This is a special guest post by Ari Matchen, a GadgetGuide reader. If you’re interested in guest posting for us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Apple. I painted a giant apple on my wall when I was ten. I’ve read the Steve Jobs biography twice, and when he died in 2011 I hung a framed picture of him in my room. To this day, every device I use was designed by Apple in California. There’s a magic feeling that comes with unboxing a new Apple product. I felt it for the first time when I got the original iPod shuffle. It was like nothing I had ever seen: completely white and shockingly simple. I felt it again when my father unboxed his iPhone 4. That product was a work of art. With glass on both sides and polished aluminum around the edges, it looked like it had been plucked from the future and dropped into 2010. That was part of the magic surrounding Apple – they kept inventing the next big thing, and you could have one.
In recent years though, it feels more and more like iPhones are losing that forward-thinking quality. Today, any innovation made to the iPhone feels either forced or expected. The verdict is in: when it comes to the iPhone, the magic is gone. Continue reading →
CES: A techie’s paradise. Where 105 inch 8K TV’s roam and security guards forbid photos of Samsung’s newest washing machine. CES is a fascinating place, with self-driving cars and so many drones that you’d think the US Army was in attendance. But among all the flashy technology, I was most intrigued by something a bit more simple. For me, the best tech at CES was a robot called Beam.
Well, the time has come, my beloved BlackBerry is in decline and everyone around me seems to think that the company formerly known as RIM has absolutely no place in the smartphone market of the future. I disagree, though instinctually, something inside me believes them somewhat. Most of my thoughts are those of support for the company; whether it’s the unified inbox (or Hub), buttery smooth UI, and arguably the world’s best touchscreen keyboard, BlackBerry is designed for productivity.
The Verge posted an article today about the fate of BlackBerry’s most beloved fans. In that piece, one section stood out to me as the core reason I admire BlackBerry so much, something I find hard to put into words when I’m frequently on the attack from Android and iOS users. The article states:
For users trained on iOS and Android, the appeal may be hard to pin down, but BlackBerry fans point to a unique design ethos that hasn’t caught on with the rest of the market: an emphasis on speed over graphics and tactile touch over the blank slate of a touchscreen. A number of users proudly told me they could navigate their phones blindfolded.
That says it all for me. Whatever the fate of BlackBerry over the coming months, I only hope that the company’s focus on design and productivity focus creep their way into the rest of the market, because living without these little design quirks on another platform will be a painful experience, at least for me.