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Only had this thing for about 12 hours and now I know why it's popular. It enables me to do a lot of things my old phone could not deal with (or did it horribly and painfully). I'm slowly wrapping my head around how this thing works. I understand now that Messages is a compilation of all email accounts. One exception is Gmail as I'm using a separate app for that, but it still runs in the background and syncs changes along with notifications.

So far I have Facebook, Google Maps and Google Sync (for the calendar) installed at this time. The mobile web interface to LJ works out fairly decently too. I thought there may be some issues with GPS and Google Maps, but it had no problem getting the GPS information. I do wish the GPS was a little more accurate than 5000 meters.

Lots to still learn on this new toy, but it will happen with time. I thought I would want the tethering, but since this little guy does so much I can do without the laptop for quite awhile. Thought it was cool when I added my work email address that all I had to do was enter it, enter my password and it took care of all the rest (I assumed I was going to have to setup the IMAP settings and such).

Oh, yeah, Verizon customer service was spot on. I had issues activating the phone is it kept trying to call Alltel--oops. She stepped me through reconfiguring the phone and getting me going again. She reviewed all of my account settings, made best recommendations on may last 3 months of usage and happy with the way things are setup. This definitely made me happy and glad Verizon is still delivering some great customer service.

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paterson_si
Jul. 9th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Don't we all love out new toys...... Learning is definitely the best phase of getting something new. My fingers are already itchy; I am getting a Rebel XSi in a couple of weeks and I already printed out all the manuals, reviews and stuff...... I'll be ready when it happens! :)
snowboardjoe
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yep, I did the same thing. I watched the tutorial the day before. :)
bookish_cub
Jul. 9th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've had mine for a few months now, but I don't use it nearly as much as I probably should. What other applications do you find interesting?
snowboardjoe
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Just having Gmail, a calendar synced to Google Calendar, Google Maps and decent access to many WAP based web sites is a big deal. I don't have that many email addresses, so not too much on that front. Oh, yeah, got the Facebook installed too.

That's quite a few little apps to get used to. I do want to check out the Opera app for BB and see how it compares to the default browser. Just having a QWERTY keyboard to do SMS is nice. I also plan on syncing some iTunes playlists and podcasts on there too using The Missing Sync software on my Mac desktop.
cincycub
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Very cool... I think you're gonna get a kick out of all the neat things you can do with it. I sure did. Then I got selfish and wanted more :)
snowboardjoe
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, I probably have only scratched the surface here. I think I'm going to be glad I got the unlimited data plan. :)

What is it you wanted more of?
cincycub
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Bigger screen, faster data transfer, activesync. Activesync is key. We have access to a BES but it's not free. Fortunately BIS gives me free push e-mail (on 20-minute delay) using OWA, but no push-calendar. Google Calendar and Google Sync were a godsend when they came out, but it's still not a perfect solution.
vdubcub
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
LOL I love mine, what kind did u get
snowboardjoe
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Curve, 8330 from Verizon
rtptodd
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
WooHoo!
I am glad you retired that 'bag phone' you had and joined the 21st century (totally kidding).

I am eagerly awaiting Friday as the new iPhone is coming out - I am sorry your experience with AT&T wasn't a good one, I haven't had any problems with them in the past 4 years.

Congrats again and I hope to see you again soon.

HUGS - tw
ljtourist
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you're loving it! It really is awesome. There is a tiny learning curve, but it is so worth it.

Re: GPS. Verizon disables this on the phone, so you'll pay them $10/mo for their "VZNavigator" or whatever. Google Maps is just using cell tower triangulation to give you pseudo-GPS, which is a lot better than nothing. If you want true GPS, and don't want to give those greedy bastards money for something other carriers don't disable in the first place, then you'll have to get a Bluetooth GPS device, which people have reported working even with VZW Blackberries. Google Maps is still a life saving feature that has helped me countless times.
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