Why do teenagers love BlackBerry devices?

Among teenagers, BlackBerry smartphones are all the hype at the moment, but I genuinely can’t help but ask myself why. While most people can see that RIM is on a knife edge and need to make drastic changes to survive, our demographic seems to be addicted to the Canadian QWERTY phones, with their outdated operating systems and poor user experiences. Why is this?

In my opinions BlackBerry phones (and PlayBooks) really aren’t great. People say that the BBM way of communicating is their favourite thing about the phones world, but this service ties you down to communicating with other BB users. Why not just download a cross-platform thing like WhatsApp? Then you will be able to communicate for free with people that have other phones too, such as Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones.

The performance of BlackBerry phones is often absolutely appalling, usually due to the outdated hardware, and my friends that have them are always complaining about how they crash far too regularly to be considered reliable. The camera quality is in a completely different league to other phones, and not in a good way. You cannot compare the quality with that of Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Apple cameras as it is just far too poor. The video quality is equally awful, almost embarrassing to watch once blown up to a decent size. The keys on the phone are small and hard to use at times.

Also (personal rant here) have you ever tried sharing a room with a BlackBerry user? When you’re trying to sleep at night and all you can hear is “click… click… click…” People claim that the keypad on the BlackBerry Bold doesn’t click, which for the record, is a lie. When the room is silent at night you can, and I repeat can, hear it. Now you may be thinking of a counter argument to do with the all-touch Torch and similar models due to the fact that they have software keyboards, however the touch panels are quite frankly of a severely sub-standard quality. In some of the older models the screen clicks as if it’s a button when you touch it. Resistive touch-screens do not deserve a place in this world.

BlackBerry devices are good as business phones due to the security and relative efficiency of the push email services, however as a phone for the youth, they are quite simply abysmal in my opinion. Much better alternatives are available at a wide array of price points, but BB diehards seem oblivious to this fact. I just wish that more people would think the same as me.

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        1. My phone never broke, the screen cracked, and it cracked because I dropped it constantly, not because its a bad phone…

  1. I have a blackberry and I really like it. *shrug* I have the Bold 9900. I love the full keyboard, the touch screen is extremely responsive and has pinch to zoom. The internet is fast and efficient. Call quality is amazing. I’ll admit, the camera is not quite as impressive as that of some of the Andriod phones I’ve had in the past, but I paid for a PHONE not a camera, lol. I already have a nice camera. It’s light weight, not brick shaped like a lot of Android. The battery life kicks my Galaxy II’s ass every day. The screen is smaller, but not so small I can’t see anything. It comes with useful apps like Memo and Tasks, which help me keep track of my homework easily. It’s super secure, which is great because people are always trying to look through my phone. It doesn’t glitch nearly as much as my iPhone did or my Androids have.

    Plus, the BB is sleek, fast and classic looking.

    All in all, it’s a solid device. As far as I’m concerned, Adroids and iPhones are TOYS, not phones.

    And now, I’m not a business man. I am 18 year old high school student who feels like she should’ve gotten a blackbery a long time ago.

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