After several proddings from Matt, I picked up a BlackBerry 8700c. I’m usually not too keen on such devices, but I rather like the UI and click-wheel on the 8700. I especially like the fact that it is still usable as a phone. The address book is very accessible, and I like the layout of the call log. Calls are clear, and the speaker phone is pretty good. As for the net functions, I can read my email fairly efficiently and even blog (this post was written on the BB’s web browser). I’ve found that I actually use the task list on the 8700, something I often disregard immediately on other devices. And as a nice bonus, Google Local for Mobile really kicks ass on this thing.
The main draw for me is the keyboard, click-wheel, escape key input combination. They interact very nicely with the UI and are loaded with nice conveniences. I can actually use this thing. The features and the speedy EDGE network mean nothing without usability.
On the downside, this will be yet another chain enslaving me to the WordPress.com servers. Curse you Matt. 🙂