I have to agree with you there. While I think the improved experience is great and essential to BB's future, I don't see much else on these new models that are must haves. Better yet, let me put it like this. Outside of NFC (not dying to use it), liquid graphics and the fast processor, I don't see anything with OS 7, that cant be given to OS 6 devices. Wifi Hotspots, new icons, tray disability and the like can be given as an upgrade (OS 7 Lite) and that's all I am seeking.
Originally Posted by dave1812
I previously had an Curve 8530 which was quite an upgrade from the 8330 (just trackpad alone). I was upset that it wouldn't be upgradable to OS 6, but I understood that it wasn't possible due to the new chipset being used in the new handhelds and increased memory footprint (which required more ram on newer models). I thought it was smart on RIMs part to allow the Bold and Curve to be upgradable to OS 6 (though it actuality they should have been released with OS 6 and I feel that they weren't only to allow the Torch to shine as the flagship device). That being said, I will not upgrade to OS 7 devices when I know that QNX (OS 8?) devices will be released next year and the OS 7 devices won't be upgradable to the new OS. Some of us 'enthusiasts' will be new devices just because they are new and want the latest and greatest. Some of us won't. It's the same 'some' who didn't purchase the 1st Apple iPad because they knew there would be a new version within a year that would have a camera. And speaking of Apple, they are the trendsetter in the mobile platform world. And as such when they do something, consumers expect other manufactures/devices to do the same. Apple supports their devices with upgrades for more then a year. The iPhone 3GS is getting the same iOS updates that the iPhone 4 is getting (minus that which requires iPhone specific hardware). RIM not providing future OS updates (OS 7 lite) to the OS 6 devices will only alienate some of their core users. Again, there are many OS 7 features that seem capable of running on OS 6 devices. Provide them to us.