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Goodbye iPhone, Hello Blackberry 10

By on Nov 23, 2012 in Mobile Trends, Technology Trends

IT Recruiter Ryan holding up his iPhone and his Blackberry

IT Recruiter Ryan Ayres is putting away iPhone because he’s super excited about the release of Blackberry 10

Hi. My name is Ryan and I am officially a mobile device addict. I am obsessed with mobile devices. I’ve owned nine different phones in the last 24 months, multiple tablets and every cool gadget available.

In fact, I’m so excited about the January 30 release of Blackberry 10, that I already put away my iPhone and I pulled out my trusty Blackberry 9900.

My passion for technology and everything high tech started way back when I worked at Sony. Then I got into IT recruiting, and one of my specialties is placing mobile web developers, of course. Which gives me another excuse to keep buying the latest and greatest mobile devices.

With new devices and upgrades being released almost as frequently as I change my socks, I feel compelled to get my hands on the new devices to see what the fuss is about. The upcoming release that really has my attention right now is the Blackberry 10.

The future looks bright for RIM

The news about BB10 just keeps getting better the more we learn about. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s excited about this release. According to Dave Berman at the Globe and Mail, “RIM shares have been on a two-month tear, rising more than 85 per cent….”

It’s amazing to watch a fallen giant make a great comeback.

With all of this excitement building, I think many people will put off buying a new phone this holiday season until Blackberry 10 devices hit the shelves in February. Especially Canadians like me who want to support a homegrown tech leader and hopefully bring back thousands of jobs to Waterloo and the GTA. No matter what device your prefer, you can’t help but hope that RIM will be able to at least hold onto their current consumer base. After all they are a major employer of thousands of Canadians and people worldwide!

What I love about the Blackberry 10 operating system

The buzz about BB10 has engaged and excited me so much that I retired my iphone4 to my sock drawer and pulled out my trusty Blackberry 9900. This, of course, means I have to also switch from my iPad and start using my Playbook again.

  1. A very fluid and intuitive UI centered around Blackberry Hub. In the past Rim’s OS’s have been very linear and utilitarian with little to no innovation and wow factor, but BB10 looks like a game changer. All of your messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events flow through BlackBerry Hub and no matter what you’re doing with your phone, you can peek into the Hub at any time.
  2. Blackberry finally has a usable internet browsing feature. Thorsten Heins recently boasted that BB10 will have the best mobile web experience available.
  3. Heins told the New York Times that Blackberry 10 devices will kill laptops in 3-5 years. Intriguing and controversial. Not sure if BB10 can eliminate laptops, but if they pick up some of the market share, that would be great.

I have yet to have the pleasure of getting a BB10 device in my hands but you can bet I will be one of the first in line to buy one.

Is Blackberry 10 worth waiting for?

After delaying the release, I believe RIM will deliver a device that works flawlessly. It will be a refreshing change after the iPhone. My recommendation – Don’t buy a new mobile device on Black Friday. Hold out for the Blackberry 10.

Will you wait for Blackberry 10? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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    12 Comments

  1. Great article. I am holding out for blackberry 10 like you advised

    andrew

    November 23, 2012

    • Thank you Andrew. I think it’s a good opportunity for BB fans to rekindle that excitement again.

      Ryan

      November 26, 2012

  2. I’m with you all the way on this one Ryan. I have yet to own a smart phone (Currently using a Nokia Pay-as-you-Go from 7-11), but I have owned shares in RIM for several years and back in August, doubled those shares rather than sell any.

    Come February I plan to pick up two new BB10′s, for my wife and I. And I’m pretty sure that there will be one or two Playbooks under the Christmas Tree as well.

    It’s refreshing to read an article that is simply stating the author’s thoughts and where they are coming from, without the usual bashing of one company or the other.

    Nicely Done!

    Rob

    November 23, 2012

    • Thanks Rob, It’s great to hear your supporting a strong homegrown company.
      There are tons of devices and different technologies out there and they are all the appropriate solutions for someone. There is no miracle phone that is perfect for everyone. I think we need to take this into account when discussing them
      Regards

      Ryan

      November 27, 2012

  3. Like yourself I’ve found myself in the same position advising people “don”t buy a phone this holiday season. Wait until the release of QNX/BB10 and get all 3 units in your hands (iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy, and BB10), then make the decision about what is the better product). I have been a blackberry user since the BB 957 back in 2001. I am not anti Apple and more of a realist. The truth is in my opinion that Sumgung is currently pushing out the best product on the market right now. They are miles ahead of their competition. Apple has in fact done an incredible job reinventing the smart phone, although they are falling into the same trap as RIM did buy pushing out the same product with minor changes (little better screen, little faster processor). It getting a little boring and samsung is putting out technology way quicker and way better. It explains why Apple was trying to purchase Samsungs LCD technology for a period.

    Things are about to change. With the acquisition of QNX, that little piece of software is about to make things interesting. I’m waiting with baited breath for February to see what QNX/BB10 can bring to the game. I will also be one of the first in line. I purchased some RIM stock about 2 months ago at just over 6 dollars on a whim (a few thousand dollars worth), I bet anyone that stock will be sitting around 40 a years from now. Bring it BBX

    Mark

    November 24, 2012

  4. Plan on buying 2 or 3 – duaghter has been pushing for iPhone and I keep saying “No” – I guess I just do not want to be one of the trained seals that pay far too much for incrementally-improved phones once per year.
    Apple now has 100 billion in cash – so much money as a result of consumers not being wise to being over-charged.

    mac

    November 24, 2012

  5. Plan on buying 2 or 3 – daughter has been pushing for iPhone and I keep saying “No” – I guess I just do not want to be one of the trained seals that pay far too much for incrementally-improved phones once per year.
    Apple now has 100 billion in cash – so much money as a result of consumers not being wise to being over-charged.

    mac

    November 24, 2012

  6. Me too! I cant wait to get my hands on a BB10 device! My phone badly needs replacing but I am sticking with it until BB10 is out!
    Go Canada Go RIMM!!!!!!! There is nothing better than when an underdog starts fighting back and actually stands a good chance
    against the giants!

    NikC

    November 24, 2012

  7. Me too! I cant wait to get my hands on a BB10 device! My phone badly needs replacing but I am sticking with it until BB10 is out!
    Go Canada Go RIMM!!!!!!!

    NikC

    November 24, 2012

  8. Definitely holding out. Love the article.

    Matt

    November 24, 2012

    • Thank you Matt

      Ryan

      November 27, 2012

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