Now That Symbian Is Fading Away, Watch Out For Blackberry!

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It is no mistake that for years, Symbian became the dominant smartphone OS here in Nigeria, and indeed Africa. The peculiar conditions of this environment ensured that. Despite all the razmattaz of iOS and Android, Symbian kept its strong hold on the African continent – and for good reasons too. Here are a few:

1. Good power management. Most Symbian phones have good battery life
2. Data management. With some of the most basic bundle internet plans, you could run the average Symbian smartphone conveniently for a month. This means huge cost savings.

My 60+ father recently replaced his Symbian smartphone, a Nokia 6760 Slide (yes; dad uses smartphones too) with the new Blackberry Curve 9360. He had used his 6760 Slide for business purposes for over a year now. Of course, he got tired of Symbian S60 3rd Edition eventually. Who wouldn’t (remember my position that Nokia needs to stop producing those older versions of Symbian)? This is 2012, please.

What were dad’s motivating factors in his choice of a Blackberry? The two items that I listed above were key, of course!

BlackBerry devices are legendary for good battery life and data management. Dad is extremely delighted to have access to a full smartphone and internet service at only N1,500 per month.

Special Data Bundles For Android?

I have heard some Android users gripe and demand that network operators are biased and should also provide special bundles for Android phones. This is mostly based on ignorance (or just arrogance, of course). Network operators provide special Blackberry bundles because of the benefits that their networks derive from BlackBerry’s server compression service.

RIM’s compression technology means that BlackBerry devices eat up less data and put less pressure on mobile networks than devices from other platforms. Get it? As such, if Google would implement a data compression service for Android devices, then the networks would gladly provide special low-cost bundles for droids too.

BlackBerry And Good Battery Life?

Some of you are probably screaming blue murder about Blackberry battery life. Hold your horses while I burst your bubble.

Nigerian network providers have been notorious for epileptic Blackberry services. That’s what’s eating your BlackBerry’s battery for the most part. Get on a more stable network and see how much better your Blackberry’s battery performs.

BlackBerry, The Best Alternative To Symbian

As people flock away from Symbian, they are looking for an alternative smartphone platform that provides similar benefits to what they have been used to – multi-tasking, Mass storage, Bluetooth file transfer, and good resource (data and power) management.

With N28,000 or less, a brand new Blackberry 8520 can be picked up at most mobile retail outlets. That is not nearly as cheap as the cheapest Android and Symbian devices, but it is not a bad price either.

The Blackberry platform is the logical way to go for the most part. Even a non-geek like my dad can tell. He has never heard of Android. He knows iPhone, but won’t buy that. But he knows Blackberry, recognises it, likes the hardware QWERTY (he finds touchscreens unintuitive, but that’s an article for another day), and thinks it is both functional and cool. So does his business partner, who also uses a BlackBerry.

Last year, I wrote an article titled Will BlackBerry become the Number One Smartphone OS in 2012?. I still do not believe that it will happen in 2012, but it is certain that with the recent news of Nokia’s change in plans for Symbian, Blackberry now stands a good chance of indeed becoming number one smartphone OS in Nigeria. Perhaps in 2013. Perhaps beyond that.

Perhaps I will be getting a Blackberry as my primary smartphone too.

46 comments

    1. Jikong1

      Self opinionated article indeed… Blackberry, a no go area for me…Very comfortable with my android device.

      The article is not about you or your Android device. What’s with your brain that doesn’t let you see beyond you and your Android device? And you call someone else self opinionated? The irony.

      You should upgrade to Jikong2.0 😉

  1. mister mobility

    “What’s with your brain that doesn’t let you see beyond you and your Android device? And you call someone else self opinionated?”

    I ‘ve seen beyond myself that is why I dumped Symbian and fudge ahead with my life and its also the same reason that a Blackberry platform is a no go area for me.

    I think we should learn how to respond to comments without using insulting words/statements. The way you responded is proof that there is no unbiased blog as quoted by “Harry” in one of the articles in this blog.
    Wishing you goodberry life.

    1. jikong1,

      I think we should learn how to respond to comments without using insulting words

      You should practice what you preach, dear hypocrite, in which case you wouldn’t have referred to the article as “Self opinionated”.

      self-opinionated
      1. Obstinately insistent upon one’s own opinions
      2. Vain; conceited
      3. having an unduly high regard for oneself or one’s own opinions
      4. clinging stubbornly to one’s own opinions

      See that? You were insulting. I repeat: Something is wrong with your brain if you cannot read an article and respond to the issues raised in the article, and not throw a jibe at the writer.

