For months, I’ve been thinking about getting a new device to replace my old cell phone. I needed a new phone for many reasons; mostly for enhanced Social Marketing capabilities and for group SMS texting.
Several days before a show we send out an email informing the fans of that week’s show. A similar text message is sent out the day of the show. While there are some great services for SMS and email marketing including mobilestorm – at some point I hope to upgrade to something along those lines – for now, things are still on the DIY tip. With my old phone, sending the text messages was a tedious process.
Investigating available smart phones, I had it narrowed down to the iPhone and the Blackberry Tour. It seemed like the iPhone could do everything I needed, so I bought one. Being a loyal Mac lover since 1985, this was an easy decision. However, within a few hours, it became clear that the iPhone wasn’t gonna work for me. First of all, two out of three words that I typed came out as gibberish or were “corrected” incorrectly. But the real deal killer was the fact that its texting capabilities are extremely limited for my uses. And there doesn’t seem to be “an app for that”.
I went running back to Verizon and bought a Blackberry Tour. Although not perfect, typing on its little hardware keypad is much easier for my thumbs. But the holy grail is that this device allows grouping of contacts and sending a single message to the entire group. So this week, I’ll have a much easier time connecting with PALO! fans via SMS.
In fairness, the iPhone is a gorgeous piece of technology; using it is almost a sensual experience. But if the Blackberry lacks some the iPhone’s sexiness, that doesn’t bother me; I need to get my stuff done. An added plus: I think I actually prefer the Blackberry’s Twitter and Facebook apps. And the camera is pretty darn good too.
So, if you’re a Blackberry devotee, please share some of your favorite apps or features. I’m hoping to get up to speed quickly. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you soon in real life!