In late 2007 BlackBerry became a big thing in South Africa – an affordable smartphone with promises of unlimited data capabilities for a minmal monthly fee. Not an unpretty phone, the Curve sported a qwerty keypad and nice, well… curves. I got to play with one after having undergone a spinal fusion, and it was perfect to keep up with e-mails and friends on Facebook, without the bulk and weight of a laptop balanced on my stomach.
A couple of upgrades later, I finally managed to get my hands on a Bold with its slightly bigger buttons, and now featuring a touch screen! I didn’t mind the lack of apps or the fact that it doesn’t have a particularly great camera – it kept me connected to all my peoples without the hassle of me having to keep track of data costs, etc.
Syllable in the City is expanding at a great rate, and it’s great, but I kind of need a better camera, and I’m missing out on a huge community aspect without access to Instagram, for example; as a lifestyle brand, visuals are key. And if I were to upgrade to a newer model, BIS won’t be an option, and so much for my budget-watching. Then I really might as well get a phone with great features.
The final nail in the coffin of my deceased love for BlackBerry was this weekend when it decided to start scrolling around while I tried to type, and launching random apps while I tried to navigate on the home screen. It happened again today, and I’ve not been in the best of moods, so the temptation to fling it across the room at a wall is growing by the minute.
I’ve been hearing lots of good things about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and think that by the time I can upgrade (read cancel my contract) next year, I might get the S4; except there might be some newer, more awesome phone on the market then (if it can give back massages, I’m sold!). Until then I will “test drive” any other phone I can get my hands on, starting with the Vodafone Smart II, as an introduction to Android (more proof that I have the greatest friends). With its four interchangeable back covers it appeals to my girly side, which is a great start :). The lack of a keyboard is my least favourite feature so far, but I suspect I’ll get used to it quickly, and then that won’t matter either.
Tell me about your best and worst phone experience – I need some cheering up 😉
- BlackBerry Curve 9380 – 3 things you should know (blogs.blackberry.com)
- Galaxy Nexus Backs Up everything on your Phone (digitalhighrise.com)
- BlackBerry Q10 Review Roundup; Coming to the U.S. in May for $249 (dailytech.com)