I didn’t want to write this post. I’ve been putting it off for a couple of months, maybe convincing myself that if I didn’t write about it, it wasn’t real.. But the time comes when you have to face reality.
In the not too distant future, I am going to need a new phone. I’m on my second battery on this one and I sense that it too is beginning to lose efficiency. The back is held on by the case i bought to protect it after it fell out of my pocket one day.
For most people buying a new phone is no big deal. For many it is a time of celebration, a chance to upgrade to the newest and shiniest hardware.
But not for me. I don’t want new and shiny. The most important feature for me is not the camera or the apps the phone runs. I want a Blackberry.
More me it is the physical keyboard that delights. I’ve tried touchscreen and I don’t like it. call it a matter of personal taste: my fat fingers make fewer typing mistakes with the physical keyboard. Call me old-fashioned, that is okay.
Blackberry invented the smartphone and owned the market until Apple launched the iPhone. Smartphones were for serious business users. Apple marketed to ordinary consumers, and Blackberry never caught up.
Eventually the company abandoned its handset business, though it remains a software powerhouse. My latest (and probably last) Blackberry, a five-year-old KeyOne, was manufactured under licence by TCL, a company that didn’t renew its agreement (and did little to promote the product when it had a chance).
When that licence agreement expired a new player to the field cut a deal with Blackberry. Onward Mobility promised the best Blackberry yet, 5G compatible and a physical keyboard. It was to hit stores early in 2021.
Then it didn’t. And information wasn’t easily available as to when the phone would show up. During the pandemic everything was delayed. Early 2021 came and went and 2022 arrived. Still no phone, but I had hope.
I guess I am by nature an optimist. I figured I could hold my phone together a little longer while waiting for the new version. I was sure it would be worth the wait.
Then in February it becasme official. Onward Mobility ceased to exist. Their Blackberry project was dead.
That left me with two options. Buy another Blackberry (there are still some available) knowing that it was older technology but at least had the keyboard I love. Or switch to a Google of Samsung phone – highly rated but touchscreen technology. This old dog would have to learn new tricks.
I figured that I should go with the newer technology. Yet as I was writing this and checking some facts, I discovered an as yet unreleased new phone that was just annonced by Unihertz that looks a lot like my Blackberry.
I have seen previous Unihertz phones advertised, but have never actually seen one. Online reviews have been mixed to the point where I was unwilling to take the chance on a pricey phone that I wasn’t sure I would like.
Now though I am wondering again if I should hold off on buying a new phone. It is that optimist in me again.
What do you think I should do?