Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
I am forced to trade my
If you like the form factor of the BlackBerry Style with its clamshell design and physical QWERTY keyboard, then I think there's nothing wrong with you replacing the Palm with it. It won't feel exactly the same, and the operating system has a bit of a learning curve, but you should be able to use it as a PDA after a bit of playing around. If you download the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, you'll be able to sync your Outlook with the phone easily. If your contacts and notes are stored in Outlook, then that information should transfer to the Style without much difficulty as well.
Battery life is a bit of a thornier issue. We managed to get around 5 hours of talk time with our model, but we have heard complaints from users that it can be far less than that. Of course, this is dependent on how heavily you use the phone's media and GPS features. We suggest playing around with it for a bit and making sure there's a decent return policy if it doesn't work out.
Nicole, I am a quadriplegic who sustained an injury last summer. I am also a physician who has a great interest in remaining active. I need a smartphone which is excellent and voice activation for purposes of e-mail, voice, and other business services. I currently use a Blackberry 9300 and this does not fit my bill. Can you tell me what the best smartphone would be which is voice-activated and would best suit my needs.--Gary, via e-mail
Many smartphones these days have voice dialing, even the BlackBerry 9300, but I'm thinking you might need more than just that. One suggestion would be to get a Bluetooth headset with voice controls, like the
I am a consumer and an AT&T customer. I am also a Blackberry user and I have been waiting for the arrival of the
As of this writing, we are still unable to get the official BlackBerry Bridge application directly from BlackBerry App World with phones that are on AT&T. We had to use the Crackberry.com workaround in order to get the Bridge app. We're with you that this is quite frustrating for the average consumer who wouldn't know about such tricks, and we hope that AT&T will release official word about the Bridge application soon.