It's Finally Time to Ditch the Blackberry

Posted by David Chism | Thu, Feb 11, 2010

 It's Finally Time to Ditch the Blackberry
The Black­ber­ry was once the leader in Smart­phone tech­nol­o­gy. The phone was excel­lent for orga­niz­ing your emails, con­tacts and cal­en­dar. It is still a great tool for those three items…oh and check­ing the weath­er. Besides that, the Black­ber­ry has final­ly begun to be out­dat­ed and lag­ging behind the new lead­ers: Google and Apple. I had sev­er­al Black­ber­ries for a few years and enjoyed the basic func­tions. That is until I switched to the iPhone. I recent­ly helped a cus­tomer trou­bleshoot his Black­ber­ry and real­ized just how slug­gish a Black­ber­ry con­tin­ues to be! He had a Storm 2, which is new! From a devel­op­ing stand­point, it is far more dif­fi­cult to cre­ate busi­ness apps and mobile web­sites for a Black­ber­ry. This is why the iPhone has over 150,000, Google has 40,000+ (?) and the Black­ber­ry has.…probably less than 20,000. Apple and Google have made it easy for nerds to cre­ate apps for their devices while Black­ber­ry con­tin­ues to be dif­fi­cult. The rea­son I believe it is time to ditch the Black­ber­ry is because the Apple and Google phones are great for busi­ness users. For exam­ple, with­in a few months, a tech­ni­cian can take an iPhone with him to a job site, do a repair, type up an invoice, take a cred­it card, swipe the card, receive pay­ment and email a receipt. How cool will that be? You can man­age and sched­ule appoint­ments from mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars from an iPhone, not from a Black­ber­ry. The ways you can run a busi­ness remote­ly and easy on an Apple or Google phone are far more pow­er­ful than a Black­ber­ry. The phones are also a lot more faster to oper­ate, search the web and easy to use. If you are hold­ing on tight to your Black­ber­ry because you don’t want to switch to AT&T or you don’t like Ver­i­zon’s Droid, hold off just anoth­er month or so until the Nexus One hits the stores. You can’t go wrong with an Apple iPhone or Google’s Nexus One! BUT…if you just want to keep life sim­ple: email, con­tacts and cal­en­dar: stay with your Blackberry.

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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