When Is It Time to Change Phones: BlackBerry Storm

bb_storm.jpgFrom what I see, there’s three types of cell phone users.
Those who have simple cell phones and use them only for talking and text. Those who have smartphones and use them for managing their calendar, tasks, and more (that’s me), then there are the bleeding edge consumers who use cell phones and smart phones as toys. For those of us in the middle group, professionals who use cell phones as a tool how do you know when it’s time to get a new phone.
RIM’s BlackBerry is the leader in mobile messaging solutions and over the past several months has released a flurry of various BlackBerry models – many for bleeding edge consumers and for business professionals who want to look guide and have some nice functionality.
In a few months BlackBerry, exclusively with Verizon Wireless will release the BlackBerry Storm. It’s touch screen is click-able. The world’s first “clickable” touch-screen responds much like a physical keyboard and also supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient application navigation.
When I read about this new phone, I glanced at my Palm Treo and wondered – is it time to upgrade?
My Treo is very good, and especially with the memory I added, it crashes lest, but never the less with the Storm coming out and other phones on the market, I’m wondering if I would be more productive and have a better overall experience using a newer phone.
These are the questions you need to consider when you are considering whether to get a new phone or not.
Why do you need one?
Will a new phone make you more productive?
Can the software you need run on the new phone?
Do you travel internationally and how does this affect your phone choice?
Do you need a real keyboard, virtual keyboard or none at all?
Get more information on the Storm here and look for it in stores later soon.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook