It is only day #5 with the BlackBerry 8800 and it feels as if I have been using this device for a while. It is intuitive, easy, and it just works. Obviously, and as I mentioned a couple of days ago when I described some of the keyboard shortcuts, there is more to the BlackBerry 8800 than what appears on the surface. But even if you don’t go deeper, and stick to the surface, you are likely to be quite content and able to do what you need to do using the trackball with the escape and menu keys next to it.
The battery life of the BlackBerry devices continues to amaze me. In almost every device that I used in the 81-day-experiment, I could barely get by for one full day without having to recharge the battery. But not with the BlackBerry devices. It was the BlackBerry 8700 which broke the record in battery life going for 5 days without recharging--during my trip to Europe last September. With the BlackbBerry 8800 today, I am now at the end of the second day without recharging the device, and the battery seems to be going strong with over 50% left.
More about keyboard shortcuts within the Message applications
E-mail continues to be one of the strongest areas of the BlackBerry 8800. The Messages application is where e-mail messages and text messages reside. You can even have your call logs be displayed in the Messages list. By pressing the keyboard letter T when you are in the Messages application, you get to the “top” of the list, and pressing B takes you to the “bottom” of the list. Pressing P takes you to the “previous” day messages and N takes you to the “next” day messages. Space takes you a page up and shift+space takes you a page down in the list. R will F will let you “reply” or “forward” a message.
The shortcut keys don’t stop here, you can use them within a message once you open the message. Again pressing the letter T will take you to the top of the message, and B to the bottom, and P to the previous message (opening the message right away so you can see its content), while N will take you to the next message (also opening the message). And there are many more shortcuts, all designed to make the navigation and operation of the BlackBerry applications easy and efficient.