For a couple of years now, I have been using Android devices. Like any other devices, they have their ups and downs, pros and cons, etc. I really like the LG G2 and the HTC One M8 as they are currently my primary devices.
Before I switched to Android a couple of years ago, however, I was an avid BlackBerry user. I followed BlackBerry until its Bold 9900 release, which was probably the best BlackBerry I had ever owned. I got so much things done with my BlackBerry, e-mails, spreadsheets, web browsing, phone calls, you name it. Everything was in check until I noticed that BlackBerry was falling behind, not only in app development, but also in other aspects of mobile computing to compete with other mobile companies such as Apple and Samsung. They simply fell behind. They were releasing mediocre flagship devices, such as the Z10 and Q10. I saw some potential with the Z and Q series but I was not expecting them to compete with Apple iPhones and some high-end Android devices. I gave the Q10 a try and was not impressed. A lot of utility apps were still missing, sideloading Android apps were 50/50, battery life was below average, and the camera was a bit outdated. That’s when I decided to give Android a try.
I quickly got used to Android, I like the personalization and the flexibility the OS brings, heck, it’s based on Linux — or Linux kernel. Within the last couple of years, I owned an HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2, and an HTC One M8. The apps were there, basic phone features were functioning as expected, and some unique features were remarkable. Although, I admit to this point that I still miss the BlackBerry keyboard, the push notification, and of course the security BlackBerry brings. And then I saw the recently released BlackBerry Passport…
That thing is WEIRD looking… that’s my first impression. The square screen, the 3-row keyboard, the “phablet” vibe to it, everything about its look is a bit weird after getting used to the standard full touch-screen, metal slate we all know and love (or hate?). I decided to really look into this device and I feel that BlackBerry has finally becoming the BlackBerry I knew and loved. From reading reviews and watching first impression videos online, I really like the keyboard/trackpad combo, something I never would have thought any phones would have. I like the screen size, BlackBerry’s slogan “Work Wide” is pretty catchy and accurate. The specs of the phone is tremendous. I feel that BlackBerry once again is willing to compete.
I know some of you will say, “BlackBerry is not for everyone.”
I understand that a corporate personnel would get a lot more out of it than your regular consumer who wants the latest tech devices. I understand that BlackBerry is not aiming for the general consumer, they are targeting “road warriors”, people that want to get things done on the road. They want to make corporate people accomplish things they would have never done without being on their computers. And I think this is what separates BlackBerry from the rest. And this is the exact reason why I fell in love with BlackBerrys in the first place.
So I’m asking you, do you think it’s worth switching back to BlackBerry?