I have been a Blackberry user for a few years now, but recently decided I will quit the platform, and go back to using a Nokia smartphone.
My job encourages the use of Blackberries, but to be honest, I have always felt bored by the Blackberry platform, even though its messaging capability are world-class. After watching Steve Litchfield’s informative “Phone Show” about convergence (http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/sshow/ss75.html), I decided to take the plunge and bought my first N-series phone – the N82 in the spring of 2009.
About this time, I learned of a small group of hardcore S60 users that met monthly at the old Nokia store on Fifth Avenue. I remember, with my N82 in-hand, walking into the Nokia store to attend my first meeting. I instantly felt at home. One of the first to welcome me was none-other than a Nokia Innovation editor (@gwapz). He was a rabid E71 user at the time, and was a wonderful resource for me.
I was hooked. Because of my affiliation with the S60 users group, I was invited to attend exclusive E-series events, and to launch parties. I soon bought my second N-series smartphone – a white N97. Nokia via WOM world started to send me review units. I became part of an Espirt-des-Corp of Nokia phone reviewers. All the while, I continued to use Blackberry for work.
I find myself in a new context, and just sold my Blackberry Torch. Yes, I am giving up the crack, and opting for a brand spanking new dark gray Nokia N8. How will a hardcore Blackberry user adjust to Symbian 3? Well, you’ll be hearing my thoughts, as I am a new writer for this site. After a night of tech talk, revelry, beer and karaoke, the editor of Nokia Innovation asked me if I’d like to write for the site. Recruitment tactics?
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