Friday, January 22, 2010

Am I asking for too much

image I just want my smartphone to be an extension of my desktop. In my case desktops – plural – because I use two PC’s. I want to be able to make calls, manage my calendar and contacts. That’s all I’m asking for.

Am I asking for too much?

If I could ONLY get these two I'd be happy:

  • Synchronized Contacts
  • Synchronized Calendar

But I want more. I'd like to have the device be able to predictably and repeatably be able to:

  • Make calls
  • Support Conference Calling
  • Have an Email Address Memory

I can tell you that the blackberry does not do the last one. At least not on a predictable and repeatable basis. The email address memory point is a particular thorn in my side. Microsoft Outlook and Hotmail and Google Gmail do this very well on their desktop clients.

  Case in Point


How many times have you sent mail to someone from your desktop email application and then wanted to drop that same contact a note from your smartphone?

Blackberry doesn’t do this*.  Unless you happen to have the email still on your device (this is another issue with BB's - limited mail storage) then you are out of luck.

*Caveat – If your Blackberry is tied to a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) you might do this, but I’m not. I’m just an Average Joe user.

Again, I just want my smartphone to be an extension of my desktop. I expect (and need) my phone to remember at least the email addresses where I have sent something.

Maybe I'm just expecting too much for this to work the way I think it should, but I just want to have a smartphone that acts as an extension of my desktop.

Am I asking for too much?

  • What do you use to synch all of your contacts?
  • What device(s) do you use daily to stay connected?
  • Am I asking for too much?

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1 comment:

Singletrack Mind said...

To get the obvious out of the way, the iphone/ipod does this very very well. My dad is also a big fan of the contact, email, facebook, etc integration in his Droid.