10 things I hate about BlackBerry

Just because the name Apple worked, it doesn’t mean you can cash in on the whole fruit thing.

Saba Khalid August 21, 2011

1.    The lack of originality. Just because the name Apple worked, it doesn’t mean you can cash in on the whole fruit thing. You’ve only encouraged mobile manufacturer to come up with more silly names. I really don’t want to own a phone called a Mango, Lychee, or Banana. Imagine telling someone that your Banana isn’t working — crazy and wrong on so many levels!

2.    The mad addiction to the flashing red light. Why isn’t it flashing? Is my phone okay? Did I break it? Is the network faulty? Was I offensive on my BB status? Do my friends like me? They must hate me. That must be the only reason why no one has bbm’ed, messaged, emailed or called me in 96 seconds.

3.    The unending conversations on BBM. When MSN conversations would get boring, you could simply pretend that your internet was crap, there was a bijlee breakdown or your dad needed the computer. But with BBM, there is no way to casually end a conversation with a boring person.

4.     The horribly slow browser. It reminds me of the days when an entire orchestra played before your internet started.

5.     If you dare to watch a video on BB, be prepared to spare 1 complete hour to watching the 5 minute video on YouTube.

6.    Blackberry isn’t smart and intuitive. More so, out of all the smart phones, the Blackberry seems to have ADD, severe dyslexia and is a retarded counterpart in its class.

7.    The tantric trackball and trackpad. What seems fun at first quickly becomes annoyingly painful to use. Plus, if you ruin the trackpad (which I have once), you can search from Saddar to Defence, no one will be able to fix or replace it.

8.     How quickly the battery becomes “too low for radio use”.  What is THAT supposed to even mean? So while I’m charging the stupid thing, shouldn’t it allow me to make some calls? Why all this ‘leave-me-alone-to-recharge-myself’ drama?

9.     The ridiculously long startup process. There is no SMART phone in this day and age which takes as long as a Blackberry to initialise and start up.

10.   The hype surrounding it. No no, they should call it the hypeberry! All those stories about your instant addiction to BB, your growing love for 24/7 communication and your world changing once you get a BB couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, August 21st,  2011.


Ch Usman Ashraf | 11 years ago | Reply

I think BB is much better than iPhone, the reason is very clear BB is very simple to use and very convenient for business class also it is economical....

Rayyan | 11 years ago | Reply Great article! BB sucks!, spending 40,000 on torch is stupid, when u can get iPhone4 in 10,000 more. The screen's are small The apps are stupid and limited The email is horrible, iPhone brings ur whole inbox in ur palm, and BB will show u emails since u start using it! Plus opening attachments in iPhone is the same as using a small screened computer. And a BB makes the attached file look retarded! Its camera sucks! With the iPhone u have got millions of apps, for entertainment BB isnt anywhre near iPhone or even HTC for that matter. And leave iPhone4 aside, even iPhone3g is way better then torch! I am saying this from personal experience having used both! This is for those who are blaming the writer for comparing 2009 BB's with today's! BB can never be in the same league! I have used iPhone4 BB and Desire HD, and seriously even if i got a BB for free i wouldn't use it! To all the BB fans, Its time to wake up! Use an iPhone or a high-end HTC, i can bet ur BB will be found in ur trash can, and if it doesn't, ur too old to be alive! P:S, no offence intended
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