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Friday, July 11, 2008

How I Met My Blackberry

In November of last year I was eligible for a cell phone upgrade through Verizon Wireless and I knew exactly which phone I was going to get - the LG Voyager.

I had anticipated the phone for months. The Voyager was positioned as Verizon's variant of the LG Prada phone (released only in Europe and Asia), which was actually the world's FIRST full touchscreen phone. Verizon was going one step further and adding a physical keyboard to its design. Fashion. Function. Groundbreaking. It was like a dream come true.

After months of obsessing over the phone's release and boring friends to tears with tidbits I'd dig up on the web, I bought the phone on the day it was released. It was beautiful, stylish and functional.

I sat up with my Voyager one night, admiring its beauty.

"I can't believe it has mobile TV!", I thought. "I don't really watch a lot of TV, and it doesn't have many channels to choose from - but it's cool that it can do it."

I tapped into the phone's calendar and thought "Wow, it's so cool that I can just tap on a day to enter an appointment rather than scrolling around using buttons... too bad it doesn't sync with my Google account though."

Then, I futzed with the Voyager's built-in e-mail program a bit. "Hmm, can't really configure my account the way I want... I guess I can just do it this roundabout way."

At about 4am I finally fell asleep. I woke up and went to my local Verizon Wireless and did the unthinkable - I traded it in for a Blackberry Pearl.

The guy at the counter was a bit confused. He wondered why I decided to swap it out. "You know, we're just not right for each other," I said. "I'm just not getting what I need right now. I mean don't get me wrong, it's beautiful...I think it's going to make someone else very happy. I just need more at this point in my life."

He still looked confused, but I finally saw things very clearly. I left with my shiny new Blackberry in hand, ready to begin a new phase of my life. A life of integration.

You see, whereas the Voyager had a ton of innovative features and remnants of the Prada phone's style, it basically just added more "stuff" to my life. I realized that I would not use most of its impressive features (like Mobile TV, Navigator and VCast) and that it lacked the function I wanted most - integration.

The Blackberry on the other hand, integrates beautifully into my life. My email comes to me when I want it and the way I want it. My calendar syncs wirelessly. I have access to all of my social networking accounts in one place. I can even sync my web browser bookmarks with my computer... Now that is a real dream come true. I guess they're called smart phones for a reason :)

Joe Says: Practicality is key. When you're torn between fun and functional, make a list of what is truly important to you before making a big purchase. You'll be happier in the long run.

This is Joe, signing off.

1 comment:

Jason said...

I got my BlackBerry Pearl just because I want everything that you have. The functionality and integration came later.

Nice article, Joe. It's nice to have an account of how the next best thing isn't always the best for us.