Downgrade to BlackBerry

My Android has been broken for almost a month now, so I decided to get a BlackBerry. I got the Curve 9360, mainly because of the OS7 and the lack of a touch-screen. I still think RIM could do better with their touchscreem phones. The Torch 9810 was an expensive attempt at making a decent touch phone, so I didn’t want to try out the Touch 99×0 series.

BlackBerry 9360
BlackBerry 9360


Anyways, I’m known to hate BlackBerry devices with a passion and a bit more, but here’s why I bought one:

  • I will be developing apps as part of a start-up, I have an Android to test with, iPhones don’t have a fragmentation problem so I don’t need to buy one. My cousin has a Symbian. WP7 is a joke in SA. Which leaves out the Berry.
  • My Nedbank team has a BBM group, and I was missing out on the stuff that goes on there.
  • I’ve wanted a second phone, was considering a WP7, but they’re still expensive and not yet attractive in the SA market.
  • BBM, which is one of the very few good things about the Berry, after all this is a good communication tool. I’m gonna use my Android contract savings to pay for this contract.
  •  Lastly, a colleague challenged me to make an app that’s better than BlackBerry’s Whatsapp (terrible I tell you!).

I’m likely to have issues with the Berry, their API seems to not be giving developers the chance to really shine, though I already have a love/hate relationship with the BBM integration, I think it’s one of the few things I’ll find to be good about the Berry.

Over the next few weeks I’ll round up my experience moving from Android to a Berry. Hopefully one post a week about what’s good and bad 🙂


I’m not American, neither am I based in the U.S., but I’m not ignorant. I’m writing this blog post as an effort to joing the protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protecting IP Act.
I’ve also decided to boycott GoDaddy. I registered almost half my domains on them (all domains outside SA), and it’s though it’s gonna be a lot of admin finding another registrar and adjusting name servers, I’m moving out from GoDaddy since they support the above-mentioned Acts.


The web shouldn’t be controlled by some corporations, piracy is wrong, but the power that the American government is trying to grant to these media and entertainment companies is appalling.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.