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Dear BlackBerry Users - I Get It, But It's Time To Switch

I get it, you love your Blackberry.  So did I.  I had the first one ever made and upgraded models almost every year.  I looked so cool boarding planes with that thing strapped to my belt loop.  I was a whiz at typing on it and could dominate BrickBreaker.

So what happened?  I got app envy.  I finally went for it and switched to a Droid.  Here is my story.

Day 1 - How fun is downloading apps!  I actually don't know how to use any of them, but saving that for another day.  Right now, all I care about is downloading all the things I've seen my iPhone friends use over the last year.

Day 2 - OMG, what did I do!!  I am never going to be able to figure this thing out.  Quick, put my SIM card back into my Blackberry.  Darn, it doesn't work anymore.  Stayed up for hours trying to figure out how to navigate this darn thing, yearning for the simplier days of my Blackberry.

Day 3 - I'm going to throw this thing out the window.  It doesn't work at all like my old Blackberry.  I'll never get this...

Day 4 - Actually swipe typing isn't that bad, I still make a lot of mistakes, but as I learn the shortcuts, it may even be faster.  Maybe I can get this.  A fellow Droid user spent 15 minutes with me and my phone- huge help.  It is starting to make sense. 

Day 5 - Learned a few more tricks.  Got my screen organized, so I feel a little better about what this phone can actually do.  Called Droid friend again for some more help (took him 5 minutes to explain what would have taken me 5 hours to figure out on my own).  Starting to understand the power of this device.

Day 6 - Bad day.  Droid usage regression.  Deep breathes....

Day 7 - Okay, back at it.  I'm determined to conquer this thing. 

Day 8 - I used the talking navigation app, it was awesome!  Also, tonight for dinner found a restaurant, made a reservation, and got directions - all in under 5 mintues.  My Blackberry could have never done that!

Day 9 - Ok, this thing is seriously cool. 

Day 10 - Mad dash to the airport, in the car rental bus - I'm going to miss my flight.  If only I could check in right now.. wait I can!  Done.  Droid just saved me from missing my flight - just paid for itself. 

Day 11 - My old Blackberry is staring at me on my desk.  Man, that things looks old and not cool.  Now I get why Droid and iPhone owners are such fanatics.  They know what they can do and Blackberry users can't.  Glad I made the switch.  I still have a lot to learn, but I'll get there.

Bottom line - the transition is painful.  Stick with it though, it is totally worth it. 

My new phone: the T-Mobile 4G MyTouch.

 

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