Weekly Contest: Help or hindrance?

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I have a pretty good feeling that the majority of you see your BlackBerry as more of a supporter than a detractor, but aren’t there always two sides to a coin? This week, apart from the news of the 8800′s release, there was a lot of talk regarding email addiction and whether or not we’ve been chained to our wired-in ways of communicating.

And therein we find the insipiration for this week’s installment of the BlackBerry Cool Weekly Contest. I’d like to present a challenge to each commenter to weigh in from both sides of the fence and answer: Is the BlackBerry more of a help or hindrance? Play fair with yourself and try and be objective (I sound like my grade 11 English teacher). Winner this week will be walking away with their choice of three Magmic games, courtesy of the fine folks at BPlay.

What about last week? Well, with a Proporta Gadget Bag up for grabs, there was no lack of entries to choose from. And although I want to see Jason bring sexy back, the prize actually goes to N8DBB for his stellar response (remember, we were asking specifically about Cingular’s launch of the device, not just the device itself). Congrats, sir. The man purse is yours – I’m sure you’ll look more masculine with it than I did.

Yes, they actually did do a press release this time about the 21st. BUT. Numerous people (including myself) have called their local Cingular stores to confirm this, and no two stores have the correct answer, some stating as long as the 4th quarter of 2007.

This just proves that Cingular has no idea what is going on (whether or not they are part of the “new AT&T) when it comes to a device launch, unless it happens to be a BlackJack or an iPhone.

Good luck this week, folks. And guess what? New podcast this weekend! Keep an eye out.

  • Erika Malveaux

    BB Help – Oh yeah, it’s made my life more convenient. I use EVERYTHING on it from the alarm to the most obvious use…email…from three accounts. Being a forgetful person, the ability to have an in-hand calendar and set reminders is great. If I’m watching TV and a new show is coming on, I reach over to my BB on the nightstand and plug in a reminder.

    BB Hindrance – I’ll tell you a little story. When I first got my Pearl, I was driving home from work and checking emails. Rush hour traffic is usually very slow. I was sitting there reading emails and all of a sudden….BUMP….I had hit the car in front of me. It wasn’t a crash or hard hit though. It was a slow, unintended..”Bump”. The guy in front of me, who was driving a convertible, turned around, gave me a jeer and kept driving! I just KNEW he was going to say I did damage to his car. Another hindrance, I wake up in the morning, reach over and check email. I do this without regard to the fact that I’ve awakened later than I’m supposed to or not. My Pearl truly rules my life….BUT I LOVE IT! :-)

  • Erika Malveaux

    BB Help – Oh yeah, it’s made my life more convenient. I use EVERYTHING on it from the alarm to the most obvious use…email…from three accounts. Being a forgetful person, the ability to have an in-hand calendar and set reminders is great. If I’m watching TV and a new show is coming on, I reach over to my BB on the nightstand and plug in a reminder.

    BB Hindrance – I’ll tell you a little story. When I first got my Pearl, I was driving home from work and checking emails. Rush hour traffic is usually very slow. I was sitting there reading emails and all of a sudden….BUMP….I had hit the car in front of me. It wasn’t a crash or hard hit though. It was a slow, unintended..”Bump”. The guy in front of me, who was driving a convertible, turned around, gave me a jeer and kept driving! I just KNEW he was going to say I did damage to his car. Another hindrance, I wake up in the morning, reach over and check email. I do this without regard to the fact that I’ve awakened later than I’m supposed to or not. My Pearl truly rules my life….BUT I LOVE IT! :-)

  • Erika Malveaux

    BB Help – Oh yeah, it’s made my life more convenient. I use EVERYTHING on it from the alarm to the most obvious use…email…from three accounts. Being a forgetful person, the ability to have an in-hand calendar and set reminders is great. If I’m watching TV and a new show is coming on, I reach over to my BB on the nightstand and plug in a reminder.

    BB Hindrance – I’ll tell you a little story. When I first got my Pearl, I was driving home from work and checking emails. Rush hour traffic is usually very slow. I was sitting there reading emails and all of a sudden….BUMP….I had hit the car in front of me. It wasn’t a crash or hard hit though. It was a slow, unintended..”Bump”. The guy in front of me, who was driving a convertible, turned around, gave me a jeer and kept driving! I just KNEW he was going to say I did damage to his car. Another hindrance, I wake up in the morning, reach over and check email. I do this without regard to the fact that I’ve awakened later than I’m supposed to or not. My Pearl truly rules my life….BUT I LOVE IT! :-)

  • Steve

    As part of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community, the Blackberry is THE device to have with regard to staying in touch with others without being tied to a TTY phone, a computer with IM, or these days, our videophones. It’s PDA-like functions, internet browser, BBMaps with GPS (built-in or Bluetooth) and 3rd-party apps like GoogleTalk, GoogleMaps, IP-Relay etc., are incredible. I’m on it all the time!

    However, four weeks ago, while grabbing my Pearl from the nightstand first thing and unplugging the USB charge cord, I inadvertently knocked my hearing aid onto the floor. It was later found crushed, obviously from a heavy foot. Luckily, I still had my 10-yr old aid to use as a back-up.

    That was until this past Friday when I repeated the above action.

    “Doh!” Or shall I say, “Huh?”

  • Steve

    As part of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community, the Blackberry is THE device to have with regard to staying in touch with others without being tied to a TTY phone, a computer with IM, or these days, our videophones. It’s PDA-like functions, internet browser, BBMaps with GPS (built-in or Bluetooth) and 3rd-party apps like GoogleTalk, GoogleMaps, IP-Relay etc., are incredible. I’m on it all the time!

    However, four weeks ago, while grabbing my Pearl from the nightstand first thing and unplugging the USB charge cord, I inadvertently knocked my hearing aid onto the floor. It was later found crushed, obviously from a heavy foot. Luckily, I still had my 10-yr old aid to use as a back-up.

    That was until this past Friday when I repeated the above action.

    “Doh!” Or shall I say, “Huh?”