- 12-24-12, 12:44 PM #77
- 12-24-12, 12:47 PM #78
- 12-24-12, 12:54 PM #79
- 12-24-12, 01:10 PM #81
With Google Now, you just swipe to see the card for driving/public transit. . It knows to display time to work if you're at home taking account of traffic. It the card for home if you're at work or somewhere else. If you searched for a restaurant using google, it will give you a card for that. No more copy and pasting of the address from the browser to the maps application. Tap on the card and you're navigating using built-in maps.
- 12-24-12, 01:35 PM #83
- 12-24-12, 02:06 PM #86
Ironicaly the earlier generation BBs had more big name apps, like Audible for example or Kindle.
Edit- Apps can be faster to navigate but if you're looking specific information, BB UK Facebook page for example, I can bookmark it in the browser instead of going Facebook/Friends/Pages/BB UK in the app.
So depending on usage, an app is not always faster, it can be a lot slower.
Last edited by belfastdispatcher; 12-24-12 at 02:45 PM.
- 12-24-12, 02:11 PM #87
- 12-24-12, 02:57 PM #88
- 12-24-12, 05:25 PM #91
Well personally I use what gives me the better experience. And the apps on Android and on iOS give me a better experience than using a browser that can't even begin to do the job.
If there is an app for that which does a better job, I will use it. Why would I not....
As far as Instagram, I love it. It is a lot more than just filters. And it's very good that it will be on BB10. Anyone who doesn't want to use it doesn't have to use it.
- 12-24-12, 07:29 PM #92
Also, I never really understood the point of Instagram! First you take a picture, then you process it through Instagram and that makes it look even more blurry than my Pearl 8130 pictures. And then people brag about how how their phones have +8.0MP cameras that take great pictures!
If people really love the blurry, grainy pictures, why not just a crappy phone!?
- 12-25-12, 03:33 AM #93
Re: Instagram for BB10
If there were a DC Circulator app for the 9900, I would use it, which was my point to begin with.
If you don't get Instagram, you don't have to get Instagram.
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- 12-25-12, 04:30 AM #94
We could always go back to primitive forms of communication. Personally, I like to look forward, not backwards. Apps on smartphones are the next step forward, and I prefer to use them than to go to cumbersome workaround, on inefficient browsers for the task, and bookmarking every stop I might need when I visit offices all over DC. Particularly when I know that a streamlined option is available.
But that's just me. I prefer moving forward.
Last edited by qbnkelt; 12-25-12 at 09:05 AM.
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12-25-12, 04:51 AM #95
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Look, just have the apps that people think are the must haves to shut up the media and negative nancies. I know I want BB 10 but other people need to have all of their excuses taken away before they can even try it. Just take their excuses away.
- 12-25-12, 06:02 AM #96
Consumers have decided what they want, and they want apps. Personally, I could not care less about Netfli or Angry Birds and Words with Friends and have only used Skype on my non BB phones once, regardless of how long I've had them. But I do enjoy Instagram and I do use WhatsApp. And my DC Transit app is extremely useful, and I'm the ultimate person who can attest to how it works for me and why I prefer it. Most people don't carry multiple personal devices on multiple platforms, they carry either one if they do their work out of their personal device or they use two, a personal device and a work issued device. Therefore most people won't carry a non BB device in order to gain access to the apps that they want and the platform lacks.
Because I like testing things for myself I've started using my SGIII as my primary device to see how I manage. And I manage just fine. Excepting for BBM and banking apps, I have lost nothing in changing from the 9900 as my primary device to my SGIII as my primary device. What I have gained is the convenience of apps that I had never used on my BB because they weren't there. Whether it's ordering a pizza on my phone or being able to plan my commute out of my device or editing and sharing pics with people on my Instagram contact list or groups, I am finding that all the noise about apps is due to convenience, ease of use, enhanced experience, and *choice.*
And if RIM is to stay alive, it needs to move away from the "why do I need an app when I can do things on my browser" mentality and apply it to the consumer market. Because the consumer market has left that line of thinking at least since 2009, when RIM was still claiming that Apple didn't know anything about the phone market.
History would tell RIM otherwise. While RIM is not responsible for which developers support BB10, it is undeniable that in order to survive it needs to, at the very least, match what other manufacturers offer. And according to what was widely reported, this "new RIM" will release a new OS that is meant to "leapfrog the competition."
Luckily, it will bring Instagram. Hopefully it will bring the other big apps that people want. Because at this point in time, primitive browser workarounds vs available apps will not gain it the 1 million back nor will it get it into the double digits in market share.
Whether what I'm saying is regarded as being a negative nancy is immaterial to me. I see RIM in a precarious position and I *need* it to come out of it because it is the means by which I communicate with loved ones across the pond. And I've got one loved one who will use nothing else because nothing else meets his needs. So....I am speaking out of urgency, not negativism.
Maintaining the status quo in terms of app availability and arguing for cumbersome browser work arounds is most decidedly not leapfrogging the competition. However unfair it may be to RIM considering that it cannot force dev support, it is a simple fact that consumers want apps. And those consumers will pay for the devices that give then what they want. And if they don't buy BBs because of lack of apps, BB won't survive in N.A.
- 12-25-12, 06:59 AM #98
At what point do we stop pointing our the obvious so many times over and over again? Yes, RIM needs all that, but that doesn't mean most of the existing BBOS users need it, after all, if they really did they would be on other platforms already (and many did go to other platforms). And just like your loved one across the pond, most of us use a BB for other well defined other reasons regardless of what apps are available or not.
RIM has two types of customers, the ones that love BB the way it is and wouldn't use anything else(like your loved one) and the ones that want everything on their phone. All the apps in the world will not make a difference for the first type of customer.
So yes, RIM needs Instagram but I, and many like me don't.
- 12-25-12, 07:08 AM #99
Instagram for BB10
This will be great news for BB10! If the guys at Blackberry can make the Camera as good as the iPhone, it will sure be a great device for Instagram users! I'm really looking forward to it!
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- 12-25-12, 07:12 AM #100
The problem is..... there's not enough of those customers to allow RIM to make money, let alone grow.
Addendum: When I was a kid, I had a friend, whose father bought into Betamax early on, and amassed a huge collection of Betamax movies. When he heard Sony had stopped making Betamax players, he went to an electronics store and literally bought them out, he bought like 50 of them and stashed them in a closet. When I last spoke to my friend, his father still had a couple dozen in his closet, unopened. I'm not sure how long RIM is going to continue making BBOS phones, but there's a good chance it will be sooner rather than later. Once BB10 is available, who's going to buy obsolete hardware? Even emerging markets can read the writing on the wall. I suggest the true diehards get ready to stash some Blackberries in their closets for the time to come.
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