BlackBerry OS 5 feels so old

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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.



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  1. minus financial constraints, if it is not running Belle, don’t touch it

    Hen hen? ** pushing advice away with both hands **

    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.

    Different hardware levels may make that impossible…

  2. How come u didn’t upgrade her 9650 to OS6 for her. It was the first thing I did when I got mine. Hmmm.
    Please either upgrade her OS or better yet her phone. You shouldn’t be the only one enjoying top of the edge devices n OS. Men sef.

  3. Nikky

    How come u didn’t upgrade her 9650 to OS6 for her. It was the first thing I did when I got mine. Hmmm.

    But I did, mademoiselle. Right after I got her the 9650 when it came out (shey you read that), I upgraded it to OS6 for her, but her Airtel SIM had problems with the upgrade and I had to downgrade it back for her. There!

    Please either upgrade her OS or better yet her phone. You shouldn’t be the only one enjoying top of the edge devices n OS.

    Babe, she will get a new phone at her next birthday in November! Or whenever. Warreva. Wetin sef?

    Men sef.

    Women and their wahala! *Picks up car keys…*

  4. I’m with Adnikky on this. So Madam has to wait a whole 5 months to get… OS7? OS10?

    And you’re already loving up your phone and lusting for the next. Let us not hear you gave her your cast-off but a brand new phone!

  5. Don’t forget there’s a thriving used Blackberry market out there and a lot of OS4 and OS5 phones in circulation. In a sense, those phones will suit someone’s price bracket, even with their limitations.

    I can even still buy a brand new 7290 and Curve 8310.

  6. Noni,

    Wait o! Me, give my wife my cast-offs? I’m not cheap, sis. I too much gat swag. For your info, whenever I get my wife a phone, its usually something that’s bang up-to-date.

    The 9650 was cool two years ago. I got her a tablet last year, which is why she still has the 9650. November commeth… 😉

  7. Please is any other person experiencing stealth airtime deductions on their BB even with BIS on? I’m tired of these networks sef! One can’t just get a good one to settle with. Their CC keeps telling me I use WAP as if am a kid! The apps I use are BBM,OperaMini and Ubersocial chikena! I even use this app when I have 0.00 just to be sure none of them requires airtime to work.Last night I had airtime,this morning I wanted to make an important call and its 0.00!

  8. Kia, na wah o, â whole 5 months before she gets â nice device. *crosses self* Thank God I’m â geek already n can get what I want for myself. Instead of being subjected to anyone’s ‘magnanimous’ nature. 5 months chai. SMH.
    Men and their finite wisdom. *picks car keys, bb 9810, N9, whistling n goes for â fast ride*

  9. @Adnikky, if you have a Significant Other (who’s like Eye.Bee.Kay’s cousin) you then have to find ways of circumventing the potential wahala when you want some new bit of tech.

    (I have my flipchart, graphs and markers ready to justify my next purchase :))

    As for you Mister Mobility, I will start a petition for Madam’s phone if I so much as hear you have a new bit of kit. So berra just forget the Pureview for now. Anyone dash you a freebie I expect to see it up for sale and the money spent on a spangly new phone for Madam!

  10. Mr mobility I’m also November born. Maybe i even share same birthday with madam. (November 28). Can i get a bb with OS 10 from you in 5months pls. At least you must have known me for 2years by then. I’m worthy. I deserve it!

  11. This is what happens when everybody including my humble self wants to get on blackberry platform just to enjoy those services that can’t be found on other platforms. Our telcos have even made it even more irresistible with their cheap though low quality services. Using the OS5 devices can be quite frustrating! Believe me (I’m using the storm 9530 with the severely handicapped onscreen only keyboard and the annoying clicking screen with terrible responsiveness). It took me a long while to get my way around the tiny but many irks found in the OS. The browser is ok if you don’t require multiple tabs in later OSes. The memory issues are the worst. I remember I had to do a battery pull up to 6 times everyday before I eventually reinstalled the OS. The lack of a keyboard also makes it impossible to do the shortcuts using combination of key presses. In summary if you’ve used a better OS or a different platform, OS 5 will definitely turn you off. But if all you do is ping! You may not really notice all the gripes.
    However RIM is planning to turn things around with their upcoming OS 10 with an entirely redesigned keyboard and other goodies. Some people who have had hands on experience with the keyboard say its like the device was reading their minds. The rest of the OS seems like it was designed with the BB playbook in mind. Only time will tell if RIM will survive the ever turbulent smartphone wars.

  12. @ziloxp: please configure ubersocial to use only wi-fi and bis. Also delet your opera mini and install the latest one. I hope you don’t have any radio apps on your phone cos they use WAP connections.

    You can holla at me @udegbunamchuks

  13. When I see people urging to get a Bold, I always tell them that if you cant afford the new Bold just buy the new Curve esp 9360 becos it makes no sense to buy those old bolds. The new Curves runs the latest OS and they are much more faster.

  14. @bosun99uk I agree. If anyone wants a Bold I wouldn’t suggest anything before the 9780.

    Given a choice right now, I would opt for the Curve 9320, if only for the better battery life than the 9360 (throw in FM radio and you’re good to go, no update necessary). I can live with (grit teeth) the 3 megapixel camera.

    Shayman – I dey worry for you o, lol.

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