Why the BlackBerry Never Captured My Attention


Consider me the late adopter of nearly everything, up to and including the smartphone.

My Kindle is the no-frills version, bought only because of the transition of many textbooks to an E-book format and not because I have a burning desire to hold another E-reader. I have a Sony version of the Kindle, but it is heavy, thick, slow, and useless for reading. I guess the MacBook Pro is about the only thing around here that is modern, but how modern can you be with something most people have moved on from?

The BlackBerry never interested me because I am not a serial user of E-mail. I find most E-mail useless, and none of my previous employers ever issued me one. Without that to drive me towards it, I looked at one in 2008 or so and couldn't get my hands to adapt to it at all. I have what I think are normal fingers but my hands are fairly big. It was uncomfortable and did not make me as happy as an expensive device probably should make me. I guess that's why I tossed the Apple keyboard; I use a big, rounded Microsoft keyboard that attaches to the MacBook Pro and a mouse. I don't care for the laptop keyboard and I can't stand the trackpad.

I also dismissed it as a money pit. The data costs of the BlackBerry were always far too high to justify getting one, even if I wasn't ever going to use it to that extent. I see the data costs for the iPhone as being very similarly high. A lot of people are perfectly OK with paying these costs, but I think they are ridiculous. I'd prefer to have FiOS level broadband and a prepaid cellphone for emergencies and not own a smartphone. But, that's just me.

What justification is there to pay that when you can use a computer and an Internet connection to do everything except make phone calls?

I'll tell you what I miss; I miss my Razr phone.