      You are not in any position to talk about anyone being self-opinionated or biased, as you are clearly both.

      As you can see, I have no qualms throwing your junk back at you. Unfortunately, like most bullies, you can’t swallow the crap that you dish out. Deal with it.

      Silly Android fanboy who can’t see beyond his nose.

  2. Me- i will stick with Symbian until it is certified DEAD. I feel Symbian will serve me for some time yet!

    A dying Symbian is better than an alive_and_kicking AndriOSBerry.

    Now- that IS an opinionated assertion, and my brain is intact too…;-)

    1. EyeBeeKay

      Now- that IS an opinionated assertion, and my brain is intact too…;-)

      Your brain is intact jare. It is actually not a bad idea to stick with Symbian till it is dead.

  3. Mister mobility, i totally agree with you. I always like praising people that i know have worked hard and are innovative. Blackberry is one of those. Starting from the BBM, to there security, data compression, majority of java apps are available for blackberry.

    Secondly, blackberry have shown us that is all about necessity and not just a show (note majority of young bb owners don’t know up to 50% of the phones ability). By that i mean the RAM, processor speed and co, are not ostentatious unlike android.

    My old 1gb ram 1.3ghz hp laptop under “heavy” usage barely reaches 90% cpu usage, that makes me wonder the work android developers did, if u give me bricks and all i do is put them on top each other, what have i done? Thats exactly what android is doing, i mean windows will perform exceedingly well wit extreme specs, but their good performance on low spec shows they av done some work.

    Sorry 4 the long post, i think blackberry is worth a try

  4. Eye.bee.kay, you have always been a diehard fanatic, i admire your staying faithful.

    loolll…

    That is the operative word – die hard. Symbian will not die easily.

  5. @Kunle

    BB is convenient for me especially the Data package and the keyboard/

    There are flexible blackberry data packages. Daily, Weekly, monthly. As you want. It. Subscription Costs have also gone down drastically- unlike previously.

    As regards the keyboard, there are blackberries with touchscreen as well.

    You may want to re examine your reasons as those ones you mentioned are not quite valid..

  6. Please guyz lets just state our opinions n stop getting at each other, i love this blog, please everybody is entitled to his or her opinion. Each device has its market share cos of diffrences in opinion of we users.

    Android i love but hey, i don’t hate a bb or symbian user. Nigeria still has a long way to go particularly because most of the population is unefucated unlike on more developed countries. Cheers

  7. Yes BB is certainly good for some people, but I know that it is not good enough for me not withstanding the server side compression from RIM.

    There just is no way BB could compete in the vast majority of quality apps available to me through the Android market and elsewhere. N1500 might be giving BB users full internet for 30 day. N1000 is doing same for me on my Android device. Nothing can be more illogical in my opinion switching to BB from Android.

    Yes there is nothing like an unbiased blogger just like there is nothing like unbiased commenter and as the Americans are busy killing Symbian and ignoring/hating BB, it won’t be a bad idea entirely if someone down here will be helping their lot by propping them up a bit.

    1. Yes BB is certainly good for some people, but I know that it is not good enough for me not withstanding the server side compression from RIM.

      Splendid. This is how it should be.

      Unfortunately, one or two half nitwits will soon show up and say something like, “BlackBerry is crap”.

      Standing by for them 😉

      Cheers.

  8. Another insight into the BB craze in Nigeria. Yes, Blackberry is a splendid OS FOR some people. On e of my very senior Colleague recently got one and ravishing lay enthralled in owning his first Smartphone. That Said however, BB isn’t meant for me! It’s just not versatile enough!

    Yes, Symbian is a die hard. I see my self upgrading to another Symbian again before it fully dies! However, I’d have liked to try me hand on a Nokia Lumia but have lost faith in it because of its official unavailability in Nigeria.

  9. I know for sure that symbian fans will wanna go the bb way for the data compression. But if its battery, naaaa… Their symbians do far better than the blackberry. I have about 13 blackberry users in my office none of their batteries last as long as my sgs2. They all complain and bring their chargers to the office. Two of them just upgraded to the 9900 and said their batteries are worse of than on their previous BBs. I know the data compression on blackberry should normally help improve on battery usage, but its not the case. I advice some of them to keep their network solely on edge to help their situation.

