Ok, I am obsessed with Smartphones and connectivity, but probably so are you.

My announced day without Blackberry produced an undesirable outcome. I did not abandoned Blackberry but ended up trading back from the Torch(ure) to the BB 9700.  My BB9700 is a liberated T Mobile USA model so I can use it both in Europe and in USA (few phones work like that cause T Mobile has their own 3G flavor). But I still carry my iPhone 4 and HTC HD.

I could not drop the BB for one main reason, INPUT.  I can’t  type super fast on the iPhone no matter how hard I try.  And I have tried since 2008.  I envy people who say they can. I find the symbols in a second screen and the globe to change languages a real impediment. Android is better.  I can type faster on the HTC HD with Swiftkey (amazing app) but not as fast as in a BB with a vertical raised keyboard made for thumbs and a trackpad.  My daughters agree, they say typing on glass with long nails is too difficult.  The Blackberry Bold is my main communication, messaging, email and blogging machine. The Bold BB is my “lean forward” device.  The Android and iPhone are my “lean back” alternatives.  My spectator smartphones.  In the BB I create, in the Android or especially the iPhone, I enjoy what others have created. Many times I end up paying for it as well.  The Bold BB is crucial in my life because my wife, my 3 older kids all use Blackberries and I BBM with them. Many think Blackberries are for old people but at Columbia University, NYU and Spanish high schools, Blackberries are still very big.  Blackberry is also the only service that gives me global roaming via Movistar for only an extra 20 euros a month.  With the Android and iPhone if I don’t find Fon or other WiFi I am roaming toast.

So I continue to walk around with 3 smartphones. I know it’s crazy.

I use the iPhone and Android for different collections of apps because as we know, apps suck on the BB.

I use both because neither phone has enough juice to get me through the day so I use the Android and iPhone at different times. I think that people in California don’t have that problem because they live in their cars, so workers at Apple and Google never notice how much battery their software/cpu and other chips need.   They charge their smartphones stuck in traffic jams. In the rest of the world either smartphones will get better batteries or buses and subways will have plugs.

Now I don’t just use smartphones, I abuse them. I make use of all of them intensely. I mountain bike practically every day using sports apps like Endomondo, music apps like Spotify, I use RadioMe in Android, Twitter, Facebook, G+ on Android and iPhone (I want it in BB). I also use Seesmic to multipost. Dropbox to send files to myself and others.

I frequently give the iPhone to my 4 year old who abuses it even more.  He plays up to 20 different games, watches videos, pictures. If what people mean that iPhones are for young people is that they are for 4 year olds then I am with them.  Little kids find iPhones their device of choice.  Before language acquisition they are unbeatable.  I also sometimes play games such as Chopper, Angry Birds with him or alone and the iPhone is the king of gaming.

When I am in grown up mode,  I use Navionics when I sail (amazing app), I use photo apps like Instagram  (iPhone) or Picplz (Android).  I also turn my Android and iPhone into hotspots for my MacBook Air or iPad.  I use BBM a lot, PINs, Google Maps, Latitude, Whatsapp, Rebtel on BB (amazing integration to save money on international calls), Skype on iPhone and Android, Gmail everywhere of course, WordPress apps to blog in all three platforms but best in BB cause of input same with Tumblr. Sonos controller is available for Android and iPhone not BB.  I love AirPlay in my iPhone and through Airport Express I can play Spotify or iTunes on my stereo.  I use Fon apps to connect automatically to Fon WiFi on Android.  I also enjoy other music apps like Rdio, Grooveshark, for me music apps are like radio stations, none is good for everything.  And of course, I use cameras and video and for that the iPhone is the best. And then there is the issue of back ups. Because apps fail, like sports apps, I sometimes go cycling with two different smartphones collecting data, say Endomondo in the Android and Runkeeper in the iPhone, so I have back up. The ultimate back up tool?  Dropbox, works everywhere 🙂

Now what I almost never do, with any of these smartphones is to send a txt and I very rarely make a phone call.

