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Should I Stay, or Should I go, on May 3rd

posted Apr 16, 2012, 7:48 PM by Kyle Thompson   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 7:48 PM ]
Ask any of my friends or colleagues, and they'll be the first to tell you I'm a Blackberry guy, and proud to be one.  I love how well it handles email, has a keyboard that provides tactile feedback, and syncs seamlessly with my platform of choice: Google.  And of course, it doesn't hurt that they are Canadian.

Unfortunately RIM seems to have made some major strategic errors in the past few years that have prevented it from remaining on the cutting edge.  With 20/20 hindsight, its clear the rumors of internal process paralysis killing creativity and ingenuity were accurate, and unfortunately warnings went unheeded.  RIM has fallen behind.

For a die-hard aficionado, therein lies the rub... should I stay, or should I go.

If I go, there are basically two options: Apple or Android.  

For me, Apple isn't the right way to go.  I don't own an iPod, iTouch, iPhone, iMac, MacBook, AppleTV, or anything else they make.  I don't even have an iTunes account.  I don't dislike Apple - I just never jumped on their bandwagon.  If I did use Apple, the decision would probably already have been made.

So that leaves me with Android, not a mobile phone company, but rather a smartphone operating system developed by Google, and provided free to phone manufacturers.  Contrary to the perception of most North Americans, Gartner reports more Android smartphones are sold worldwide than all other types of smartphones (including iPhones) combined!

The leader in the Android smartphone space is Samsung.  They have enjoyed huge success with their Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones, and on May 3rd in London England they will officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Although it may not get much press in North America, this is huge - its the next generation of the world's most popular phone.  And if the rumors are true, the specifications are somewhere between fantastic and unbelievable.  The screen is better. The camera is better. The speed is better.  The Operating System is better.  In fact, latest reports say more than 10 MILLION Galaxy S III smartphones have been already pre-ordered.

I truly do love my Blackberry.  But I really like the sounds of this phone.  I have no idea what I'm going to do.