Recently, my Sprint contract expired and I found myself looking for a new cell phone. I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching my next carrier and phone. Here is what I decided:
- Sprints “Everything” plans are nice, but to save money I needed a family plan plus data for 1 line, which you can’t do on Sprint.
- 3G phones tend to have short battery life. My primary needs were voice, calendar, and email, so I don’t really care about 3G.
- The T-mobile dash is a great phone. I almost signed with T-mobile just for this phone.
- AT&T is my preferred carrier for my part of the country. I live in the city so most carriers would work for me, but my family warned me that in their area I might not get a signal with T-mobile.
- The Samsung Black Jack II is being closed out in various places right now and you can get one almost for free. This is great because the Blackjack II is a windows phone. Windows phones are supposed to have really nice calendar functionallity.
In the end I settled on AT&T and a Black Jack II which I was going to get for free from Walmart. However, I visited an AT&T store told them I wanted a BlackJack II for free (to see if they would match Walmart.) Unfortunately, they had already sold their last Black Jack II, but they wanted my business so they made a ridiculous deal for me on a BlackBerry Curve.
I hadn’t really considered any blackberry phones because I figured they were more than I wanted to spend. With the deal I got I happily bought the blackberry and it is wonderful.
The phone comes with some decent themes, including “today” themes that show you a couple of your upcomming appointments. I wanted to see more than 2 appointments on my today theme, though. After surfing the Internet for a bit I found a nice “today” theme that shows my next 7 appointments. That is usually enough to get me through several days, so at a glance I can always see what my week is shaping up like.
Battery life on the Curve is pretty good. If I surf the Internet a lot then it lasts about 24 hours. If I just use it for phone,email,calendar stuff then I can get at least 2 days and could probably get 3. (I haven’t tried yet.) From what I’ve heard about smartphones that is pretty good battery life since some of the newer phones can only last from sunrise to sunset.
I’ve loaded an ssh client on my BlackBerry and used it to control a server. In a pinch I could restart apache or stop a slow database query if I had to.