For quite some time now, the mere mention of the word “BlackBerry” more often than not has incited the reaction, “Isn’t that smartphone dead already?” We’ve all heard the news by now, and we all know from past experience how such news of Goliaths fallen from grace, whether warranted or not, are cannon fodder for some of the most vicious backlashes and schadenfreude.
Expectedly, disposing of, giving away, and selling used electronics left and right followed. What to do with and where to sell BlackBerrys in the midst of this alarming news were foremost on gadget consumers’ minds then. Were they right to do so? Is the BlackBerry really a dead tech walking?
Some industry pundits think you shouldn’t sell your BlackBerry just yet, and here are four reasons why:
Smartphone Keyboards Carry that Distinct Sense of Meaning Business
Right, let’s start off with the most apparent feature difference between BlackBerrys and other smartphones: The Berry’s trademark keyboard.
BlackBerrys have always had the reputation of being the “serious businessman’s phone,” and the Berry’s keyboard certainly helped contribute to this. Sure, typing with a virtual keyboard on your smartphone’s screen is nifty and all, but there’s just a certain tactile quality (both literal and figurative) to doing it with an actual keyboard.
Just how much of a business-feel essential is this? Well, think of it this way: Can you imagine yourself going into the office wearing a hip and trendy T-shirt? You’d look cool, yes; maybe even edgy; but does it really give you that air of formality that you need to show your boss or underlings (whichever the case may be) the seriousness with which you take your job? Unless you work at Pixar, I’d think not.
If you go with a business suit, though, you would be able to fit in in almost every setting imaginable barring a Lollapalooza concert (though you could just mess up your suit a little bit to get that “smart-emo rock star” look). That serious distinction that formality brings just can’t be stated enough.
The BlackBerry is Still the King in Smartphone Emailing
Working hand-in-hand with the BlackBerry’s keyboard is its reputation as a very capable email-handling device despite its initially misleading size. The BlackBerry sells itself as a businessman’s accessory first and foremost, and as every businessman would tell you, emailing is a very important aspect of what they do.
Setting up multiple email addresses, synching these addresses, writing the emails themselves using the BlackBerry’s keyboard, setting up real-time connectivity between your smartphone and your office’s communications network: These all feel very functional and user-friendly thanks to the BlackBerry’s basic hardware and software design. Many businesses have thrived and expanded with the help of the BlackBerry’s knack for offshore business capability, and its email function is a huge part of it.
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Crystal Sanders (Writer Another Post for Tech Parrallex ) is a Web Promotion and a Professional Content Writer for Cash for Smartphone Firm