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Why I Broke Up With BlackBerry

Note: This post was originally written for Emerson Social Media.

This is the start of a wonderful relationship

The other day, I broke up with my BlackBerry. To be honest, we just weren’t getting along lately. I could barely get through a day without needing the charge it several times, it would always freeze on me, I couldn’t get BlackBerry 6, and for some reasons companies now or days don’t even bother to develop BlackBerry applications (case and point, SCVNGR). I’d always get the shaft.

So, I decided it was time for a change. Since my father barely can use a computer, let alone his own BlackBerry, he decided to let me use his upgrade as an early birthday present (yes, you can start with the Happy Birthdays. I love it).

When it came time for me to chose a phone I was confused. The Thunderbolt had just come out on Verizon, the Incredible was a good option too, but there’s something about the iPhone. After upgrading my computer to a MacBook back in August, I had already become pretty familiar with the Apple OS. The thought of learning a whole new system on an Android phone wasn’t that appealing, even though the Android marketing is growing fast. In fact, the Android just beat out the BlackBerry in terms of smartphone market share.

But it’s hard to deny the iPhone. It’s a powerhouse and it seems like everyone has one (not literally). It’s fast, sleek, and with the huge number of apps available for downloading, you can make it your own. There is something for every possible need.

Not to mention the fact that people always develop the iPhone applications first. If there is a new app on the market, you know they’re going to have it on the iPhone before anything else (ex: Color).

A friend of mine today actually said, “I never thought I’d see you as an iPhone person, but I’m glad you are”. So am I.

Here are some of my initial thoughts on my iPhone:

  • Typing on a touchscreen isn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. It’s taking some getting used to, but I’m learning quickly
  • I’m going app crazy. There are so many different things to chose from. WHICH ONES SHOULD I CHOSE?
  • I’m really glad someone told me about the iPhone multitasking and how to stop running apps to conserve battery power.
  • Apparently there is a glitch with Gmail and the iPhone 4. My email doesn’t update automatically on my phone, I need to tell it to update. Being a freak about checking my email, this poses a problem. Or, if I’m doing something wrong, please let me know.
  • I’m terrible at Angry Birds. After waiting forever to actually play it, this makes me very angry.

Since I’m still in the honeymoon phase with my phone, things could change. But for right now I’m happy I broke up with BlackBerry.

My Desire to Become Mayor of Everything

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Lately this phenomemon called Foursquare has completely taken over my life. Currently, I am the mayor of four places, have six badges, have had 85 check-ins with only a total of fourteen nights out. In my opinion, that is sad. The reason why I have suddenly taken to this trend is because they just came out with the BlackBerry application. It all started off with the iPhone, and then it went to Droid and even Palm devices. But the BlackBerry application took soooo long. I thought it would never happen.
As a result, I now check-in almost everywhere I go. But hey, it’s paid off in a very short period of time. Two weeks and already mayor of four places?! I’m good! However, I do kind of feel bad for my friends. Now whenever we go somewhere, I always need to ignore them for a minute to use my phone. Also, for a while, I would tweet almost everywhere I went. It completely took over my Twitter feed. Needless to say, now I only tweet about foursquare when I become mayor or get a badge.
Recently, Bravo (the TV station), teamed up with foursquare so that users can now check-in at over 500 Bravo-tagged locations. You can even earn Bravo badges. Definitely interesting and if I lived anywhere near a Bravo-tagged location, you could probably find me there.
Small businesses have also taken notice of foursquare. At some places, if you are the “mayor” you can get a discount. Also, businesses are able to see who is checking in nearby and utilize that information. In fact, after going out for sushi, a nearby taco restaurant began to follow me on Twitter. True story.
However, foursquare has also recently come under fire. They introduced the Douchebag badge o people’s distaste. Some people were offended that they received the badge for checking into places that were tagged douchebag. Personally, I think it’s hilarious and people need to stop being so offended.
Love it or hate, foursquare is here to stay. It’s a fun social application that is now available to most users that can access the internet on their phone. There is something entertaining and special about earning badges and becoming a fake mayor just for looking at your phone. My addiction will continue. Hopefully I can become mayor of 10 places at once and unlock the Super Mayor badge!

The Bane of My Existence – The BlackBerry Tour

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The BlackBerry Tour has officially made my life hell. This beautiful phone has made my life so frustrating that I feel the need to share it with anyone willing to listen… So it all starts with my father. Frankly, if you haven’t met him this story doesn’t do him justice, but I will tell it anyway.

It all began when one day my father “lost” his phone, a gorgeous, brand new BlackBerry Tour, at his mother’s house. He called his phone and asked for my grandmother to listen for it. She didn’t hear it (she is also half deaf) so for some reason my father thought it had disappeared down a black hole and would never be found again. He did something very stupid – he didn’t go to his mother’s to look for the phone himself and went out and bought himself another BlackBerry Tour (expensive much?). Of course, later on he found his old phone and now he has two phones. But the story hasn’t even begun to get good yet.

Knowing that I had a BlackBerry myself (a Curve 8330), my father thought it would be a good idea to offer me the phone. Of course I want it. As I always say, I’m on the never ending quest to find the perfect phone and the Tour is beautiful. It turns out I can’t switch over the Tour to my Sprint service for whatever stupid reason, so I would have to cancel my Sprint service and have a family plan with my dad. Sounds easy, right? Not at all.

As my father is telling me how much her spends a month on his cell phone bill, I’m appalled. He’s paying hand over fist for a phone where he “only uses Google” and doesn’t text. Yes, he only uses Google on his phone to “read the news”. Doesn’t e-mail. Doesn’t BBM. Doesn’t even use Google Maps for directions. So what is the point?! He told me that when he went to upgrade his phone he just asked them “for the nicest BlackBerry they had” so he just got the BlackBerry Tour without thinking about what his needs are in a phone.

Another note: my father is basically computer illiterate. He can barely turn his brand new laptop on. (If you haven’t noticed by now, my father buys all of the newest and fanciest tech gadgets he can find and barely uses them). So when I try to explain to him all of the differences between my phone and his, he can’t understand. He doesn’t know how to use his phone’s web browser because he can’t use one on his computer.

And even worse, my father doesn’t even read his bill each month! He just pays it. So as I’m trying to figure out exactly what type of family plan we would need between the two of us, he is unable to tell me how many minutes he is actually using a month. What a waste. Granted he does have his office calls forwarded to his cell phone, but I don’t think that justifies paying for unlimited minutes…

Most of my frustration doesn’t come from the phone companies. However, they haven’t made my life any easier. Verizon won’t let me know how much more a month it would be for me to add onto my father’s plan because I’m not “an account manager” and my father doesn’t understand what is going on so I really am the only one that can talk to them.

So as a fair warning to all of you out there… Make sure when you switch service providers that you don’t have a father like mine.