My First Blackberry Experience – Part 2

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Coming to the Blackberry platform at the time I did wasn’t something I had planned on doing. In fact, a few weeks before getting the Blackberry device, Yomi and I had decided that the Blackberry wasn’t my type of device. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

My first impressions of the Blackberry 9630 Tour led me to ask myself where I got the notion that the only strength of a Blackberry device was messaging from. I was beginning to notice some other things that it did well, and in some cases better than some other devices that I’ve used.

Multimedia

Yes; the Blackberry handles multimedia well. While it may not be the best in this field, it is certainly not the worst either. And its multimedia capabilities will definitely be enough for most of its users (bear in my that the Blackberry is targeted primarily at business users).

I was able to get music onto the phone via both Bluetooth file transfer and USB cable connected to my PC. I was blown away the first time that I listened to music on the 9630. Before getting worked-up over me being blown away by a feature as basic as music playing on a phone, please understand that I wasn’t expecting much from this device. So when I heard the quality and loudness of sound it produced from its speaker, I was more than surprised.

Next up on the multimedia front is video playback. The 480 x 360 pixel, 2.4 inch screen may not be large enough to give you the kind of video playback experience you will get on higher resolution, large screen phones, but it does its job. An area of surprise here is that the Blackberry plays Divx/Xvid video formats out-of-the-box. This was something I couldn’t do on the Nokia 5800. Every time I wanted to watch one of my many Divx/Xvid encoded files on the Nokia 5800, I had to transcode to a format compatible to it. In this regard, the Blackberry trumps the 5800.

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Photo shooting, though basic on the Blackberry 9630, is not bad at all. The 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, with LED flash, performs well for a camera in its class. For instance, the camera will be more than sufficient for a family’s day out on the beach. I won’t say any further on the camera’s capabilities; I’ll just let the pictures taken on the phone do the talking. Please click on each picture to see the full size images.

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All in all, the Blackberry has shown that when it comes to multimedia, it is a capable device. And I say, more than enough for me.

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0 thoughts on “My First Blackberry Experience – Part 2”

  1. Yes;’Dayo. We were wrong about you and Blackberry. Personally, I have found BB quite capable. I only wish that RIM would make those devices not absolutely dependent on a BB service, so one can have an option on the settings to toggle off BIS/BES and use it like any other regular smartphone.

  2. “Yes;’Dayo. We were wrong about you and Blackberry. Personally, I have found BB quite capable. I only wish that RIM would make those devices not absolutely dependent on a BB service, so one can have an option on the settings to toggle off BIS/BES and use it like any other regular smartphone.”

    RIM couldnt do that because they are probably making money from the BIS.

    ALSO, I was never wrong about Dayo an Blackberry. Just as I know everyone here well, I was already expecting this second article from him. The BB is not a Multimedia phone, Business, I should agree perhaps. Or do you wish to compare 3.2 with 12 mega pixel camera, HD video recording of the N8?

  3. @Afewgoodmen, I must say that you completely missed the point of this article. At no point did this article suggest that the BB is a multimedia phone. The whole point of this article, was to show that the BB has other areas where it excells besides email.

  4. ‘…The whole point of this article, was to show that the BB has other areas where it excells besides email.’

    I understand that point Dayo very well. That you can do more with the Blackberry than Email. But when you say the word “EXCEL at”… then I beg to disagree, because at best the Blcakberry device you mentioned only manages to “Cope” at Multimedia and not Excel. the Smartphone which you can categorically classify as “excelling” in multi-media is the Nokia N8!

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