Perhaps only members of the Mobility Arena team know how agonising it is for me to change phones. You see, I really love the diversity within the smartphone space, and I love the different strengths of the different platforms and hardware. Because I appreciate the diversity, I also tend to develop a sentimental attachment to whatever phone I am using at the moment.
So, whether I am switching from an Android smartphone to a BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone smartphone, or vice versa, the decision to switch is never an easy one.
In the last few days, I have had to go back and forth about switching my primary smartphone. I currently have a BlackBerry Passport serving my daily needs, but I also have the Nokia Lumia 930 and Innjoo One 3G HD in my current collection. At Mobility, we always try to have a device from each platform at all times. Our work requires that. So, I have Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry represented at the moment. Well, there’s also a Firefox OS smartphone in a drawer somewhere, crippled by poor hardware and so mostly unusable.
The BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1779 update that I have on my Passport now has resulted in an otherwise excellent device being crippled. Battery life is piss-poor now. Battery dives from 100% to 31% in five hours even when the Passport is mostly idle. And, the unforgivable one, I now wake up every morning to find the phone dead, the battery having emptied itself while I slept all night. No; I don’t have any spirit friends who use my phone behind my back.
Switch to Lumia 930?
My impulse is to switch to the lovely Lumia 930. It is an almost perfect device, well built, has one of the best cameras around, and meets my needs in near totality. Then I remembered how horrible the BBM experience is on Windows Phone. BBM is my primary communications tool, followed by email. In very simple terms, BBM for Windows Phone needs fixing. And there’s still no built-in way to peg network to 3G-only. I love my Lumia, and if I had no alternatives right now, I would put my SIM straight into it. But I do…
Switch to Innjoo One 3G HD?
The Innjoo One is a lovely piece of work. It feels premium, is very light, runs Android Kitkat, and is a fine performer. It has no issues with BBM and lets me peg network to 3G-only. See?
Lastly, perhaps I should just keep my SIM in the Passport and endure it’s new horrible battery life? Aaaargh! I hate nursing phones, and the Passport is one big, strong baby in need of constant nursing right now. I will get through this and make a decision. I’ve been at this since 2005 and always do.