I have an older model blackberry. it belonged to my son. he wanted me to try it to see if I liked it before I bought a new one.
I find it is handy. I have set reminders for my medications and such. I haven't missed a med since I programed it.
I have considered buying a new sleek one, but when I went to look at them the keyboard is so much smaller than the one I have, as is the screen space. I don't think my fingers/eyes are coordinated enough to use those little tiny keys. My old one is small enough.
so my blackberry may end up being just like me...an old fuddy duddy who is comfortable with the way things are :)
I have an older i-paq, and am about to move on to a blackberry or i-phone. Having those little reminders is so handy, and even stuff like the shopping list or a diary of MS woes helps when you go in to see your MDs. Holds everything from calender (essential for me as I'm self employed) to phone numbers to spread sheets (hubby programmed in my WeightWatchers diary/points). Low tech totally rocks, too, especially with a paper "Day-Timer" type thing. The big difference - you can't listen to music on it ;^)
I've used a Palm for years, starting with one that I won as a kind of door prize. My current one is six years old, maybe seven. Lately, I'm using it less and less as my newest phone seems to have most of the features that I like about the Palm. Palm has phones now, too, so I guess the world's getting even more confusing. I think if I were going to do it today, I might like to look at the latest so-called smart phones, which I believe include Blackberry type devices, whatever that new Palm thing is called, etc. My biggest complaint is how quickly the technology advances beyond the capability of the hardware. This month's state-of-the-art will be passe by Christmas. Whichever, I'd be lost without something searchable in which to store all those addresses, phone numbers, appointments, to-do lists, etc. Having it hooked into phone, text, and e-mail just makes life so much simpler for me now (since it's growing so complex otherwise!).
I also have more trouble with hi-tech now, something to do with the brain !! LOL
I was talking to my PT and he convnced me that I should not use "crutches" as long as i dont have to. I need to keep doing things....otherwise my body and brain will not learn what it needs to get better. Made sense to me.
I have a smartphone with a slide out keyboard it helps as although the keys are small they are not as small as on a normal phone and the screen is bigger. Mine also turns the screen itself (portrait to landscape) as I slide the keyboard out.
I have just ordered a new one but I am privileged as work provide mine and I can use it for personal use too. I haven't put what type as I am in the UK but can let you know if you would like me to. Mine has all the usual stuff on it but has the added advantage that it synchronizes with the server at work so I only have one diary copy - I get confused enough without having separate diaries for home and work.
My latest techno aids are Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional Edition which allows mw to talk to my computer and reads to me also when my eyes are bad and I cannot see the screen. Also on order is a dictaphone, the latest type allow you to talk into them and when you connect them to your computer via USB it types up your words. That is going to be very, very useful am sure.
Sorry but my academic area at work is IT so I can be a bit of a geek!!
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