A lot has been made in recent weeks about Barack Obama being forced to go without his BlackBerry when he takes office later this month. I love the fact that we've elected a president that uses a BlackBerry -- clearly he's a hands on guy.
Anyway, I can feel Mr. Obama's pain as I wouldn't know what to do without my Curve, which I've had for about a year now.
Here are the things that I'm currently using the device for, in no particular order:
- Phone (home and cell)
- Email (work and personal)
- Blogging (because the keyboard is so easy to use, I rarely feel the need to write on my laptop anymore)
- News. I've setup the WSJ.com Reader on the device so I get real time news feeds from all of my favorite news outlets and blogs. I get more news through my BlackBerry than other format.
- Personal calendar, address book, tasks and notes
- Alarm clock
- General web surfing
- Facebook (I have the application though I rarely use it)
And many people are doing much more than that...
There are still a few things that I still can't do on my BlackBerry that I wish I could, such as:
- Easily view and edit MS Office docs
- Watch video on Youtube
- Easily use HTML email
- iTunes (download and sync)
- Stream live TV
- Online radio (there's a way to do this I believe, I'm working on it)
- Synchronize with my web browser (passwords, favorites, etc.)
- Better web surfing (faster, more windows, flash, etc.)
Some of these things are coming soon, some require support from the service providers and some are simply limited by form factor. But for the most part I'm now at a point where I've become extremely reliant on my BlackBerry. There's a lot more progress coming to be sure but I'm convinced that the major handheld device makers (Blackberry/Apple/Palm) have built products/platforms that address the fundamental challenges of handheld computing. The development to come is simply icing on the cake.