You know the saying, be careful what you ask for.
Symbian and Blackberry used to be known for their resource efficiency in terms of both power and data consumption. Along came the new kids on the block, iOS and Android, and after having a taste of the fancy user interfaces on those platforms, lots of Symbian and blackberry users began to complain.
Well, Blackberry has since fleshed up their UI, and the new Nokia Belle has a UI at par with modern standards. The problem is, to power those new UIs, more powerful processors had to be introduced. Enter the new range of blackberry OS7 and the new Nokia Belle smartphones.
Blackberry users now swear by their fathers’ beards that battery life on the new devices is crap. Errr…that sounds like something that Android and iOS users have been complaining about for years.
The odd part is that Nokia Belle users seem to still find satisfactory battery life on their devices. As a matter of fact, almost everyone with a Symbian Anna device who upgraded to Nokia Belle has spoken of improved battery life. What do you know?
Okay, so Nokia Belle seems to be the exception. Still, we cannot ignore the teaming BlackBerry masses who are currently frustrated with the power consumption on their devices. A member of the Mobility team has sworn to downgrade her Torch 9810 from OS7.1 down to OS7 because of this very issue. She had much better battery life on OS7.
RIM also didn’t help matters: the previous flagship, Bold 9780 had a 1500 mAh battery, while its replacement, 9900, has a 1230 mAh battery. Excuse me?
I must also add that having played with at least three OS7 BlackBerries, it seems to me that these new devices often feel a bit under-powerd in use – even when 1GHz processors run the show. Perhaps, the need is for more RAM. The bold touch 9900 has only 768 MB. Why, anyone?
Using WebOS on the HP TouchPad, I often get that feeling that the processor is trying to keep up with the very fluid and nice interface.
These all lead to frustrating moments at times, inspite of the benefits and positives of these devices.
Still, inspite of these, we must embrace the future, regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us. Fluid user interfaces are both the present and the future.
No-one seems certain about the future of WebOS, but at least BlackBerry fans can look forward to OS10 in hope.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.