Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 20:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

We've got some exciting news for BlackBerry 10 customers out there - today your favorite smartphone is getting even better with the release of BlackBerry 10.2 OS, which will available for download starting this week.

I'd love to see a BB10 device out in the wild.

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by nicholasj on Thu 24th Oct 2013 20:22 UTC
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I'll start this by saying I _really_ wanted to love the Q10. Nice (if small) screen and a terrific qwerty keyboard in a world of faceless fondleslabs.

I lived with the Q10 for about three months, before swapping it out for a Galaxy Note 2. The major problem is app compatibility - despite some level of Android support, very few Android developers have bothered to do the work needed to get their apps into Blackberry World, which leaves the poor user side-loading, semi-stable bar files via the PC.

But strangely, it was the email experience which finally killed it for me. I was a huge fan of Blackberry in the 2005-9 timeframe, you really couldn't tear them out of my hands. Muscle memory meant I could type letter-perfect emails under a table with those keyboards. In BB10, you can't fully manage email with the keyboard, so you're left swapping between touch/slide and typing - which is very uncomfortable.

I tried a number of the different 10.1 and 10.2 builds, but there were always odd slowdowns, and a general lack of the snap I'm used to with modern Android machines.

I love the Note 2, but I would pay good money to have it with a slide-out portrait keyboard, in a kind of Blackberry Storm-ish format.

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