Today, my colleague just showed me something on his BlackBerry Q10 – he has just upgraded his operating system to 10.2. I thought, that was great! There were some nice features and functionalities that I was pretty impressed with.
Unfortunately, when I tries to perform “Check for Updates” on my Blackberry Z10, I was notified by the device that I am already having the latest version… 10.1?
Where would you get your mobile devices? If I guessed that correctly, most users would have actually obtained their personal mobile smartphones from the local telco service providers, where they would bundled special price on the handsets in a bid to sign on a one or two year contract.
Blackberry is now providing an options for buyers to purchase unlocked BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 models directly from their online store, via blackberry.com. A 16GB Z10 in black or white will set you back $449, and is compatible with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. However, it will only ship to U.S. addresses.
The situation in BlackBerry, previously known as Research in Motion (RIM), does not look good. A week ago, news were reporting that a consortium, led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, will takeover the troubled Canadian phone maker in a $4.7 billion deal. It was shortly followed by an announcement of a global job cuts of nearly 5,000 employees.
Personally, I am a corporate owner of BlackBerry Z10, hence, I am concerned what’s the outcome should the company be taken over by another corporation or split up of its businesses. Z10 is a really good phone, unfortunately, its target audience is too niche (mostly business users) and end-user consumerism did not take off as quickly as it should be.
The long awaiting BlackBerry Z10 is finally here! After applying for the device last week, it did not take long for SingTel to revert back and confirm the availability of the product. Finally, I received the “state-of-the-art” fully-revamped BlackBerry device on Thursday (earlier this week). I understand from various past research that Lithium ion batteries do not require first-time charge to hold a longer and better battery life. There were also conflicting reports that users should still charge them for 12-14 hours for the first time. I am not going to take the chance to compromise my battery lifespan, so I chose to do the latter. In the midst of the process, I continued to explore my new “toy”.
I used to own a BlackBerry Bold device; so with Z10, the feeling of non-physical keyboard typing is really new for a BlackBerry owner. However, it did not take long for me to get adapted to typing on the new device. Because of this reason, the benefit is that I get to see more information on the screen, whereas the physical keyboard literally took up almost half the device, limiting the amount of content to be displayed. So, that is clearly a win over its predecessor. Unfortunately, as much as I applauded BlackBerry for creating a virtual keyboard that is so comfortable to the end user; in comparison to iPhone’s keyboard, iPhone still wins. Psychologically, typing on an iPhone feels much at ease than on BlackBerry Z10.
Currently, I own a BlackBerry Bold device and have been using it for the last 22 months. Almost 2 years ago, I am intrigued by the security and corporate email capability of BlackBerry devices, powered by Research in Motion (RIM). Unfortunately, the growing use of enterprises tapping into BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach has steered users away from BlackBerry to other alternative devices, such as Samsung S3 or Apple iPhone. To ensure maximum security and data protection of using personal devices for corporate purpose, SAP has also introduced SAP Afaria to the market a few years ago. Anyway, the topic here is solely about BlackBerry and its new flagship OS 10 – installed on its latest roll-out of BlackBerry Z10.
Over the past few months, I have been contemplating to switch away from BlackBerry devices; but what prevented me from doing so are 2 things: the up-coming innovative Z10 powered by BlackBerry OS 10, and 2-year contract tied to the current device. I supposed it’s more of the latter that happened to be a show-stopper. Nevertheless, the contract renewal period is open for me, and just in time, Z10 is rolled out to Singapore market – this is the time to truly review what BlackBerry has done over the course of company restructuring and delaying its flagship release for almost a year.
I think users are tired of reading reviews after reviews; they are almost the same stuffs rewritten in a different approach. It supports 4G LTE, capacitive touchscreen keyboard that is on par with iPhone’s, expandable MircoSD slot up to 64GB, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC (Near Field Communication), Dual core processor that never performed any poorer than Samsung’s octa-core or quad-core devices, etc.
I carry 2 mobile devices; both state-of-the-art technology in mobile telephony industry. It goes without saying one of them is Apple’s iPhone and the other is Research-in-Motion (commonly known as RIM) BlackBerry.
The former is extremely popular with end user and consumers who find it fashionable and trendy. The responsive touch screen experience made it one of the best innovation created by Steve Jobs today. On the other hand, BlackBerry are more frequently used in companies and enterprises, due to the strong focus on enhanced security and strong encryption behind the making of the device; therefore making it a perfect device for employees to access emails corporate mails on the move.