10 things I hate about BlackBerry

Published: August 21, 2011
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Just because the name Apple worked, it doesn’t mean you can cash in on the whole fruit thing.  PHOTO: FILE

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

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.

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  • Ali Khwaja
    Aug 21, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Couldn’t agree with you more on that buddy! Please add ,” social media such as facebook and twitter does NOT work on blackberry currently and you need to use its crappy browser to log in! “

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  • ayesha
    Aug 21, 2011 - 12:55PM

    iPhone 4 FTW!!

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  • Osama Mansoor
    Aug 21, 2011 - 12:59PM

    What a misuse of space and time. (and ofcourse freedom to express)

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  • mohsin
    Aug 21, 2011 - 1:09PM

    not to forget the annoyingly small screens

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 1:37PM

    iPhone is the Gadget to own!! BB sucks.. plus its complicated .. at least i found it complicated..
    and that “leave-me-alone-to-recharge-myself’ drama!” is the worst thing!!
    So “Apple” rules and “BlackBerry” Drools!
    Nice work Saba

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  • ahad
    Aug 21, 2011 - 1:44PM

    what i hate about blackberry is that i dont have it !!!

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  • Maida
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:07PM

    You’ve got a really old Blackberry on you… time to upgrade! :)

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  • HD
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:18PM

    What you’re missing out on; Mango’s the new os for windows phone and theres one os called gingerbread, dont add boring people on bbm, videos not loading and browser being too slow is entirely your network not the phone itself. you probably werent looking at the right places to get ur phone fixed, this blog was a complete waste of my time and cyber space too, dont write/blog if u have nothing interesting to say.

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  • Rohail
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Shame how the moderators are even allowing these useless blog posts to come up. Whatever happened to posting material with substance? Utter waste of time.Recommend

  • tiktok
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Apple hadn’t even launched iphone when blackberry launched its first cellular device.
    Apple was still stuck in PDAs and tabulates, it had no impact in communication industry whatsoever which beats your assumption of somebody copying something from a nonexistent prototype….Recommend

  • Haris
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:24PM

    Except that it has a small screen BB is the best smart phone in the market.

    P.S writer of this article seems to be an employee of apple.

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  • Rashid
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:31PM

    This post has no purpose whatsoever, unless apple or nokia paid some $$$.

    My advice to the blogger, write something useful.

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  • zeeshan
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:37PM

    hahah exactly maida!! the writer really needs to upgrade his bb now hes i guess using a bb from stone age cuz my bb takes less then 30 secs to play a vid on youtube and my trackpad is all fine and to further improve the writers knowledge bb was launched before apple’s tree was even planted,

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  • eymaad
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:39PM

    trying to be funny but failed… Maida totally agree with you…Recommend

  • Murtaza Ali Khan
    Aug 21, 2011 - 2:44PM

    I’m still waiting for Nokia to release their first Windows Phone 7 handsets, that looks promising. :)

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  • Hamid Rabwahwala
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:01PM

    Android ftw!!!

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  • guest
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:28PM

    1 Research In Motion started making smartphones before Apple, Please do not spread misinformation, in fact, Research In Motion is one of the first companies to make smartphones, Apple innovated with the iPhone much much later.
    2 It is a message notification system, the best solution I have seen that is unobtrusive. It is fair, however, if you don’t like it.
    3 Fair, however, simply by even posting this point implies your social intelligence is poor and can not end a bbm conversation you do not care having.
    4 The newest generation Blackberry(9900/30, 9860/50, 9810) browsers are competitve with iPhone 4.
    5 The newest generation Blackberry data streaming speeds are competitve with iPhone 4.
    6 Blackberry provides the best communication capabilities, (messaging, email, social media), and enterprise solution.
    7 Everything breaks if you don’t take care of it, however Blackberrys is widely known to have superior durability, (the number of times I have seen cracked glass on my friends iPhone or Android phone..god )
    8 How old is your blackberry…?
    9 See #5 and 6, the newest generation Blackberries have competitive startup speeds compared to smartphones of this generation.
    10 “Crackberries” didn’t get its nickname for no reason, you are entitled to your opinion, but Blackberries are still the best communication device out there.

