I think that we agree more than disagree.
Originally Posted by Mr_F
BlackBerry is largely meeting the main goals set out for this new platform, most importantly, bringing the OS to the point where it's on par with the other competing platforms -- not talking about the app ecosystem here but about the OS itself. Most reviews (other than those that didn't "get it") have agreed that BlackBerry 10 brings BlackBerry to par with iOS and Android (as in each of those is still best in some ways and BlackBerry is the best in others but overall the three are on par at the OS level). This is an amazing achievement.
Another major goal was to redo the entire UI in such a way that it's competitive with the market leaders, still fresh but in such a way that most consumers "get" it easily without feeling as if they have to do things a "special" way. This means simplifying things. I personally love millions of options for different things but the average American consumer will live with one way if it works well (see Apple). However, the mobile device market is a game that's almost entirely about the vast masses (read billions of potential customers of different cultures, backgrounds and technology-experience levels). It's not about the enthusiasts.
Finally, where did I say that BlackBerry should *only* imitate? I think BlackBerry *should* be the platform where things are done differently (as long as that means they're done better) and leave direct "carbon-copy design" to others (see Apple accusing Samsung and others of doing this in Apple's litigation over past three years). Having three hundred bells and whistles for the pure sake of having something whether that something is done well or not is not good, it is the imitation that you don't think is enough (again, we see a lot of this in Android).
Let me clarify from my previous reply (italicized text is added):
Let BlackBerry focus on the most important things now with room for further innovations later. My main point was that the way that the homescreen is now, it by and large works and it's been reviewed as "very good," "excellent" or at minimum "acceptable" (again by those who didn't just "not get it"). If BlackBerry just slapped rotation onto the current homescreen, that would detract from the simplicity of the current design and every "expert" out there on the Internet would jump on BlackBerry about a "weird and inconsistent" homescreen.
Still, give BlackBerry a chance to be imaginative here though (as in further homescreen improvements)
. Maybe the people working on BlackBerry 10 (as in BlackBerry's OS development team)
will figure out a way to do it (by it, I mean "landscape homescreen orientation")
that will surpass your expectations.