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Features Of BlackBerry | A Powerful Computer At Its Best

Don’t underestimate the device because of its size: Your BlackBerry is also a powerful computer. Need convincing? Here goes. Out of the box, with no fiddling, it comes with a great set of organizational and productivity tools in the form of programs. Software developers besides RIM are taking advantage of this growing market — which means that hundreds of applications are out there for you.

In the BlackBerry world, always-connected e-mail used to be the primary factor that made BlackBerry very attractive and is likely first in the long list of reasons you got yours.

Security At Its Best:

Every day a battle is fought between those who are trying to attack a system and those who are trying to protect it. The security measures RIM implemented on the BlackBerry platform have gained the trust of the U.S. government as well as many of the Forbes Top 500 enterprises in the financial and health industries.

Features Of BlackBerry  A Powerful Computer At Its Best

And, if you need to go global, you can use your BlackBerry in more than 100 countries. Just hop off your flight, turn on your BlackBerry, and voilà: You can receive and send e-mails if you’re in Hong Kong, London, or Paris. Your significant other can get in touch with you wherever you are.

One caveat here — you need to make sure that your network service provider has the technology to go global. Generally speaking, you can receive and send e-mails just like you do when you’re at home.

Although e-mail is BlackBerry’s strength, that’s not the only thing it can do. The following sections go beyond e-mail to point out some of the device’s other major benefits.

Social networking
Want to update your Facebook fans on your whereabouts? Tweet the latest news on a stock? Upload a quick snapshot (taken with your BlackBerry) to Flickr? You can do all of that with your BlackBerry.

Do you have buddies who also have BlackBerry smartphones? You’ll never be out of touch because you have BlackBerry Messenger to keep you connected.

If you were socially connected online before you got your BlackBerry, then with your BlackBerry, you’ll be socially connected always. Is that such a good thing? Well, that’s up to you!

All-in-one multimedia center

Previously, many people hesitated to buy a BlackBerry due to the lack of multimedia functions. They wanted a camera and audio and full video playback. BlackBerry has changed all that and has more features than you may expect. Not only does BlackBerry have a high-resolution camera — but it also has a memory slot for a microSD chip on which you can store your photos. It means your BlackBerry can function as the following:

  • A music player
  • A video player
  • A portable flash drive
  • Your personal photo collection

Internet at your fingertips

With BlackBerry Web browser, you can surf the Net nearly as smoothly as you do on a desktop computer. Even better, you can continue chatting with your friends through instant messenger, just as if you never left your office. You’ll get an alert when your stock is tanking (if you have the eTrade app installed). True, that isn’t fun, but you want this information as fast as possible.

Will Be Your Personal Assistant:

You might be saying, “But I’m really a busy person, and I don’t have time to browse the Web. What I do need is an assistant to help me better organize my day-to-day tasks.” If you can afford one, by all means go ahead and hire a personal assistant. The next best thing is a personal digital assistant (PDA). Your BlackBerry is also a full-fledged PDA, helping you do all this and much more:

  • Remember contact information for all your acquaintances.
  • Manage your appointments.
  • Keep a to-do list.
  • A computer in the palm of your hand Remarkable communication device? Check.
  • Full-fledged PDA? Check.
  • Full-featured media player.

You can download graphic-intensive games or a mortgage calculator right from BlackBerry App World wirelessly. Your BlackBerry is equipped with an earphone that doubles as a mic for hands-free talking.

This accessory is your doctor’s prescription for preventing the stiff neck that comes from wedging your BlackBerry against your ear with your shoulder. At the minimum, it helps free your hands.

We recommend that you avoid using your cellphone while driving, handsfree or not. But RIM didn’t stop with just your standard wired earphones. BlackBerry also supports cool wireless earphones based on Bluetooth technology. How could a bizarrely colored tooth help you here? Bluetooth is the name for a (very) short-distance wireless technology that connects devices.

A computer connected to the Internet faces the risk of being cracked by a hacker or infected by a virus. Viruses try to replicate themselves and generally bug you. Fortunately, security is a BlackBerry strong point. Viruses often come as e-mail attachments. However, BlackBerry supports very few file types out of the box (mostly images and documents). You won’t face threats from e-mails with these attachments.

In addition, if your BlackBerry was given to you by your employer, any data transitions to or from the BlackBerry are encrypted (coded) to prevent snooping.

RIM also has a signature process for application developers, which forces them to identify themselves and their programs if they’re developing any applications for the BlackBerry that need to integrate with either BlackBerry core applications or the OS.

BlackBerry smartphone’s Messages application (through which you view, send, and receive e-mail) doesn’t support scripting languages, which can execute harmful programs. BlackBerry’s viewer for such attachments doesn’t support scripting either, so you won’t face threats from e-mails having these attachments.

BlackBerry is truly a wondrous thing, boasting many features beyond your ordinary mobile phone. And its “sudden” popularity didn’t happen overnight. Read more: About The History Of Black Berry.

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