This is a tale of two cellphones in a two-person family.
My mother has a Blackberry (which she can’t stop looking at). It is pretty much her best friend, she is always hanging out with it, except at night when she turns off the ringer. And BTW, she customizes her ringtones: for most of her friends, she has a Tardis ringtone or ‘Sabotage’ by Beastie Boys unless it’s from me, and then the ring tone is ‘Island, Is’ by Volcano Choir. She is super-specific about the wall paper (she says it can’t be too busy) and her font is GIGANTIC. I mean, all of this makes sense to me, since she is so addicted to her Blackberry.
I have an iPhone. I’ve had a bunch of different phones over the years and so I can tell you this is the best phone I’ve ever had. Now, if you are wondering why an 11-year-old even has to have a phone, here it is: I’m not at my Mom’s side 24/7; when she is at work, I’m at school or with my babysitter. And every single day, there are things we need to ask each other: Can I go to my friends house? Do I have to walk the dog? When are you coming home? And a lot of the time, I need to find this stuff out via text because she’s in a meeting or something. You get what I’m saying? Life gets in the way. I have to be able to reach my Mom. It’s that simple.
Still. It’s not unusual that we have this Blackberry vs iPhone debate. Like recently, my Mom had the chance to upgrade her phone, and instead of choosing an iPhone so we could share our apps and stuff, she chose this white Blackberry Torch. I was like, “Seriously, Mom?” And then I was having dinner with HelloGiggles co-founder Molls and she suggested I write about this very topic. And to be fair, I’ve decided to list the pros and cons of each. And I’m sure I haven’t even scratched the surface! So here goes.
What’s great about the iPhone:
- Do you like listening to the Ramones and One Direction anytime you want? Well, yeah, you do, and the iPhone is perfect for that.
- The app store is epic. I am so addicted to Tiny Tower. My Mom, who is an amazing knitter, could even use crafty apps if she wanted to.
- You can read books! So get Chris Gethard’s A Bad Idea I’m About To Do or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everybody Hanging Out With Me.
- It has an AMAZING camera. And you can Instagram! So cool! Depending on what generation of iPhone you have, you can take photos of yourself and know what you are doing.
- You can Facetime with your people!
What’s not-so-great about the iPhone:
- They are not the best choice if you don’t like typing on touch screens.
- It freezes up sometimes.
- There are space issues. So if you don’t have an iPhone with 64GB, and you want to put your whole music library on it, you will have some problems. Like, everything will get slower and that’s annoying.
- The iPhone window breaks VERY easily. Either get a protective case like the Otterbox or NEVER drop it (good luck with that).
What’s great about the Blackberry:
- A Keyboard! My Mom’s Blackberry even has a keyboard and a touch screen!
- You can get your work email. This is very very very important to my Mom.
- You can make cool ringtones. My Mom also uses ‘Rebel Girl’ for her best friends. So there’s that.
What’s not-so-great about the Blackberry
- The app situation. I mean, you can’t play Words With Friends! The horror!
- The camera quality is not all that.
- It’s still not the iPhone, Mom.
So who wins? Let me know in the comments, or contact me on Twitter, Facebook or my blog!