    Conclusion, if you don’t like it, don’t get it. In addition, stop comparing 2009 blackberries to the smartphones of this generation, Misinformation is what causes more than half of all the problems in humanity.

    Just because it is “cool” to hate blackberrys right now doesn’t mean it’s cool to spread misinformation.

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  • Boooo
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:33PM

    lol…bannana wala is really gud.

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  • Salman
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:44PM

    What an utter waste of time this article was.. totally unfunny.

    Firstly, I highly doubt it that they copied Apple and decided on a fruit name for their phone because of it. It would make no sense at all. It got its name because the keys looked like a collection of seeds of a fruit and at the time all sets were black in color.

    I’ve been using the BB for sometime now and don’t know what the “mad” addiction to the red light even is. If you mean checking your phone for any messages / calls / emails, I don’t think this act is exclusive for BB users. Hello! We all check our phones from time to time.

    Okay so the BBM is bad thing? LOL. Give me a break. But if this is one of the things you hate about your Blackberry why don’t you remove it?

    The browser speed, start up speed and streaming depends on your OS so I suggest you buy a newer version. I don’t know where you’re going with point 6, the phone has a learning disability? Hmm makes no sense at all.

    Trackball / trackpad: Being a mechanical gadget it CAN stop working but the last time I checked this was the case with all phones, cars, computers, television sets and microwave ovens. Hmmm.

    Yes the battery time is low. Please rename this article to “9 things that make absolutely no sense and the low battery time of Blackberries.”

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  • hellodrsoul
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:45PM

    RIM is dying very soon, just like WebOS and Symbion. iOS and Android is the way to go.

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  • Mueed
    Aug 21, 2011 - 3:53PM

    You didn’t mention the facebook, twitter & other BB applications thing, why they don’t work on BB when they work on all other God damn phones.

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  • Shahab
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:04PM

    What a complete and utter waste of time & space. Firstly, the writer should’ve got her facts right, that BlackBerry had been in the smartphone business years before Apple, Secondly, Had you done your research before posting, a BlackBerry is not called a hyperberry but ‘CrackBerry’. Although not a yardstick but the now unpopular President Obama had a run-in with the Secret Service over his constant use of his BlackBerry and inability to let go of it. There couldn’t be a better endorser to ones product than the President of the US of A. Being a user of both, I can’t find a better phone than a BB for my Official use and better phone than my Apple when I wanna sit back & relax.

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  • Kashif
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:22PM

    What I hate about Blackberry is that Blackberry Appsworld is not available in Pakistan

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  • shekhani
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:11PM

    must agree to the point that the browser takes forever and yutube takes a long time too, when it loads a video it plays on 1.3x speed like those old chinese taperecorders.
    and i dont have sasta wala bb. i have black berry bold 9780 with mobilink bb service!
    Doesn’t get better than that does it?

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  • chill
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:14PM

    hahahahahaha….ive had a bb for four years…and half the things u said are spot on…well done…number 8, 3 and 2 are killers!!!!!
    Bravo

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  • Sohail
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Terrible terrible article….

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  • EZ
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:44PM

    the writer needs donation for her ancient blackberry upgrade. The ONLY valid point, that it takes time on startup!
    Its battery is longer than nokia AND Apple.
    And trackpad cant be fixed? ive got mine fixed. :)
    So please learn about true pros and cons of a cellular phone, then write articles. attention seekin at its peak. VAGUE article

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  • jesiah
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:48PM

    1 blackberry made their phones way before apple
    2 maybe your friends do hate you
    3 dont “read” the conversation
    4 its not the browser, its our outdated EDGE system
    5 dont overcook it
    6 isnt smart or intuitive? push email and instant msging were just pipe dreams before blackberry brought them to the masses.
    7 ANY SHOP WILL FIX THAT FOR YOU!
    8 try using ANY other smartphone and then complain about the blackberry battery
    9 you hate how long it takes to start up? how can something like that cause you so much trouble that you hate it? i think 2 to 3 mins, and you dont have to restart everyday
    10 your last point is hardly a point so i wont even try to dispute it. i guess you also hate having only 5 semi valid points while you have already thought of a very clever title.

