Regular readers know that I’ve been going through a frustrating back and forth decision on a new mobile phone for the better part of 8 months.
I’ve long been a blackberry guy. I love my phone for two reasons: that it’s a phone, and that it did an amazing job handling email. I send paragraphs-long emails with my phone. The blackberry keyboard was terrific, always has been.
But the world was passing me by, there’s so much that new devices can do and they’re simply not being offered for Blackberry.
I kept holding out hope that what seemed like a dying platform would be brought back to life, but their new operating system was delayed until the fall and then until 2013, and it was finally announced that even Blackberry would be ditching the physical keyboard built into the phone.
There was no more reason to hold on.
Joe Brancatelli nails it in his discussion of why business travelers have held onto their Blackberries for dear life. And why it’s finally time to let go. But, and believe me I’ve done the research, no phone on the market replaces he Blackberry for the ability to send email.
For the past month I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s a good phone. It handles incoming emails well. I’m finally checking in with airline mobile apps, making car reservations on the phone, paying for Starbucks drinks with it too. I use the phone to approve comments that get trapped in the spam queue on this blog, too. I’m even pretty happy with the Samsung’s voice recognition, and I’ve seen that several tech writers aren’t (but then again, I never used Siri).
What it lacks, though, is a reasonable way to send long, detailed emails. Some day someone will bring that functionality back, and that will be a day to rejoice. But I couldn’t keep holding out anymore, and in the meantime my productivity is the worse for it.
The other major drawback is the battery. I could leave the Blackberry off a charger for days at a time and it would be fine. Not so the Samsung S3. I now have a charger in my office, one at home, and one in my laptop back. This thing needs juice, which really isn’t ideal for the road. I’m managing, but I could use better battery life.
It’s an amazing device. But it isn’t perfect.