I consider myself pretty technologically savvy. I text. I email. I blog (not as much as I want, but I do it when I can). I remember teaching myself how to write simple computer programs on my Tandy Computer when I was about six years old. I created a wireless network in my house before the idea was pretty common. I often help people around the office when they have computer hardware or software issues. However, throughtout all of my of my experiences there is one thing I refuse to do unless absolutely necessary...
...read the instruction manual.
I don't know. It seems to take away the challenge. I'm a competitive person, and there's something about opening that little booklet that roars defeat. And I refuse to be defeated - especially by a pink, 4oz piece of plastic!!!
It is kinda cute though.
I spent a few hours playing with my new toy yesterday morning. I must admit, I had to thumb through the manual to figure out the email setup. I've had a Blackberry before - one of the older, black box, 7xxx devices that I kept for all of two weeks because I could never get the email to work correctly. Then I moved to a Treo 650, which I used until I couldn't use it any more (see my blog My Treo - Should I Put Her Down or Let Her Die with Dignity?). Next was an HTC6700.
God how I hate Windows Mobile!!
After the HTC and I agreed that a divorce was inevitable I went back and forth between the Palm Centro and the Blackberry Curve. Remembering my God-awful experience with my old Blackberry I was pretty much sold on the Centro until I went to the store to compare them side by side. The Blackberry looks and feels so much like my beloved Treo. It's like it's been reincarnated in a smaller, lighter body without that stupid stump-like antenna thing. And no more stylus to lose, although I will miss the touch screen. Nonetheless, I was sold.
But now I need to figure out how to make the best of my new friend - without reading the manual of course. How are you Blackberry conosours making the most of your investment? I already see the versatility in this little gizmo, so I've upgraded to an unlimited data package and am ready to go!