BB10 - Laptop/Desktop Replacement?
Heins said in that NYT interview that a BB10 phone can be a laptop/desktop replacement in 3 to 5 years hooking it up to a mouse/keyboard/display. Now you already can pretty much do this with the PlayBook and Citrix Receiver. My question right now though is if you do try to do this next year with a BB10 phone would you be able to have dual monitor support somehow? Also, what other enterprise/home laptop/desktop replacement features do you all think they have baked into BB10 or at least on the roadmap?
- 11-14-2012, 01:17 PM #2
Good question. External monitor support seems feasible, possibly right from the start. I think a key feature set will be a productivity suite with cloud support. If you can get at the same files from the phone or from the laptop, and perform all or most of the same operations on them (editing, collaborating, etc.) then you're more than halfway there.
- 11-15-2012, 04:14 AM #6
I kinda wonder what jobs you folks do that a lowly ARM processor can be your productivity device.
Even with the most aggressive ARM milestones being achieved, I fail to see how this will be powerful enough to fit the needs of many users (and run specialized software) unless you're a tech journalist whose work is mainly in a browser.
- 11-15-2012, 09:13 AM #7"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." -Sam Ewing
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- 11-15-2012, 09:47 AM #8
From a security perspective BB10/BlackBerry sets itself apart because when tied to BES you are for all purposes behind the corporate firewall already so your phone could technically be just like a laptop assuming it has features to RDP, view File Shares, access Sharepoint, etc. I'm an admin so remotely administering servers and getting things done quickly is paramount. I just see BB10 has a huge opportunity here to fill the "non compromising device" status from a mobile device perspective. iPads/Androids are natively insecure so you are forced to work behind walls such as a Good for Enterprise solution or mobile iron, etc which is very annoying because you can't use the native applications. BB10 is different because you have access to the entire device because it is secured (obviously excluding the Personal perimeter). I can do a lot of what I need to do from the PlayBook using Citrix Receiver and the HDMI out as well as keyboard support but the issue is Enterprise feature support built in (file share access, apps, etc specifically for Enterprise). If I could connect a BB10 phone to my LCD along with a keyboard and mouse and be able to connect to my internal corporate Windows network and use tools to manage the systems I already manage with a Windows laptop and it not be cumbersome I'd be sold! With the PlayBook we are close but are lacking the built in Enterprise features. I hope this helps clear up my perspective of the real productivity opportunities of BB10 compared to non real productivity devices such as the iPad and Android. I'll reiterate the fact that mouse support is one killer feature that no one else has!
- 11-15-2012, 11:59 PM #11
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11-16-2012, 12:52 AM #13
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Re: BB10 - Laptop/Desktop Replacement?
Well QNXwill run on any given processor architecture, i won't be surprised if RIM tags team with INTEL over their reputably "praiseworthy" Haswell line-up, or unless AMD can pull out major value proposition, 3-5 years is 'overextending' the projection of eventuality.
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- 11-16-2012, 03:18 AM #15
I believe we are in the context of "everyday usage" as for reading (web, documents, mail, social ...), gaming, multimedia and some capabilities in the creation area (revise/modify a document, validate a workflow, create video and pictures). These "simple tasks" will probably slide from the desktop world to the mobile one. What I mean is that (as texazzpete stated) beside the power, you also need peripherals that would ruin the "mobile" concept.
More than a replacement, I'll call this efficient substitution: when in mobility, you can use your device instead of your desktop. Now, try to edit a Photoshop on a tablet ... can be done, but either very painful and long or limited in quality.
- 11-16-2012, 07:02 AM #16
But for jobs that require heavy-duty specialized software, that's probably still a ways off.
- 11-16-2012, 11:53 AM #17
The BIG issue is battery life. For mobile devices, even if one could shrink down a powerful chipset into a phone sized enclosure, heat would be an issue. If you manage to overcome heat, battery life will take a hit.
Nobody will buy an extremely powerful phone that will not last 3 hours of normal use.
The biggest area CRYING for innovation is batteries. That's still the holy grail of mobile development. The person who re-invents the battery tech will be a very rich man indeed.
I'm not talking about on the road laptop/desktop replacement. I'm talking about me walking in my office home/work and putting my phone in some sort of a dock that also attaches to a tv/monitor and being able to work on my network from a BES attached device and not have to compromise. I'm sure the peripheral stuff will take care of itself with other accessories like a dock. I'm really looking for features built in and these features to be easy to use and to work well.
- 11-18-2012, 03:06 PM #19"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." -Sam Ewing
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