This may come as a huge shock to you readers, but not everyone here at iSmashPhone.com actually, y'know, OWNS an iPhone — for reasons as varied as cost, personal preference, dissatisfaction with AT&T, etc. At the same time, you may have noticed that we've periodically strayed from strictly iDevice reportage: check out our comprehensive hands-on review of the Nexus One.
So, to paraphrase Alcoholics Anonymous: Hello, I'm Dactyl Anapest, and I'm a Verizon subscriber and Blackberry owner.
For the last two years, I've used a Berry Curve and have been (mostly) happy with it. Prior to adopting the Curve, I'd had a seperate cell phone and Palm Pilot PDA on my belt, and had come to the conclusion that the two needed to be merged. I opted for the Curve because
(a) Verizon's "New Every Two" discounts on phones for re-upping my service for another two years made it affordable,
(b) some bad experiences with the Palm made me leery of an all-touchscreen interface, plus I liked having a physical keyboard,
(c) it linked effortlessly to my work and home MS-Outlook, so I had my appointments and contacts with me at all times, and
(d) social networks like Twitter and Facebook had good native apps available.
Those were the plusses. Now for the minuses:
(a) The screen's kind of small.
(b) Web surfing was sub-optimal at best. The native BB browser wasn't much better than a text-only browser. I tried Opera's browser, which handled web graphics a bit better, but was painfully slow (the Curve is not exactly a high-performance vehicle). Flash? Videos? You're kidding, right?
So. Another two years go by, my contract's up for renewal, and I'm ready to upgrade my phone. What to do, what to do?
(And yes, you've probably guessed the outcome from the article title. Don't be a smartass; it's the journey, not the destination, that matters…)
IN OUR NEXT THRILLING EPISODE: We go phone shopping. That includes feature comparison, cost crunching, seeking advice from those in the know, and re-thinking some long-standing preferences and prejudices. Stay tuned!