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Gabriel on August 5, 2011  · 

You should try HTC ChaChaCha. It has a better keyboard than Blackberry. I will never use BB again!

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hernan on August 6, 2011  · 

First time I used BB I thought it was like sex… How could I lived sol many time without it…
BB for work, other for fun

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Diego on August 6, 2011  · 

I have Milestone 2 (Droid 2 in USA) It have a qwerty keyboard, I use Trillian to IM, Fring to VideoChat and Camera360 for taking photos. I miss the camera 2 in Fring, but it’s a good phone.

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Enrique on August 6, 2011  · 

phone call ? what is that?
I still have in my table my old Palm, from time to time I give a kiss to him (her)
Regards from a chueta in Israel

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pablohh on August 6, 2011  · 

I am a retired old man who uses TIC all the day. But my only mobile phone is the cheapest available (19 euros in Spain) because I don’t travel (nearly) and I hate to spend on gadgets which costs 3 times a decent netbook, which is far more powerful.

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Ronnie Rocket on August 6, 2011  · 

I still use my Google G1 phone because the keyboard is so sweet. http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/android/hpp.html
I have been waiting for the G2 to arrive in EU, but apparently that will never happen. http://g2.t-mobile.com/
I am now considering upgrading to a Motorola Milestone 2 or a HTC Desire Z. However, I like the idea that my pocket computer is “born with Google”, as I use so many of their services.
My geek friends always buy Android sets, then tear them apart and install complete new software themselves.
I am not a geek. But I love my smartphone. Like Martin. Unlike Martin, though, I also use it for calling and texting.

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Javier on August 6, 2011  · 

Right, so you mean you do not speak to anyone anymore? Isn’t your voice important in many situations?
Do you trust a text better than your counterpart voice?
I do not believe in guruist messages saying voice call or text is dead. A different matter is the channel through which you will pass your communication. Mobile phone calls and SMS are in recession and operators and they do not realize it, but again channels are a different thing then human communications. Channels are changing and very rightly so, but basic needs do not change that much.
Smartphones and connections are great, but do not tell the whole story, definitely not in emerging countries but not even in developed ones. One cannot trust a world of hyper-connected people and devices. Has anyone thought of elderly people, disabled collectives? Do blind people text comfortable in all the applications you mention? Do not think so. Feature phones, voice or text based services still have a long life and way to go. I know. This message is not cool and guruist. But it is based on stubborn reality.
Thanks for your blog!

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Martin Varsavsky on August 7, 2011  · 

Javier the fact that I rarely speak on the phone and almost never text is just some information about myself in my blog not a global trend.

john on August 6, 2011  · 

The iPhone is all about apps (80% repackaging the web), and with a heavy marketing to make it a fashion accessory.
The BlackBerry is all about people, and it provides all the means to be more efficient and more reliable.
I am not really sure what android is all about…

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Martin Varsavsky on August 7, 2011  · 

Android is being discovered by 550K people per day around the world. Android is great because it has more freedom, more things can be done with it and developers don’t need as many rules to write apps, a good example is keyboard apps. Android is about choice.

anna on August 6, 2011  · 

I have almost stopped using smartphones for everything but music, sms and calls. I rely mostly on my ipad now which i always carry around. For pictures i always have a Canon s95 in my handbag.

And I only use wifi at home – 3G is better if you move around and prices have come down a lot so it’s very cheap now. When you travel you only need to buy a local simcard the first time you go to a certian country. I only paid 1 euro a day in Italy last month. With a bit of luck all countries will eventually become as ipad-friendly as Italy…i heard France was dropping that silly French bank account requirement but I not sure if it’s true.

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Martin Varsavsky on August 7, 2011  · 

the S95 is great, the iPad is a good experiment, and if I went through life writing less I could probably go for it

miguel on August 7, 2011  · 

There is already G+ for Blackberry. Havent tried it yet but it’ here: http://bit.ly/bbgplus (click from your BB)

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