    I don’t expect an average former symbian user to jump on the android train except he craves some excitements and ready to deal with its ills(Every platform has one). If you are a gamer on symbian formerly,you will definitely not go with blackberry. Try it and you will get bored and unchallenged. You either go with android or ios. They have all the top titles. Gameloft just released Real Football 2012 today on Android market and I’m loving it.

    BBs are not so interesting when it comes to fun. Movies, Music, Pictures e.t.c are better enjoyed on other platforms and hardwares than on blackberry. Android and ios has more and better apps with which to play with these things.

    I am very happy with the fast rate at which blackberry has gotten a lot of our people to be more mobile in their dailies. But, some of us just crave for more which blackberry cannot deliver. My wife has given up on getting me to use a blackberry like her. I appreciate the fact that it serves her needs, though she later had to get a galaxy tab for support.

  10. I’ve been on S60v3 for abt a year and a half and i’m so tired Of it. This article is just speaking my mind. Its been a tough decision. Should i go blackberry or android? blackberry seems reasonable but i want a good camera, good music, i want a fluid OS…and i want cheap data too…my problem with blackberry is the pricing. They are just not competitively priced. If they are priced well for the specs they ve …Then its blackberry all the way!

  11. @shayman, to what degree do you want cheap data? What cheap means to you can be different from others. You cant get great camera on blackberry but can manage the music sha. But when it comes to cheap data, its blackberry. You can manage data on android but you may have to deny it its full potential. Anyway, your blackberry too will charge you outside your plan for say youtube videos for example.

  12. Anyway, your blackberry too will charge you outside your plan for say youtube videos for example.

    That is one of the problems i have with blackberry- the pricing of different data activities.

    When i subscribe to a data plan (say the Etisalat unlimited data plan), I do not expect anything to touch my credit in ANY situation – even when tethering
    . Otherwise, why call it an unlimited data plan?

    This uncertainty I have sought to clear without much success.

    If I install ANY app that needs to connect to the web, and i have an active data plan, (how) can i be sure that it is ONLY my data plan that is consumed- and not my call credit?

  13. @belushi…..1500 for unlimited data plan is not bad. Its really really cool. On android i’ll get 500mb for 2000..thats not competitve enough. I am not sure cos ve not used android extensively but from other people’s experience, if i dont control the data and manage properly 500mb might not even be enough…somthing i cant use half of it on symbian.

  14. I am not sure cos ve not used android extensively but from other people’s experience, if i dont control the data and manage properly 500mb might not even be enough…somthing i cant use half of it on symbian.

    Hear! Hesr !!!

    Buyer.s remorse for the ‘New Convert’ already?

    Thought Android was the best thing invented since .Hot Dog’?

    People are suddenly needing a degree in ‘Data Management’- by force!
    How sad!

    We may need Harry Echemco to tutor us on how to ‘make Android limit its voracious appetite to 200megabytes within a 30-day semi-colon’

    ..lol

  15. Hear ! Hesr !!!

    Buyer . s remorse for the ‘New Convert’ already ?

    Thought Android was the best thing invented since. Hot Dog’?

    People are suddenly needing a degree in ‘Data Management ’- force!
    How sad!

    We may need Harry Echemco to tutor us on how to ‘make Android limit its voracious appetite to 200 megabytes within a 30-day semi -colon’

    . .lol

    If there is anything that is clear from shayman‘s comments, that would be uncertainty because he had not used Android long enough to ascertain how well it would cope with data consumption if not managed properly because of the bad rumour surrounding Android data consumption. The Symbian fans in the house have had a lot of bad news coming from the parent company of their darling platform these days that they are hunting for avenues no matter how little to vent their frustration.

    Sorry my friend, but if it will make you happy for once in a period of over 12 months now to think that we Android users are complaining, then go ahead and have yourself a good laugh as I can see your chosen platform offering you any chance of good humour in the foreseeable future.

    1. he had not used Android long enough to ascertain how well it would cope with data consumption if not managed properly because of the bad rumour surrounding Android data consumption.

      Android data consumption – rumours? LOLROTFLOL! The extent to which fanboys go……

      Go on, live in denial.

  16. Android data consumption – rumours? LOLROTFLOL! The extent to which fanboys go ……

    Go on, live in denial.

    No, I’m not living in denial, rather I’m living happily with my Android device.

  17. Leave all your background data turned on, email sync and bla bla bla. Dont install any data monitoring app, turn on 3g then u are In trouble on android.

    My friend had to drop etisalat gaga for nokia c6-01 after 3months usage cos the data consumption was killing. His argument was, whats the need for a smartphone that doesnt deliver email with attachments in real time cos Of d ‘expensive’ data consumption?

