I like my iPhone. I really do. There was a time where I used to have to look in the mirror and practice saying it. But now, it flows smoothly off my tongue. But, while it’s a device I rely on heavily (and couldn’t do without) and I really like it, I consider it more of a “best of breed”. Bottom line? I’m not in love. With it or any other smartphone. I’ve tried a handful of Android devices and found them all to be significantly harder to use consistently than the iPhone. Sure, they have some cool bells and whistles. But at the end of the day they don’t work reliably enough for my taste.
There is one phone I love. I just can’t have it. Because it just doesn’t have a strong enough signal.
Yup, a Blackberry. I loved my Blackberry. Not the current version, the largely failed Q10. An old-fashioned Blackberry with a tactile keyboard. I often used to tell folks I could type the Magna Carta blindfolded at 70 words per minute with my Blackberry.
I think I’m probably the only person to switch to an iPhone because the signal was too week on my Blackberry in my house. You’ll likely recall that people used to complain about signal strength with the iPhones. They don’t so much anymore, but that problem made me switch to an iPhone. But, I kept looking longingly back over my shoulder, hoping my old friend would get a new groove.
Then, I read this article in the Wall Street Journal. And my pulse started to race a bit. I think my leg even thumped a bit. Was that my Blackberry keyboard on an iPhone?
It looks identical. And gets pretty good reviews for performance. But, it encumbers the iPhone somewhat. Here’s the thing. I don’t need to use my iPhone for lots of things other folks use it for. I’m not saying their wrong. They can certainly be great for watching movies, playing music, reading books, playing games and checking Facebook (I’ll figure out how to do that last one someday). But, I have this nifty invention called an iPad that allows me to do all that and with a much bigger screen.
So, am I crazy to consider turning my iPhone into a Frankenstein for that tactile keyboard?