After the iPhone and Android become the pocket computers of the masses, BlackBerries aren't cool any more, and The New York Times is on it. With one thousand words of truth-seeking journalism, the paper of record reports that large numbers of BlackBerry users are suffering from shame and regret for sticking with the device. Thumb keyboard or no thumb keyboard, most of them complain about the BlackBerry's lack of functionality compared to the newer, shinier, trendier iPhones and Androids. Some seem downright distraught.
"I want to take a bat to it," said one BlackBerry user who was testing her phone's Internet browsing capabilities. It tried to load for about 30 seconds, and then the battery died. "You can't do anything with it. You're supposed to, but it's all a big lie." She told The Times that she'd stopped taking her BlackBerry out at parties and hides it behind iPad whenever possible. "I'm ashamed of it," she said.
Others sound more desperate. "I feel absolutely helpless," said another poor BlackBerry owner. "You're constantly watching people do all these things on their phones and all I have going for me is my family's group BBM chats." One apparently non-BlackBerry person got snarky along these lines. "BlackBerry users are like Myspace users," he said. "They probably still chat on AOL Instant Messenger."