• Confession From A BlackBerry Purist


    It's been said that confession is good for the soul, so here goes...

    Ok, I was wrong. Iím a big enough person to admit when statements Iíve made and preconceived notions about certain tech turn out to be not as bad as I had made them out to be in my head. And sadly, it took my beloved Z10 dying the Monday before New Yearís to find out I was wrong.


    Yes my beloved white Z10 didnít make it to its third birthday. I tried every way known to man to bring it back to life and finally (in medical terms) had to call the time of death two days after the problems began. My original plan for my Z10 was to have it last until I move back to the states this summer at which time I was going to buy a shiny new Classic or pick up a Z30. Now with that plan down the drain I was scrambling to find a phone to get me by until July. The first candidate was my old trusty Bold 9700. I realized I had become too dependent on the BB10 operating system and tís ability to access the Amazon Apps store for that to be an option anymore.


    So I did the next logical thing I fired up my Bookoo app and started looking for used cellphones. I thought I had a solid lead on a gently used Q10 only to find out it had been sold. So I opened up the app again and began my search anew.


    Now before I go any farther, a little explanation is in order. Until a week ago, I was severely opposed to using an Android device, to include as my comrades here will attest to, the new BlackBerry Priv. Didnít want it, had no use or need for Android, wasnít secure enough etc. etc. Iíd have rather gone back to a Motorola RAZR v.3 before Iíd use Android.


    HoweverÖ


    As I waded through the endless ads for people selling used iPhones ($300 for a used 16gb 4 SÖSERIOUSLY??) and similar ads for used Galaxy S3ís I came upon a reasonably priced phone; 64gb of internal storage, 4.7Ē screen, 1gb ram, a quad-core 1.7gb processor and Beats audio processing for only $180. It was an HTC One X+, an Android phone and surprisingly, I liked it. Maybe it was the price, maybe it was me softening in my old age and deciding to give Android a try. Whatever it was, I bought the phone and set about diving into the Android Universe. As I told my wife, ďthis will at least help me to decide if I want an iPhone or pursue another BlackBerry when we move home.Ē


    Well much to my surprise, Iím finding myself liking the Android OS. Now granted this phone is maxed out at Jellybean 4.2.2, but I have it on good authority from my Nexus 5 and 6 using friends that if I like the Jellybean OS, Iíd LOVE the 6.0 Marshmallow version.


    So I admit it, I might have been wrong about the Android OS. Itís nice having newer versions of some of the apps I was running on my Z10 or at least they are now running smoother. All I had to do was log-in with my Gmail account and everything that attached to that address loaded into the appropriate app and was ready to use in just a few minutes. I still have my concerns about security, however after what Iíve read about how security is being handled on the Priv and the fact that T-Mobile announced they will start carrying itÖ


    I started toying with the idea of actually owning a Priv.


    I found myself shopping for one on the BlackBerry website this week. I looked at it from all angles, read all the reviews, went back over recent articles here on BlackBerryOS.com to start learning everything I can about this new slider phone from the gang in Waterloo. The more I think about it and the more I work within the Android environment, the more Iím envisioning that sleek slider phone in my possession as soon as I can find the nearest T-Mobile shop when I touch down in the States.

    So Iíll say it again, I was wrong about my overall perception of the Android OS, but after using it a lot of my objections have been muted, though I still donít like how the apps drain the battery and there will always be that little voice inside my head nagging me about security I can proudly say Iím a changed man. Count me as one of the converted.

    Priv it is!


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