My Misgivings About Blackberry
For a long time, I stayed away from the Blackberry device because one of my misgivings about the Blackberry device – in my own words – was, “The only strength Blackberry has is Push email“. Every time that I spoke to people who wanted to get one, I told them that there were devices that did Push email and much more.
Another myth that I held about Blackberry is, “It is not user friendly“. This was a device that I hadn’t used and yet I held a very strong opinion about. This is so typical of the average Joe out there.
My next misgiving is an offshoot of the previous. Because I thought it was not user friendly, I naturally concluded that everything about it was going to be complex. Using it wasn’t going to be simple, and tethering with PC was going to be complex. As such, I kept my distance from it all together.
Finally, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get on the Blackberry platform the applications that are so loved by me on Symbian. Apps like the torch light app (allows me to use the camera light as torch light), Bible application with multiple translations, screen shot application that allows me to capture the screen of my phone, etc, are examples of such.
The Mist Clears
Fast forward to my 10th wedding anniversary last year. I wanted to give my wife a special gift, and Mobility Nigeria made a Blackberry offer that I couldn’t pass up. So I got her a Blackberry 9630 Tour.
As it turned out, my wife thought that the phone was rather big and looked masculine – not something that she would love to use. So we swapped phones and I ended up with the Blackberry.
My first day with it, I thought, “If I get this device to tether with my PC with ease and I am able to use it as a modem for my internet access, I just might keep it“. Surprisingly, when I installed the desktop manager on my PC, and connected the device, I was prompted to input the network settings. This I did and presto, I was browsing away on my existing internet bundle plan. It was so easy to do that I instantly fell in love with the Blackberry phone. I must say that at that point I had not subscribed to BIS.
Secondly, I set out to get those must-have apps. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to find those apps and the best part of it was that they were all free.
At this point I was more than sold and loving the Blackberry phone. My first ever experience with the Blackberry platform was turning out to be a very pleasant surprising one. Would there be more surprises as I used the phone?
If you want to know the answer to that question please come back for the concluding part of this article.
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