If my Blackberry were a man, I think the conversation would have gone something like this, “I’m sorry Blackberry, but I’ve met someone else. He’s smarter, more stylish, and a heck of a lot more fun.”

Harsh, I know, but that’s pretty much how I felt when I started playing with the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (running Google’s Android operating system).

But let’s back up for a second. The truth is, I’d had my Blackberry Curve for almost three years and it had served me very well. It’s hard to deny that the Blackberry is a great product but three years is an aeon for any piece of technology so I felt it was time for something new.

Being the hard core Blackberry user that I was (I’m sure many of you can relate), you can imagine my excitement when the Blackberry Torch was announced…until I took a good look at the specs and started comparing them to other top smart phones on the market.

Then someone close to me insisted I give the X10 a try in the store. Let’s just say, it didn’t take long for me to become a convert.

Let’s start with the camera. The Torch includes a 5MP camera, which is fine for taking the odd snapshot. But if you’re anything like me (constantly snapping pictures) that can’t possibly compare to the 8MP camera in the X10. I’m continually amazed by the quality of the photos I can take.

The screen: The Torch has a 3.2 inch, 360 x 480 pixel screen. That’s not bad, but it definitely doesn’t compare to the 4 inch, 480 x 854 in my new X10. Both are touch screen which actually brings me to my next point…

The keyboard: I have to admit, the Blackberry wins this round. The Torch has the touch screen while still giving you a real keyboard to type on, while the X10 forces you to type on the screen. This took some getting used to for me and though it’s gotten easier, I’m still not as quick or as accurate as I was on my Blackberry.

The processor: The X10 boasts a 1GHz compared to 624MHz in the Torch. So what does that mean for you and me? Theoretically, it means the X10 runs things like graphics and apps quicker and so far I’m impressed with the speed of this phone.

I could go on about the X10′s awesome media, social networking and email software, and the huge number of apps available for the Android OS, but I think this is getting a little long winded.

I will say this. There’s no denying that Research in Motion is a hugely successful company with a great product. As a proud Waterloo Region resident I would like nothing more than to see that success continue. However, with more and more smart phones appearing on the market, it’s become more and more important for RIM to keep up with the hardware and software capabilities of other devices and unfortunately, they seem to be falling behind.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, the best advice I can think of is to remember that a smart phone is a very personal thing. Shop around, be open to new things, and decide what works best for YOU. For me that was Sony’s Xperia X10 and I couldn’t be happier.