Blackberry 10, Will You Take Me Back?

Blackberry 10

New Blackberry 10 expected to be released at the end of 2012

Very first Blackberry

BlackBerry 850 was the first BlackBerry device introduced in 1999. It supported email and limited HTML browsing, but was not a phone.

Dearest Blackberry,

When you weren’t the hottest thing in town anymore, I left you for what I thought was something better and I’m sorry.  Sure, I was enticed by the other guy’s sexy screen and gorgeous camera, but turns out that was all smoke and mirrors – surface fluff that never really met my needs.  Oh my precious Blackberry, I can’t tell you how many times I have yearned for the days when I held you in my hands.   I remember how your QWERTY would type whatever I wanted.  A “w” was a “w” and a “t” was a “t.”  No game-playing, no struggles, no giving me an inferiority complex by correcting me all the time.  You also talked to me straight-up, heard you loud and clear.  And, you really listened too.  That annoying “can you hear me now?” never even crossed my microphone.  Even if I was complaining or having a bad day, you never dropped me like a hot potato.  Sorry I didn’t do the same.

And now, I heard the news that you might be coming back around.  Rumor has it you have lost your keyboard.  That was what I loved about you most, but it’s OK.  I’m still ready to try again.  I also hear that how you are presenting yourself to the world might not be perfect and app developers are not welcoming you with open arms either, but you have some really good qualities too (check out Mashable’s article on the subject including, “5 Things that are Actually Pretty Cool about Blackberry 10”).  One of your hippest features is your time-machine like camera that captures images from seconds before or after the picture was taken so users can use the best shot (think eyes closed vs. eyes opened).  Oh Blackberry 10, you are clearly offering second chances.  So is there hope for me?

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About Christina Kalantzis

I am a digital advertising sales and marketing professional living in Manhattan. I have a dedicated meditation and yoga practice, and love traveling and the outdoors. But, I still revel in the fun and excitement of city life too! View all posts by Christina Kalantzis

3 responses to “Blackberry 10, Will You Take Me Back?

  • yannidakis

    never liked them, never had them :[

  • Ted Jerome

    I wonder what’s left of BB’s advantages when they go to a full-size touch screen? Won’t they then be competing head-to-head with iPhones and Android devices, both of which have had years of refinement with both hardware and software? Not to mention the huge assortment of apps for both of those platforms compared to whatever BB will have at the time of release.
    I was a happy BB Tour user for a couple of years. I agree that the keyboard was highly refined and effective for writing emails-I loved that physical interface. Changing, as I did, to an iPhone 3G was a compromise in the text-input area, but what I gained was a HUGE expansion in what I could do with a hand-held, Internet-connected computer! Yes, nay-sayers will say that there are zillions of silly apps and games, which is true. There are also many thousands of extremely useful and business- or science-oriented applications to allow you to do work while away from your desktop workstation. These apps have also evolved for years on both iOS and Android OSs, unlike whatever will be offered for the BB 10.
    I see no viable future at all for Blackberry, unfortunately, unless it’s to be sold for its patents.

  • Christina Kalantzis

    Good points and yes, the loss of the keyboard will not help the Blackberry.

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