I'm about to join the 21st century and get a smartphone. I'm not a huge fan of phones in general, to be perfectly honest, and my needs are very specific and work-related. I want to be able to 1) talk, 2) text and receive texts (some with photos), 3) receive, type, and send email, 4) get GPS, and 5) access certain websites (most of which are text-heavy, like the websites for my classes, Goodreads, certain blogs, etc.). I have zero interest in streaming videos, or playing games, etc. on my phone.
The iPhone 4 and 5 and the Samsung Galaxy 3 and 4 are viable options. I'm not a hater of any of them. However, my usage will continue to be typing-heavy (as it is now), and I'm not overly comfortable or enthralled with touch screens. That's one of many reasons why I have a wee little netbook rather than a tablet. (Note: I have very small fingers. The keyboard I use for my desktop is child-sized.) My current phone has a QWERTY keyboard, and it's perfect.
From my research, the phone that seems ideal for me is the new BlackBerry Q10, despite the fact BlackBerry doesn't seem to be ruling the market at the moment (whoa, understatement).* I love the keyboard and design.
I need some honest advice. Pretty much everyone on the planet knows more about smartphones than I do. Would I be making a huge mistake if I went with the BlackBerry? Are there compelling reasons I should join the flow and do what everyone else is doing? Or are there other options I've overlooked? I welcome all input. Thanks so much.
* But hey, Mycroft Holmes uses one, and he is the British government.