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Blackberry Mobile Revival

The other day, I went to the Alltel store in my town and purchased a new Blackberry Curve 3g. To many, this decision would seem downright ridiculous if there wasn’t a reason behind my madness. RIM’s devices have been around since 1998, and it’s unfortunate that they have not aged well. When iOS and Android debuted, Blackberry failed to adapt in several ways which ultimately cost them the market they’d owned before this new competition.

I’ve never used a Blackberry prior to this purchase, though I’d always wanted one as a kid. Owning this prestigious device meant something back then, because it was a status symbol of your clout in the business world. If you had a Blackberry, then you were a somebody, because only folks with a lot of work on their hands owned one. It was great for multi-tasking and accomplishing work on the road. You had easy and instant access to email, the web, social networks, etc. On top of that, Blackberry’s were the top quality devices on the market, which is why so many of those older models still work today.

So why did I do the unthinkable and switch back to a phone that went on sale over two years ago? The answer is quite simple. I don’t need an expensive 4″ device with which to waste time playing Angry Birds on or fail to properly utilize the phone’s 7 homescreens.

My new Blackberry does everything it needs to, such as sync my calendar’s, contacts, social feeds, email, IM, etc. It has a terrific physical keyboard that I’d forgotten how much I missed while using my past three touchscreen phones. I love this device simply because it was made during a time when phones were phones, and RIM did a fantastic job with them. There isn’t a single thing the iPhone can do that my Blackberry can’t, save wasting time and money playing games on its tiny screen. That’s what my tablet  is for, which is why I also don’t need another miniaturized play-thing.

If you’re like me and are constantly on the road, or working late hours, or crunching numbers and time, then you need a phone to match your lifestyle. Blackberry’s were created for professionals, and they remain some of the top-performing devices on the market. The App World has tons of useful apps for all sorts of scenarios, and the phone has a great Maps application for travelers. I should also mention the superior battery life, which makes the energizer bunny seem inadequate in comparison.

I’ve yet to feel that I’m missing out on anything important with this device. I’ve upgraded from the Motorola Droid (1st gen) to the HTC Incredible 2, to the Nokia Lumia 900, and now to the Curve 3g. It’s safe to say that I’ve tried them all, minus the iPhone, which I feel has been playing a game of catch-up in recent years.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my Blackberry, and likely will purchase another in the future. I haven’t seen many demonstrations of Blackberry 10 OS, which debuts next spring, but it looks very promising and hopefully will give RIM the jump-start it desperately needs. It would be a shame to see such an icon of quality and professionalism for the past decade go under, so here’s to future success.

If you’re looking for a high-performance device, then I urge you to consider a Blackberry. Android phones are a dime a dozen, considering that there are over 4,000 different models in 195 countries. It’s difficult to give any single Android device a “better than the rest” ranking, but almost all Blackberry’s were created equal, which means you’ll be hard pressed to find a dud.

This 2012, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 to choose from, I picked the underdog. It’s my honest opinion that these classic devices are extremely underrated, and deserve a better chance. It would seem that the ball is in RIM’s court, and their final play may or may not be decided in 2013. For now, I’ll stick with my new favorite device, and ride that train until something better comes along.

On a side note, there are some great eco-friendly accessories available for smartphones and Blackberry’s in specific. You can check out the Solio battery charger, or the naturally and beautifully designed wooden case from TPhone, and more. Don’t forget to recycle your used phone when you upgrade, as every small part goes a long way towards reforming our planet.



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