Truth is, BlackBerry will always be home to my fingertips...
After getting my new iPhone 5 a week ago, i finally made the call to my phone provider and officially turned off my blackberry device.
Unlike you, this 21 year old was the first kid in his entire school to have a cellphone, YES i said school.
Of course i was 11 at the time and it was early 2000's, and i got it because of transportation reasons, and (basically) because my head got shoved in a toilet (a swirly).
My main phone was an LG at the time, but my father's company started playing around with cell phones and at home we had the BlackBerry 5810 and 7250.
In 2007, after playing with my 8700 at home (at some times), blackberry made there biggest impression in the cellphone and tech world and released the 8330; It had a camera, It had Facebook, and had emails. And now i had one. And soon everyone wanted one.
My journey would go from there to the 8800 -> 9000 -> 8520 -> 9700 -> 9650 -> 9900.
I remember just a few years ago when people would ask me "how do you have 200 BBM Pins?!"
Why i switched?
Cellphones have come far from their original purpose like many things do. Recently they went away with cellphones and now smartphones rule the Mobile world (as we have seen with sprint and nextel).
I switched because my reasons for having a phone did so. My central way of communication in high school was email and it still is. However now that i am older, in college and working, the best way to get my email is on a computer and the best way to enjoy my new hobbies and way of communication is social media and my "marketing image", where 24 hour access is really only on the iPhone. This is only met on the iPhone and the Android series.
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, is all at hand on the Apple and Google devices.
Blackberry needs to find what people can find attractive and portray that in their new BlackBerry's They did it before and they can do it again (yes remember the Palm Pilot...that they destroyed).