Deciding on a new smartphone thingy…!


Ok. I have to save my money no matter which way I go, but I have AT&T, and despite other peoples experiences, mine has been really good with them.

So, here are my choices. Based on hours of reading reviews, comparisons, watching videos, and really everything short of handling them myself, I am a bit torn. I have used Blackberry for the last couple of years and have come to really enjoy everything about the Blackberry. BUT, as technology advances and I see some phone inheriting some very cool and useful features and Blackberry not it gets tough! Or in some cases, one model has one key feature I want, and another model of the same brand has the other key feature, but never both.

ok, ok. The short list.

Blackberry Curve
Moto Q9h
(HTC) Tilt

I like the Curve because of the fact that it is a blackberry and they are tough, reliable, and I know their systems well. Their form factors are solid feeling, and their screens are good and clean! The Curve has the camera, which is a key feature for me at this point.

I travel a lot and I wanted something to play music, podcasts, webcasts, and video files! My web use on a phone has been limited because the Blackberry browsers are pretty terrible, so I stick to the Google mobile tools and use Google maps, search, Gmail, and GTalk. I suppose if I had a good browser I would look at my tech news, and do more of my web stuff on my phone when I can.

So, the Curve is sort of my default choice. Downside to the Curve compared to the others: no WiFi, takes additional software to view and edit Word, Excel, and PPT, and no 3G network.

The Moto Q9h is a good looking phone, very hip and slick, the width of the phone is an attraction to me (got bigger hands). No wifi on the Q9h, which is a bummer, but It would be a solid platform to work with documents for work. I have read the speed of the processor isn’t all that great, but from what I have seen on videos it’s nothing to worry about.

The Tilt… wow, the tilt. It’s pretty cool. It’s got speed, wifi, media, a big qwerty keyboard, touch screen, it tilts… some people have looked at this phone as a traveling laptop replacement. I don’t know if it would completely replace a laptop for me as I do video and graphic work, but for the business and marketing side of what I do, and the potential of using it to show PPT files using available bluetooth stuff to project through a projector without a laptop is pretty cool.

So, there you have it. It really is a touch call for me. I think I need to get my hands on these to really make the final decision. I could do the Blackberry with wifi and sacrifice the camera feature… which would be a bummer, but the more I realized it, having wifi can be a very valuable feature!

Anyone have any feedback? I am open to ideas and suggestions.

Happy Uttering!
Soundwriter
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NAMM 2008… is over. Oh, but is it?!


It was a long 4-days, and I am still stiff and sore from carrying my equipment the entire time on the floor. At the same time, I can’t really complain. I got to meet some great people! We have 4 daily highlights videos live on the Harmony Central website, http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM08/.

Day 3 and 4 are on their way. Book mark that page because over the next week there will be over 100 videos posted from the show, including testimonials from famous musicians! Such as:
Elliot Easton from the Cars
Joe Bonamassa, top of the blues charts
Joe Satriani
Paul Gilbert
Matt and Corey from Trivium
Daniel, drummer from Nickleback
Paul Stanley, KISS
Billy Sheehan
Jason Bonham, Led Zepplin
… and a handful more!

Happy Uttering!
Soundwriter
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my utterz post last night…

Since it was quite late last night when I posted my video, I wanted to make sure folks had a chance to see it!
Here it is: http://www.utterz.com/…MA/utt.php
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Video update from NAMM!


Here is a video update from my day of arrival in Anaheim, CA for the annual NAMM Show, winter session. I will do my best to get you regular video updates this way, but also point you in the direction of our daily video highlights, showing off the vibe of the show and all of the great people we will be talking to!!!

Stay tuned!
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Radiohead video/movie

Because we can’t embed video on Utterz, here is the link to my blog with the embedded video with Radiohead!

I highly recommend checking it out!

http://revamp-mag.com/erikbeyer/

Enjoy!
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Updated my official new blog

In the ongoing search of finding my identity for the web, I have finally settled. I will eventually be buying the specific domain name, but in the meantime it will reside on my ReVaMP site. http://revamp-mag.com/erikbeyer

I am proud of this. I really want a new Blackberry. I want the Curve so I can get the camera, media player, and full keyboard. I want to be able to blog on the go and upload images as well.

Anyway, I will do my best. For now, my Utterz will continue to feed my Twitter, but I have a feeling I will soon get back to doing that via GTalk on my Blackberry. When it’s via text I get bombarded with text messages and I think they are emails… I don’t need any more confusion in my life. 🙂

Happy Uttering!
Soundwriter
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Next week a fly to Anaheim for NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants). This is the biggest trade show in the US for this industry.

I will be filming products, and on Friday and Saturday our schedule is filled with fun celebrity musicians!

This is quite the time of year for electronics with CES having just finished up and boy, did it get a lot of press this year! A lot more than I remember in the past.

Either way, this year feels like it’s going to be a big year for everyone. I mean this sincerely! There are a couple of hot celebrity musicians that will be dominating this show, them being Joe Satriani and Slash. We have a couple of appointments with Satriani, but Slash will be a little more difficult. We are supposed to get him mid-day Friday, but we’ll see.

So, I will have some fun things to write about while I am there! Stay tuned!

You can also follow the show on http://www.harmony-central.com/ and then finding and clicking on NAMM Show 2008 Coverage. We will be doing daily highlights!

check it out!

Happy uttering!
Soundwriter
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