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NYC is a Blackberry City

[Disclaimer, I’m sure the Blackberry by RIM has improved over the years, but it still ain’t no iPhone.]

So I was in New York City recently. Mainly I was in Brooklyn. Today was my first day back in Savannah, and I had this very geeky thought:

New York is a Blackberry city and Savannah is an iPhone city.

Now, of course, nothing is really that simple, but here is the breakdown of the thought.

Both devices have pain points, but from opposite directions of human experience:

On the one hand you have a Blackberry. Probably one of the most robust functionally you can put in a mobile device. It is mission critical solid. The pain though is the entry to the functionality. The interface to all of it, is so f’ugly and cumbersome and system driven that it takes a little piece of your soul every time you hit the escape key.

The NYC analog here is you have soooo much incredible stuff to do and see and engage with. it is ALL there. But try getting around and you want to just kill yourself (well you really want to kill the smelly person who sat next to you on the crowded subway). The stress level of “interfacing” with the city is just insane.

On the other hand you have an iPhone. Where you turn it on just to see & hear it turn on. You actually don’t care if you accomplish anything for the first few weeks of ownership and then while your options are fairly limited, even months later, you are still so enamored in being able to do the very limited things you can do, that you don’t really care what you can’t do.

In Savannah, it is really easy to get around. REAL easy. Car, scooter, bicycle, it is pretty easy to get from A to B. But where are you going? and what is there when you get there. Oh! and it is really beautiful in even the bad parts of town. But there are some really great spots to go (beach, historic districs, malls, etc.).

anyway, in the end there isn’t a better or worse option and there are many parts of Savannah that feel like a Blackberry and many of NYC that feel like an iPhone. I think my last trip this past week to NYC really confirmed for me that I am over NYC. All my now 15 years there has told me is that I’m just not as urban hip as I’d like to think I am.

I’m ready for my pickup truck, boat trailer, lawn mower (w/ edging option), BBQ, etc. Who knew?

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