My wife took a “for-your-eyes-only” picture of herself yesterday and showed it off to me, saying, “I know you like something like this.” No; I absolutely cannot post the picture, and don’t you start firing up your imagination. If you had up to 100 guesses, you’d probably still miss what the picture was about anyway, so just don’t bother.
Anyway, she handed me her BlackBerry 9650, which still runs OS5, so I could transfer the photograph to my 9810. A simple task like sending a photo over Bluetooth showed how dated OS5 is. It is just frustratingly old. Simple.
Here’s my summary of BlackBerry OS5 from where I stand using an OS7 device: The interface looks and feels old; the browser is stone-age; and Bluetooth connectivity is a pain.
If you’re shopping for a BlackBerry, here’s my advice to you: apart from financial constraints, please, please stay away from anything that isn’t running OS6 or OS7.
It is similar to the advice I give people who are hunting for a Nokia smartphone: minus financial constraints, if it is not running Belle, don’t touch it. As far as I am concerned, manufacturers should not ship devices with older OS versions once a new one is in the market. Simple as ABC.
Did I mention how really old and creepy BlackBerry OS5 now feels? Sheeesh! Now hugging my 9810…. OS7 for life! Okay; not really. Just till OS10 arrives.
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 HDML/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.