Should You Choose A BlackBerry Or A PDA Phone?

May 8, 2009

I often get asked by clients who are looking for more from their mobile phones whether to go for a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile device. I always answer with a question for them, “What do you want it to do?”.

You see I am of the opinion that if the main function of a device (after making and receiving calls) is to get email whilst you are out and about then a BlackBerry wins hands down. My reasoning is that the email application is built in to a BlackBerry as part of it’s normal operating function. You don’t have to open an email application like you do on some other devices, it’s there already; just open, read and reply to your messages – they have already downloaded to your device without you having to do anything. Push email means that there is no “send and receive”, not delay whilst you run the email software.

Better still, with most network operators, the BlackBerry add-on means that all of your email is included in the price (whilst in your home country). That means no big shocks when the bill arrives for expensive data usage. Even when used abroad, the data used by a BlackBerry is a lot less than that on a Windows device so the roaming data costs to get your email are a lot lower. The most I’ve spent in Europe for 7 days’ BlackBerry use was around £9 and that was with email being hammered every day!

Some IT departments argue that the Windows device will integrate with their server without any additional software or costs but they need to look at the options available on BlackBerry. For BIS it can easily be configured at no extra cost and the Professional Solutions is now free for up to 30 users, you even get the first CAL included.

If my clients are looking for web browsing as well the BlackBerry works well there as well but it’s not ideal. If they need to visit lots of “scripted” web sites that use big applications then the BlackBerry browser is not always usable. My suggestion? use a laptop with a Mobile Broadband dongle! Seriously, if you need to do lots of work on heavily scripted sites, view videos etc then any small screened device will cause problems and it’s easy connecting a laptop to the internet these days, wherever you are.

If you are faced with the same dilemma, about which mobile office device to go for then call me. My office number is 01204 595335 or use the contact form link at the top of this page. My advice is free and I always give my honest opinion about what tool would suit your needs the best, even if I am BlackBerry biased!!

David Allen

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