I’ve been a Blackberry user since RIM launched the device in the US, and I was one of the first UK users when BT Cellnet (Now known as O2 and best remembered for its appalling customer service) launched the first Blackberry service in Britain.
Nowadays I get Blackberry service from T-Mobile – or at least I used to. After some initial teething troubles, T-Mobile’s service has been extremely good, and I have been very happy with the quality of service and the very cheap standard price plan for Blackberry Instant Email. However, T-Mobile recently launched the Sidekick II in the UK, which can best be described as a Blackberry on steroids. Hugely popular in the US among celebrities, this device, manufactured by Sharp and designed by an Israeli company called Danger, has achieved the unthinkable – it has persuaded me to ditch my Blackberry!
As much as I love the Blackberry as a device, and will still happily recommend it to anyone I meet, the fact is that the Sidekick II actually suits my extended needs more effectively than the Blackberry. The Sidekick’s email handling is equal to that of the Blackberry, and the two share many common keyboard shortcuts, but the Sidekick leaps ahead thanks to its bright colour screen and excellent Web browser (which handles normal web pages as well as Wap pages).
My only gripe with the Sidekick II – the battery life is rubbish! At most you will get about 3 days out of it if you are lucky. For me it is more like two days. But I have chargers everywhere so I can work with this, but it is one point where the Blackberry puts it to shame. However, battery life alone does not make the perfect mobile device.