One of the things that I love about my BlackBerry is the ability to spell check as I type (Using an 8900), but what really makes the BlackBerry smartphone stand above in my opinion is the multitasking capabilities.
Being bilingual, I often tend to type in both Spanish and English, and so far the BlackBerry has not disappointed me. The fact that I can simply switch from one language to another by a simple command of ALT+Enter in less than a second is just awesome. I can spell check my e-mail or text messages simply by switching from one language to another depending which language I am writing. This is one of the most helpful tools that RIM has implemented with the new BlackBerry OS 4.5 and up. It not only corrects my spelling, but also adds correct accent marks when I am writing in Spanish. Not many smartphones out there can do this as simple as the BlackBerry does. This feature can be enabled or integrated with third-party applications as well.
The BlackBerry is the perfect phone for multitasking. Another favorite feature of mine is the ability to run several applications at the same time and switch between them back and forth. I find it to be a lot like the option PCs have using the ALT+TAB to change from one application to the other. This is very useful and makes the life with multitasking a lot easier.
Here is a list of my favorite and useful shortcuts:
- Change language: ALT+Enter.
- Typing a special character such as “ñ” in Spanish: click the letter you want without releasing it and use the trackball to scroll through the letters until you get the one you want.
- Toggle between apps: press and hold Alt+Backspace button. Also, by pressing backspace again, it lets you move through all the applications you currently have open.
- Change signal bar to numbers: holding Alt, type “NMLL” and repeat the procedure to switch back.
- Viewing the event log: press Alt+LGLG. You can also erase the event log.
These features make the BlackBerry a useful device for me and it is not as easy to do with any other device I have owned. I used to go through different phones every quarter until I got my first BlackBerry.