We have a little over a week till the official announcement of Blackberry 10 OS from RIM. The company will also be announcing two initial smartphones running that OS. There will certainly be a lot of buzz around the two upcoming smartphones. You will notice that I have been largely quiet about BB10 here on MOBILITY. I am not a big fan of vapourware and rumours. BlackBerry fans will get details as soon as I have official information on the upcoming smartphones.
In the meantime, with almost 100,000 apps available and more on the way, BB10 seems to be set for a strong start. BlackBerry has a loyal following and I imagine that many enthusiasts will want to upgrade from their older models to one of the new gadgets. I haven’t used a BlackBerry smartphone in months now, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that RIM will pull off BB10 and bring some more excitement to the platform.
I am traditionally a fan of the hardware QWERTY keyboard on BlackBerry, but details of the software keyboard are intriguing. Perhaps, I might end up leaning towards the fullscreen device if I am won over and eventually choose to go the BlackBerry route. On the other hand, my wife is QWERTY BlackBerry to the core, so she is definitely getting the QWERTY BB10 smartphone. I am guessing that her unit might just be my test device. If BB10 impresses me, then I shall likely jump in the pool and splurge on one for myself.
How about you? Do you plan on getting a BB10 smartphone? Do you currently own a BlackBerry? If you are getting a BB10 device, which of the options – full touchscreen or QWERTY?
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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.