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  • Usman
    Aug 21, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Whateve you fellas say, for me the only great thing about BB is , I don’t have one.
    To make BB work you have to find the awfully placed button and on the other hand, one touch anywhere and your iPhone responds…:)

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  • stupid
    Aug 21, 2011 - 7:31PM

    blackberry came before iphoneRecommend

  • Arebe
    Aug 21, 2011 - 7:59PM

    This article was such a waste of words, the writer needs to do a little bit of research before hammering away on the keyboard

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 8:37PM

    Poorly written blog with a lot of misinformation.

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  • BB lover
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:39PM

    BB is so awesome ….if u hate it to so much i suggest u change ur phone…… i dnt think BB ppl would mind that one bit !!!!!

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  • Shehryar Khan
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Since when did new’s sites come up with such non sense topics. This is supposed to be a proper site, not some teenage discussion to get more people attracted.

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  • Umais Ahmed
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:57PM

    youtube how to fix a trackball/trackpad and you will be able to do it at home in 5 minutes. also bbm is secure, push emails work like no other and if you work in a company with enterprise server then this is THE thing for you in terms of connectivity and access to company systems. iphone is like a psp with a sim card and for people who lack the mental capacity to use smartphones.

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 9:43PM

    You are an outcast if you CHOOSE NOT to have one.

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  • ayesha
    Aug 22, 2011 - 12:31AM

    to all those geniuses out there apple may have not launched the iPhone when blackberry was founded but it did come up with the whole “naming-your-incorporation-after-a-fruit”

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  • idiots
    Aug 22, 2011 - 12:33AM

    who ever thinks blackberry is the best clearly has never gotten his hands on an iPhone yet.

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  • daddy
    Aug 22, 2011 - 12:49AM

    i have a bb torch…and i love it…stupid analysis!

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  • Asad
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:16AM

    @Ali Khwaja:
    i do not know which blackberry you use, because their apps seem to work fine on my 8520

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  • Afaq
    Aug 22, 2011 - 5:08AM

    awful article with lack of knowledge about Blackberry.

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  • John Davidson
    Aug 22, 2011 - 5:25AM

    This is what happens when an Apple/Android fanboy finds a dictionary.

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  • Abbas
    Aug 22, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Hello, GET A LIFE.. they are just two phones…

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  • Awais Ahmad Khan
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:20PM

    blackberry is since 1999 & I Phone released on June 29, 2007
    Ever BB holder knows what red light means actually its been a great comfort for as i do not have to check my phone for massages and missed calls while in the office as my phone is always on the silent mood.
    one must have guts to say its been enough for now see you latter.
    update your software or its the problem of the service you using.
    same as 4.
    I am just speechless on you this point it seems you haven’t used BB ever.
    it a phone not a royal fan or master form with life time warranty.
    As it happens after you phone is running on low battery for quite sometime you are suppose to charge it then and there.
    Simply BB is not for a type of person who changes SIM every after a while to make call on the same SIM operator or to avail different promotion on various connection ( Mobilink, Warid so on ). As this problem only occurs when you remove battery.
    i hope i answered the last.
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  • Aug 22, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Well BlackBerry has its own charm and appeal.. Toyota and Honda fans can’t get together, same is the case here..!!

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  • Daniyal
    Aug 23, 2011 - 4:34AM

    Buddy you do know that your browser speed varies on the network youre using.. It really isnt the BB’s fault..

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  • Aug 25, 2011 - 5:23AM

    Soo trueee… I lasted one day with the berry..and switched to android the next day

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  • Anas Baqi
    Aug 25, 2011 - 3:45PM

    @ Ali Khwaja: Stop whining on BB, and get the BB Data Plan… Your Fb and Twitter will work just fine :P

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  • Rayyan
    Aug 28, 2011 - 2:04PM

    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!

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 1:33AM

    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….

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