My Blackberry Curve was my first smartphone and I really liked it. I was planning to upgrade it this year to a new Blackberry Curve while RIM was making better hardware, they seemed to drop the ball on getting their new software out. As I have written on Twitter, I had planned to go out and buy a Blackberry Playbook when the price dropped but RIM then delayed the new version of itâ€™s operating system and then raised the price back up to $500 again. It also doesnâ€™t have Skype, native email, or even a Twitter app. Itâ€™s just a web browser with a camera that canâ€™t be used to communicate with other systems. It doesnâ€™t even have BBM unless your Blackberry is close by. With more and more app makers dropping support for RIM, it didnâ€™t make a bunch of sense to pay $300 for a new Blackberry Curve, no matter how much I liked it. Itâ€™s kind of like buying a Nokia smartphone running Symbian or a Windows Phone 7 for that matter. This letter to RIM senior management from a top level executive kind of sums it all up.
During this time I went out and bought Wendy an entry level Android phone. The Samsung Galaxy 550 isnâ€™t spectacular but as much as I hated to admit it, it was better than my Blackberry. When I saw that Koodo had the Samsung Galaxy Ace I decided to go out and get one. Earlier this year Koodo had given me a $50 upgrade credit which made a good deal a better deal.
It came with a 4gb Compact SD card which is nice but not that great and after a couple of minutes it was full of Twitter, Foursquare and most of my favourite apps. While the Google Sync app for the Blackberry was nice, it isnâ€™t being extended with many of the new features. I appreciate the native integration with Google Apps and again, a nice feature is up-to-date apps and an operating system that is actually being developed and unlike RIM, is shipping.
While the hardware isnâ€™t nearly as beautiful as the Apple iPhone, software wise Android is comparable to iOS. I know some Apple partisans out there will be flipping out on that suggestions but it was Apple fan boys that talked me into switching to Android. Itâ€™s that good.