About two weeks ago, I went and got myself a Blackberry device; a Curve 9320 to be precise. I, a self proclaimed Android fanboy getting Blackberry; oh the agony!
For starters, I never for once thought that I would ever get a Blackberry device. Ever! The main reason for me getting it was that I wanted to familiarize myself with how Blackberry devices work considering the fact that I know very little about the platform.
Due to budgetary limits, I got a 9320 (pictured) which runs Blackberry OS 7.1. It has distinct features such as a radio, a dedicated BBM button and another dedicated camera button though you can change the functionality of both to some other options.
While my main reason for getting it was to get myself up to date concerning the Blackberry OS in general, another reason was because of the unlimited data cap that subscribing to the Etisalat Blackberry Internet Service offers. Oh, there is also the allure of the Mobilty Blackberry Group (where I was made to feel like a superstar when I joined).
All this while I have hated anything Blackberry, so I decreed to myself that I want to know how the green on the Berry side was.
After using my Blackberry for 2 complete weeks, I have come up with some pros and cons. I have also taken into consideration that my device is low end, so if you use a higher Blackberry model you might also give your experience in the comment section below.
- Always on connection
- Blackberry Messenger
- Unlimited data downloads(Etisalat BIS only)
- Fairly good selection of basic apps.
- Excellent web browser even at 2.44 inches
- Shows the loading clock at almost any major interaction with the phone. E.g Downloading an app shows the loading clock/hangs the phone at least four short times.
- Phone restarts at almost 80% of app installations/removals.
- Phone hangs randomly in between actions like multitasking or switching apps.
- Phone hangs intermittently while an app is being downloaded from the Blackberry app world.
- Applications on the Blackberry app world are very expensive with the average price being $1.75 – $2.
- No trial time for paid apps. I bought a theme as a test to see if i could use my GTB details only to discover that there was no trial/way to return the app unlike Android.
Yes; I still have the Blackberry phone with me, and it is also looking likely that I would use a Blackberry 10 device when that arrives. Why, you ask? Well, here are the possible reasons why I may use Blackberry 10 when it is eventually launched next year:
- It will be able to run Android apps
- It will have BBM of course
- It has a total gesture based system with a new UI
- Hopefully other networks/Etisalat will still continue to offer unlimited data on it :-).
Do I still hate Blackberry after my two weeks with one? Of course, yes. There are too many limitations on the current generation of Blackberry devices. Hopefully RIM will finally blow me away with Blackberry 10 and I can finally call Blackberry a phone that I own.
So yes, Android is my love, My first lady, and my precious gem. But if I were to carry another smartphone, it will surely be a Blackberry.