Me and my (little) Crackberry

By Steve Outing

Blackberry PearlI’ve wanted smart-phone functionality for a long time, but resisted buying one because I couldn’t deal with carrying a brick around with me all the time. So I’ve stuck with small, lesser-function phones. Well, finally, I’ve found a smartphone that works for me! The Blackberry Pearl.

This candy-bar style phone is actually smaller and lighter than my last phone, but is a full-function PDA. I know many of you have been using Treo’s, Blackberries or other smart-phones for a long time. But I’m excited to finally have my e-mail in easily digestible form wherever I am!

And now I’m at least a little better equipped to snap photos with my phone; it’s got a 1.3-megapixel camera, whereas photos from my old phone were crap. It’s about time that the standard cameras in phones got a bit more reasonable, which is a good thing for eyewitness journalism. I toyed with getting a 3.2-megapixel camera phone, but was swayed by the PDA functionality of the Blackberry.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!