I could not wait any longer. As a longtime customer (more than ten years) of Blackberry devices I feel I gave them ample time to give me a reason to buy a new device from them as my now ancient BB Storm 2 was dying a slow death day after day. After waiting for over a year for Blackberry to come up with something I might want to buy, I finally gave up and purchased a Motorola RAZR Droid.
Here’s what I will miss from Blackberry. Very little. Email security? Maybe a bit, but that’s more based on Blackberry’s reputation than anything that’s ever happened to me. Syncing with MS Outlook? Yes I will miss the ‘ease’ of hooking up a firewire and syncing all of my desktop MS Outlook data (contacts, calendar etc.) with my mobile device. It won’t be as easy but I have a feeling the adjustment will not be all that troublesome. Will I miss BBM? Not really. Since I have unlimited texting it’s not a big issue and I only had a few ‘BBM’ friends. Most of my other BBM friends have migrated off the Blackberry platform as well. The Motorola RAZR Droid is an impressive piece of technology on the Android platform.
Here’s what I will not miss: the limited amount of apps available on the Blackberry platform. I also won’t miss the seemingly incessant need for my Blackberry phone to be rebooted. Frequently it rebooted itself for no reason at all. Rebooting would take more than five minutes. In support of the Blackberry Storm 2 at least I could replace the battery, but I won’t miss it really since the charge barely lasted 8 hours and I needed to carry multiple batteries at all times. I also won’t miss the slow video transmission or the painfully slow internet browser.
Having a new mobile device is always fun during the honeymoon period. Whether the new phone rapture will last is something to be evaluated over the long haul. I think there are many other Blackberry owners that are right on the edge of giving up on the platform as well. After all, why would you want to ‘commit’ to a two-year contract for a phone on a platform that might not last one year?
Sorry RIM – you took too long to give me a reason to continue being a loyal customer. And that’s too bad – it was good while it lasted. Bye-bye Blackberry.