The other day I was taking a spinning class at the gym and I looked over at the woman next to me and noticed she had both a BlackBerry Bold and an iPhone 4 propped up on her bike's handlebars. This was New York, where it's not unusual to see people pounding out e-mails in the middle of a spinning class at 6:30 a.m. But most people just do it on a single phone. However, this woman, who turned out to work for a hedge fund, had some double-barrel e-mail action going.
"Let me guess," I said after class. "BlackBerry's for work. iPhone's personal."
"Uh, yeah," she said a little embarrassed.
"Well, here's my question. If you could only have just one of those two phones, what would it be?"
She thought about it for a moment and said, "The iPhone, I guess. The BlackBerry's great for e-mail but basically useless for everything else."
"But you seem to be doing e-mail OK on the iPhone."
"Yeah, but I can't type nearly as fast. I really need the keyboard. And there's just something about the BlackBerry keyboard."
"So the only reason you use the BlackBerry is because of its keyboard?"
"Pretty much. And I know the interface and can navigate it really fast. Why are you asking?"
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