So many of us are in the mood these days for a phone that not only can fit sleekly into a handbag, but can also perform much more than just regular phone duty.
Upon the launch of this blog, my close girlfriend from college, Maggie an architect in NY, posed that very question to me. “Which phone should I get the Blackberry or the Treo?” Of course before I could ask her the necessary questions like “What’s your day like? What kind of applications do you need? Calendar, email, instant message or camera?” I had already figured out that for Maggie’s busy work/life style that the Treo made sense. She could take pictures for site visits. She could email and look up her calendar. She could basically do her work when she’s away from her desk. And before I could talk to her, she had already purchased one the next day (She got a Treo 600). She told me that she needed the organizer, timesheet, outlook sync, etc. Sure there is power in the Treo, but Maggie is also finding she needs to get used to the bigger size.
(Email excerpt from Maggie)
“I never had a PDA before so will need to get used it, plus the bigger phone. My purse is so small now. It's an Angie Keefer. She’s a friend of mine. You’d like her stuff...http://www.angiekeefer.com/ “
(Ok I’m totally drooling I over the Chevron zip bag.)
So as Maggie architects her way around NY with her Treo 600, I am still in love with my Blackberry 7100t. I have about 4 other cell phones/pdas that I usually rotate around with but I really haven’t since I got the Blackberry in March. It works for everything. First off, it is so lightweight, that it can fit in any of my handbags – from my small black Gucci handbag that I take out for quick day errands or for a night on the town, as well as in my handy large red Kate Spade leather tote bag. For me it’s all about the email, instant messenger, and quick web access. You can add up to 10 email accounts to the blackberry phone and it’s easy to do with their web site. I even like the “sure type” keys, even though it doesn’t have the full keyboard set like the Treo, I mean, I ain’t writing a novel on this thing! It has actually been pretty good at figuring out what I am writing and finishing my words for me. The Instant Messenger interface is great and customized to AIM, Yahoo and ICQ. I also like the web access. Its really fast and I usually find myself just logging on to My Yahoo! to see what movies are playing and at what time. That’s all I really need it for. I do miss not having a camera attached to the phone but these days I carry around a small Pentax camera that my boyfriend bought in Japan last year. It’s super light as well and takes great hi-res images. If staying connected without all the bulk is important to you, as well as having something that is stylish and cute, go down to your local T-Mobile store to check out the Blackberry 7100t. (It’s also way cheaper than the Treo. I got mine for about $200.) For those of you not down with PDA, I’ll be posting soon my thoughts on some other great phones.
I’ve since added a Chanel phone strap/bracelet as an accessory!