I am back from the Netherlands, somehow managing to get to work every day, and my house still looks like Halloween.  We’ll fix that up this weekend.  Hey, let’s just replace it with Christmas, shall we?  Maybe not.  I don’t know.  We’ll see.  I feel like I’m getting a cold, so maybe Halloween will hang around for a while and I’ll just lie in bed.

Anyway, this will be a little bit of a departure from my normal topics, because I really feel like I have to express mourning for the loss of my BlackBerry.  I think I mentioned that my new company does not support the BlackBerry, and I needed to choose between the bigger than a baby’s head Nexus 6 or an iPhone, so I took an iPhone 6 Plus.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was actually a little excited to try an iPhone, because, well, iPhones are cool right?  And of course I objected to the necessary use of iTunes and all the proprietary cabling and charging nonsense (and seriously — iPhone chargers are just stupid expensive — why, why, why?), but overall, it seemed like it would be fun.

So I’ve been using this phone for almost 2 weeks now, and oddly enough, rather than me liking it better, with each passing day, I miss my BlackBerry.  I’ll go into all the reasons why in a minute, but first, here’s what I like about the iPhone:  when I see something on TV that says “get the app”, I can actually get the app, and the app generally actually works.  Now, with Snap and the Android player I could often do this on my BlackBerry, but not always reliably so.

But here’s what I long for from my BlackBerry days (I was using a Z30).  It could be that I just don’t know how to do some of this stuff on the iPhone, so if you have suggestions to make my experience better, please let me know.

  1. The Hub.  Oh how I miss it.  All my messages — all emails, texts, BBMs, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, notifications, everything, all in one place, all the time.  I keep swiping for the Hub and getting this weird search screen and the sense of loss is painful.
  2. The red light of love.  I hate phones making noise and vibrating and chirping and doing other such nonsense.  My phone can make noise when I’m getting a phone call or when I’ve deliberately set an alarm or am listening to music or something.  All other noises are obnoxious.  But the red light of love let me know when I had something needing my attention.  In fact, it was the rainbow light of love, because I had set it up to be different colours for different types of messages — blue for BBMs, green for texts, purple for Facebook, etc.  The iPhone has no light of love and that’s just weird.
  3. The keyboard.  I thought that this would be the first thing on my list, but it turns out I don’t hate the iPhone keyboard as much as I thought I would.  Which doesn’t mean I like it.  I miss the word swiping, the much better and more intuitive autocorrect, the fact that it learned from what I typed and made suggestions accordingly, the comma and numbers being on the same damn keyboard as the letters and not having to hit the 123 key to get those very basic things.  The iPhone is super awesome at assuming I want to replace misspelled words with random proper names that I’ve never heard of before in my life, and once it’s inserted something with an upper case letter, no amount of backspacing over that will make it stop putting an upper case letter in the middle of your sentence — you actually have to hit the damn shift key.  Where the iPhone wins is that it doesn’t try to correct swearing, so bitch doesn’t get change to butch or batch.
  4. Sharing to Instagram.  I’m pretty sure I’m missing something here, because this makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever, but why, oh why, can I not select a picture and share it directly to Instagram?  I had gotten into the habit of sharing pictures to Instagram and from there checking off the share with Facebook and whatever else.  It’s convenient.  But not from the iPhone.  No direct share to Instagram.  I have to go into Instagram and select the picture from the gallery.  It really blows my mind that I could share a picture to Instagram directly from my BlackBerry and THERE IS NO INSTAGRAM APP FOR THE BLACKBERRY!  I was using the Android version.  And speaking of sharing, my BlackBerry actually figured out which apps I shared with most often and offered them at the top of my list when I went to share a picture.
  5. The SD card.  Why there’s this trend where phones are moving away from having an SD slot is completely beyond me.  The hoops I had to jump through to get my music and pictures on to this new phone were irritating.  And don’t start going on about the Cloud.  I know about the Cloud and I’m using the damn iCloud, but stuff just isn’t safe in the Cloud and I’m not even some tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist.  If you don’t believe me, read this article.  Seriously.
  6. The battery life.  I have no idea what the hell the iPhone is doing, but I’ve never had the thing last through a whole day without dying on me.  And when it gets to 20% battery life, you’re in serious trouble, even in power saving mode.  And since chargers cost a small fortune, it’s not like I have them all over the place.  My Z30 went all day and in power saving mode 20% battery would last me forever!
  7. The contacts app.  Again, I’m pretty sure I’m missing something here, but the only way I can figure out how to find my contacts is through the phone app.  Oh wait, never mind, I just found it in a folder called “Extras”.  WTF?
  8. The more seamless navigation.  I find it hard to believe I’m saying this, but I’m finding that with the iPhone, I have to do multiple taps and go through extra screens to do stuff I could do easily with the BlackBerry.  For example, on my BlackBerry, if I was reading a text message, I could click the little dots and there was an option to call the person I was texting, right there, one tap away.  I can do that on the iPhone, but I have to tap “Details” which then brings up another screen, where I can then tap a phone icon to call the person.

