iPhone, BlackBerry & Android: My usage patterns

By on December 28, 2011
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What I do most on each of these devices.


I juggle between an iPhone, a BlackBerry and an Android device on a weekly basis. And I’ve noticed that with each of these devices, my usage pattern, or what I mostly do with the device is different. So I thought I’d share my thoughts with you on where each of these devices excels for me.

The iPhone

Lets start with the iPhone. I’ve noticed that every time I switch to an iPhone, I start downloading an buying a lot more apps than on any other device. The user-interface on the iPhone is butter smooth and gorgeous and I feel that developers generally make good use of that. For example, Flipboard as well as The Path are two of my favourite applications on any platform as far as UX is concerned.

Another thing I find myself doing a lot of the iPhone is multimedia. I watch more videos, listen to more songs and download more podcasts. Part of that is because of the iTunes ecosystem which offers you all this content with so much ease. I’ve also been playing with Siri lately, but this is probably because I’m still on a honeymoon with her since my 4S is barely a couple of weeks old.

The BlackBerry

Coming to the BlackBerry, I notice that I type a lot more on a BlackBerry than any other device. Be it a chat with a friend on BBM, an email to a client or tweeting about something, the BlackBerry is my device of choice when it comes to input. Obviously, the hard keyboard plays a big role in this which is one thing that no other manufacturer has come close to.

Other than typing a lot, I am also more active on social networks on a BlackBerry. The integration of everything such as Facebook, Twitter or Google chat is so well done with a truly universal mailbox that you’re constantly reminded of pending notification. Speaking of which, the blinking red light on the BlackBerry feels like life support- you always want it on.

And Android

Last and certainly not the least, I’ve noticed that with Android, there is no single thing that I do most- it’s like a jack of all and king of none. What does stand out almost every time I start using an Android device is the increase in my number of visits to xda-developers.com where I am constantly looking for a new ROM that could make my device a bit more fluid like the iPhone or last a bit longer like my BlackBerry.

For this reason alone, I spend a lot of time tweaking the hell out of my Android device, only to give up and try it again the following week or month. It reminds me a lot of my Windows 95 days when overclocking my system to get the highest score in 3D Mark was all that mattered. To put it in other words, it makes me feel like a kid again, which, isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re 40.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Moe

    I do have gigabytes of apps for my ipod touch but only a handful in my BB and Android phones. I have however used my ipod far less since I had to wipe my music to upgrade to iOS5. ITunes is still the Achilles heel of the iOS devices even if it acts as a hub for its media.

    • Abbas Jaffar Ali

      But iCloud lets you directly download all your music to your device now. I have about 700 titles that I have purchased from iTunes and getting them on my iPhone is just a click away with iOS5. 

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