Why I Love My Blackberry Curve
- The BlackBerry Curve Rings My Bell
- King Kong Ain't Got Nothin' On ME!
- Features of the BlackBerry Curve 8500 Series
- Things I Didn't Like
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*The BlackBerry Curve Rings My Bell*
I have a BlackBerry Curve exactly like the one pictured above. I would've taken my own picture of it, but, alas, my son broke my camera (raise your hand if you've been there). :)
I decided to talk about why I love my BlackBerry because of a question I stumbled across on Amplify - an iPhone guy asked, why do people still use Blackberry's? As if! (No really, it was in good spirits.)
Listen, the iPhone isn't the only smart phone out there. It's not the end all be all of mobile world!
So as I was crafting my reply, I started to realize that the reason I like the BlackBerry has evolved. I've only had it for about four months. Before that I was still using a flip phone! lol I didn't intentionally set out to NOT buy an iPhone, but the truth is that I knew that when I was ready to get a smart phone, it would be a BlackBerry.
Important People Use BlackBerry's...?
If generations were shortened to 5-6 years instead of 20, I'd say that it's my generation's thing. When I got my first job, all the "important people" had BlackBerry's and it will always mean serious business to me.
In fact, that's one of the reasons iPhone guy listed as why people still use BlackBerry's. Perhaps the BlackBerry symbolizes work while the Droid and iPhone symbolize play? I'm not so sure. I play on my BlackBerry all the time.
*King Kong Ain't Got Nothin' On ME!*
Is a war developing between BlackBerry believers and iPhone fanatics?
I for one am not swayed by trendy popularity; I'd prefer to see how things roll over the long haul. The interesting thing about Apple is that they are relying on the strength of the corporate brand - people buy their products because they are "Apple" products, regardless of what they actually do or what purposes they serve (I'm sure to get a lot of flack for saying that!)
I didn't buy a BlackBerry because it's a Research in Motion phone. Most people have no idea who makes the BlackBerry. The BlackBerry name stands on its own. The model may change, but when business owners - well, before the iPhone - say to themselves, I need a phone that can handle my business, the answer was always BlackBerry.
Why Apps Are Overrated
I love the BlackBerry regardless of whether or not a million and a half random "apps" come with it. I use it for just a few things: email (primarily), texting, calling people, checking my Paypal account, and playing FourSquare. Everything else is secondary, including browsing the Internet. That's what I use my laptop for.
One of the first questions someone asked me when I told him I was getting a BlackBerry instead of an iPhone was, "Well how many apps come with it?" That very question is a result of marketing and cognitive programming. When we buy, we should buy what meets our needs. Instead, we buy what marketers have suggested we might need. I don't need 100 apps. I have no earthly idea what I would even do with all those apps. In my opinion, apps are overrated.
*Features of the BlackBerry Curve 8500 Series*
Again, I got the BlackBerry Curve 8530 because it meets my needs. Many of these features I will never explore or even remember until I visit this webpage from time to time.
BlackBerry Curve 8530
- Easy keypad
- Palm-size (fits completely in my hand)
- Sufficient screen size
- Trackpad navigation (no more cheesy trackball)
- Media sharing and painless integration with Facebook
- GPS & Separate Maps application
- Easy e-mail setup and automatic integration with Gmail calendar
- Integrated digital camera & video camera
- Programmable keys for the different applications and tools (prefer your camera open with the right side button and your GPS open with the left? You can easily program that).
- Web browser (and you can watch YouTube videos full screen using the BlackBerry's integrated playback controls)
- Document creation (spreadsheets, word processing, Microsoft Office integration, etc.)
None of these features are unique to BlackBerry (except the touch trackpad navigation). It's not the features, per se, that make the BlackBerry Curve so... special. It just is.
*Things I Didn't Like*
I have to admit in the spirit of being transparent that there are a few things I really do not like.
- Getting to the main menu was tricky. You have to press the bottom part of the BlackBerry button, specifically. Pressing it normally brings up the call screen where you enter a phone number. Pressing the bottom of that button brings up the main menu.
- The battery does not last long. Every day it needs to be charged.
That's about it.
*Get the BlackBerry FREE from Wirefly*
Okay so it's not like you get it completely 100% free. You have to get it with a plan. I was due for a new cell phone plan anyway, so I went for it. I enrolled in a new 2 year agreement with Sprint and got for BlackBerry for - wait for it - $0.00.
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