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I Hate My Blackberry

April 29th, 2008 · 15 Comments

I thought a Blackberry would make me more productive, that it would help me keep on top of the email inbox battle.

I was wrong.

I have fallen further behind on my inbox than I have ever been in my entire career. What the heck is going on? I have email at my fingertips, anytime, anywhere. Why can’t keep up with it anymore?

The same is true of every person I know who has a Blackberry. They are the slowest to respond and have the deepest inboxes of all my colleagues.

I think the problem lies in the interaction between my Blackberry and my desktop inbox. I can’t file emails after I respond to them on my Blackberry, so I have to do double maintenance. I read and respond on my Blackberry, forget what I did, then do it again on my laptop hours later, except that I don’t respond again (hopefully). But I do have to read the email, notice that I already responded, and then file it.

My solution to this is to resist the urge to use the Blackberry as an email tool, which sort of defeats the purpose of the product. I am trying to use it solely as a phone and calendar tool, and ignore the email except when I am traveling.

It’s not working so far. I can’t help checking my inbox. It’s like a drug, and even though I know it makes keeping up harder, I check it anyway. I need an intervention. I wonder if there is a self-help group I can attend…

Ironically, the blackberry is great for checking gmail. It works just like the browser, pretty much. It rocks.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob // Apr 29, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Get a hosted enterprise/outlook server and they will synchronize in real time. Should cost less then $25 per month and it works well.



  • 2 JD // Apr 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I had the same issue until I got an iPhone. I switched our work over to Google Apps and we connect through IMAP.

    If I read or delete or move an email to a folder…it is immediately reflected on my laptop too.

    Coincidentally, moving email to folders is so much easier on my iPhone that I will sit at my desk and clean out my inbox from my phone since it is faster than moving email around in


  • 3 Rob // Apr 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I have a Windows Mobile device, so I agree with the other Rob. Exchange…surprised that you can’t move folders on your blackberry and sync up with your desktop and have it do the same?

  • 4 David Christiansen // May 1, 2008 at 7:35 am

    It might just be a case of user error. It’s not like I ever read the manual… or perhaps it’s just the way we set them up, and others outside of my circle don’t have the same problem.

  • 5 Dear Verizon Wireless: I’m Sorry Already // May 16, 2008 at 6:38 am

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  • 6 Joe Boo // Jul 23, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Has it occured to you that responding to every e-mail in your inbox will only result in you receiving more worthless e-mail as every hits "Reply-To-All"? Most e-mail is the worthless BS of someone trying to push their responsibilities off on the receiver. I guarantee if you stop responding, no one will miss it, and if it's really that important you'll get a phone call.

  • 7 davidray // Jul 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Yeah, totally. Massive reply-to-alls were one of the things I hated most back in my corporate IT days. Man, I'm glad to be free of that now.

  • 8 Brijesh // Sep 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    You are right. Please view why I hate my blackberry here

  • 9 Swimdude // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I just Hate Blackberry! It is the worst Phone interface I have every had the misfortune of trying to use.

  • 10 MCap // Feb 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I completely agree. I can’t find decent instructions anywhere. I found one instruction pertaining to media. All it said was that those options were available. Was this helpful? “NO!” Apps that worked easily on my old phone are no longer available. My BB Curve has been nothing but a frustrating waste of my time.

  • 11 Paula // Jul 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I hate blackberry too!
    I've made the stupid mistake of installing their desktop manager to my laptop and it freezes so much I can't work on it anymore! I called blackberry for support and after 1h40 min the guy told me it was Microsoft's fault! What a jooooookkkeeee!!!

  • 12 Dr Benjamin Pittman // Sep 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Blackberry is the biggest load of over-hyped crap there is! I have had no end of problems trying to get this piece of crap to do what I paid for and what is supposed to do. Every change of software meant that suddenly synchronization was stuffed up yet again and after endless frustration I have trashed Blackberry and gone to something much better: Samsung! I will sure as hell do my bit to destroy Blackberry’s self-promoted image!

  • 13 Patricks // Mar 4, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Black berry is one of the best gadgets I’ve ever known. But of course not every satisfies its features. We are free to choose what gadget is suitable for us. BlackBerry Curve Unlock Code

  • 14 JonasOfToronto // Jul 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I just got the 3g Curve (9300) to replace my damaged Samsung Ace. Saw a reasonable deal for a new handset, and I do like a text phone, because touch phones are not great for typing. Want to use it mainly for calls, SMS, scheduler, plus voice and text notes.

    So far it is a complete pain in the ass, and the call quality has inferior sound. The stupid little cursor navigator sensor works only when it is clean and dry. The lack of front buttons is a drastic over-simplification.

    Too bad good simple text phones like Ace are obselete. Compared to Samsung, this BB thing is built like a cheap toy and cost $250 at very reduced price. Yes, I will train myself to ‘deal’ with it but that’s not the deal I was hoping for.

  • 15 billy // Dec 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I’m going on my 3rd blackberry in 6 months. Evidently turning it on and trying to use it is too much for RIM to handle. I have the touch screen, it’s horrible. I’m dialing people, sending “kisses,” suddenly have an app trying to install, and many other nuissances like that constantly. And, the darn things just dies sometimes. Then it tries to reboot, can’t, then goes kaput. I have done nothing with this phone, no app installs, no downloads, just texts and emails, and it can’t handle it. I hope this company goes belly up soon so I can use a flip phone from the early 2000’s. I absolutely hate technology made for MBA’s, it’s all crap.

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