I've been sporting a rather classic non-descript phone for the past two years. One of the perks of working with Nokia was getting free phones. However, there comes a point in every man's life when he says, "no mom, I don't want any more jello" [one of Dan's personal mantras]. And the same applies here. I'm sick of my basic old phone.
If you're interested, I've been using the Nokia 6230. It works well, but the screen is pretty bad, and I've started to think that it would be cool to access gmail on my phone. As a result, I've been considering a "smartphone" for the past few months. My three main criteria have been: 1. it must look good. 2. it must work with Cingular. 3. it must work with my Mac.
While Steve introduced what will inevitably be my phone in January, it's not ready for prime time yet. With most new technology, you've gotta give it some time. I figure I'll be ready to buy the second incarnation of the iPhone, which is at least 12 months away.
So I'll stop rambling. Last week I got the BlackBerry Pearl and it agrees with my criteria. When I was still in the research phase, I decided to ask the MACist over at LAist about compatibility. I guess he doesn't get a lot of questions, so for a short time, I made it to the front page of the LAist.