Monday, June 30, 2008

Why Blackberry deserves to die

Tolkien wrote: "Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life."

So I'm not saying that the Blackberry will die, just that it doesn't deserve to live.

It's not just the inexcusable memory capacity limitations. It's not even the astounding lack of imagination in the software environment. No, the ultimate offense is this:
Passwords are masked on entry. Even on the Blackberry Pearl -- with its predictive text matching.
I realize very few products are as smart as OS X, which allows users to optionally unmask passwords. I could forgive Blackberry for omitting this feature if the Pearl had a conventional keyboard. It doesn't of course, and, speaking only for myself, text prediction does not work on my passwords.

The brief single character display (not available for numeric entry) is not enough.

This is one of the stupidest things I've come across. I've had plenty of time to investigate my wife's Pearl while traveling cross-country flat on my back, and my relatively positive initial impressions have dissolved. It really deserves to perish. If the iPhone 2.0 is half-decent I'll be selling a Pearl cheap as soon as ePocrates will run on the iPhone.

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