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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Nearly...
by nicholasj on Thu 24th Oct 2013 20:22 UTC
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2008-12-10

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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RE: Nearly...
by Moochman on Sat 26th Oct 2013 09:56 in reply to "Nearly..."
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

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.


You mean BlackBerry Torch I take it. Truly a great form factor IMHO, the best example of which is probably the Palm (HP) Pre series of phones.

At the moment I am quite happy with my Motorola Pro+. I actually just bought it used/like new even though it's a ~2-year old model, simply because I love the form factor. It's the very last and best halfway modern Android portrait QWERTY phone that was ever made. It's not flashy and there's no 4G, but it's probably the closest you can get to a BlackBerry while having access to the full (Gingerbread) Android ecosystem, and these days you can pick them up used for < 90 Euros or new for < 200.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorola-Plus-Android-Free-Smartphone-black...

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RE[2]: Nearly...
by nicholasj on Sat 26th Oct 2013 15:40 in reply to "RE: Nearly..."
nicholasj Member since:
2008-12-10

You mean BlackBerry Torch I take it. Truly a great form factor IMHO, the best example of which is probably the Palm (HP) Pre series of phones.


Yes, sorry - Torch, not Storm.

HP killing the Pre line was massively, sadly premature. Mobile CPU/GPUs and browser/JS engine performance was just getting to the point where their HTML/JS/CSS stack was going to really pay off in terms of usability and ease of developer adoption.

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