Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 21:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Engadget has something that could, if you squint, be regarded as a hands-on of BlackBerry 10. "We finally got a chance to cut through the smoke and mirrors of the company's polished PowerPoint presentations to get some honest-to-goodness, up-close and personal time testing the software." This is all they seem to be confident enough to show. Not a good sign for RIM. Not good at all.
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Blackberrys and Device Envy
by MechaShiva on Wed 20th Jun 2012 02:11 UTC
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What seems like a lifetime ago, my place of employment started providing technical staff with Nextel phones. At first I was reluctant to be tethered to work like that but I soon developed an almost irrational appreciation for that little phone. I don't think I've owned a device before or since that could take such a beating and keep on working.

Then, in 2008 or so we were upgraded to Blackberry Curves (an 8330 I think). This was a bridge too far my friends. Now work could call me AND send me email at all hours? Preposterous! That is, until I discovered the "Mark Unopened" feature for Blackberry mail and made sure to keep my cell phone number a well guarded secret. I installed Opera Mini and viola! I had a free smart phone. And boy, could those phones take a beating.

Well, right around this time, my wife got the first Moto Droid and I got my first taste of device envy. "Your phone has wifi? And an honest to goodness web browser? And what's all this 'apps' nonsense I keep hearing about? You know that that's short for applications, right? Every system has those. Wait, what's an angry bird?" Needless to say, that Droid made my Curve look and feel like that old Nextel.

Flash forward 4 years. My curve was still going strong (3 days or so on a charge, same reliable, underwhelming performance, etc) but my wife's Droid was the bane of her existance. One day, my Curve took an unexpected trip through wash and rinse cycle in the washing machine (the Nextel wouldn't have had a problem with that) and alas, was no more. Work was kind enough to replace it no questions asked with a Blackberry Bold 9930. Within days, my wife begged, bargained and pleaded for a new Moto Razr Max to replace her cursed Droid.

"So where do things stand now?" you might ask. Either that, or your TL;DR filter kicked in 200 words ago. Whatever. Well, my device envy is more or less a thing of the past. The Bold is a really nice phone. I still get exceptional battery life, still got my qwerty, and now I've got wifi, a decent browser and a passable selection of apps (it is still a work phone after all). My wife loves her Razr today. In 3 more years...we'll see.

All of that is to say, don't write off blackberry completely yet. Yeah, it's not teh sexy but it is a damn good phone and a damn good communication device. To hear some people go on and on, you'd think their phone was the only and best computing device in the history of the world - until the next revision comes along, and OMG, N+1 is the best computing device now and forever after!

For me, my phone is a tool in itself and a compliment to other tools I use. The Bold is the best complimentary tool I've had the pleasure of using thus far. Maybe I'm the only guy in the world who feels that way, but I doubt it. For me, and people like me (FSM help them), BB10 is worth keping an eye on and dare I say, something to maybe even get excited about. We shall see.

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RE: Blackberrys and Device Envy
by re_re on Wed 20th Jun 2012 11:54 in reply to "Blackberrys and Device Envy"
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RIM has all but been replaced in the general consumer market in most countries, but when it comes to commercial use, it still is doing pretty well and really is a very high quality device. It's not my preference, I prefer my Samsung Galaxy, but I certainly can't say RIM does not put out a quality product.

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RIM [...] when it comes to commercial use, it still is doing pretty well

Who knows how long that might last. Samsung just unveiled SAFE ("Samsung Approved for Enterprise" - syncing, VPN, device managements, encryption, the usual) brand of devices, starting with SAFE Galaxy S III.

And the SAFE2SWITCH program - corporate customers can trade their current smartphones. Just when RIM is on a slightly shaky legs overall...

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