In the last few weeks, all the articles that I have written and published here on Mobility blog were all typed out on the Blackberry Bold Touch 9900. I cranked out article after article without stress and without typos, formatted them, and published them all from that single device.
I have been active on Twitter like never before, with my average daily tweets climbing to over 40.
As a matter of fact, since the arrival of that Blackberry, every other smartphone in my collection became less important. Yes; each has its strengths and use case scenarios, but none made me as productive as the 9900.
Reason: the hardware QWERTY keyboard in the handy bar form factor.
Hell Is Two Touchscreen Smartphones
Last Thursday, I ended up with two touchscreen-only devices in my hands – the Samsung Galaxy S II and the BlackBerry 9380 (a review device that RIM loaned us for two weeks). Immediately, my tweeting went down the hill, and I found myself unable to type out my articles until I get to a PC – laptop or desktop.
Life has been hell this long weekend without a mobile that has a hardware QWERTY keyboard.
Have you watched the movie, The Last Air Bender? If you haven’t, go watch it. If you have, you know exactly what I mean when I say that you can call me the last QWERTY bender. I will wear that tag with pride.
From Sliding QWERTY To QWERTY Messenger
The slider QWERTY (and communicator) form factor used to be my preferred. Now, I think that I’m totally in love with the bar form factor that Nokia and BlackBerry have made popular. Every manufacturer is churning out devices in that form now too. I think they are on to something.
Yes; you lose the large display, but you gain lots of convenience, comfort and some usability. QWERTY messengers are just convenient to carry and use.
To Infinity And Beyond!
Till manufacturers actually stop producing hardware QWERTY messengers, I will always have at least one in my arsenal.
The Last QWERTY Bender
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.