Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 23:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The smartphone world is, at this point, a two-horse race. Android has the numbers, Apple's iOS has the figures. Everything else - Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, etc. - are also-rans. Irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Even though, say, Windows Phone not making any serious headway into the market, despite boatloads of money poured into the platform, RIM still thinks it can do better with BB10. Austrian website Telekom-Presse has a pretty detailed video hands-on with a BB10 device - the Z10 - and it left me with one burning question: what is BB10's identity?
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Will give me something to play with
by umccullough on Tue 15th Jan 2013 23:55 UTC
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

A while back, I picked up a refurb Playbook to mess with - hoping eventually that someone would port Android to them.

Sadly, rooting it is a royal PITA given how they locked it down, and nobody seems to give a rat's ass about running Android on it. All the forums that revolve around this device (and other Blackberry devices) are rife with zealots who bash non-blackberry fans with a vengeance.

To this day, my Playbook sits here on the shelf collecting dust, until something more interesting comes along. The app store from RIM is pretty sorry - compared to my Touchpad running ICS (CM9), there's nothing of interest there for me.

The only thing I somewhat like about BB OS is that it takes some UI cues from WebOS - but even that was done in a much inferior way (I still love the WebOS card metaphor and their implementation of it).

At least it seems I'll be able to throw BB10 on the Playbook eventually - that will breathe new life into the device for a day or two ;)

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The only thing I somewhat like about BB OS is that it takes some UI cues from WebOS - but even that was done in a much inferior way (I still love the WebOS card metaphor and their implementation of it).


Same experience here. I picked one up when they reached the CAD $140 mark a few months back - I'd used one when they were first released and I'm also using a Pre2, so I figured I'd get some use out of it just because of the UI being familiar/comfortable.

But in practice, I've found that it's *just* different enough to cause an "uncanny valley" effect - E.g. webOS reacts to much shorter swipes from the top/bottom than PlaybookOS does (though it could just be perception, due to the different screen sizes). That (IME) makes the UI feel less responsive. Though I will say that the bundled EMail client (once RIM finally released one) beats the pants off anything I've tried for Android tablets - seriously, when did auto/self-BCC become some kind of exotic/premium feature?

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matt4pack Member since:
2013-01-16

A QNX based real-time OS based on gestures is pretty much the ultimate OS but it gets nothing but bashed on an OS website. Makes sense.

Edited 2013-01-16 18:32 UTC

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

A QNX based real-time OS based on gestures is pretty much the ultimate OS but it gets nothing but bashed on an OS website. Makes sense.


Yeah, except it's a closed system, which is a huge strike against it compared to Android (and hopefully WebOS).

I was even excited about the possibility of running android apps on my playbook (which I thought was a pretty awesome feature for RIM to include) - only to find they've really made it a PITA to do so now.

My opinion of BB OS is less about the technology, and more about the company that owns it - they're pretty pitiful these days.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

A QNX based real-time OS based on gestures is pretty much the ultimate OS

On paper and in theory I agree with you. They have a very interesting technological core. A QNX core with a choice of Qt or HTML 5 app development and the possibility to easily port Android apps with the Android run time.

That being said I kind of have to agree with Thom, it doesn't matter how awesome your technology is if you use it build a mediocre product. There are many many ways they can screw it up, and based on what I've seen and read chances are they probably will.

That being said I again, I really hope I'm wrong and that it will be awesome, and if that's the case I'll happily leave Android behind and my next phone will quite possibly be running BB10.

Edited 2013-01-18 13:50 UTC

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