Why I still use a BlackBerry
Read it all if you so Desire: http://crackberry.com/why-i-still-use-blackberryWith most of the headlines surrounding BlackBerry less than positive these days, it almost feels in vogue to give us loyal BlackBerry users a hard time. It's even to the point where I get ridiculed by my iOS and Android using friends for sticking with my BlackBerry. Sure, I have tried and own other devices as well, but they rarely leave the house with me and quite often if I am out and about you may well find me carrying two BlackBerry smartphones. I like a back up, just in case of an emergency!
Here in the UK things are a little different to in North America as the BlackBerry has been the best selling smartphone for the last couple of years and long may that continue. This is partly due to price. You can pick up a BlackBerry Curve here for £130 and BIS is only £5 per month which can't really be beaten in terms of value for money. BBM is obviously what gets the youngsters addicted.
With many of my Twitter friends being in the USA I quite often get mocked about why I am still using a BlackBerry when Android, iOS and Windows Phone have "so much more to offer". The question I ask myself is do they?
The most important thing for me when it comes to using a smartphone is communication and that is where I strongly believe you can't beat the BlackBerry. Knocking out an email, tweet or Facebook message on the BlackBerry takes seconds and I haven't found another OS that can offer me that ease of use and simplistic management. Clearly the hardware QWERTY keyboard has its advantages, although we will have a new 'super option' later in the year via the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard. I have owned an iPhone 4, various Android devices and also the HTC Radar (which I do carry from time to time), but when I want to communicate quickly and efficiently I can always rely on my trusty BlackBerry.
iPhone and Android users are quick to criticize us on Team BlackBerry due to the restricted apps we have on the current platform. Does that bother me? No, not in the slightest. If I want to play games I have my PlayBook or iPod Touch so I am not really missing out. In terms of productivity applications the BlackBerry has a wonderful selection to choose from and with many now being BBM connected sharing information with fellow BlackBerry users is just a click away.
From using a BlackBerry as a business tool I am forever getting compliments from customers that cannot believe how quickly I respond to email queries. That is the CrackBerry addiction kicking into full effect, as when that LED flashes and I get my email notification tone I respond instantly without fail. I quite often pull over the car to reply to an email (yes, a bit sad I know) but in terms of customer service this goes down well and people appreciate a quick and reliable response.
1. Cheap BIS plans
1 & 2 are the only primary reasons left to use a blackberry for me.
Reason 3 is secondary and I can easily adapt to touch screen typing.
I know BB has top notch security, but I am not a diplomat or lawyer.... so I did not put that as a 4th reason.
Overall I would leave my bb if it were not for 1 and 2.
I do not know what this writer is smoking, but it certainly is dangerous to the brain.
Those who do not understand UNIX are doomed to reinvent it poorly.
Ya'll sound like a broken record.... saying the same thing over and over a zillion times.
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I check here periodically to see how this thread is going. I should really write a new article but nothing much has changed in the six months that have passed, except new versions of Android phones being released. Samsung Galaxy S IV being announced next month! you heard it here first! 1.7 and more pixels than the eye can see!
Seriously if you need a phone to help you find the nearest gas station or an assistant to remind you to do stuff then that is all on you, not everybody can live in the version of the future that you live in 24 hours of the day. Until I can stand at the bus stop and my Android phone tells me that the bus is 10 minutes away and the rain is 15 minutes away then what good is it to me? Some of us still send text messages and "please calls me"s. At the end of the day what you have to consider is how much better is life with all this stuff? Are you writing books on the weekend? selling tracks on itunes? Designing web pages? How does it make you productive? Thats the whole point of the article.
Last edited by GPRS Internet; June 21, 2012 at 03:27 PM.