BlackBerry has been in the smartphone arena longer than anyone. BlackBerry has also proven itself to be one of the most innovative companies out there. Because of this, we’ve seen many products and offerings come and go over the years. Some have been successful, some were not. Most of those unsuccessful problems have been left behind, and are with us no more.
If there’s one thing we know about the BlackBerry community, it’s that we don’t like to give things up. Even if we don’t use a product, and it’s proven to be nothing but a drain on the company, we tend to be fairly upset when that product is dropped. And typically, once the product is dropped, we suddenly hear those that state they were daily users of that product. I’m sure we each have our own product that is no more that was a favorite, and something that we miss. Even if there is a better product now that took it’s place.
For me, the answer is easy. Believe it or not, it’s not the Playbook, but an app on the Playbook. I absolutely loved the Scrapbook app on the Playbook. One of those apps developed by The Astonishing Tribe, that was really more of an example of what could be done than anything else, it was surprisingly fun. No, it wasn’t a productivity app, and it wasn’t something that I couldn’t live without, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would often take photos with my Playbook while on vacations, and use the Scrapbook app with it’s postcard backgrounds and stickers to make virtual postcards of where I was. Of course I could, and would, email that postcard right out to friends and family using the Bridge feature with my BlackBerry Torch.
Now, on BlackBerry Android devices, we have Notable, which has all the old Scrapbook stickers included, and much more functionality. I do use Notable, and will admit I have made a virtual postcard or two (ok, probably more), but I still miss Scrapbook. Perhaps it was the larger screen of the Playbook, or even the fact that it offered less functionality and therefore was easier to use, or perhaps it’s simply that my memory has built Scrapbook into something more than it was. In any event, I miss Scrapbook.
What is it that you miss? What did you use that it seemed no one else did? Were you a fan of the BlackBerry Music Gateway? Did you love the clicky screen of the Storm? Maybe you were one that wished more of your friends had joined you on BBM music? Maybe you miss the track wheel/ball/pad? Is there something from the past you’d like to see in some form in the future? Let us know in the comments below.