I guess at some point this was inevitable but the day I always feared has finally arrived (excluding Sarah Palin as President of course). Tomorrow my doorbell will ring and Apple will start to consume my life.
For a PC guy like me this event is a pinnacle moment in life where one truly has to learn how to communicate again.
Gone will be the days of asking someone for their blackberry pin (only for them to say what do you mean), navigating the web on a screen that you can barely see and taking photos with a state of the art camera phone (if it was 2009).
However, even with all your flaws I still love you.
Maybe it was how you felt in my hand or how shiny you looked no matter how old you became. Maybe it was the fact that every year we renewed our vows since you decided to lock up and freeze. Or just maybe, it was because the promises you made felt like an adorable tease I just had to have.
Whatever the reasons are I know its time to say goodbye. You were loved, still are in so many ways, however deep down I am a divorced man approaching 40 and feel that getting a younger, sexier version of you is my right.
All the memories we have shared together will be transferred with care and you will be gently placed back in your resting box for a lifetime of comfort however tomorrow, I have to say goodbye.
RIP my BlackBerry
This eulogy may have only taken 5 minutes to write but it has taken me years to make the leap. Blackberry users are a loyal bunch. No matter what goes wrong or how cool an iPhone looks from afar it’s extremely difficult to have a crackberry user switch. For me the pinnacle moment was watching my son use an iPad.
My son is 6 years old and introducing him to the learning side of technology is critical to me. While we shared many great moments together on the PC it wasn’t until a chance meeting at an airport one day that I saw up close just how much he loves the iPad.
Instead of sitting there scrolling through pictures on my Blackberry (only to stop when the folder ended) he embraced this Apple product with a desire to explore, a desire to learn and reminded me of myself in the 1980’s. Well, except that my choices were limited to Pac-Man, River Raid, floppy disks, a brick of a computer locked to a desk and that my brother Paul was the computer guy back then, not me, but I’m telling the story.
The beauty of mankind is we can learn to communicate with each other over and over again. Almost every single blackberry model I have owned came with a learning curve. From the different keypad to the placement of frequently used buttons. There is no phone upgrade without a little frustration.
However, what is the ultimate value of upgrading to another BlackBerry? So I can text and email my co-workers like I do now. What more do I get for another $300?
With an iPhone I get so much more.
I get the ability to have another device to peak my son’s thirst of learning wherever I am. From great ABA apps to Angry Birds to simply synching what he already loves on iTunes to my phone. The amount of knowledge available to share is unlimited.
Will this transition save me money?
Of course not. I will become a loyal Apple zombie and spend more money on apps, fancy ringtones, cases, umpteen travel chargers and more.
However, a piece of my son will always be with me when I travel. There is no price you can put on the value of this.
I will learn to master the games he loves, will browse iTunes for things to share and finally have a camera that is actually reminiscent of the time we live in.
I will never let him down and say son, we have to wait until we go home if he wants to play his favorite app. Sure, the blackberry has some apps but nowhere near an iPhone. Not only that, his teachers have iPads and iPhones. I’m the only one who still has a Blackberry. Apple products have become one of the core foundations for education in our world and with such presence it’s time for any parent to consider also making that change.
A few days ago 24/7 Wall Street announced their opinion of 10 brands that will disappear and RIM was one of them.
I really do not disagree.