We recently got an email from a reader that switched from iPhone to BlackBerry and loves the move. It’s a good story because it highlights the value that the BlackBerry form factor and platform bring to your daily life. Sure, the iPhone is an amazing device that has revolutionized mobile software, but it has yet to provide the same caliber of messaging and efficiency. Read the full story after the jump.
I was an iPhone guy for a couple years. I loved it. I told anyone who would listen that I wouldn’t ever have a different type of phone. But then one day my iPhone broke and I was forced to borrow a spare BlackBerry from one of my friends and now I will never go back. While BBM is great, it isn’t what makes it for me. It’s the fact that I can really work on my phone.
With my iPhone, I played games and read emails, but that was it. I never responded to emails since I hated the touchscreen keypad and I couldn’t ever edit documents when they were sent to me. Instead, I saw what was sent and then put it off until I was at my computer. This meant that when I was finally at my desk in the morning, I had a massive pile of email to deal with. Now, I’m able to quickly respond to emails no matter how much needs to be written and I can work on documents when I’m on the bus or waiting for someone. RIM really gets business. Both the calendar and the blinky red light are clearly made by people who understand the needs of a mobile workforce. These simple features make me a more efficient person and allow me to figure out what is going on as quickly as possible.
Someone asked me how I could live without my iPhone after I had been practically fused to it for so long. It got me thinking about what I truly miss about it. I realized that when I broke it down there were really only a few apps that I missed. I miss my iFitness app which tracks my progress at the gym, my poker odds calculator and I miss the Ottawa Public Library app. That being said, the reality is that I rarely have time to read for pleasure or play poker these days and while I still go to the gym, I’m now forced to track my progress on an Excel spreadsheet that i created on my BlackBerry.
The sad truth is that at some point we all need to grow up and I realized that the iPhone was my childhood and now that I’m a grownup I need a BlackBerry.