What’s happened to Blackberry? Is anyone buying them?

Last week was one for the record books when it comes to smartphones. With that in mind, I wrote a guest post about what’s happening at Blackberry for TheMobileFarmer.com. I encourage you to read it, particularly if you haven’t been closely following smartphone news in the past week as Blackberry had major announcements and Nielson released a major study on the growth of smart phone use. I don’t intend to duplicate the efforts here but thought I’d point out some of the personal pieces.

goodbye Blackberry

goodbye Blackberry

I think for a lot of the loyal Blackberry users, the end has been coming for a while. That’s certainly the case for me and others. For years I was pumped to have a Blackberry. In recent years I was accepting of having it. After all, I have one as part of a corporate plan and the fact it was supplied by the company was fine with me. No need to incur a personal expense if it wasn’t necessary. However in the last year or so, more and more corporate users have been making a move to other technologies because Blackberry stopped innovating. No new programs to run. No hardware advancements that resulted in even close to the new tech leaders Apple & Android. I personally know dozens of people who have decided to purchase one of these phones at their personal expense to simply keep up. (Yes, I too made the move and without pomp & circumstance am willing to admit to becoming a iPhone user.) continue reading An Innovator Rapidly Lost Relevance in the Tech Boom | The Mobile Farmer.

Yes, so there it is, I’ve put it out there. As I told a couple of friends, I’ve extended my membership in the iCult by becoming an iPhone user. And just like that, I’ve become a part of a long-time debate of Android or iPhone. Its not the most critical decision I made in the past week but I didn’t do it lightly either. So, since there has been some interest in how I arrived at such a (intelligent or incorrect) decision, I’ll tell you some of the factors that led to my personal choice:

  • The big thing for me was to get something that better suited my use of social media, etc. Either Droid or iPhone would work just fine.
  • I wanted a device that could be put on my work account. That meant some checks with the office and either Droid or iPhone would work well.
  • I already have an iPad and love that there are synergies with sharing across the two devices. I have huge amounts of music already on my iPod (almost 20k songs actually) and like the use of iCloud to synchronize what’s on the two devices.
  • With previous Apple experience, I’ve gotten great service whenever I had an issue. My expectation remains.

And although I joked about being part of the iCult or #teamiPhone, it really is still just a tool. A good tool, but nonetheless a tool. It doesn’t define me as a person nor do I judge others by the phone they carry. I have been fine using Blackberry for years and don’t apologize for it. Heck, I really have kicked butt with that thing! I know people who have phones without cameras. They are fine too.

Picking something that works for what you need is more important than the other. And yes, a bunch of folks joke about the alliances formed over smartphone choices, but I’ve never chosen friends based on the things they have, I value the people they are first & foremost. And I respect that they may make different choices that are better for them. I also appreciate great senses of humor and the winks that go with smartitude. That’s not just my philosophy on phones, its my philosophy on lots of things. How about you?

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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