Becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

Becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

Summary: Most people seem to be adopting Android or iOS as their mobile platform of choice. Am I a sucker for the underdog or do I just want a phone that gets things done?

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As you know, I use mobile devices from all the platforms, but always seem to stick with the underdog -- as demonstrated by  my usage of Nokia Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms.

I am a huge Windows Phone 7 fan, but have pretty much given up on Nokia's Symbian devices and Palm's webOS smartphones. I enjoy Android, but grow tired of low battery life, constant app updates, and all the different user experiences.

iOS devices are great, but I am not a huge fan of the current application-focused UI. I think iOS 5 is very appealing and I may pick up a iOS 5 iPhone if I can get one on a carrier that fits into my plans. The funny thing is that I am now becoming a RIM BlackBerry fan -- at a time when people seem to be writing off the company and device as past their prime. Let me explain why.

I purchased a BlackBerry PlayBook on launch day and for the most part I enjoyed using it, but grew a bit tired of not getting stand-alone email or PIM support; RIM has been pretty silent on when to expect the update for this. I sold the PlayBook a week ago, as I was trying to consolidate my large tablet collection (I have an iPad 2, HTC Flyer, and HP TouchPad) and thought I could give it up. I was then sent the three new BB OS 7 smartphones to evaluate (see my review) and fell in love with the fantastic design and QWERTY keyboard of the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 . I decided to give up LTE and my Samsung Droid Charge to purchase my own Bold 9930, which I will be doing next week.

I then contacted the guy who bought my PlayBook and he was kind enough to accept a refund and a fee for his troubles to send me back the PlayBook and it arrived back home yesterday. The combination of a PlayBook and Bold 9930 is killer for me since I get the full BlackBerry Bridge support for PIM; web browsing without need of a tethering service; BBM on a large screen; enjoyable QNX UI and multi-tasking; and rock-solid hardware in a tablet and phone. Battery life is  good enough that I can go at least a full day with both, unlike my Android and Windows Phone smartphones.

On Tuesday, I explained why I thought there were still several reasons to consider a BlackBerry smartphone. In combination with the cutting-edge QNX experience, I am getting the best of both worlds while avoiding having to pay an extra WiFi hotspot tethering fee. The PlayBook browser is one of the best out there and I personally find the UI to be even better than the TouchPad webOS UI that it appears to be modeled after.

I've talked about apps on smartphones and, as I explained in my review of these OS 7 phones, I have nearly all the apps I need and do not find much lacking. There are not a ton of apps on the PlayBook yet, but I am also quite pleased with the available ones there and believe it will get better as we know the Android App Player is also coming to the PlayBook.

Jason just recently wrote that he see three scenarios that can play out for RIM, but as I posted I honestly think RIM will do just fine remaining an independent company. Their sales have been down over the last year, but it has also been a year since they released new devices and these OS 7 devices are all the best ever in their form factors for RIM smartphones. I am not sure if people will choose them over Android or iOS, but current BB users should be extremely happy and want to upgrade. I am a BlackBerry convert; could there be others like me?

Are any readers not currently BlackBerry users planning to pick up a new BlackBerry OS 7 smartphone ?

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  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    I too have shared your same thoughts. I have been looking at the new torch for an increase in basic functionality with a "get it done and be done" kind of attitude. My iPhone 4 is a tiring device to keep track of and use day in and day out.
    thejellymon
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      Hi @thejellymon,

      Alex from RIM here. Glad to hear you?re looking at the new Torch. Whether you love all-touch (Torch 9850/9860), or keyboard and touch (Torch 9810) ? we?ve got you covered. Either way ? you?ll get a faster and smoother user experience thanks to the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

      If you want to take a deeper dive into our new Torch smartphones, check out these ?things you should know? posts on our Inside BlackBerry Blog for both the Torch 9810 (http://bbry.lv/reC7By) and Torch 9850/9860 (http://bbry.lv/qINY3c).