    Why wouldnt he just get a feature phone then and check email manually himself via operamini? the big diff is nothin connects on symbian without your authorisation first! Thats a very nice way to easily control data

  18. @Shayman, you can use the 250mb/ =N=1,300 by MTN and Airtel for a month. It all depends on usage. Imagine being on this kind of plan and going to download angry birds of like 25mb, offline dictionary app of over 50mb and watching youtube,there is no way your 250mb will last the month.

    I have a colleague in your shoes. She decided to buy the galaxy s after using one of the Nokia E series with qwerty keyboard (not really sure of the model name). While using the Nokia, she subscribed for the 100mb/=N=1,000 by airtel which last for the month. All she does is to browse using UC browser and sync her email.

    Because she likes my sgs2 she decided to upgrade to the sgs. I helped her to set it up. Used wifi to download some apps for her and after subscribed for the 250mb/=N=1,300 by airtel. 3 weeks gone on the data plan and she is around 120mb usage. She browse using opera mini or UC browser mainly. Have her mail sync at push (which she really doesn’t need). chats using whatsapp and ebuddy.

    I turned off auto sync and background data on her phone. She can do that manually once a while just to sync google & facebook contacts. She doesn’t need the background data for anything else other than while going to the android market or using the gtalk. she doesn’t use the gtalk so why leave background data on? alternatively, she uses ebuddy which doesn’t require background data on. Her push email also does not require background data to work and she receives her yahoo mails instantly. From my discussion with her, she really doesn’t need her mail to be pushed. So yesterday i changed the settings to manually refresh if she needs to check her mails. This will further save data for her. I have educated her on activities that can help manage her data/battery and those that will exhaust them in no time.

    Android ,just like any smartphone OS consumes data but you can manage it and still get your stuff done within your budget. Its all about the user having a good knowledge.

    1. Android, just like any smartphone OS consumes data but you can manage it and still get your stuff done within your budget. Its all about the user having a good knowledge.

      Emphasis in the quote is mine. My Hyundai Accent, just like any other car, consumes data. BUT (a really big but), not like a Mercedes Benz or BMW does. Not a perfect analogy, but the point is there. Android guzzles way more than other mobile platforms, even when you set them up to run the same services.

      Android also needs you to manage/nurse/babysit your phone to keep within your budget more than any other mobile OS does. The examples given in comments on this thread already illustrate this: this level of phone nursing is not required by Symbian or BlackBerry users, fr example. That’s the difference.

      That’s the point.

      And I don’t get how and why people want to make it sound like Android is no different from other platforms when it comes to data consumption. It is a world of a difference. That is why it needs so much management (damn, lets just call it what it is – babysitting!).

  19. Wonderful thread. As a former symbian lover *the guy who bared his soul about the s60v3 madness* I have moved over to blackberry.

    Pls read this before attacking me ?»?·???·?????????????????????k????????????·???·???«??

    Android
    Many of my friends use android from xperia to the great sg2 and they all complain about data and some battery. I’ll use the one who uses xperia pro as an example

    She subscribes to airtel 3000 for 1 gig that equates spending 30mb a day but before she checks her mail, facebook and twitter she is almost over her dailly allocation. I use a blackberry, with 1400 I get 3 gig from glo, and I use my data to watch VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE who says U????? can’t. Maybe with other networks but with glo I can

    BB Battery
    This lie about bb having a poor battery is funny, remember that the average bb has many online apps always working from push email to bbm to pin messaging *yes there is smthing called pin messaging* then always sync for contacts with email and more. And you compare that to an android which sync emails periodically how funny.

    Before I jumped to bb I gave it a real great deal of thought,I once hated it but after all I found it real wonderful.

    About data the only apps that will charge you are tcp/ip apps. Apps that have not registered with bb eg 2go*yuck* and apps that don’t use BIS. *most apps use BIS* why bis because bis is encrypted.

    Blackberry lacks apps is another funny one.
    If you mean games as apps bb is empty if you talk of office apps,productivity apps YES. Bb has the very best twitter app is the world *ubersocial is even more complete than most twitter apps on desktop*

    Most people look down on bb without knowing a thing about it and if you say bb has no eye candy, try using bb os6 or 7 devices and you will notice a huge change.

