Why I Waited for the Mercury

Waiting Game

I don’t buy every new BlackBerry. I can’t. I’m a poor fanatic, and I have to spend my money carefully, and thoughtfully. So, why am I making the switch now? Well… there’s several reasons.

I wanted the most up-to-date device. Often, when I purchase my phone, I’ve been salivating and staring obsessively at it for months. Sometimes, it’s a year or more. I like to know that I’m purchasing something that has been field tested and will withstand my use case. I’m tough on my phones. I have high expectations for my life flow, and to date BlackBerry is the only manufacturer offering devices that meet those expectations.

Having the most recent phone, being on the verge of being an early adopter, is actually very stressful for me. Because I want that piece of mind knowing that my phone isn’t going to be a dud. With BlackBerry, I know I’m safe. That’s not to say there hasn’t been a dud here or there over the years, but BlackBerry has stood the test time and again. So, I feel secure putting my trust in their newest device. Now, I know that this phone is TCL built and marketed. But I also know that BlackBerry had a heavy hand in the process. Remember our chat with Marty Beard? He made a point to say, more than once, that the deal with TCL is a partnership and that BlackBerry is dedicated to ensuring the quality of the devices.

Another reason, I’ve waited for the Mercury is form factor. I’ve almost been lured to the virtual side a time or two thanks to BlackBerry’s incredible VKB and their impressive designs. However, I’m a physical keyboard loyalist. I gotta have my buttons to push.  I thought about the Priv, but last year I was still decidedly BB10. I wasn’t quite willing to switch to Android for the sake of that sleek slider. Now, the Mercury is soon to be here, and it’s got the exact form factor I want with that sexy BlackBerry keyboard. #AllTheButtons

The wait is over…

The final reason I waited was the OS. I’ve just said how I remained, and still largely am, a BlackBerry 10 user. I wasn’t happy when BlackBerry made the move, even though I understood it. I was one of those fans that want what I want. But I’ve changed. I’m glad that BlackBerry has found a new path to stay cutting edge and innovate, as always. This proves that they will continue on, regardless of the OS wars, because they’re fighters. They adapt. They have secured Android, and made it more intuitive, and I wouldn’t consider switching for anything less (remember those high expectations?). BlackBerry is doing exciting things with their augmented version of Android, and I’m itching to get my hands on it!

Mercury is coming soon. I may not buy it on release day, but I will have it shortly thereafter. The timing, the form factor, and even the OS is right. Now, I feel like BlackBerry Android is finally ready for the true stress test that is ….me. And I can’t wait to put it through its paces.

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Erica Davis

Erica is a BlackBerry fanatic, supporter, and uses BlackBerry devices exclusively. She likes to connect the dots, fit the pieces together, and showcase the overshadowed... oh, and she likes cookies.

  • kingRidiculous

    I have a Q10 (my one and only BB device) which recently turned 3, and with the state of BB10, the Mercury comes at the right time for me. I’ve always been a fan of physical keyboards and this might be the last of it’s kind.

    • Erica

      The Mercury is much anticipated, and a much needed device right now!

  • anthogag

    If you want a keyboard device you also have the Passport as an option. I have a Q10…and Classic…and the Passport is the best one.

    Mercury’s keyboard is not 3 row like the Passport.

    • Erica

      I have the Passport currently. I love it, but I’m anxious for the feel of a new BlackBerry in my hands!

      • anthogag

        Oh, I thought you were a Q10 user.

        • Erica

          Nope. Rocking the Passport. :D

      • MePiikan LzBolaz

        Get the SE. Lol

      • A Cave

        I live on an island which has dropped BB so long, we have the odd PRIV still boxed up in one or two stores. I have held out with vehement hate for Android since my Moto G experience, which sucked completely, so naturally I was very annoyed (maybe still am) at Blackberry’s move to Android. Now I’ve read how they’ve basically augmented the OS (still hate Android), and given the amount of reading done about root of trust and hardening kernels: I can conclude the Mercury maybe a bright spot at a rather boring “Android Device” convention commonly and falsely referred to as Mobile World Congress (MWC). Wishing Blackberry the very best, will I be there with them, my jury is still deliberating the merits of Android done and secured by Blackberry. Great article though, keep up the good work. Cheers !

  • leverspro

    I’d love to be interested in the mercury, but my passport pretty much makes it impossible to muster.

    • MePiikan LzBolaz

      PassportSQW100-4/10.3.3.2205 all the way although I’m getting mercury for my collection. (shut up Brad, I do not have a problem)

    • Erica

      I still think the Passport is one of the best BlackBerrys ever! It’s this generation’s Bold 9900. But, no phone lasts forever, and I’m always looking for the next great innovative idea. So, I have to try BlackBerry’s Android experience! It’s a game changer.

