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BlackBerry Boys


Looking at the hate comments on my last post, I think I touched quite a nerve there. :P
Well, I’ve got something to tell y’all- WordPress allows me to moderate comments on my blog so, comment all you want. It ain’t getting published, Bitches. :D

So, let’s come back to the title of my post-BlackBerrys.

Teenagers in Saudi Arabia- “There may not be anything between you, but if her family knows that she is speaking to a guy then she might get in trouble. With the BlackBerry, it was so much easier because we could just message everyone for free and cover up who we were chatting to.”
Vodafone IN has cashed in on the BB fad & created their very own ad jingle which can be found here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPZH4OysGZI

Research In Motion’s flagship product, the BlackBerry has gained immense popularity amongst the youngsters of India
As a child in the third grade(that would be 2003,i think), I remember seeing a BlackBerry in my friend’s father’s hand. At that point of time,i was SO awed by it. Little did I know that almost 7 years later, my awe would make way for abhorrence. :|

I know what you’re thinking-”How can this guy not like a BLACKBERRY?is he cracked in the head or something?”
In school(10th grade), most of my class-mates would discuss how they’d keep in touch after the Almighty ICSE Board examination. “We’ll get BlackBerrys. BBM(BlackBerry Messenger) is so cool. We can stay in touch all the time. It’s unlimited & it costs only Rs. 299!”
It sounded like they were planning their careers or something. *sheesh*

The only reason why BlackBerrys are SO popular among today’s crowd is..you guessed it.

BlackBerry Messenger.

In school(10th grade), most of my class-mates would discuss how they’d keep in touch after the ICSE Board examinations. “We’ll get BlackBerrys. BBM(BlackBerry Messenger) is so cool. We can stay in touch all the time. It’s unlimited & it costs only Rs. 299!”

A standard conversation would go like this-

“XYZ, what are your parents giving you if you get a good result in the Boards?
“A BlackBerry”
“Oh My God, i’m getting one, too! We can chat all the time!Yipee!”

*sheesh*

While the concept of BBM is a relatively new fad in India, it’s extremely passé in countries like United Kingdom and New Zealand.

BBM sure is a great way to stay in touch but,  I think it’s slightly over-rated.
Yes, the fact that a BB user can BBM people living in other countries for free, is indubitably cool. But, paying so much money for a device which hardly has anything except BBM & e-mail is absolutely doltish. BlackBerrys were made for business-men who need their e-mail on the go. Did the original BlackBerrys have BBM? I don’t think so.

Most BB users would argue over the fact that BBM is cooler than normal texting. And yes, I agree, it is. The fact that y’all are not limited to 160 characters for every message y’all send, is swell. Plus, y’all get to send pictures, videos, location etc. AND y’all get delivery & read reports. Yeah, bask in the glory, Bitches. :|

But, when it comes to the hardware & applications of a BB, it seriously SUCKS. If you compar

e a BB Torch to an iPhone 4 or a high-end Android smartphone, the hardware of the BB isn’t all that great.

  • Screen- The screen of the iPhone 4 has a high resolution of 640×960 pixels and the BlackBerry Torch has a 360×480 pixels. Let me ask you something. Where would you prefer to watch a movie? On the iPhone 4′s Retina Display screen or the BB Torch’s LCD screen? Hmm..
  • Processor- The BB Torch has a 624 MHz processor while any Android smartphone in the same category(HTC Desire/Samsung Galaxy S for example) usually has a 1 Ghz processor. Faster processor = Faster multi-tasking
  • Applications- As soon as you read the first word, you knew that the BB is going to get fucked. But, i’m still going to rub it in. Compared to the Android Market & the Apple’s App Store,  BB’s App World just hit the 10,000 app mark in September 2010. Also, the applications in the BB App World are extremely over-priced. *cough cough*
  • Camera- The iPhone 4 and BB Torch both, have a 5 megapixel camera.. But, the iPhone 4′s camera supports HD video recording(same for Android) while the BB’s camera shoots only in SD(good old VGA resolution). The Nokia N8 thrashes the BB Torch, too. With its 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens & Xenon flash, it leaves the competition wheezing in the dust.
  • OS Updates- Apple & Android make the firmware updates available online & they can be downloaded by the user & can be simply installed on the device. RIM, on the other hand, has made it tough for its customers(customers who aren’t ignorant enough) to update their device’s OS. To update a BlackBerry device, the customer has to go to an official BlackBerry store & pay at least Rs. 400-500($10) to get the device updated to the latest firmware.  Most BB users(at least the ones I know) are too scared to do this themselves.

The BBM feature of the BB sure is enviable. But, from the hardware & software point of view, it’s the iPhone & Android users who have the last laugh.
Plus, BBs have a HORRIBLE design. The SurePress technology used in the BlackBerry Storm series was a complete disaster. Typing quickly on that screen is a nightmare. BB Storm users complained of water infiltrating the device(thanks to the gap around the screen).
BlackBerrys don’t even look good. The basic design hasn’t even changed over the years. The Bold 9700 is basically a 3G version of the Curve 8900. It also has the exact same camera as the Curve 8900.
Don’t even get me started about gaming on the BB. Most BB users are content with BrickBreaker & Word Mole.
*Sigh* If only they knew what they’re missing out on.

All in all, BBs are brilliant devices. But, except for BBM, there’s nothing you can really brag about to your friends.

& btw, for the haters who are going to say “you’re just jealous coz you don’t have BBM”, look out for my next post.

11 responses

  1. Aman

    Well-written…
    blackberry users are extremely arrogant.

    March 6, 2011 at 3:37 AM

  2. Yash.
    Your my soul mate. :p

    March 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    • Haha! I don’t think other BB users are gonna say that. :P

      March 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

  3. smartie94

    HAHA

    March 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

  4. Amala

    Awesome Post.
    Arguments are very well put forward. All BB has is BBM. Thanks for making BB users realise that.
    :D

    Can’t wait for your next post ^_^

    March 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    • SOMEONE had to say it & that someone was me. I’m so awesome. B)

      Thank you, btw. :D

      March 7, 2011 at 12:22 AM

  5. ansh712

    AWESOME !!!!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

  6. ansh712

    Hey dude make it open for everyone to post articles na !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:31 PM

  7. Hey my friend GREAT blogging… I hate BB too.. but when u use it you get addicted to it..

    May 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    • What’s addicting is the BBM, not the BB itself, my friend! :D

      May 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

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