I won’t lie, there are definite perks that come with being a journalist.
Sure it’s a high pressure job, where your deadline is always coming two minutes too fast. You put in way more than your expected 40 hours a week and at the end of the day, everything you’ve worked on is up for criticism by the public. People don’t want to talk to you, or people talk your ear off. You attend car crashes, funerals, crime scenes, court dates and if you don’t have carpel tunnel by the time you’re 25 … well then you’re not doing your job right.
But, there ARE perks.
Hob nobbing with celebs, concert tickets, backstage passes, gift bags, lots and lots of free food … and my latest acquistion: a company paid IPhone 4s.
There are really only three tools a journalist needs to get their job done: a computer, phone and camera. So, my head office decided to give us a device that combines all three. Not complaining.
At the original meeting, my superiors wanted me to consolidate my two phones, tossing my current Blackberry, to make sure I could be reached on just one device at all times. But, the thought of losing bbm, my Blackberry groups, and the keypad was something that made me squirm.Despite the raised eyebrows of my boss “You want to still pay for your own phone. The one we are giving you is FREE,” I managed to convince them I needed both.
IPhone owners, love the IPhone. Blackberry owners, love their Blackberry. And now I am both. So, after a week with both in my pocket and being asked countless times “How do you like the IPhone!?”… here is my conclusion.
The IPhone is amazing. Straight up, it’s probably one of the coolest pieces of technology I’ve ever owned. In fact, I don’t even consider it a phone; it is a minature computer. It’s Camera is incredible, the internet is so fast, the apps will keep me entertained for hours….
For what I actually use a PHONE for … the Blackberry still triumphs. I would say 90 % of what I use my phone for is messaging. Texts, bbms, etc. I hardly make calls, I hardly play games. My phone is the way I stay connected with my friends who live far away, keep up-to-date with the co-founders of this blog, make my work day go a little faster by sending just a fewww texts … that is the purpose of my phone. And while I’m already getting used to the touch screen, I can type 10 times faster and more accurately on my Blackberry.
The IPhone auto-correct is half blessing half curse. Often, it goes along and corrects the many mistakes you make while tapping away at the touch screen, but almost as often it corrects words that shouldn’t be corrected. In a ns, it really get in the way of my abrevs.
And for anyone that says that IMessage is the same as BBM … you’re gravely mistaken. Apple would be wise to create a forum like BBM where you have a display picture, status, GROUPS! These are the key things that make people who use BBM sweat at the thought of giving it up. Out of the 15 people I would say I speak to on a daily basis, 14 are bbm users.But if you’re not an avid texter, or don’t have loved ones on BBM … well then the IPhone trumps the BlackBerry in almost every other sense.
It is faster, better, cooler. The internet browsing is easily 10 times faster, the camera is 10 times better and all in all it’s just so user friendly.
Despite the fact that I’m sticking behind my Bberry … here are some things I LOVE about the IPhone (so far):
TWITTER: The IPhone Twitter is Ah-Mazing. For the simple fact that it’s ultra fast and allows you to connect to more than one account. I have four. Insane, but true and with a tap of the screen I can effortlessly surf through all four and get notifications for each. My life just became a million times easier.
INSTAGRAM: Instagram is a free App that is like Twitter in pictures. You follow and get followed and your newsfeed consists of just pictures and captions. There are also functions to make the pictures look really retro and neat. “Hipster pictures,” as one hater said.
ANGRY BIRDS: I am addicted. Nuff said.
NEWS: CBC, Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail, Metro … all at my fingertips. For a journalist, this is a blessing.
SCREEN SHOTS: The ability to take a picture of your hilarious “texts from last night” is gold. Just, gold.
SIRI and me are not friends … she doesn’t understand half the things I say. So while this is a cool concept, I haven’t developed a love for it yet.
And as mentioned already, the camera quality (and fact that you can flip the screen to take selfies) and web browsing are unmatched.
So in conclusion, if you want the coolest toy on the planet: buy an IPhone.
If you want to be able to text quickly and accurately, stay more easily connected with a large group of friends, and send emails to your boss without having made embarassing auto-correct mistakes: buy a Blackberry.
But above all, find a job that will buy you both. Because I truly have the best of both worlds right now … in a nutshell.