BB10 rollout: thumbs-up / thumbs-down..
I have been eagerly awaiting the BB10 rollout for months now. While I am still looking forward to getting a BB10 device and have put myself on my carrier's waiting list, I was a little disappointed in the presentation and some of the platform decisions. Here is a summary of my thoughts and questions:
About the rollout presentation itself:
I couldn't get RIM live stream to work, had to watch Cnet instead - was that just me?
Should have used less teleprompter
Should have talked more about:
- Security and not exploiting personal data for marketing/profit reasons (I was very impressed by RIM's statements about this in pre-release marketing materials, but not a peep about it at the rollout. I feel this is a huge distinguishing factor compared to the Googles/Facebooks/Yahoos of the world that are obsessed with vacuuming up every bit of personal data they can get their hands on in order to exploit for marketing/advertising purposes. It's a key reason why I won't use an Android smartphone.)
- Advantages of removable battery
- History of Blackberry as a creator of mobile emailing and pioneer in smartphones
- More emphasis on most apps for new platform ever
- NFC features
- The recent Visa approval/agreement re: mobile/NFC payments (perhaps unique to BB right now?)
- Advantage of MicroSD slot
What I liked:
- QNX in general - memory management, multitasking, boot time, non-reboot app installs, etc etc.
- 5Ghz Wifi (important when 2.4 Ghz is too crowded - like at my house)
- Smart keyboard/Flow/Peek/Hub
- Autofocus camera (seems obvious but amazingly 99xx series didn't have it)
- Replaceable battery, MicroSD
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- On the non-hardware front, it's great they brought in Alicia Keys - Blackberry desperately needs to shed their 'fratboy/pinstripe' image, work on their "coolness factor" and appeal to women and non-corporate users in general. The consumer I.T. market has been driving the corporate market for years now, if you want to succeed in corporations today you still need to have some sort of "coolness/hipness factor". (Next step is to get Thorsten to stop using strictly male terminology to refer to its customers, like "he" this and "he" that. )
Things that should be fixed right away:
- Better notifications (status bar while in an app, LED/notification profile customization)
- Disable shutter sound on camera option [Mentioned in Cnet review of Z10]
- Couple add'l scene modes on camera to please the feature-counters (should be easy to do) [^Cnet)
- Folder issue for photo albums mentioned by [^Cnet]
- How is Q-10 keyboard going to work for suggested words, stuff that on-screen keyboard uses gestures for?
- Seems like Q-10 users are going to have to do a lot of swapping from KB to touchscreen, not the traditional BB experience at all - will we have good keyboard shortcuts?
- More info on landscape mode - key reason I would want larger screen is to use it in landscape, seems like afterthought?
- "9th app put into frame is closed" seems problematic - want more control over running apps
- Really no non-corporate push email? Really???? Wow, talk about torpedoing one of the most hallmark BB features. (Apparently if the service supports ActiveSync then it's effectively push, but that's a very limited bandaid that only works on a small subset of email services/servers. So Yahoo mail will only come in every 15 minutes, and no IMAP IDLE support?)
- Am I now forced to have a single email inbox - no more individual icons? (I hate combined inboxes - too much junk in one place, hard to wade through)
- I hope GPS is reliable now. On my 9650 I would have to reboot the device as often as every few days or the GPS signal would become either unreliable or just totally dead.
- Where's the final version of that fantastic leaked promo video featuring Lady Gaga??
- BB constantly makes weird decisions about where to put the power jack, putting it on the long side on the Z10 almost guarantees that it will be in the way most of the time in most use-cases. Bizarre. (Is it for docking mode?)
- No dock power contacts or induction charging (inconvenient for home/car docks, esp w/ jack on the long side of the device)
- Camera comparisons: Z10 to competitors not looking too impressive in terms of raw image quality
- Several journalists seemed to assume BB Balance was a universal feature - but it's apparently only available to BES-connected devices. Would be great to implement a variation of this for regular users, as it's an increasingly useful feature, ie in families with kids.
- 01-31-2013, 03:33 AM #2
Things that should be fixed right away:
Q: Disable shutter sound on camera option [Mentioned in Cnet review of Z10]
A: This feature will never be added as its a security feature on the device itself. The are more and more pervs in the world today using devices that don't make the shutter sound to take pictures of people in places they shouldn't be taking pictures of, by suggesting that RIM should remove the sound makes you sound like one of those pervs, are you?
