Of all the other site editors taking part in the Smartphone Round Robin, I'd have to say Rene gave the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry "lifestyle" the best shot, going so far as to even load up BlackBerry Messenger with every friend/colleague he knew or could track down that had a BB. He liked it. But as he pointed out in his final review, he was also scared of it in that constant connection/looking over your shoulder kind of way.
On our second Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable podcast, Rene relayed his "like" for BlackBerry Messenger to the crew, but our pal Dieter had a different take on it. While he had nothing against BBM per say, he raised a very valid argument that what he has something against are platform specific messenger/communication apps. To him, the best way to stay in touch with people is to communicate via a platform that is available to all. Enter Twitter. We've talked about Twitter and BlackBerry Twitter apps on the blogs before (heck - TwitterBerry just got reviewed yesterday), so I wanted to point out the awesome follow-up editorial Dieter wrote on this subject. He's writing from a Windows Mobile perspective (no BlackBerry Messenger for those folks!), so he compares Twitter to SMS and gives 5 compelling reasons why Twitter is better than SMS. He also provides the counter argument, but I've gotta say, I think his Twitter reasoning has merit. Check it out and post your reactions!