I know a bit about love, I think. Love is intriguing and it is amazing. This crazy thing called love is a powerful thing. But one thing I do not get is why anyone would say that they cannot live without someone. You know those romantic lines, “Without you, I would die”. Usually, the person saying that said same to the previous love of their life. And to the one before that. And to the one before…. oh! You get the message. I guess saying stuff that like makes romance tick and helps reinforce feelings or something. I’m no psychologist. Or psychiatrist. But no-one should be unable to go on with life because someone is no longer in their life. Harsh? Dunno. Realistic? Very.
Anyway, it is no news that I love hardware QWERTY keyboards on my mobile. Infact, if you are a reader of this blog and did not know, please stop by at my office for your LASTMAN badge. Very well deserved. However, as much as I love QWERTY, I can live without it. I have lived without it on and off for several months at a time. I have lived with full touchscreen devices without moulting, withering or – God forbid – dying.
The issue is that every single time that a hardware QWERTY phone comes into my possession…. every single time… the full touchscreen phones with me take a back seat. They almost become 100% redundant, and spend most of the time idling in my pocket or on my desk. Why?
It is like loving someone. While you should be able to live without someone that you love, chances are that whenever they show up, even when you are already with someone else, your stupid heart kicks in and throws you off the cliff. Suddenly, your dark world lights up! Okay, so it wasn’t so dark, but in comparison to this flash of light, we can as well just call it dark. You want to be with them again. Simple. Call it first love, second love, or sixtieth love; it is love, and it pulls you.
When I have a QWERTY smartphone with me, it becomes my default mobile computing tool. End of. Whether you like my explanation or not, who cares? I just love my QWERTY. I would have a shiny top end flagship, and a low end QWERTY smartphone would show up, and from then on, the top dog spends more time hibernating than a polar bear does. It is the way I roll. Right now, I have a hardware QWERTY smartphone with me, and as low end as it is, it is the one in my hands 90 to 95% of the time. Nothing else matters. This is love, baby!!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.