Re: Your questions:
ActiveSync has changed a lot over the years that it pushes emails out pretty quickly. I think RIM did a great thing switching to ActiveSync if there is one complaint about IMAP to make its the fact that having junk emails arrive on my ever RIM device I had show up on my phone before they hit my junk mail folder is a real pain in the *** because that's wasting my data.
You need to go back and look at the BlackBerry Hub, this will answer your question about the single email folder which is not case.
RIM is not going after the traditional BB experience, they are taking the BlackBerry experience to a whole new level which is something that they have said from the beginning. So you need to stop thinking the Q10 or Z10 will work in the same traditional way RIM has done things for years and realize that is not the plan, they are going a different direction now. Either get on-board and jump ship! RIM has had to do this to survive and be more competitive, the old traditional ways of packaging and selling their devices is GONZO! LOL
Most of your disappointments are you thinking RIM should be doing things like the old traditional way they use to do it...what you still have not realized is the old way pretty much bankrupt the company, the new way takes them to next level making them more competitive with Apple and Android. You have to get out of that OLD FASHION mind set and get on-board.
If you want RAW image quality go buy yourself a DSLR like a Canon or Nikon. It's a damn PHONE not a DSLR, there is reason why DSLR's cost so much!
Hopefully you decide if you want to hang out with us or if you want to move on to an iPhone or Android after reading this. The old RIM is dead an gone, along with it's traditions. Welcome to the new RIM!
If you're worried about "pervs", I hate to break it to you but you'll need to do a lot more than enforce a clicky sound on smartphones to address that. Being able to disable that sound, BTW, is a common feature on smartphones these days. (as pointed-out by Cnet)
I don't carry my Nikons with me everywhere just on the off chance I need to take a quick picture of a damaged shipment someone sent me that I need to email somewhere in order to make a shipping damage claim. That's the kind of thing I do with smartphone cameras all the time.
Oh, yanno... when I'm not "perving around", of course...
- 01-31-2013, 05:44 AM #4
Reading too much into what someone else says about a device is also very poor on your part. I use do a know someone who was like you as soon as PC Mag listed the greatest Antivirus application he would believe them to the hilt and rush out and go buy it...of course I would have to fix his computer because it screw up something. LOL
You gotta learn to read between the lines and take things with a grain of salt especially from sites like Cnet, Tomshardware, and others. The folk at some of the media outlets in Canada were quick to jump on the bandwagon before the big unveiling saying that RIM would fail, do you believe them too? You might as you seem to believe everything Cnet says!!
The click / shutter sound is a security feature that RIM will never turn off. Just like most DSLR's you can't turn off the shutter click sound, did you tell Nikon "YOU MUST FIX IT"? I bet you did and they probably just laughed at you.
I don't carry my D600 around with me either, but I do carry my Nikon point and shoot for those special moments were my phone simply won't do; but watching the unveiling and see the image quality on the phone itself looks decent enough that people on the social media sites I talk to won't know the difference as these sites degrade the images you upload. So really if you want "super great" images and you want a phone that is more like your Nikon go buy that phone so that your happy. Sooner or later when you decide to upload those photo's to facebook, myspace, and other social media sites you'll realize the quality won't be same as these sites reduce the image quality.
Before you quote people and media sites on what changes should be made or likes and dislikes I recommend you go and experience it for yourself, put the Z10 in your own hands (in this case) and use it. Then come back and do a write up with your own experiences, and yes if you feel you have similar experiences to Cnet add your comments. Remember the media only tells us what they want us to hear not what we should hear.
As for "turning off the sound" in a DSLR - of course you can't. Unless you remove the shutter and mirror mechanism. DSLRs don't need "artificial clicky sound generators". However in most P/S digital cameras I have seen, the "clicky sound" can indeed be turned-off.
Blind fanboy'ism doesn't serve your favorite platform, it harms it. Because the blind fanboys will be griping that no one understands them while they go down with the sinking ship. We should all be grateful that Thorsten Heins grasps this, because the "blind fanboy'ism" is what Lazaridis and Balsillie were all about as the Research in Motion ship was taking on water a couple years ago and almost sank.
- 01-31-2013, 03:49 PM #6
Note, I said most DSLR's you can't turn off the shutter click sound. But on the D600 and D800 is a quiet mode setting which dampens the shutter click sound, I heard the D800 is louder than the D600. So technically it's possible at a price.
I think until you get a BlackBerry Z10 in your hot little hands to play with it a bit that you can't really say what you are saying based on what some media outlet says.
I am sure BlackBerry (no longer called RIM anymore) will do just fine!
Last edited by Omnitech; 02-01-2013 at 05:07 AM.
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