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Gadget guide: BlackBerry organizes a busy mom's life

BlackBerry Curve

$350

I'm not a techie, but I'm married to one. This gives me a reputation as an "early adopter" around the office because I was the first with caller ID, TiVo, satellite radio and other now-everyday toys. But it's a facade. I didn't buy them, I just use them. If I can figure out how to use a gadget, it really is worth it. The one I cannot do without is my BlackBerry. The cell phone with a keyboard lets me send and receive e-mail, surf the Internet, check my calendar, take pictures and fold laundry. Oh wait, scratch that last one. It isn't perfect … yet.

Just a few of the ways I use my phone to run my life:

• I use the reminder function to have my phone buzz me the night before to pick up cupcakes for the class party.

• A maps application lets me type in the place I'm going, say the nearest Rooms to Go store, and the phone uses built-in GPS to show me how to get there.

• In my Memo files, I have a Recipes group. But rather than recipes, I type ingredient lists I use at the store if I want to make fajitas or white chili or Oreo brownies.

• My Memo files also has list of wines I like, measurements of rooms and windows, books to read, videos to rent — anything I want to remember when I'm in a store.

• I have a permanent list for camping, vacations, parties or any outing that requires a lot of gear.

• And, oh yeah, it comes in handy at work, too, for deadlines, numbers and surfing the Web during meetings.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne can be reached at swynne@sptimes.com.

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Gadget guide: BlackBerry organizes a busy mom's life 11/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 4:14pm]
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