Really thinking about the Blackberry decision lately. Finding myself without email and some sort of anxiety about it lately among my clients and associates. You want to be responsive and available, but just how much is TOO responsive and TOO available?
I’m not eager to join the ministries of addicts, bowing their heads in thumb-worship at meetings, and reaching for the digital hockey puck every 90 seconds when it buzzes with another new e-mail.
But waiting 4-5 hours when away from my computer to find out which meetings got moved this afternoon or tomorrow morning is difficult.
Blackberries appear to be the most seamless for email, but have somewhat clunky interfaces and mediocre screens and call quality. Windows Media phones have varying usability, but great Outlook integration and generally better form factors. Nokia smart phones are smart but expensive, and narrowly available in the U.S.
I really like my cell phone. I just wish I had better email.