  • xBURK

    Erica, I’m right with ya. One thing to note: With the almost too many ways you can set up the BlackBerry/ Android message experience, it does finally settle down after a month of tweaking. Once you find that sweet spot, I dare to say, BB10 is forgotten.

    • Chug that haterade

      I’m surprised Shogun isn’t here calling you a BlackBerry shill… smfh

      • xBURK

        Lol, that guy is too much.

        • Chug that haterade

          Curious what that clown is like in real life. Only a complete tool spends day and night bashing a company that he doesn’t like…

    • Erica

      I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to forget BlackBerry10! But I’m excited to see what life will be like on the Mercury. #cultureshock

    • MePiikan LzBolaz

      Until you try and set up notifications as you do in BB10. Lol

    • I do enjoy the BlackDroid notifications. I find myself using the HUB less than I did on BB10. I also like how you can pop in and out of apps and go back to the screen you were on before. I have 3 screens on my Priv and the middle one is social apps. I respond to notifications or emails using the HUB or the apps and when I close, I’m back to the middle screen. BB10 always puts you back to the main home screen. I also really love the integration and how well all the social apps work.

      • Erica

        I’m excited (and scared) to work with the augmented Android OS.

        • When I pick up my Q20 (daily), I am always tempted to use it. The fluidity of the OS outmatches BlackDroid. The gestures are amazing. The HUB is superior. I LOVE searching for attachments with one touch. BUT- the social app integration on BlackDroid is amazing. There are about 10 apps I use regularly that have better notifications or simply weren’t available on BB10. Ironically, the one app I rely on the most isn’t as good on BlackDroid, which is why I use my Q20 also.

  • Alan

    Congratulations Erica. I know you don’t have it yet, but you are certainly ready. I have a Priv, I use it mostly for Netflix. Passport SE is my fav, not ready to let go yet. I believe Shawn that once tweeted, the Blackdroid can most likely be pretty cool stuff as well. Although I haven’t done it myself. Not planning to buy the Mercury, but like you I’m a big fan of BlackBerry, and they have my support.

    • Erica

      I am SO ready, Alan!

  • Wayno

    I love the look of this device. I’m due a new phone and while I love the Priv, I find the keyboard a bit cramped so hopefully this is a bit bigger. Hoping the specs are a bit better than what is reported, the Priv lags a bit for me and gets very hot at times. Will see if Nougat fixes the lag issues. But it will be hard to say no to this Mercury

    • Erica

      I’ve already said yes!

  • theCHIVERChance

    I just bought a Passport SE and I’ve been kind of wondering if I should have in 2017…. That’s not to say that I don’t love it! It is a fantastic device!

    • MePiikan LzBolaz

      I have 4 passports. Plenty of BB10 to last me a while. PassportSQW100-4/10.3.3.2205 is the best phone BlackBerry has ever made.

    • anthogag

      And why wouldn’t the Passport SE be a great buy in 2017?

    • Erica

      The Passport is definitely BlackBerry’s workhorse. I feel like it will last as long as Kim Kardashian’s Bolds. So, don’t worry there. You’re safe and secure with BlackBerry.

  • Ricardo T.O

    Hello Erica! First of all congratulations on a great article you hit perfectly every point. I took to the plunge to PRIV last August and yes very pleased. Like you stated it has been a BlackBerry Android augmented transition as my PRIV has improved and continues in that direction with the constant software updates. So yes support BB10 and still use my Passport but going with the PRIV has been a comfortable transition to Android.
    The Mercury looks awesome so much so that will go to Barcelona this weekend and witness, test, feel..the Mercury! Just feels like a strong BlackBerry comeback.
    ETA 4D MERCURY launch: All systems Go

    Rico

    • MePiikan LzBolaz

      Only thing I don’t like about my Priv is the slide out KB. Never found it comfortable enough to use and it was the cause of the additional weight I felt the Priv shouldn’t have had.

    • Erica

      How exciting, Rico! I hope you’ll come back and share your experiences from the launch event. Bring me a Mercury while you’re at it! ;)

      • Ricardo T.O

        Hmmm…Bag is starting to get heavy! Brad wants also a Mercury, so does Wayno and now one more…ok I will be full of Mercury isn’t that dangerous?
        Rico

        • Wayno

          Lol Rico. You may need another bag!! Hopefully they don’t sting you at the airport for all that carry on luggage. And be careful, with all that Mercury on you you may set the airport scanners into meltdown Lol

  • I understand a lot of what you said. I waited a year on the Priv and am loving it. I can totally see the allure of the Mercury and look forward to your review of the device!

  • Fahed Al Derbi

    Thanks Erica after reading your article I think I will buy BlackBerry Mercury

    • Erica

      Glad I could help you make your decision. Hope you love it as much as I already do!

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