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.