Darren Kao has two apps on his Sony Xperia Android phone -- WeChat to stay in touch with his Chinese clients, and the Starbucks wallet, for his morning caffeine fix. For everything else, he’s got his trusty BlackBerry.
Kao is one of a shrinking tribe of diehard BlackBerry fans dedicated to navigating modern life with what most people consider an obsolete appliance. Echoing many BlackBerry devotees, he says iPhones and Androids just can’t match BlackBerry’s voice sound quality, centralized notification hub and physical keyboard. “I’d rather use my old BlackBerry than a brand new phone,” he said.