The First 5 Things I do When I Get a New BlackBerry


Working at RIM lets me play work with a lot of BlackBerry® smartphones. Since I’m switching to new ones all the time, I thought I’d share what I do when I migrate.

1. Go through the setup wizard, which will configure the device and my email.

2. Change the font size. I like a small font size so I can see more of a message at once. You can change the font size in Options (the wrench icon)-> Screen/Keyboard.

3. Arrange my apps on the home screen. There are some apps I never use so I hide those. My top row of applications are my most used apps – Work email, personal email, BlackBerry® Messenger, Google Talk™, calendar and browser. To rearrange the applications, I just select the app, hit the menu button, and hide/move the application.

4. Download additional applications. The main ones for me are the Facebook and Google Talk applications.

5. PING!!! my friend Tim on his smartphone to let him know that I’m on a new device. It makes him jealous. ;)

So, what do you do when you first get your device?

About Riz J.

Riz joined the handheld software product management team at Research In Motion (RIM) in 2008. Riz works on the overall direction of the device and spends a lot of time trying to figure out what customers want. He hopes this blog allows him to share what he loves about BlackBerry, and learn what you love about BlackBerry.

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