My N90 killed my social life

The honeymoon is overOk, so Loic, I’m totally honored that you thought my contribution to Les Blogs was worthy of Nokia’s generous prize, but I have to say, this thing has caused me nothing but pain since I started using it. If I could give it back and return to how things were December 4, well, at least then I’d have my social life back.

See, I’m connected to my social life with a crutch called Dodgeball. A crutch? Well, yeah, because since I have Dodgeball, I no longer have to plan my nights more than five minutes in advance. I just wait for my friends’ checkins to start rolling in and I’m not already predisposed, I know exactly where the party’s at.

But Loic, sadly, the N90 has taken that away from me. Sure, I could talk to my friends in person and yeah, I could pay more attention to #banc. And sure, upcoming still fills up my 30boxes (iCal, you will die yet! Ha!). But still, without those checkins, I tell ya, my social life, especially while Tara’s been away, has become a rather solitary affair.

Here’s the deal. My N90 doesn’t receive SMSes anymore. And it doesn’t tell me when I have voicemail. Sure, it does that ringy thing when there’s actually someone calling on the other end, but that’s it. No asynchronous communications, whatsoever.

And it’s killing my social life.

Get this: I even went into Cingular (grumble) to see if the issue was on their end and they couldn’t figure it out either. They did tell me, however, that the phone is only three-band, which means that it’ll work great in Asia and Europe, but to forget about any kind of reception here in the states. Ah ha. Bonus.

Yeah and don’t get me started about the battery that drains faster than my bladder after two venti lattes. Nor about the fact that iSync doesn’t know my N90 from an ash tray (10.4.4 killed the hack). Or that I can’t figure out how to get the beautiful photos onto my Mac because the software it came with only works on the PC.

Or that it weighs almost as much as my PowerBook.

Okay, okay. That last bit was a wee exaggeration.

At least it pivots all weird. And chicks seem to dig that. At least it’s got that going for it.

Tantek, what’s the model number of your shiny new Blackberry? I think it’s time for a change. I appreciate the honor of winning the best contribution to the Les Blogs wiki but it turns out after all that I really didn’t need another digital camera.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

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