Now I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’ll be back to my usual fodder soon.

Picture totally stolen from the internet. I don’t think that’s an iPhone 6 Plus in the picture. But close enough.
A whole pile of reasons I miss my BlackBerry
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2 thoughts on “A whole pile of reasons I miss my BlackBerry

  • November 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    The SD thing tends to come and go. It wasn’t there when iPhone first came out, android phones made them popular then they went away, now they’re coming back….in some phones. I think, just one opinion is Apples simply wants you to buy the bigger phone. Simple (but $$$$, yet makes Apple more $$$$). I’m surprised you didn’t complain about the replaceable battery. Again, this seems to come and go in popularity. The first WP had removables, then they went to non, androids last pack too. But next round of phones will mostly have removable batteries. My problem is, if you have a replacement, that means you’re most likely going to have to BUY a replacement and use it! Why do you need that at all?! IMHO a phone should be able to last ONE FULL DAY, it not TWO with moderate usage. I’m not saying you have to be able to play games all day, but with moderate browsing, email checking\writing\reading, weather checking, some GPS, you should be able to last a day and hopefully two. BUT all manufacturers say I’m wrong. Why? Cause nobody’s phones last that long! I’m back to using my wp7.8 and I hardly use it during the day, and sure THAT can last two days, but it’s not using any apps and no network out of wifi range. Something I think you WOULD miss if you had it before was the swipe keyboard. I had it with wp8.1 and don’t have it now, I dreadfully miss it and CAN’T wait for Win10Mobile and my next phone to get it back!!!!! And lastly, the iTunes requirement drives me BATTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE iTues, Ivey was knighted for that horrible piece of work? Who makes a radio button with three states? WTF? That’s ANOTHER topic altogether, EXCEPT in order to get the full use out of that phone, you can’t get away without iTunes. :< You essentially have an $800+ usb key that you can't use as a usb key without iTunes. Android was the pioneer that, I have to give them that.

    • November 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

      The latest Samsung Galaxy phones don’t support SD cards. It’s annoying. But, yes, a way for them to make more money by getting people to buy the more expensive phones.

      As for the replaceable battery, my last BlackBerry didn’t have one, and I didn’t miss it. I think most companies now expect you to replace the phone before the battery wears out. I used to carry a spare charged battery when I travelled a lot, but honestly it wasn’t all that much of a big deal to me. But yes, I’m totally with you — there’s no reason a phone shouldn’t last for a full day at least. Now I will admit that I’m a fairly heavy phone user, but I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I did when I was on the road all the time. I’m not sure what my iPhone is doing that it sucks the battery dry in like 8 hours.

      Definitely miss the swipe keyboard. And the much better autocorrect. The iPhone autocorrect is comical at times.

      But yes, most of all, it’s the proprietariness and iTunes. And I’ll just have to point out that BlackBerry was doing the USB device thing before Android phones even existed 🙂 Either way, I can’t understand for the life of me why I can’t just plug in my device and access it as a USB device without going through iTunes. That’s just nonsense. I suspect that there might be a way, because we did find a way to do it with the iPods of old, but it’s also possible that Apple has closed that hole.

      Having said all that, give me back the Hub and the red light of love, and I’d be relatively happy. Oh, and is it weird that the most used app on my iPhone is BBM?


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