few days with the Pearl I can honestly say that I love it. I understand the strong emotional attachment that a lot of people have for their BlackBerries and understand the term CrackBerry intimately. I can’t put this damn thing down!


  1. About time, bro! I’ve been using a BB for the last 3 years and it’s insane. I currently have the 8800 which is slick with the built-in GPS. Betty just upgraded to a BB Curve which has to be the coolest phone on the planet (I am very jealous). If you haven’t already done so, head over to blackberryforums.com. Mad info there including upgrading the OS,themes, all that. Also, Stinsonddog’s BB Tips are truly outrageous!


    Welcome to the club!!

    #1 by Jimmy — October 6, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  2. that’s the phone fran got. he’s in love with it too. he pulls it out, and i say “blackberry, i love you. kissy kissy.” anyway, just catching up on your life and wanted to say hi! :)))


    p.s. say hi to mama for me.

    #2 by Maria — November 1, 2007 @ 11:54 am

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