| | 01-30-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Author #1
Thoughts on today's events from an iPhone user.
Today was an exiting day for RIM.... Er BlackBerry. I have been very excited about this announcement and had been glued to the news feeds all day, checking out the news here and on the Verge. Haven't gotten work done, but that's ok, I'm the boss. There were a lot of good things to come out today, and other things not so good. The hardware looks fantastic, I don't get how people say it looks like an iPhone, I holding in my hands and the Z10 doesn't look like it except for being a black rectangle. Everyone says the device feels solid and great in the hands. The specs seem on par for a high end device, and as long as the performance is there, and all indications suggest it is. 2gb ram is a big plus, only thing i wished they had a 32gb version. I know it has an SD card reader, but I prefer the memory being built in. The screen seems to be the perfect size, Kevin already gave a great example on why in his review. I still have to touch the device myself, but all indications seem that it's great.
I didn't like the presentation style too much, it felt too Microsofty, especially when they brought out Alicia Keys and gave her that faux title. Was disappointed they didn't show more of the Q10, but what they of the BB10 OS looks fantastic. It seems to have a little more polish than what we've seen before. I like that they're doing a lot of that gradient shading, 2D/3D look that iOS and modern google ui is using and not overdoing the skuemorphic elements like iOS and not completely flat 2D like windows. I'm glad they seemed to have kept the "BlackBerry" color and font scheme as it really gives it a distinct modern look while still being BlackBerry.
I really like the UI overall, the active tiles look worlds better than live tiles in windows phone, and a much better multitasking metaphor than used on either iOS or android. It looks very smooth and polished, something that has really only been done correctly on the iPhone. Android is definitely looking polished at this point, but still isn't as smooth, and windows phone is very smooth but far from polished. The UI definitely seems fresh and I can't wait to own one, though from what I've seen I do have some gripes. I don't like the look of the icons, there doesn't seem to be folder support on the home screen, you can't "pin" your active tiles, and there doesn't seem to be a way to go directly to a message when you receive it, you have to go the hub and find it from there. All thing easily fixed with an update, and the base UI, the foundation, is VERY strong.
App support seems to be decent, though very disappointed in the android ports. From what I've seen, native apps built for BB10 look and work fantastic, but there seems to be a lot of android ports, poorly done playbook ports, and "spammy" apps that beef up the number of apps but do nothing to fulfill the need for apps. Hopefully in time app developers will jump on board and the problem should fix itself if this platform does good enough, which I hope it does. Also disappointed to see no Hulu or Netflix app at launch, but the browser should be good enough to work around that limitation.
The browser seems to be the real game changer, Apple promises the full web when they announced the iPhone, but Blackberry is the one who is delivering on that promise 6 years later. I can't wait to use it myself and hope its everything it's been hyped to be, and after using the playbook browser I'm confident it will be.
Happy that BB10 supports web email standards, there's a rumor going around that it won't support push email, but that is false. It supports active sync and imap push (gmail and yahoo), as well as caldav and carddav. So gmail users don't freak out.
Happy it's coming out on all the US carriers, though I hope the delay isn't a preview of what is to come with software updates where the carriers will hold those back.
Sorry if some of that was random, just a lot going through my mind at the moment. Can't wait to pick one up and I should be able to get the Q10 on my birthday April.
What do you guys think?