While having a conversation with a friend yesterday evening about the BlackBerry craze, he narrated an interesting experience. While in church during a marriage ceremony, two of the groom’s men were busy punching their BlackBerry smartphones. It took the preacher to call them to order. Even at that, one of them was still peeping by the side and looking at his phone every now and then.
This is just an example that I am sure you can relate with. The BlackBerry craze is everywhere. If you have never owned a BlackBerry, or don’t use yours as intensely, you might be wondering, What is this all about? I use a BB device intensely and have often asked myself how I would live without my BlackBerry. The truth is, that is exactly how many BlackBerry folks feel.
In this article, I will share with you how I use my own blackberry and the applications that have endeared the device to me.
I need to be connected to the internet on both my phone and PC, because they are my tools for working and learning. For work, email is essential to me, and the experience on a BB is excellent. I have Gmail account setup on my device. It also synchronises my Gmail contacts with my phone. I can also customise my signature from the email set-up too. If there is any email that requires my urgent attention I am able to respond to it quickly. Yes; I know that so many other phones do that too. Still, that doesn’t take anything away from the BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Messenger is awesome as a collaboration tool. Not only can you chat with people,you can also send them voice notes, files, and pictures. I use BBM to hold meetings with teams I work with.
I work hard and play hard too. I work in the mobile technology and social media industries. As such, tools like Twitter and Facebook are my trade. I use Ubbertwitter (now Ubbersocial), an app for Twitter and Facebook for BlackBerry devices.
I also have Snaptu installed on my BlackBerry. With Snaptu, I have access to Facebook, Twitter, my RSS feeds and so much more.
There’s also Google Mobile app, which includes, Gmail, Google maps, Google search and more via the browser.
WhatsApp allows me to chat with iPhone, Nokia and Android users.
The BlackBerry Catch
For me the main BlackBerry catch is its messaging convenience and how it is integrated with serviceslike Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Email, Gtalk and Yahoo Messenger. It may not compete with Android, iOS, WindowsPhone7 and Symbian in terms of number of available applications, but the BlackBerry’s communications capacity is simply awesome.
Another catch is the data compression technology. I have not been able to exhaust the monthly BIS subscription (See Why every Small Business Team Should Consider BlackBerry).
If I were using an Android, iOS, Symbian or WP7 phone, I am sure that I would need more than 1GB worth of data monthly (you know that costs N5,000 with Glo). If I were using mobile data on any of the other networks, I may have to use the mobile data plans of N1,000 per month which gives me just 100mb or 150mb data. Obviously with the many apps installed, that would not be enough.
Now you have it. I am sure many other BlackBerry users share my sentiments.
So, what is your own reason for loving the blackberry so much? Which blackberry apps do you use and why do you use them?
Some people just spite blackberry users due to the craze and attachment. Let’s hear from you too. Why would you never use a BlackBerry device?