In early spring I sat outside a café with a friend while we waited for our order of blueberry pancakes, and sipped our coffee. Our conversation was intermittent, because my friend kept excusing himself, "Sorry," as he typed text messages into his Blackberry Curve. He was carrying on a dual conversation, and I felt I was put into second position, though I was the one physically present with him.
I would consider my friend a "Crackberry", a term coined for users who cannot live without their Blackberries. "Crackberry" is a reference to the street-drug form of cocaine known as crack. Use of the term CrackBerry became so widespread that in November 2006 Webster's New World College Dictionary named "crackberry" the "New Word of the Year". (Source: Wikipedia)
I am also part of the community that own a Blackberry. I bought one on e-Bay, second hand, and have decorated it with a red silicon cover to protect it from accidental drops. I abuse my Blackberry in a sense that I drop it constantly, but I don't consider myself an abuser of the technology it offers in terms being accessible to anyone at anytime.
Blackberry announced on Monday, May 12, 2008 the release of a new model. It is named Blackberry Bold , and is expected to be available first in the UK this coming summer. This new model finally offers new multimedia effects which other PDA (Personal Device A…) has been offering for quite sometime. I owned a Nokia last summer which allowed me to record audio, video, and take pictures; and have the ability to send reasonable sized files over wireless networks. When I first got my Blackberry Pearl I lamented not having these features. I was able to take photographs and send them as e-mail to other receivers, and/or send it over the Blackberry network as part of text message.
These two features 1) e-mail and 2) Blackberry network is what separates Blackberry from its other competitors.
Blackberry was the first of the wireless handheld devices that supported: Push e-mail, mobile phone, text messaging, internet faxing and web browsing by delivering information over the wireless data networks of mobile service phone service companies (Wikepedia.) These convenient features along with the regular offerings of PDA options (calendars, address book, calculator) made it the most desirable wireless handheld device since its introduction in 1997 by Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian headquartered in Ontario Canada.
For those technically savvy, here is a list of the hardware specifications:
624 MHz ARM processor
256 MB Flash memory
1GB internal storage
480x320 pixel screen
2 megapixel camera
I'm still set upon being aware to pay respect to the presence of physical companions over virtual companion. I don't fault the growth of technology, because to me it is a valuable tool in expanding our reach to other worlds and people. But, I feel we shouldn't lose touch with our immediate surroundings. I've noticed some people have developed a nervous tick of constantly watching the blinking lights of their phones. I have to watch myself too, less I become a "Crackberry" too.