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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Here is my opinion
by vijitc on Wed 16th Jan 2013 05:24 UTC
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Well its your blog and you have an opinion and clearly you are not impressed with bb 10. Stay with iOS or Android or whatever else you can identify with.
But don't speak for others please. I watched the same video and in my opinion it clearly to demonstrated that it has the best user experience from all the current mobile operating systems by a long shot. I represent the business executive sector as CTO of my multi-national company. The BB 10 platform has a clear identity for me. It is a platform for people who want to "get things done". That is also a moniker being touted by all the RIM execs across the board. That is it in a nutshell.
I love the single finger up gesture (and no I am not making a subliminal reference ;) ) to manage multiple apps rather than having to hold down the home button or any other button for that matter. Then up and to the right to peak at my consolidated messages and read them if I want all in one place. The pull down notification bar I currently have on my galaxy s3 is just list of some notifications. I still have to click through to the actual individual application to get the details. That is not very efficient to say the least. The consolidated bb hub is a lot more than that and clearly demonstrated in the video. How was is confusing?
I would agree that this is a product that will appeal to a certain niche sector, but what is wrong with that?Does everyone drive around in a Mercedes or BMW? It annoys me when so many expert analysts write about how smart-phones have to be all things to all people.
Now on the topic of usability. Well, maybe you have different standards. For someone who wants to talk about the merits of a mobile interface, why don't you look in your own back yard? (I could not resist this either ;) ) I found this blog on my Galaxy and was taken to the mobile version of this site. After reading it, it took me some time to find the comments section because I just had to comment on this article. It turned out to be just a number with a link on it with some meaningless icons next to it. When I clicked on it, it did a full page refresh and I had to scroll back down all over again to see the comments. To comment I had to register. I am ok with that. However, guess what? I couldn't resister. It told me I have to register on a desktop. I could not register till I went to the office. If you are going to slam a mobile OS for usability, get you own mobile user experience up to some level beyond kindergarten level. Wait that's my opinion I may be out in left field. You may indeed just like it that way, if you think the bb 10 experience is poor and confusing.
I will speak for myself and that is I cannot wait to get peak, flow and hub in February so I can "get things done".

Edited 2013-01-16 05:39 UTC

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