Small Businesses and the World of Mobile Computing (the series continues)

For the past few days, I’ve been using a Black Berry 7130e and Treo 700w from Verizon Wireless. There’s several things, I’m learning. Overall the experience is fun and such an eye opener in how to be more productive with the RIGHT mobile technology.
The BlackBerry interface is so much easier and intuitive than Microsoft’s Windows-centric interface.
For a desktop, Windows might do ok when you have a mouse, both hands available and a full size keyboard. But for a mobile user a SIMPLE interface (like BlackBerry has) combined with a one-handed use scroll bar and “back button” is simply perfect.
This feature, alone, I’m guessing is why BlackBerry’s are so addictive and easier to use than a Windows device.
One reason more users do not get more out of their computing experience is because things are so relatively complicated to do and NOT intuitive. If Windows was as simple to use as the BlackBerry interface we “geeks” would get less calls from family and friends on their computer problems and a lot of techs would be out of work.
Although I would not want to be without my notebook computer for too long (you wouldn’t want to update a blog or write an article on a peckable keyboard) I can see how having a hi-end mobile device able to read attachments could make it much easier to be without a notebook for a few hours. Depending on what you do for an entire day.
Bluetooth – great and not secure – today I was at 34th street and started searching for Bluetooh devices, my BlackBerry lit up like a Christmas tree. I’m not sure if I could have accessed all the devices I saw but I’d bet a determined hacker could do SOME damage.
What does this mean? Bluetooth is POWERFUL for connecting the devices you have into your own person network, just make sure unauthorized users can’t access your device. When I was “pairing” my Dell Axim and BlackBerry I had to enter a password on one device and a matching password on the other device…that’s pretty good security I guess.
Next I hope to tell you how Verizon’s Wireless Broadband, modem and Ethernet compare in speed.
Right now I’m typing this on the train using Verizon’s high-speed mobile broadband card!