Is Your Blackberry Battery Too Low For Radio Use? Not Really.

It always happens to the best of us. When you are are about to send that final important message, your Blackberry battery shuts down on you and goes

“Battery too low for radio use”

Actually, that is not entirely true. My good friend Sir Diddles showed me a bad ass trick. Once that message comes up, simply dial 911 and watch your battery come back to life for another 5 mins or so.

Yeah yeah.. thank me later.

Do you know any other interesting phone hacks? Don’t tell me *#06# o!

PS: You would notice that I could have explained all that in a Tweet and did not need 3 paragraphs. However I did so for 3 reasons.

  1. To use style and let everyone know once and forall I am using a BB. Yes, I am ashamed of myself.
  2. To jump-start my blogging again
  3. Because I can 🙂

The iPhone4S, Consumerism And Humanity

Yesterday, Apple released a slightly upgraded version of the iPhone 4 and the verdict has been near universal. WHERE IS THE IPHONE5?!!!

It is not that people are complaining that there is anything wrong with the iPhone 4; in fact the iPhone 3G can basically do the same thing (basic functionality like call, play Angry Birds and take pictures of getting drunk) . People are angry they have not been given a new thing to buy.

I am wondering how we got to this point where consuming has become essential to life.

Here in Nigeria, the lengths people go to get a new Blackberry borders on disgusting. People spend 6 times the minimum monthly wage of the country just to get a new BlackBerry. Reason? Because ‘they said’ it is the latest one.

Although I am really appalled about this type of behavior, I am far from immune.

Over a year ago, I had a fairly decent computer, because I realized it was about time I bought a new one, I convinced myself that it was too old so i could but another one. As karma would have it, the computer packed up in less than 3 months. I jumped back to my old computer which has been serving me well one year on. it is obvious I never needed the new one in the first place.

MORE! MORE!! MORE!!!

*NEW! NEW!! NEW!!!

So why are we humans like this?

*Not necessarily new, let them just say it is new.

My BlackBerry: The Good, The Bad and The Damn Ugly!

I started using a BlackBerry about three weeks ago and I thought I should write about my little experience considering I am a Droid.

Lets get started.

The Good

The BlackBerry Messenger  (BBM): This is like an underground Facebook. A social network built around chatting. The impressive thing is the amount of coordination that can be done with it. Creating instant group chat, sharing documents, pictures and voice on the go etc. It is exactly what you would expect from the guys at Yahoo! if we knew what they were doing with the messenger.

The Keyboard: Although it took me a little while to get used to it, I would say is it pretty damn good. I still wonder how I am able to type so fast with such tiny keys. It is very impressive

The Bad:

BBM Username /PIN is tied to  the device: I do not know weather to consider this stupid, dumb or a mistake.  Just imagine if you had to change your phone number anytime you got a new phone. That is exactly what this is. I am still trying to understand the logic behind this decision.

The Cost of usage: Not to be harsh, the only reason I (and many others) use a BB is because of the messenger. This therefore makes the BBM the most expensive social network the world as it costs  $35 every month. Did I mention you would have to spend at last $400 in getting the device in the first place?

The Damn Ugly:

The BB OS: My friend Dewole has a good quote that best describes the BB OS

Writing apps for the BlackBerry is like a dark art, if you do not belong, you do not belong.

If you  cannot play Angry Birds on your phone, just know the OS is crap. Simples!

The BB App Marketplace: If the Apple app marketplace is Wal-Mart, and the Android market place is your local TESCO, the BlackBerry app market is Onitsha. It is really ugly.

Overall, I would say the only saving grace of the BB (in Nigeria) is the messenger and the fact that all four GSM carriers are pushing it relentlessly.

My final verdict: In the smartphone league, the BlackBerry plays division 2. In this mobile era, it is all about the apps baby!