I wish that most people would be like me – think through the implications of what they ask for, so that when they do get it, they are prepared to live with the consequences too. You see, in the real world – not the world of Alice – our decisions mean that we trade one thing for another.
How many of you remember Symbian’s traditional resource efficiency? Low-powered processors, good battery life and low data consumption? Well, some Symbian users got greedy and shouted for eye candy and a sleekier user interface. What they did not factor was the fact that the sleekier moves and other wants would mean more powerful processors and also mean greater data consumption. Well, whether they factored it or not, that was what they got. Nokia Belle, the modern iteration of Symbian, is not so lean on resources as the Symbian that we used to know – and it is clear why. If you want a richer, heavier experience, you have to burn more fuel and put in more muscle.
Now, with the launch of Blackberry OS and the news that the new OS and devices are not going to run over BIS (Blackberry Internet Service), people are screaming blue murder. What the gadzooks is wrong with you all? You complained that the Blackberry browser was not as rich, that you could not stream videos, and that you wanted fancier moves on your Blackberry smartphones. Well, you got them! You have the most advanced mobile browser, you have swipes and gestures like MeeGo, and moves like Jagger. Even Michael jackson will be green with envy. But, hey, it all comes at a cost. All that heaviness cannot be moved over BIS data compression!!
As I have pointed out again and again, every OS has its strengths and weaknesses. Once you go for richer, fancier stuff, you sacrifice something. If you choose to retain the simpler, old school way, you have to give up some of the new tasty, candy treats. You cannot eat your cake and have it.
As I pointed out in my recent article about proxy browsers (and networks), data compression often means stripping out richer media and functionality. BIS meant that all data was compressed and flowed over BlackBerry’s own network. As a BlackBerry official said, that meant poorer browsing performance than on any other smartphone. Now you enter this new data-intensive ecosystem and it’s not feasible to run it through the same security and compression. End of. Grow up. Deal with it.
Here is the lesson: Every time you want something different, it will be at the expense of something. Every single time. Now, you have a richer, sleekier BlackBerry OS. Deal with the consequences. Now, can you all just shut up and start planning for how to afford standard mobile internet plans to power those spanking new Blackberry 10 smartphones that you are already saving up to buy? What is my own?
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.