Why I Chose BlackBerry 10 (Purely personal thoughts)
With the current state of BlackBerry, I get a lot of questions.
"Why did you go BlackBerry?"
"You know BlackBerry is selling right?"
Well, I always come back with the same answer, and it dumb founds people. I guess they speculate as to how someone can live without vine, or without instagram. Right now, both apps sit on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and I hardly use Vine, I only ever use Instagram to post what I think is cool stuff.
We should go into some device history. I’ve owned almost all of the major software platforms, which include iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Also owned most of the major revisions respectfully. From the Pearl 8100 to Bold 9000 line up, to the iPhone 5, and as recent as a a Samsung Galaxy S4.
Now when I had a iOS device as a daily driver, I found it pretty boring. Than apps came along, they were the greatest thing ever. But, I quickly found myself only installing apps to try, they never stayed on my device for more than a few hours before I got sick of looking at the icons. The simplicity of the OS drove me absolutely bonkers. The fact I couldn’t do anything in the slightest sense to it.
Of course by the time I had my first iOS device, I had already had a few BlackBerry devices, so I saw what themes could do. I jumped back and forth a lot on devices. I believe my next after that was a OG droid device, the HTC Dream aka G1 running Android 1.1. Now that was a experience.
It was fun to say the least however the lack from Rogers Wireless on OS updates was killer and I couldn’t handle it anymore. So I got a BlackBerry Bold 9000, and again found my life, my work and everything around me improve ten fold. Though me being the tech junky I am just had to keep moving up and trying new things.
I than moved onto a Samsung Focus, a Windows Phone 7 device. What was cool was the concept, what wasn’t cool was the execution of the OS.My biggest selling point, was the fact it could connect to my Xbox 360 GamerTag. Now that was huge back than. It didn’t last long before I gave the phone up to the Girlfriend to replace her aging BlackBerry 9650 from MTS.
I than moved back to Android with the LG Optimus 3D. If you can’t guess it, the 3D was the hype I was interested in. And sadly it failed, miserably. Slow, poor battery life, and the 3D wasn’t the greatest. I managed to sell that off and get a iPhone 4S.
And this is around the time BlackBerry announced BlackBerry X OS, and I was instantly intrigued. My attention went all over it, didn’t even care about my 4S. Eventually that got swapped out for a Samsung Galaxy S2, and I spent my next year in phone limbo.
I became heavily involved in the Android community with rooting, flashing, tweaking, that I began to forget my BlackBerry roots. I even converted family members from BlackBerries to iPhone’s and Android devices. I look back and hang my head in shame. The year was involved of swapping out phone after phone after phone, I even came back across a shiny BlackBerry Bold 9900 for about a month and a half period.
BlackBerry 10. Oh my sweet BlackBerry 10. Come closer to launch time, and coincidently around the same time I got my 9900, I started to fall back in love with BlackBerry. From day 1 of having my 9900 I realized again how my life went from chaos to organization. I was getting more and more excited for the Z10 and Q10.
Launch day. I was frustrated, I couldn’t get a BlackBerry 10 device. Even more that the Q10 I wanted so badly, wasn’t available day one. I sat on the sidelines as BlackBerry 10 launched, still sitting around with my Galaxy S3, hoping, praying someone would trade their Z10 for it.
I was having no luck, eventually I gave in and traded my S3 for a 4S, went back to iOS. I started the hunt for a Z10 again. And to my luck this time, I found a beautiful white Z10 which only cost me an extra $50 with my iPhone 4S as trade.
I was in heaven.
It was instantaneous, I was hooked on BlackBerry again. I fell in love with the new OS within minutes of hands-on experience. I read, I watched everything online, but it didn’t do this phone justice. I immediately started to show it off like I was a pro, but really I was a newb in the world of BlackBerry 10.
And than I found Crackberry (well I finally made my first post). It was the kick-start to where I am today. I’m now rocking the Q10, and I couldn’t be anymore happier. I’m a co-founder of the BerryLeaks team, and it’s been a awesome experience. I’ve gotten to meet some amazing people, and that is something I’ve never seen or experienced from any other forum community.
So I still didn’t answer the question, Why did I choose BlackBerry 10.
I chose BlackBerry 10 because the OS is refreshing, it’s different, it’s unique. I chose BlackBerry 10 because no matter the comparison to BlackBerry OS, it’s still a communications beast when comparing to iOS and Android. I chose BlackBerry 10 because it makes me as a person more productive, which in turns affects my life in a whole.
BlackBerry 10 is not just a OS. The Q10 is not just a phone. It’s about community, it’s about networking, it’s about the experience that no other platform can provide you. No matter what you may think, no device or OS can be as life altering as BlackBerry 10.
Now you may think that if it doesn’t have app this or app that how can that be so? Well it’s simple, and it draws back to the fact the BlackBerry community, whether they be the simple end user, the enterprise user, or the hard-core fan boy, they are all interconnected based on the device they use.
We use BlackBerry because we know the power of BlackBerry 10 OS combined with the QNX Neutrino kernel. We use BlackBerry because we know it’s not about apps, but about communications. We use BlackBerry because we’d rather have proven reliable security, than testing the unknown waters.
BlackBerry 10 will evolve into something bigger, something better, there is no argument there. The what ifs and nay sayers can have their day, but when the day comes, that BlackBerry turns around and gives everyone the one two punch, it will revoluntionalize the way we look at smartphones. The way we look at computers. How we interact. That is the goal of mobile computing in my mind.
This was all written from my BlackBerry Q10 device running BlackBerry 10 OS 10.2.0.1581. And for as long as there are software updates, hardware refreshes, and until the day BlackBerry is finally run into the ground, I will choose BlackBerry 10.