The image above pretty much sums up how it’s felt to be a BlackBerry user these last two years.
And it also gives you a good indicator of why this site is what it is – a sanctuary first and foremost for BlackBerry fans (dear Lord we needed it) and, if possible, a place for those coming #BackToBlack.
We’ve spent the last year in particular being battered from pillar to post, listening to the taunts and the mockery. You know the ones:
‘Oh, do they still make BlackBerry’s?
‘I heard they were dead’
‘Are they still in business?’
‘Oh, the Z30… the last BlackBerry ever…’
And on and on and on and on…
Even in the places we thought we were safe, the ‘old’ BlackBerry fan sites.
And, as depicted in the picture, the most frustrating thing is that the whole thing was built on lies.
Stupid, ignorant lies.
The biggest lie of all of course, still desperately being perpetuated in SOME areas of the media, is that Android and Apple are SO FAR ADVANCED of BlackBerry products. That BlackBerry is still just all physical keyboards and outdated software. That BlackBerry has no apps.
But we know better.
So, whilst the tiny brains had their fun all we needed was someone to help us.
And, thanks to Prem, we got him. A man who got it. A man who within months, even from a position of supposed weakness, was talking the talk of a BlackBerry fan, describing iPhonians (that’s one of the small brained ones) as ‘Wall Huggers’, and, only recently, pointed out also what every BlackBerry fan knows, that the build quality of Android devices is appalling compared to a BlackBerry and that, whilst there’s not THAT much required on top of BlackBerry World as an app store that we can, of course, fill in as required;
‘BlackBerry can run 98% of Android apps, every BlackBerry fan knows that.’
And, whilst his plan is obviously working, painful though it has been, all is well on track for the turnaround.
So, where does that leave us?
No longer the man with the knowledge being taunted by those without.
No longer the subject of random abuse.
Have you noticed the change?
Media outlets that blather the OLD way are starting to look foolish because more and more are expressing ‘Surprise!’ at just what the BlackBerry Z30, in particular, can do. (The mere fact it’s been doing it for months is apparently irrelevant).
The point is that they are smelling the air here.
The tide is turning.
You can feel it.
And believe you me, WHATEVER Wall Street makes of this weeks earnings call, good things are coming.
VERY good things.
I even received a message the other day thanking this very site from someone who had used information gleaned here to:
‘Finally shut my iPhoninan friends up. I was sick to death of them telling me how ‘secure’ Apple are. I knew it was crap but I didn’t have the facts and figures to hand. Now I’ve shown them UTB they don’t want to talk about it anymore and one has asked me privately about my BlackBerry. Thank you.’
We are on the cusp here.
Apple and Google are on the defensive.
They are the past.
BlackBerry is the future.
And thank you John Chen.
Thank you for giving us back our pride.
Because we’re winning.
Just you wait and see.