Around 6 weeks ago I took delivery of my first ever smartphone. My cherry was broken and my life may never be the same again. I am now the owner of a Blackberry Bold 9700 and boy am I glad to have taken this step.
As a new contributor for Digital Aneurysm I will attempt to outline my experiences of owning a smartphone, of discovering my latent tech geekery and espousing a somewhat layman's view of digital convergence and how that fits into my life. So strap in folks, here comes my first post...
I agonised for many weeks as my O2 contract was coming up for renewal and looked at the various options available. Here are my thoughts on some of the options I had:
So, for me, that just left Blackberry...
Any time I ever saw someone using a Blackberry on the train, I have always been intrigued, jealous even. What is it about them that make them so addictive? Most people seem to get them through work and you see the most unlikely looking suited type talking as if their BB was one of their children. They are becoming ever more popular with regular consumers too with push e-mail seeming to be the biggest draw along with 3G connectivity (2 of the things I didn't get with my Touch!). Further, a quick check of the crackberry forum showed that a BB/Touch combo seemed to be a popular combination - so I would have the best of both worlds!
So, the last 6 weeks of my life using my Bold 9700 has certainly been interesting. I don't know if I'm addicted, not yet anyway. But in 22.5 months time, when my contract is up for renewal, I suspect things will be different.