    This has been long 🙂

  20. @Mr Mobility,from my story its obvious that my colleague’s E63 utilized less data. she uses 100mb for a month while 120mb on android for 3weeks. What I meant by smartphones using more data is not wrong too. If you check my second contribution in the thread I was using a symbian Anna device then The E7 to be precise. I subscribed for 200mb and inserted my sim into it. I used the stock browser to check MN and MN only. saw my data running off from the indicator. By the time I posted my contribution I had consumed close to 2mb. I didn’t spend more than 18mins on the net. I dropped the phone for about another hour or so. After which I checked my data ball before removing my sim. I was down by 3mb in total. Now, that is what I meant when I said smartphones consumes data. Nokia inclusive. To what degree will definitely differ from OS to OS.

    @good, you mentioned ” And you compare that to an android
    which sync emails periodically how
    funny”. Point of correction, android sync with push. If I place my mails to sync at push (especially for my office mails when out) ,I get them instantly. Same for yahoo mail,Gmail e.t.c.

    I don’t have a problem with former symbian fans choosing BB over android. Whatever makes you sleep at night.

  21. @belushi I was talking of a friend who had to cut. Back her email settings to save data. I did not doubt email push in android thou we both know that when it comes to mail push the bb’s have it.
    Pls don’t twist my comment

  22. In Nigeria, bb os kills battery faster than symbian. It doesn’ cost anything to confirm that yourself. Yomi has written his opinion. Attack Yomi if you must attack someone not Yomi’s followers. I believe Yomi has no intention to mislead his followers but he is Nigerian…. It’s possible his bb is better than his symbian in battery consumption but I’ve never seem a bb user who is comfortable watching a movie on his phone or playing games and music like guys using other os do. Some even have another phone to do every other thing and only ping with the bb

    1. Douglas,

      In Nigeria, bb os kills battery faster than symbian. It doesn’ cost anything to confirm that yourself. Yomi has written his opinion.

      Please present the credentials that give you the authority to determine what is someone’s opinion in matters of mobile. Tell us how many mobiles you have used and reviewed, and how many of those you have run comparison tests on. Tell us how many Symbian phones you have run such tests against BlackBerry devices on. Lastly, if you please, tell us which networks you ran these Blackberry devices on during your comparisons.

      I daresay, sir, that you have just spouted things that you have nothing tangible to stand on. I daresay upfront that you are inept and unqualified to label as an opinion anything that I have presented here.

      I have run Symbian devices and run Blackberry devices. When I say to you that Blackberry devices have good battery life if the network is stable (and I have run some of them on stable networks here in Nigeria), I am presenting you with facts. Not opinions.

  23. I’ve not seem any bb user comfortably watching a movie, playing music, gaming on his device half the way guys using other phones do. Except those who have constan power at office And when they ping they always look for ways to connec the phone to a power source so I really don’t know how Yomi got to this conclusion. Yes, bad network signal kills battery on any platform so when u use it as an excuse for battery drain it’s not exclusive to bb

  24. Now That Symbian Is Fading Away, Watch Out For Blackberry!

    Symbian Belle N8 update has been out since a week or so, very unusual not to see such info here. Sad 🙁

  25. @Mr. Mobility; Am really not interested in making this a big deal and don’t understand the reason behind you trying to make sure everybody agrees with you…
    Results from ur lab says bb os is better with power management. I am a system/Network administrator with rich experience and I’ve come to discover that we have theory, practical and whats obtainable. Whats obtainable can be gotten by simply asking first hand users and all of them I’ve met see power consumption as a major issue on bb which you admitted indirectly with a good sense of humour. If you talk about perfect condition which perhaps you and ur staff are fortunate to have, why use that as a standard to tell us whats not obtainable? I repeat, bad signal affect every mobile platform and if you’re still not convinced that bb os is worse than symbian may be your next blog should be a questionnaire asking bb users what they think about their battery and what they ‘ve to sacrifice to keep their phone running.

  26. Besides, in my opinion… The death of symbian will establish Android here in Nigeria not bb. I hear and read about how fast that os is eating up every other os available though I dislike it cos am a fan of windows also I see more android than bb. My younger brother even prefer surfing the net on nis htc magic rather than his touch-1. Same thing apply to gaming, he even asked me if there was a way I could install bbm on the magic so he focus on a device, I asked him to give it some time that I hope rim is working towards that.
    Bb out run android? I pray oooo!

  27. That is the operative word – die hard. Symbian will not die easily

    Lol, it kinda did.

    2years later and eyebekay is a ‘powerful’ Android Apostle

    PS: Mr MO, kindly deal with the spam comment above

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