After a full year of resisting a transition from my Treo 650 on Sprint, to a Cingular Blackberry, I made the switch over the weekend, getting a RIM Blackberry Pearl.
I needed to make the switch simply to get onto the corporate Notes mail system. The organization doesn’t support Notes on the Treo model — so goodbye Treo and hello Blackberry.
I’ve held onto the Treo for three years because I like the Palm interface, liked the Sprint PCS web service and POP3 email integration with my churbuck.com mail, but alas, it was becoming more and more of a pain in the neck to stay in synch with the company and roam internationally.
I had been an old AT&T GSM customer when I worked in Switzerland, but their Cape Cod coverage was sub-par so I killed them off and switched to Sprint — who has been very good to me.
I am getting comfortable with the Blackberry interface, and first impressions being important impressions, believe it to be a perfectly adequate phone, in a nicer form factor than the Treo, with some improvements such as much better Bluetooth support for my headset.
After I get the email integrated I’ll really be able to form an opinion.