The Good Constant access to corporate e-mail.
The Bad No frills; expensive.
The Bottom Line The best way to remain continuously connected to your business e-mail.
BlackBerry Wireless Handheld 957 - handheld
The RIM 957 Wireless Handheld is strictly business. It functions as a mobile version of Microsoft Outlook, and that's it. There are no colors, games, or any other frills. But for busy executives who need to be connected to e-mail all the time, it does the trick.The RIM 957 Wireless Handheld is strictly business. It functions as a mobile version of Microsoft Outlook, and that's it. There are no colors, games, or any other frills. But for busy executives who need to be connected to e-mail all the time, it does the trick.
The 957 isn't radically different from the popular RIM 950. They both use the same BlackBerry service, which provides wireless e-mail access, and they run the same software. However, while the 950 is a chunky-looking pager, the 957 is sleek and smooth--just a hair thicker than the Palm V. More importantly, the 957's LCD is larger and very crisp--even in sunlight--which makes reading lengthy e-mail much easier. Unfortunately, though, both devices use the same teeny, tiny keyboard. We found it tiresome to peck out more than just a few, brief sentences. On the upside, the battery lasts for a week without recharging, so you can just leave the device on, ready to receive your next e-mail.
The one thing that the RIM 957 does better than any other device we've seen so far is work with corporate e-mail accounts. Our review unit came with the BlackBerry Exchange Edition desktop software and service. With this software, there's no need to set up a separate wireless e-mail address if you are currently using Microsoft Outlook. An e-mail redirector program running on your desktop will forward incoming e-mail to the handheld. It took less than a minute for a new e-mail from our in-box to arrive at the handheld. And the BlackBerry service, which delivers e-mail to the handheld, has nationwide coverage, so no matter how far you wander, you should always be able to get your mail. If you don't use Outlook, another version--the BlackBerry Internet Edition, which comes with a separate e-mail address for the handheld--is also available.
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