BlackBerry Torch Challenge: Day 9

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from Dallas, TX
Published: February 14, 2012

I've made it through nine days with the BlackBerry Torch but I can't tell if this challenge is getting easier or harder. The low app selection is still frustrating but I've found a few more apps that I like. I downloaded a custom theme and a new lock screen. The idea of themes are nice but I wish they weren't so expensive. I guess I'm just used to Android where you can easily customize your device with free apps and themes. I'm also weary of customizing an OS too much, which is one of the reasons why I switched from Android to Windows Phone. My theory is If I don't like the way it looks, then why am I still using it? That doesn't make sense to everyone, but it's the way I feel.

I'm starting to accept what BlackBerry OS is and what it isn't. It's all about function, not form. It's not pretty but it works. Form is important to me. I've said this many times, I want my phone to be beautiful. BlackBerry was just not made for that. That's not a bad thing, but it just doesn't suit me personally. I'm starting to form the opinion that those who are fans of BlackBerry have never used another OS. True, the OS is functional - email works, it's great for social networking, and it has a great notification system. But every major OS on the market has those same great features and work just as well. Based on my experience thus far, there's nothing that puts BlackBerry over the top in those areas or in any other areas. So far, I don't see what all of the fuss is about.

I'm still keeping an open mind. Despite my frustrations and the fact that I've been very tempted to take my SIM card out of the BlackBerry and put in back in my phone, I'm not going to give up. Stay tuned for my next update. Hopefully I'll have more positive things to say.

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