Why I love my BlackBerry

There are many aspects about BlackBerry devices which this site has constantly reminded us are negative, but I, as a Curve owner, love my phone. Now I will try to defend this marvelous piece of technology.

Admittedly there are some things about the BlackBerry which are not up to scratch e.g. the constant crashes and crappy cameras, but also things are also very well done e.g. the hardware QWERTY keyboards. This is not a phone built for gaming so, if that is what you have had in mind for your phone, do not buy a BlackBerry. The BB has a wide range of apps that are useful for many things but not that many games can be found in the App World so, like I say, consider every aspect before you run into buying a phone which you will later regret. It is a lot more about socialising and business ventures because it is easy to send and receive e-mails and to surf the web while on the go.

One of the key features of BB is BlackBerry Messenger (or BBM). This proprietary service is great for contacting your friends. There are many apps out there which are available cross-platform but these are not as recognisable as BBM and also can be slightly confusing and hard to use if you do not know what you are doing from the beginning. I have broken many a phone having not known how to work the phone as a whole or just a certain aspect of it and this is unacceptable for non-technically-minded people.

If you get a Curve, BlackBerry phones can be very inexpensive. These cost next to nothing compared to iPhones and some Windows Phones which can cost ridiculous amounts of money. There is no need at all to spend £500 on a phone, excluding the newest models and especially the sexy PorscheBerry. The “click… click… click…” noise that Hannah complained about last week does not annoy me and can be easily avoided. and and the buttons on the qwerty keyboard is just the right size for people with normal sized hands. It is the right size to fit in most pockets and is also very easy to use and very straight forward.

Teenagers enjoy their BlackBerries for many different reasons, mainly because they look stylish and are cool. Everybody who is anybody in a secondary school either has a BB or has owned one. It has become a necessary accessory for those who wish to become cool. Saying this, I also recognise that RIM will have to pull their fingers out of their arses in order to stay alive and remain a major player in the smartphone market. There is a lot to be improved and fashions change but, at the moment BlackBerries are in and, like it or not, I don’t see desire for them fading anytime soon so get used to it.

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10 Comments

  1. “Admittedly there are some things about the BlackBerry which are not up to scratch e.g. the constant crashes and crappy cameras…”
    This is the main reason why people do not like BlackBerry Phones. Just read Technophobia and you will see that ‘a few small crashes’ are quite a lot more annoying than you make them out to be. https://digixav.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/technophobia-why-you-shouldnt-buy-a-crackberry/
    “One of the key features of BB is BlackBerry Messenger…not as recognisable as BBM and also can be slightly confusing and hard to use…”
    The fact that these are not as ‘recognisable’ as other services does not make it better, Also, more people use Whatsapp than BBM making it in fact more recognisable than BBM. The fact that you find other services such difficult to use is in my opinion BullS**t, I found setting up my Whatsapp on my Windows Phone incredibly simple; and once I had registered, it automatically found my contacts that had registered for the service, a much simpler and more convenient way of finding contacts than putting in Pins for every one of your potential contacts.
    Furthermore, “if you get a curve, BlackBerry phones can be very inexpensive…”, you say this even though the new Curve starts free on contract at £20.50 and that is the cheapest I could find it, you can get the new Lumia 710 for free at just £15.50 per month and the Samsung Galaxy Ace for the same price; both of which are of a much higher quality for a lower price. And on the point of the clicking [sorry to readers this is a more personal argument] when I was in a room at school with you, I found that the clicking drove me insane and kept me up all night.
    Finally, “Teenagers enjoy their BlackBerries for many different reasons… It has become a necessary accessory for those who wish to become cool.”
    This point is completely invalid, nobody looks at what phone someone has to decide on if they are cool or not; and on your final point that blackberries are in at the moment, they are not almost everyone that I know that has owned a blackberry has decided to get rid of it and get a decent phone. You just have to look at RIM’s share graph over the last year to see that they are failing and that they soon will die [hopefully].

  2. I appreciate the fact that you care about RIM and think that they can be competitive but, in their current state, they don’t stand a hope in hell of existing 1 or 2 years from now.

    Firstly, you even started your article by acknowledging their faults e.g. the constant crashes. Using a phone, especially a smartphone on which I have spent a couple of hundred pounds, I do not expect it to be constantly crashing. To quote Steve Jobs, one of the most appealing things about Apple products are that they just work. RIM products cannot have this statement applied to them.

    While on the topic of hardware, I have to have a bit of a rant on the keyboards that RIM seem to adore. The “click… click… click…” noise is absolutely horrible. While it is not so obvious on the Bold, it is ridiculously noticeable on the Curve, the device of choice for most BlackBerry owners that I know. Regarding the actual presence of the keyboards, RIM is behind the times. In early 2007, the late Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone which, like it or not, changed the mobile industry forever. He made a great point about the fact that, with the smartphones of the day manufactured by Palm, RIM and the like, media consumption was prohibited by the fact that the keyboard, not often used, was permanently taking up real estate on the face of the device that could be used for a screen. While some argue that they cannot type unless they have physical keys in front of them, causing them to buy phones from RIM, plenty of keyboarded alternatives do exist from other manufacturers such as the HTC ChaCha, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Motorola’s popular Droid/Milestone range.

    Now, we move on to software. The App World is crap. You have personally told me that, along with this article speaking about the lack of games available on the BlackBerry platform. RIM themselves, in a rare acknowledgement of failure, admit this and have tried to sort things out by bringing Android apps to the PlayBook OS. While apps require a bit of conversion to operate properly on the QNX-based tablet, this gives developers yet another incentive to develop for Android, now the largest smartphone platform in the world. Since they are shedding their treasured developers to their rivals, how can they hope to build a solid app launchpad for the long-awaited QNX platform that is BlackBerry X BlackBerry 10? This software could be exactly what RIM needs to survive but, given the numerous delays, unimpressive leaks and name-changing lawsuits that it has faced, wouldn’t it have been a better idea to just follow the crowd and adopt Android or, better still for RIM’s business market and reputation for security, Windows Phone?

    Next I will talk about BlackBerry Messenger. I simply don’t see the appeal of a smartphone messaging system that is not cross platform. Almost every teenager with a smartphone also has a Facebook account, and therefore they could download the free Facebook Messenger app which integrates with Facebook chat and can also be used to contact anybody with a phone number saved on your device. If a smartphone-centric messaging system is what you desire then, as Henry said, there is no better alternative than WhatsApp. The service costs about £1 per year and is open to all smartphone platforms. Upon registration, it scours your contacts for other What Sapp users and otherwise serves the exact same purpose as BBM. What’s wrong with texting anyway?

    Regarding cost, I call bullcrap. The ‘brand new’ BlackBerry Curve 9360 costs £219.95 on pay as you go on the 3 network via the Carphone Warehouse, while the Nokia Lumia 710, released less than 1 month ago and running the award winning Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, costs £20 less on the same network. When you consider the specs of these 2 handsets, you can see that the Nokia wins hands down, with a better camera, longer battery life, 16x the storage and a higher resolution touch panel to accompany the processor which is clocked almost twice as high as the Curve.

    So that’s why I think RIM is now the company on the burning platform. Remember the service outages that meant that BB users couldn’t access the internet on their phones? Remember the fact that the PlayBook shipped without a native email client, one of RIM’s flagship services? Only today with the OS 2.0 update are these tablets gaining basic functionality and, as Jesse Hicks of The Verge so excellently states in his epic article on the demise of RIM, published today, RIM have had a tendency to promise so much and deliver so little.

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