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Decision time: iPhone, Evo, iPad or Blackberry?

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm •  Published: July 1, 2010

So my Blackberry finally took all the beatings it could handle.

I was in my driveway a few weeks back saying good-bye to friends who had stopped for a visit. I pulled the Blackberry out of my pocket and it slipped out of my hand. As the phone hung in mid-air, I swung my hand down to catch it (I’m quite the athlete, you know).

But I didn’t catch it. Instead, the force of my attempted catch resulted in the phone essentially being thrown to the pavement.

The phone separated into five pieces upon impact with the ground. Frankly, it appeared to shatter into pieces.

I know what you’re thinking. That was it, right? The phone wouldn’t work anymore, right?


Within minutes, I put the pieces back together (including the track ball). It worked fine, but it was scratched up. And … the ‘T’ button didn’t work anymore.

So, for a couple weeks, I sent e-mails and text messages using my skills as a wordsmith to use no words containing a ‘T’. That’s not easy, but I succeeded.

But then I was on vacation with my family in Galveston, Texas. We were staying in a condominium with a third-floor balcony. On the final day, as I relaxed with a cup of coffee on the balcony, my 3-year-old daughter played with crayons and markers and baby dolls on the balcony with me.

I warned her ….

“Be careful with those crayons.”


“I don’t want your baby to fall off the balcony.”

You can never be too careful with these kids, you know. They can be mighty clumsy with their toys.

I was browsing the web on my scratched-up Blackberry on the balcony when I set the phone on the ground. I wanted to move my chair back out of the path of the sun. As I scooted, my foot pushed the Blackberry off the balcony.

The phone fell one story, clipped a balcony below and fell the rest of the way onto some landscaping rocks near some bushes.

I could only watch as the phone tumbled to the ground. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the continued misfortune of that poor phone. Somehow, I knew it would be resilient.

I made my way down to the ground and began my search. I found ….

  • The battery
  • The two pieces of the Blackberry shell
  • I even found the track ball within the brush. That was a real coup.
Not my actual Blackberry
Not my actual Blackberry

But I could not find the piece that clips in to hold the track ball in place.

I know what you’re thinking. That was it, right? The phone wouldn’t work anymore, right?


The device still worked fine. It looked kind of like the Terminator from the original movie, but it worked. Unfortunately, the fall didn’t miraculously revive the ‘T’ button. Regardless, I still used the phone the rest of the weekend.

But after a few days, the exposed mouse area of the phone continued to unravel. Apparently, there are many pieces in there that can come apart without the proper safeguards.

It became clear I would need something new. My awesome company allowed me to carry a loaner Blackberry — even after being witness to what happened to the first one.

(For the record, I was due for an upgrade, anyway).

So here I am. It’s time to decide what to buy.

I wrote months ago that I would be ending my Blackberry days and finally enter the ‘smarter’ phone world. At the time, I was thinking about a Droid. A co-worker recommended a Nexus One. And, of course, everyone else recommends an iPhone.

I had decided on an iPhone 4, but I refuse to stand in line for anything, so I didn’t buy one on the first day. Now, some of the recent reviews about the reception have changed my mind a bit. Plus, who really wants to be just like everyone else?

And my wife, who loves Apple products more than anyone I know (except for OPUBCO creative director Scott Horton; he has to be getting kickbacks), is saying I should get the HTC Evo. She said – and I quote -

“If I didn’t already have an iPhone, I would get the Evo.”

So, here are my options ….

  1. Buy an Evo
  2. Buy an iPhone 4
  3. Reconsider a Droid or a Nexus One.
  4. Use my current Blackberry and buy an iPad. Then, when the contract is up, buy a new Blackberry for e-mail and phone use.
  5. Buy an Evo and wait to buy next-generation tablets – perhaps even an Android-based tablet (one that might sync with my Evo?).

I’ll be shopping this weekend. It’s almost decision time.

I can already think of one vote for the iPhone 4 (see the video below of NewsOK videographer Kyle Roberts).

And Scott Horton is certainly going to place his vote for the iPhone 4.

Any other votes out there?

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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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