      Cheers,
      Alex, RIM Social Media Team
      alexkinsella
      • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

        hello i am a blackberry fan and have been for years . i really would like to see at&t have a prepaid blackberry plan is this going to happen any time soon. They at&t say it is up to rim/blackberry to deciede . Why can other carriers have this available for customers and they at&t cant . I am not the only one that would like this to happen soon or we will have to leave blackberry and go to android as much as we dont want to .
        cindyd62691
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    I have just bought a 9800 after having an 8520. I have looked at other smart phones but none seemed as good to use as the Blackberry, it now has my business on it and is in use all day every day. I could not function without it.
    Robert-CIS
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    You are a sucker for the underdog as evident because you are a fan of Palm and Windows Mobile... Enjoy your crap berries while it lasts [may be 6 months?]
    browser.
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @browser. Gotta love posts like this. I've been rockin' a BlackBerry for 5+ years and they don't break down. Period. Leave it to the ignorant who know nothing about BlackBerry's to say this.
      Rub3n5
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    just got the bold 9930. you are going to LOVE that device.
    southlander
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @southlander
      Thats wht I needed 2 hear. I am a die hard BB fan, been 1 4 some years. I had been considering trying out another Smrt Phone bcuz BB hadnt released a new phone n sooo long. I am a yr and a half over due 4 an upgrde. The screen on my BB has ben crackd for 8 mths. Tlk about dedication. I think I will go ahead and upgrde 2 the Bold. Thnx!
      Lomaximus
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    i am a total BB fan, i currently own the BB 9630....i've always been a huge fan of the keyboard....i'm not an apps fiend by any means, i think i have about 5 apps that i use regularly with no other apps just sitting on my phone. BBs just do what their supposed to do, as far as my personal uses. i will be a fan until the end, if there is an end.
    mywebstuff27
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @mywebstuff27
      Amen...I couldn't hve said it bettr. 4 wht I do the BB is perfection. I too use only mayb 5 apps and the keyboard is hook. I wonder y so many people are h8n on BB. If its not the device 4 u then just move on 2 somethin else. At times I feel like I am gonna hv 2 defend myself whn some iphone people c me pull out my BB. I think they feel threatened or at least not all superior like u would think they should feel bn tht they hv a superior device. Or so they think. Go figure....
      Lomaximus
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    Here in the Caribbean, all you see are BlackBerrys, with the odd iPhone scattered around. The new devices will sell well in this market. I am even tempted to upgrade from my Torch 9800 to either the Bold 9900 or Torch 9850/60 (why did RIM do that, btw? so silly! That device should have been called something else) and pair it with a PlayBook for the ultimate in portability and work efficiency.
    CHSI.Steve
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    No one is trying to be cool... iOS and even Android are way way better, everyone I know that's still typingon tiny keyboards wants iPhone or Android... that said I do NOT miss my blackberry from 2006, yikes!!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @Hasam1991 2006??? I can't even remember what I used that year. You should at least test drive one of the new BBs and see for yourself. Not intended to promote RIM, just to tell you that changes since then are huge. Cheers.
      SinfoCOMAR
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @Hasam1991 You're not missing your 2006 BlackBerry? Are you missing your 2006 iPhone or Android device? Oh right, they hadn't even been released yet despite RIM already having a rock solid device on a full QWERTY keyboard with e-mail.
      Rub3n5
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    i just gave in to an Android device because my Blackberry had given out on me for the fifth time and i was tired of sending it back although it was an older Blackberry when i first got it i loved it now that there are better phones on the market in my opinion i gave up the Blackberry
    dblatzheim1
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    I've had iOS (back when it was iPhone OS) and am now on Android. I've never had a BlackBerry device but must admit, I am seriously considering purchasing the new Bold 9900. I really don't use or need all the bells & whistles my Android has. I like the idea of a smartphone that can hold a charge much longer.

    Oh, and sadly I see hasam the eunuch troll is still around.
    Butch Z
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    Dont agree with Miller's ideas, but I like the way he thinks. Id even consider marrying him, if that was the case. LOL @aamanda
    aamanda
  • Agree

    I had the original iPhone and the original Palm Pre, I liked the Pre better. Jumped from Pre to EVO 4G. In the mean time I got a BlackBerry Torch 9800 refurbished for .01. I liked it, so much so that I dumped the EVO for a BB STyle 9670, I love the flip phone for off hours, so easy to use and yet a Smartphone. So now I am drooling over the new Berry's. On Sunday I am going to Sprint store to check out the 9930 and the 9850 and try to decide on which one. I may even upgrade from my iPhone for the Torch 9800. I call, read email, text, surf the web, and organize my life on my phone. I am not a gamer and don't need fart apps or worry about programs running all the time in the back ground. Nope, I'll keep the iPhone on the other line and use it for somethings but Blackberry may just be back, when QNX hits it will be a new breed of Berry's.
    scottae316
    • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

      @scottae316 It's refreshing to read posts like this from someone who has clearly evaluated several devices. All smartphones have their strengths and weaknesses; it just boils down to what the users needs are. Imagine the best of QNX / Android / iOS all in one device... now THAT would be nice!
      Rub3n5
  • RE: I am becoming a BlackBerry fan when it's not cool to do so

    Awesome article. I totally agree.
    imrank128