Jibi-Jabber: What would make BlackBerry better?

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User suggestions for the ‘Improve BlackBerry’ initiative ranged from the ability to synchronize email through Desktop Manager to support for HTML messaging, from an equalizer for the Media Player to a built-in thermometer to report the current temperature (we’ll call it WeatherBerry). Here’s the laundry list of suggestions from our BlackBerryForums.com users:

• Software: Voice recording and translation to MemoPad
• Software: Voice recording to local storage, as opposed to MMS-only Voice Notes
• Software / Value-add: Full-featured Office application for editing documents on the device (a lot of work needs to be done to the current document viewer, as well)
• Software / Value-add: Unified IM application (although I suppose individual AIM, MSN clients should be released first)
• Software / Value-add: Integrated spellcheck

• Desktop Software: Email syncronization via BlackBerry Desktop Software – Not BES/BIS
• Desktop Software: Full support for Mac OSX and Linux distributions

• OS: Ability to disable automatic backlight dimming
• OS: Granular control for Backlight settings
• OS: Increased number of rings for profiles (current maximum is 3)
• OS: Browser bookmarks as icons/shortcuts
• OS: Time zone adjustment for travel (with no adverse impact on calendar or PIM)
• OS: Scheduling options from within PIM, contacts (e.g. – Meeting, Callback, Follow-up)

• OS / Browser: Ability to configure browser use based on email address a URL was delivered to ( e.g. – BIS uses Internet Browser; BES uses BlackBerry Browser)

• OS / Calendar: Ability to reply to appointment organizer(s) and attendees

• OS / Convenience: Ability to use green / key during email or text composition to send the message

• OS / Email: The ability to add a Email Filter (not a Category Filter) from within the Address Book / Contact
• OS / Email: Support for true HTML emails not conversion to Text
• OS / Email: Follow-up Flag support and integration for Exchange users
• OS / Email: Better conversion of HTML emails to text; let the device use it’s own URL parser rather than displaying the HTML code
• OS / Email: Ability to mark a message as a Calendar appointment or Task
• OS / Email: Ability to correctly parse Task Requests from Exchange/Outlook

• OS / Media: Equalizer for Media Player

• OS / Messaging: Ability to separate PIN messages, BIS mail from Messages
• OS / Messaging: Support for auto-sensing messaging for SMS/MMS, PIN, email based on input from user (e.g. – phone number, email address)

• OS / Phone: Number-to-letter mapping cheat sheet (ALT+Letter is alternative)

• OS / Software: Support for .vcs and .vcf Import/Export
• OS / Software: Non-”battery pull” reboot/reset for slim devices, either through menu option or key combination

• OS / Theme: Customizeable Today screen themes
• OS / Theme: More customization from the device within the theme (e.g. – Create folders, application/icon organization, etc)

• BIS: Expanded folder functionality
• BIS: Support for more BES-like functionality (wireless synchronization of PIM, Calendar, backups, etc)

• BIS / Spam: Ability to filter BCC messages

• BES: Web-based thin-client for management with all the features of desktop-based BlackBerry Manager
• BES / Value-add: Basic BES administration client

• Hardware: Larger keyboards on QWERTY
• Hardware: Bluetooth stereo for audio playback (A2DP profile)
• Hardware: Increased on-board memory

• Hardware / Convenience: Built-in thermometer, temperature gauge

  • Thought

    Great read, Jibi…not only are the suggestions all interesting, but esp. the idea that companies like RIM need to pay attention.

  • Thought

    Great read, Jibi…not only are the suggestions all interesting, but esp. the idea that companies like RIM need to pay attention.