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Old 06-23-12, 10:30 AM
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Finally got a "Smart Phone" School me please.

My wonderful wife got me a totally free Blackberry smart phone yesterday. The Storm 9530, it is pretty neat. My work phone finally played out completely and we just cannot afford to buy one on the company account (slow with work right now.) I connected to my email account and I'm looking to see if the BF app will work with this phone or not. Hope it does. This was totally unexpected to get the new phone, but she can work wonders with this kind of thing.

Okay, y'all tell me which apps I need for participating in Strava and to record my rides if possible with this model phone. I'd like to get a good shock mounted device to keep the phone on my bars, if possible. I don't want to get into any upper level programing or hacking the phone, please. Just some advice on the apps that allow me to have the Strave and maps as well as the ride tracking. I don't want to specifically track mileage, tie in to a power meter but probably monitor a heart monitor if this phone can do that with an app addition and a monitor purchase, probably a Polar since I am familiar with them from running and coaching.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to y'all's input and advice.

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Old 06-23-12, 10:33 AM
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You'll need to find somebody whose more versed than me to ask. Shouldn't be very hard.
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Blackberry is more of a business smart phone and doesn't have access to many of the same Apps as Iphone and Android. In fact Strava isn't set up for windows phones either. However there is an app called GPS logger2, https://www.emacberry.com/gpslogger.html that will work I believe and then you can download the GPS information to Strava on a computer under the Upload activity button on the Strava Page. I have never tried it but I am told it works much like when using a garmin.
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Thanks for the good gouge Mobile 155, Ill keep this in mind.
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Old 06-26-12, 06:08 AM
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I visited the Strava home page and as you said, the Blackberry is a no go. I am going to use the GPSLogger app that Mobile 155 posted above. Hope it has the features that I would like to use. Anyone with any recommendations please let me know what you have learned that works for you if you use a Blackberry. Can't give this one up, the price was right, free, and my wife, her sister, my B-I-L and their son all like theirs so they must do something right, although their stock price and corporate doings say otherwise right now.

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I had to get one of my grand daughters to program special ring tones for each of my immediate family members. Took her about 15 minutes including looking up the songs. Mrs. Grouch got "Right Down the Line" by Gerry Rafferty.

I wonder if there's a way to program the phone to answer "Number Not Available" to anybody who calls me from a "Number Not Available" phone. Fair's fair. Since this is an election year, I think that would be handy. Maybe I'll ask my grand daughter next time I see her.
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I visited the Strava home page and as you said, the Blackberry is a no go. I am going to use the GPSLogger app that Mobile 155 posted above. Hope it has the features that I would like to use. Anyone with any recommendations please let me know what you have learned that works for you if you use a Blackberry. Can't give this one up, the price was right, free, and my wife, her sister, my B-I-L and their son all like theirs so they must do something right, although their stock price and corporate doings say otherwise right now.

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No reason to give the phone up. Blackberry is a very secure system. It just doesn't have access to all the same apps as Iphone, Android, Windows, or Palm. More than likely you can find apps for the Blackberry that are very much like the ones used by the others.
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Roger that Mobile 155, I like the phone fine and I'll live without Strava just fine. I began looking at apps today and I will load up what I feel will help out.

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What's your frustration tolerance?
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I used to have a cell phone and a PDA. I kept track of all my cycling records in the Palm calendar, so I've got at least 10 years worth of data over 2 or 3 generations of Palm PDA's. Last year I finally upgraded to a Droid phone and have been using the google calendar as my training diary, and Dropbox to store various cycling-related documents. Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to transfer 10 years of Palm calendar info to a google calendar. But the nice thing about my current system is that I don't need to keep strict backups. Everything just goes into "the cloud" and is accessible from an assortment of computers.

And being very anti-establishment, I made sure to get an unlocked smartphone (I just swapped SIM cards and it's now my cell phone), and I didn't subscribe to data access; I just use free wi-fi when I'm not at home with my wireless router. As far as using it as gps on the bike, I don't think the battery would last long enough, although I am using a battery-saver app.

Not sure how much of this is transferable to Blackberries. Basically, I'm just using my smartphone as the next generation PDA.

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Really high frustration tolerance, Denver, surgeries and hospitals gave me that. And I work in Quality Engineering and failure analysis so I adapt and just breath evenly

lhbernhardt, never cared for keeping data that way, I didn't get along with my Palm device, they were primitive when I had one and I just kept a Franklin Day Planner for my calender. I'll adapt to the Blackberry's idiosyncrasies and use it. Thanks for the input though, appreciated much.

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