A month ago, in "Ode to a Blackberry," I lamented the sad decline of my constant hip companion for four years.
I thought the old Blackberry was the perfect device, doing one thing and doing it well. None of those fancy newfangled multi-function devices could replace this solidly stolid workhorse in my heart or on my hip.
I was wrong.
After a few weeks with this sleek new dark blue hip dipper, I can be heard loudly proclaiming "My old Blackberry is dead -- long live the new one!"
The young generation of Blackberries just runs circles around the old fuddy-duddies from the late 1990s. Chunky black plastic gives way to an electric blue -- dare I call it blackberry blue? A primitive TRS-80-era visibly-pixeled black and white screen yields to a crisp color screen with more pixels that I can count. A jarringly loud notification buzz is now a tastefully understated gentle double buzz that let's me, but not everyone else in the room, know when I've received a new email. The calendar on my Blackberry wirelessly synchs with the calendar on my assistant's computer, letting her know where I am (and letting her tell me where to go). If you send me an internet link in an email, I can click on it and, within 5 seconds or so I can view the internet page. Better yet, if you send me an email and leave your phone number in it, I can click on that and, using the Blackberry's integrated cell phone, call you. Send me an email with an attachment and, with a few clicks of the wheel, I'm viewing the document!
I can, in one device, send and receive work emails, personal emails through my internet account and SMS messages, browse the web, post on this blog and make and receive phone calls. Pretty soon, my new Blackberry will supplant all direct human contact in my life. "Tell it to the Blackberry, Luddite," I'll say when foolish techno-phobes actually try to speak to me in person.
It's almost too much. I'm mesmerized by the possibilities of the device.
My new Blackberry leaves Dick Tracy and his wristwatch communicator in the dust.
Nothing can top my new personal productivity pal. Never. Ever.
Until the next model comes out.