The BlackBerry Z30 is the first OS10 smartphone that I am actually using. I have found it to be a highly capable device, and the OS and UI very top-notch. OS10 is a breath of fresh air. But it has come at a cost: internet consumption. OS10 is a huge departure from BlackBerry’s traditional data efficiency. Forget about data compression here. Forget about lean and trim here. Say hello to data guzzling, 21st century style.
On an average day, without any app, audio or video downloads – just email, instant messaging and very minimal web browsing, I watch as 40MB disappears from my data bundle. That means in a month, I will be averaging nothing less than 1.2GB of data. Consider that this is with the above-described conservative usage. If I add app downloads and updates, as well as audio and video consumption, I would perhaps be looking at nothing less than 3GB of data monthly.
Simply put: with OS10, BlackBerry joins the ranks of data guzzlers like Android, iOS and Windows Phone. No shocks. It is a new world. Embrace it. Let go of the past and revel in wanton data guzzling. Life is good. Of course, this is bad news for those who got on the BlackBerry train because of low-cost internet subscriptions. The dedicated BB10 data plans offered by Nigerian networks are far removed from the price range of legacy BIS tariffs. But then, legacy BlackBerry devices are still being sold to cater for those who want that. As it is, there is something for everyone.