|Can this turn RIM's fortunes around?|
My beef with Blackberry, in detail (on earlier models like my 9700, anyhoo)
|My Blackberry running a basic GPS app, in better days.|
- Inferior OS and hardware: The amount of RAM is pathetic, and the OS doesn't make efficient use of what little there is to run even basic apps such as Google Maps. Good luck browsing media-rich sites on the browser, that's the surest way to Crash City. Imagine having an app which mimics the effect of having your Blackberry's battery forcibly pulled out while the phone is on!! I remember having to set it to automatically 'pull' my battery daily, just to keep the phone usable - barely. Placed alongside more capable offerings from Apple and various Android handsets, the Blackberry seems like the classroom dunce. And no, upgrading my OS didn't help one bit. So when I heard of that videotelephony thingamajig, I didn't believe it.
- Pathetic screen size: Adding insult to injury is the pathetic screen size as compared to the competition. Contrast and brightness are also an issue, unless you are a BB fan, in which case, why have you even read to this point?
- The need for a dedicated Blackberry plan: Even if you can overlook the first two issues, this can't escape notice. Blackberries require a separate data plan for full functionality. With just a typical data plan for your average iPhone or 'Droid, about the only 3G data app that will run on a BB is the browser, and we all know how well that works. Now, paying more to run a phone that does less? That doesn't seem to make any sense to me!
- Battery life: No worse than iPhone or my Huawei Honor. But really, I'd expect a phone with such a small screen to perform much better, and as such, BB's battery life belongs in my list of shame.
The advantages of Blackberry
- If you really must have a physical keyboard - and choose to ignore the existence of excellent predictive on-screen keyboards such as Swype or SwiftKey - a BB is one of the few options. I was going to say "decent", but.. Nah...
- BBM is more secure.
- BBM is a decent messaging app in itself. But the world does not revolve around RIM or Blackberry users. And no, we won't bother to switch.
A dying breed
|My Huawei Honor. Nowhere near perfect, but it doesn't make me feel like destroying it with each use|