Originally Posted by cjcampbell
Social media is here to stay, and its my primary form of communication for many people I have met once or twice but don't have a phone number for. A guy I worked with for two weeks three months ago is on my Facebook and my LinkedIn and such, but I wouldn't call him out of the blue if I wanted to pick his brain about something.
Also, I run the social media feeds for my company. So yeah, I can do my job a lot better with those on my phone.
As for the OP's rediculous demands:
The full-touch version is the flagship. RIM is competing in a full touch market. They need to push it out the door first, because that's where most of the attention need to be put. That's a market thing. It annoys me to have to wait too, but it is what it is. Launching two devices on the same day means that all the coverage gets confused. Anyone who wants a keyboard BB will buy one anyway. Anyone who doesn't... well thats a way harder fight for RIM, and those people need to see the new blackberry as being a device that is very much like the devices they have used in the past.
The camera will be better. They spent a lot of money to improve the software there, it will be vastly improved.
UMA is a carrier thing, not a RIM thing. Most carriers don't support it because it loses them money (people are almost never outside of WiFi range these days) and they want people to use their minutes not UMA.
As for the specific apps you want... Calender themes isn't an app. You mean 'a calender'. BB10 will have a calender. If the inability to make that calender pink with Hello Kitties on it is a deal breaker, then that's your own business. As for the others... Its a fair bet that if the app exists on BB7, we'll have it on BB10. So Google maps will be there. We might even get a sideloaded version with navigation. Weather, flashlight, dictionary and podcasts... Do you think BB10 is actively trying to be worse than BB7 ? Yes, it will have weather. Yes there will be a button to turn on the flash to make it a flashlight. Yes, someone will make a dictionary app. Yes there will be a way to get podcasts. Way to reach for the sky buddy.
As for any apps being for stupid people... Well... Screw you OP. Aside from anything else RIM doesn't make the vast majority of the apps. They make some for sure, and they are involved with big first party apps, but mostly its 3rd party developers making things. Some of them are trash, some of them are niche, some of them are great. That's the same on every platform.
Here's a story about apps that most people think are stupid:
My mum, since retiring from teaching, has taken up a part time job showing school parties around the local dockyard; a lot of the local history comes from the naval tradition of the dockyard, and she teaches the kids that 2 days a week. A suitable enough job for a retired primary school teacher you might think. Thing is, she doesn't know much about the navy. And one of the activities they do at the dockyard is teach the kids semaphore with flags, something that my mum hadn't ever seen the need to learn, so she had to pick it up. How did she do that ? There's an Android app that teaches it. Now a lot of people wouldn't see the need for that app. They might think its stupid. If I had been casually browsing the google play store and seen it, I would have shown it people and said 'Wow isn't that stupid' But some developer somewhere in the world figured he'd make it, because he was bored, or loves semaphore, or saw a huge gap in the market in terms of flag-based communication. And my mum got it and it helped her do her job better. Any app looks stupid to people who don't want or need it. Any app that actually survives (gets good ratings, continues to update etc) is not stupid to the people who use it.
Personally I think that almost all mobile games are terrible. I particularly have a vendetta against Triple Town (my girlfriend plays it in bed with the sound on). I have told her about once a day since it showed up in her life that it's a crappy game, and I have no idea why she enjoys it. But she does. It's fun for her, and for a LOT of other people. So who the **** am I to say its stupid?