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I might have to finally get an iPhone (or something similar)

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm •  Published: March 30, 2010

I love iPhones.

I know how to use an iPhone. We own an iPhone in my family.

But I’ve always defended the trusty Blackberry.

  • It never breaks. It’s made of concrete and steel. On the other hand, if you look at an iPhone funny, the screen cracks.
  • The keyboard is very easy to use.
  • It takes good photos.
  • I can take video and browse Web sites (and get the latest NBA scores).

But lately, I’ve found myself finding wanting to do more things on my mobile device than my Blackberry is capable of.

  • I’ve wanted to see NewsOK’s full Web site, rather than the customized mobile site.
  • I’ve wanted to share YouTube videos.
  • I’ve wanted to download cool applications.

The last straw came on Saturday, and I and another under-5 soccer  coach were trying to verify our field assignments while standing between four soccer field at the large complex in Edmond. I didn’t trust that my Blackberry Curve would serve my needs to browse the soccer club’s Web site to see the field assignments.

I actually said this aloud to a group of parents.

“Who has an iPhone?”

With that statement, I give up. I can no longer get by with my Blackberry Curve. I must do better. I can no longer put up the good fight and must get in line with the masses. I need a more powerful Web-enabled phone that I can trust to get me to all Web sites.

I’ve since realized (while writing this) that I could indeed use my Blackberry to browse the Edmond Soccer Club site. The formatting is a little off, but I can still get around on it.

But here’s the bottom line: I didn’t trust it. Once the trust is gone, the whole relationship will crumble. I trust the Blackberry will show me good mobile versions of Web sites, but I don’t trust that I’ll successfully see more complex versions. I don’t trust that small sites that target a niche community (like Edmond Soccer Club) will deliver a simplified mobile version for my Blackberry.

All that said, however, doesn’t mean I’ll join the iPhone culture. I think they’re great, but the entire world can’t own an iPhone. Someone has to be a little different.

The Droid … now that would be different.

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by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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