Are You Stuck Being a Wall Hugger?

WallHugger

There are many thing that I enjoy about owning a BlackBerry Passport, but among all of those listed below, the one that makes my phone worthwhile to carry around as my daily driver is the superior battery life.

  • The superior display (453 ppi & 1440 by 1440 resolution)
  • Super fast browser
  • Touch-sensitive keyboard
  • BlackBerry Blend
  • Excellent call quality
  • The HUB (unified inbox for all notifications)

Link to the Complete list of BlackBerry Passport specifications (BlackBerry.com)

For me, I am a person who is constantly on the go, responding to emails, inquiries, working on documents and participating in conference calls while away from my laptop.  With all of those needs, for me it is of utmost importance to have a phone that can get me through an entire day on one charge.

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That’s where my BlackBerry Passport comes in with a 3,450 mAh battery, it gives me between 25 and 30 hours with heavy use and gets me through an entire business day and then some.  I have tried other devices on competing platforms and the battery drain that I have experienced on some of those devices is just incredible.

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For a while I had a work-issued phone on one of those competing platforms.  My experience with that phone was that at 7:30am, it was 100% fully-charged, but by 1:00pm the same afternoon, barely five and a half hours later it was down to 10%.

And this was not a unique experience, as there were other colleagues of mine with the same type of smartphone that experienced the same problem.  I went on the support forums and their advice was to turn off some of its functionality like WiFi, Bluetooth, location services, notifications, etc to save battery life.

But then what is the point of having a smartphone if you have to curtail its use with all of those restrictions?

Fortunately with my BlackBerry Passport, that is not the case.

In the “Inside BlackBerry Blogs“, there is an excellent article by Matt Young, which is titled, Are You Stuck Being a Wallhugger? Then Learn the “Outletiquette” [Infographic],  and it is a great read.

I have highlighted a few excerpts from it below:

Source: Inside BlackBerry Blogs

The Mobile Age has delivered many remarkable advances to the human race: the ability for family members gathered for a home-cooked meal to text rather than speak to each other; and email blasts to startle you awake from your vacation beach nap.

Seriously, mobility allows us to communicate on our own terms, without being tethered to a desk, a car, a home office. It’s quite powerful when you think of it. We’re now accustomed to being able to get in touch from nearly every corner of the world.

That is, of course, as long as there’s power. Chief among the few headaches brought on by the mobile age is the dead phone battery.

I find it supremely dumb that so many smartphones are unable to last even a full business day without a recharge. But that’s the way it is. And it’s created a whole class of mobile users perpetually on the lookout for a power outlet to relieve their wattage worries – Hollywood celebrities included.

The Joys of Hugging

BlackBerry CEO John Chen started popularizing the term “Wallhugger” back in March to describe those poor souls who don’t use one of our devices, and as a result must crowd around electrical outlets, tethered by 3-foot cables, while getting little to nothing done.

More than a few journalists, from 9to5Mac to Inquirer, phoneArena.com and even Samsung-enthusiast site SamMobile, have noted that Chen’s comments seemed to inspire Samsung’s subsequent ‘Wallhuggers’ ad campaign.

Hey, it’s too fun – and spot-on accurate – of an idea for us not to share, right?

(If you need humorous relief from your battery woes, check out the Discharged blog).

Learn your Outletiquette

Based on my field observations from time spent recently in airports, I discovered that Homo Wallhuggeris can actually be divided into eight different sub-species, if you will. I describe all eight, along with their neurotic behaviors, in the following SlideShare presentation, which I entitled “Outletiquette,” taking a cue from the American obsession with portmanteaus, in which you squish two related terms together, i.e. Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie = “Brangelina” or phone + tablet = “profound new addition to the English language.”

The truth remains, though: it’s a major inconvenience to have to charge your phone when you need it, whether you’re at the airport, on campus at a university, or logging a long day at the office. Business waits for no one.

If you find that you exhibit the behaviors of one of the sub-species of Homo Wallhuggeris, then consider fixing your problem with a Z30, BlackBerry Passport, or the coming BlackBerry Classic.

Until then, make sure to abide by the rules of Outletiquette.

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So there you have it folks! Matt Young expressed it so eloquently that “Business waits for no one” so why put up with the frustration?

For people who are constantly suffering from battery drain.  Especially those looking for a power outlet at 1:00pm in the afternoon.

And for those people who are constantly crowded around the few available power outlets at an airport.

Or for those who have to make plans that take into account their dependency of being within distance of a power outlet to charge their smartphones

Why put up with that inconvenience!  No platform is worth that amount of suffering!

Freedom

Stop being a #WallHugger and enjoy the freedom of not having to think about the nearest power outlet.

Put that phone in the bin or sell it on eBay and come #BackToBlack

Get yourself a #BlackBerry phone today!

web99

Web99 enjoys tech and has tried smartphones on all the major platforms. Out of all devices he has tried, BlackBerry10 best fulfills his needs.

  • nnik

    iPhones shouldn’t be allowed in airports anyway, being the explosive devices that they are

  • Anthony

    The common iPhone user spotted in the wild, sitting on dirty floors connected to wall outlets with 3′ (91 cm) cords. locco_smiley_8

  • Chaplain_Clancy

    I am guilty of hugging a wall today. In my defense, after two days of heavy usage, I forgot that phones needed to be charged.

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