If you’re going to buy a BlackBerry, it’s important to get the right one. A recent article on Politico is ranting about American politicians complaining about the Storm’s touchscreen being difficult to type with. The article goes on to describe how certain politicians are finding the device much more difficult to write emails with than their previous device. Here is what the article says:
“The BlackBerry, to me, is a utilitarian tool,” said Rodell Mollineau, communications staff director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “It’s not easy to send e-mails on that thing. It is not a good touch screen, and it’s not like the iPhone, where there are so many other great features to it.”
Rodell said only one Reid staffer ended up getting the Storm, a senior adviser he wouldn’t identify by name. When Rodell told him that he thought the device was a bigger pain that it was worth, the adviser — an iPhone user — dismissed the warning.
“Three days later,” Rodell said, “I literally walk in and he’s cursing with four-letter words, and he was slamming it down, saying, ‘I can’t get e-mail to work all right.’ It just is not for people here who mainly use their BlackBerrys for that.”
There is so much that frustrates me about what they’re saying in this article. First of all, the iPhone isn’t a device for enterprise and will never be able to do what the BlackBerry does. Also, it doesn’t have “many other great features,” it has some fart apps and lightsaber simulators. Not exactly the stuff that makes for efficient communication.
Another important factor to note, is that there is a learning curve with the Storm. The above user only had his Storm for 3 days, which isn’t enough to have a valid opinion on anything let alone a feature rich smartphone. If you’ve been using the Storm for a few months now, you’ll for sure have noticed your typing speed has improved over time. Also, who slams a phone worth around $500? Talk about politicians wasting tax payer dollars.
If you’re in need of a phone that is as user friendly as possible for typing, go with the Curve 8900. The keys are isolated, raised and will allow you to send more emails in a day than you have contacts. These politicians just weren’t thinking.