DeWitt has ditched his BlackBerry, not wanting to be connected 24-7 anymore.
I can understand, I’ve had e-mail on my handheld for about 7 years now:
- Palm V and Palm Vx with OmniSky
- Palm i705
- Treo 300
- Treo 600
- BlackBerry 8700
It doesn’t matter what device you use, push e-mail to a mobile device is just disruptive and annoying after a while. However, that doesn’t make the devices bad – quite the contrary. The key is having the discipline to shut them off (or at least shut off the push e-mail feature).
One of the things I mentioned as a plus for FastMail1 is the great rule-based forwarding capabilities. You have the same thing on the BlackBerry side – you can choose what you want to receive and also mark certain things as high-priority and customize delivery accordingly.
Having the option to read and respond to e-mail on the go (not to mention the goodness of your PIM data, Berry411 and Google Maps) is great. The key is that it is an option.
E-mail isn’t meant to be real-time. If someone needs an immediate response on something, they can use real-time communication like IM, voice or SMS.
Put your foot down, your BlackBerry is your tool, not vice-versa.
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I have wanted a Treo for a while now but recently had a gig where in meetings a few of the guys would constantly be on theirs checking e-mail, replying, etc. It’s one thing to see that you received a message but it’s another to reply. I guess that’s kind of discourage me from getting one, I don’t want to be “that guy”.
Just because you drive a car doesn’t mean you have to zoom in and out of traffic flipping people off. 🙂
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