Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by phoenix on Wed 19th Oct 2011 20:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
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"Most consumers buy a BlackBerry for the BlackBerry Messenger, because other people told them it's like free texting. Apart from that I know no reason why anyone would want to buy a BlackBerry.


I went back to BlackBerry as my main phone not for the BBM app but for the battery life, the stability of the OS, the ability to have Push support for all of my email (as opposed to only one account on Android)...
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What version of Android prevented you from access more than one e-mail account? And what e-mail app?

Android 2.3.3 (the first version I've played with) supports Exchange ActiveSync for as many accounts as you want to add (not sure exactly if it's push, poll, or IMAP IDLE or something else).

And the Moxier Pro app that came with this phone includes "Direct Push" (as in, notification of each message as it arrives on the server) for as many accounts as you want to add, along with a couple of other notification options.

I could keep going, but suffice to say that the two areas where BlackBerry devices really excel is as an actual phone and as a robust email device. Don't get me wrong, I really like the Android operating system and on a tablet like the Nook Color I think it's superb. But even the flagship phone I had for a while (MyTouch 4G) was woefully unreliable as a telephone. The battery lasted barely a full work day even if I never turned the screen on. The touchscreen, while gorgeous and easy to use, was constantly coming on during calls and causing problems. As I mentioned before (and this is the OS not the hardware) I require Push support for three email addresses and with Android I could only have Push on one at a time.


Sounds like you're lambasting Android for an issue that HTC created with their SenseUI and included apps. Get a better (non-HTC) phone, get a better Android experience. ;)

That's like someone picking up a BB Storm (that's the first touchscreen device, right?) and then complaining the all BBs suck. ;) Hardly a fair comparison considering how poorly the Storm's screen worked, how slow the hardware was, how crappy everything about it was.

Granted I haven't played with the hybrid tablet/phone version yet, but unless they fix the email inadequacies and start taking advantage of huge phone bodies to fit bigger batteries (Moto Droid series I'm looking at you) I just don't see myself going back to the platform.


The e-mail inadequacies do not exist. At least, not on my Xperia Pro running Android 2.3.3, using either the default e-mail app, or the included Moxier Pro. (Connecting via ActiveSync to a Zimbra groupware server.)

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