1. danfrancisco's Avatar
    I was just thinking about this the other day. If there's one thing you can say about the BB fanbase that can be universally applied across every person that makes up the community, it's that we're passionate. Passionate about BBOS, BB10, DroidBerry, pkb, vkb, Blend, Link, BBM, sideloading, stock price, quarterly earnings, hardware supply chain, software licensing model... you name it and there's some level of fire in everyone's belly.

    However with that passion comes a ridiculous amount of polarization. As a long time BB diehard, I live in this polarizing bubble and love it for the escape that it provides. I think the reason the passion runs so strong is because we are indeed a part of a very small and niche'ed community that is often misunderstood by the general public for not adopting the more mainstream mobile options (i.e. Apple and Sammy).

    So I was wondering if other niche mobile communities live in the same polarizing manner as we BB diehards do? The only other niche market that comes to my mind is the gamer. In the last two years, they've gotten the Razer and now the ROG phone. The difference with that community is that there are different OEMs competing for their dollars where as BB (thanks to TCL, Optiemus and BB Merah Puti) is the only player in town in the pkb game.

    Is the gaming community as fractured as ours? There's no real established "gaming phone" brand yet so do people take up arms for their favourite manufacturer? Do they fight like siblings on their forums the way we do on CB?

    Commercially, is the gaming phone niche a viable one? Do they sell more or less units than BBs?

    Curious to hear your thoughts on this!
    06-13-18 08:40 AM
  2. fairmarketvalue's Avatar
    Sorry but "niche" is not the correct description, if you're considering world-wide. "Microscopic" is more like it. And, like the academic world with which I am familiar, the controversies become "passionate" because there is so little of material significance about which to argue.
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    06-13-18 08:46 AM
  3. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    Being that there are several companies making "gaming" phones... I expect it is a larger niche than BlackBerry's security or PKB niches.... and they are packing a lot of hardware into those devices. But it's pretty much same hardware on most flagships.... They might have a quicker response display, little more ram or overclocking with help of a cooler. But it's not like that have stacked custom GPUs.

    As it stands, I expect some of those manufactures are hoping to just be early and to be around when/if market takes off.
    06-13-18 02:52 PM
  4. spARTacus's Avatar
    ... the controversies become "passionate" because there is so little of material significance about which to argue.
    Are you saying the subject becomes passionate because the subject matter is small enough to permit people to become opinionated subject matter experts?

    Or, are you saying it becomes passionate because the subject matter is so inconsequential and without substance that people need something else to discuss/debate, so focus switches towards being about self generated opinions as opposed to the actual subject?

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    06-13-18 03:51 PM
  5. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    Are you saying the subject becomes passionate because the subject matter is small enough to permit people to become opinionated subject matter experts?

    Or, are you saying it becomes passionate because the subject matter is so inconsequential and without substance that people need something else to discuss/debate, so focus switches towards being about self generated opinions as opposed to the actual subject?

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    YES
    06-13-18 11:16 PM
  6. katxeus's Avatar

    So I was wondering if other niche mobile communities live in the same polarizing manner as we BB diehards do? The only other niche market that comes to my mind is the gamer. In the last two years, they've gotten the Razer and now the ROG phone. The difference with that community is that there are different OEMs competing for their dollars where as BB (thanks to TCL, Optiemus and BB Merah Puti) is the only player in town in the pkb game.

    Is the gaming community as fractured as ours? There's no real established "gaming phone" brand yet so do people take up arms for their favourite manufacturer? Do they fight like siblings on their forums the way we do on CB?

    Commercially, is the gaming phone niche a viable one? Do they sell more or less units than BBs?

    Curious to hear your thoughts on this!
    Few days ago Engadget did an article on the brief and depressing history of gaming phones.
    https://www.engadget.com/amp/2018/06...gaming-phones/
    And besides the promising New comers namely the Rog Phone, Razer and Preditor.... the arcticle narrates the rest as depressing trials and failures.... and hence for those communities, they must really feel depressed.
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    06-14-18 01:39 AM
  7. kvndoom's Avatar
    the biggest problem with "gaming" phones is that they use pretty much the same hardware as all the other (and cheaper) Android flagships. and they will be outclassed by next year's phones, exactly like any Android flagship today.

    And mobile gaming by design keeps the software years behind the hardware, because of how long people keep their phones. Most of the most popular games will run on a phone made 3 or 4 years ago.
    06-15-18 04:46 AM
  8. valer466's Avatar
    Being dislodged from the number 1 position makes BB fans very emotional. Nothing surprising really. If Apple lost mojo and dropped out of the hardware race, you can be rest assured, despite the PR, that their camp will be in much more trauma than any BB fan is today.
    06-15-18 07:37 AM
  9. pdr733's Avatar
    As someone who watched the Windows Mobile community for a couple of years (and having owned a WM phone myself, even for a brief time) I can say that it was as polarized/ing as this forum.

    The main difference is perhaps the hatred of Apple and Google ran even higher in the WM/WP circles than in BB circles, in the other hand, this sort feeling of moral superiority (we are serious people, tools not toys, we are creative not content consumer, in general the demonization of the concept of "consumer" per se), which some people in Crackberry do or did subscribe to, was less prevalent in WM boards I visited.
    Strong feeling of anti-mainstream/"be different" yes, but the tools-not-toys ideology no.
    06-21-18 10:47 AM
  10. idssteve's Avatar
    Polarization is a pretty natural response to bi-polar influences. Lol.

    Like gravity itself, the CB community I joined a decade ago was pretty harmoniously mono-polar. That seemed to change in the months leading up to BB10. Imo. Once introduced, BB10 enthusiasts openly blamed "legacy holdouts" for BB10's failure. Fully ignoring, and even defending, glaring faults in the new and woefully immature platform. Imo.

    The polarizing animus directed toward "legacy holdouts" inflicted wounds that fester to this day. Imo. Fwiw.

    Do segments of other communities blame each other for product failures?
    06-22-18 06:57 AM
  11. tangozulu's Avatar
    I too live in an everything BlackBerry bubble. As a BlackBerry 10 fan I can't speak to the gaming issue. My sense is gamers need the latest greatest tech to keep some sort of advantage, while myself I want simple function. I want bb10.
    In my mind these are 2 polar opposites.

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    06-22-18 09:51 AM
  12. pdr733's Avatar
    Do segments of other communities blame each other for product failures?
    I saw evidence of that in the Windows Mobile boards I visited. Some people, for example blamed other members of that community for not buying into the handsets launched at Autumn 2015 (Lumia 950/950 XL), even though for the price they were going for, they were immature products with an immature OS (first version of Win Mobile 10, which not only lacked some features the earlier WM/WP OSes had, but was quite unstable as well)
    In a local forum about mobile phones there was a thread on these phones. I remember a sales rep from T-Mobile in my country commenting that the company dropped these phones like 2 months after launching them on their network, because product returns were abnormally high.
    06-22-18 03:35 PM
  13. danfrancisco's Avatar
    I saw evidence of that in the Windows Mobile boards I visited. Some people, for example blamed other members of that community for not buying into the handsets launched at Autumn 2015 (Lumia 950/950 XL), even though for the price they were going for, they were immature products with an immature OS (first version of Win Mobile 10, which not only lacked some features the earlier WM/WP OSes had, but was quite unstable as well)
    In a local forum about mobile phones there was a thread on these phones. I remember a sales rep from T-Mobile in my country commenting that the company dropped these phones like 2 months after launching them on their network, because product returns were abnormally high.
    Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if the blame game was happening in the Palm community. Anyone out there who was active in the WebOS forums?
    06-22-18 03:50 PM

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