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I'm looking for a new phone. There are two we're looking at specifically. I'm probably going to go with a Blackjack II from Blackberry - I've been really happy with the Pearl and the things I haven't been happy with seem to all be adressed with the BlackJack II's design.

Anyway - this was my favorite Cnet review for the BlackJack II :


3 out of 10.
Pros: Sexy appearance, light weight.

Cons: Impossible to use.

This was my first smartphone and I used it for about 60 minutes before giving up in disgust and returning it to the AT&T store. To be honest the fault is probably with Windows Mobile and smartphone design restrictions in general, rather than Samsung in particular. The keys are way too small and too close. The ringtone could barely be heard in noisy traffic (even at full volume) and the software is completely counter-intuitive and complex. After 20 years of using Windows, I thought I would be able to figure out this device quickly. But I never could figure out how to change the home page, or even start an application, like "Word". I'm sure it can be done, but I'm busy and don't want to have to go to school for a week just to learn how to use a silly gadget that's supposed to be a timesaver.
When they invent a PDA that's useful, let me know please. I'm getting a new flip phone.

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mjfgates
Feb. 11th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
I'd call not being able to hear the ringtone in traffic a feature, not a bug. Guy's got a point about putting Windows on phones, though. What idiot thought that one up?

Oh, wait. I know which idiot thought that up. He didn't think it'd work EITHER, it was just a way to beat Palm to death.
maddening
Feb. 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Windows Mobile is not Windows for PC. It carries some of the same basic structure (task manager, a taskbar with a start button, and the ability to access Windows programs like the Office suite) but it's not a fucking COPY of Windows.

Trust me, Gates - if you can't pick up a BlackJack and get the basic structure and functionality of the thing (for opening documents, setting up mail, browsing, etc.) you should put it down and walk swiftly away from all smart phones. A lot of it is personal preferences, but the Palm OS is no more intuitive. The RIM OS is no more intuitive. I laugh hysterically in the faces of people who claim that the iPhone has FANTASTIC UI.

Windows on phones is pretty fucking awesome when you have to read and edit word documents from your phone or be able to see .ppt files or ya know... use an exchange server for anything. This guy spent an hour stabbing at a phone he bought without ever peeking at the manual. And now he's off to buy a flip phone. He, like a lot of other people, never should have been in the market for a smartphone.


mjfgates
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
hEh. I'm *very* aware of what phoneWindows is, I spent about four and a half years coding in it. That said, the UIs on *all* smartphones kind'a suck. Yeah, you can get the job done, but.. arrghgghg. And yes, I know, you like it. People like vi too.
maddening
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
"phoneWindows"? Is that some sort of super secret internal way of putting it?

I was saying it was dumb for someone to assume that Windows on a PHONE would be similar to the standard OS. How do you not try it out before hand?

It's not a matter of me liking it - it's a matter of it being the best solution for what I need. There's a Linux based Nokia PDA that's a lot closer to what I "like" but it doesn't do what I need it to do.
mjfgates
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm just not sure what they CALL it these days. It was "Pocket Windows", and then "Windows Mobile", and.. I don't know what they call it now. Microsoft and their whole changing-the-names thing, ick.
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