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

Do You Plan To Buy A BlackBerry 10 Smartphone?

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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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  1. I’ll definitely be getting the blackberry 10, have been waiting for it since last year, blackberry in general has made life easier for me but only the 64gb playbook has failed me because I bought it so I can trade forex on it conveniently with MT4. I have sideloaded the Andriod MT4 forex platform after converting it to bar file from Apk and it doesn’t work yet, that gets me frustrated and don’t know what else to try or do.

  2. I have never used a BB personally but have certainly played with it several times.

    I have never been eager to see a Blackberry like the BB10 devices.
    I so much love the BB10 qwerty.
    I will buy it, if the price is reasonable.

  3. With full touch screen, if battery life is good (+1500 mAh) i just might go ahead and purchase my First BB unit. How much is the estimated cost?

  4. I will most definitely get one provided it’s wide screen of at least 4.3 inches for the full touch screen and 4 inches for the qwerty keypad with 2000mAh battery capacity and remarkable improvement from it’s previous operating system which is not bad though. I want to see blackberry compete favourably with other mobile operating system. Please RIM no low capacity battery this time around less I ditch your phones for good.

  5. “4 inches for the qwerty keypad with 2000mAh battery capacity”

    I doubt if we will get this.

  6. @Dan S, why dump an iphone5 for a BB10? just curious.

    @bosun99uk, it should cost around $500 to $600 just like other flagships Samsung, LG,Apple, HTC.e.t.c.

    i am not a fan of BB. They cannot meet my needs. Though i must give it to RIM this time. Better screen,battery,camera,ram space,processors e.t.c. The line still doesnt cut it for me. My wife is a fan though and i have promised to upgrage her’s to BB10. However, she recently told me there was no need since her present BB works just fine and delivers for her every need. Good news for me and my pocket.

  7. @belushi “They cannot meet my needs. Though i must give it to RIM this time. Better screen,battery,camera,ram space,processors e.t.c. The line still doesnt cut it for me.”

    Huh? How does it not meet your needs? Do you have an app on your iPhone or Android device that makes you bacon and eggs? The BB10 QNX OS is far more advanced than anything we’ve seen to date.

  8. @Rub3n5:

    Huh? How does it not meet your needs? Do you have an app on your iPhone or Android device that makes you bacon and eggs? The BB10 QNX OS is far more advanced than anything we’ve seen to date.

    Lol. How are you so sure that it is far more advanced than anything we’ve seen up to date. Can you point out any single feature that makes it stands out from the others, I mean something not in the original BB OS?

    One of the things that could help RIM with sales of their BB10 devices would be competitive pricing. Up till now, BB devices are generally overpriced for what they offer relative to competition.

  9. @rub3n5, I use the note2. Checkout the specs and mention any of the new BB10 devices that offer same. This is exclusive of the apps /games I run on my Note2 which are not available on the BB market.

  10. Already pre-ordered for my girlfriend. I have an iPhone and tired of it – hey the iPhone was amazing 6 years ago, don`t get me wrong, but is a piece of history now. I would love to get one, buy my work paid for my iPhone lol.

  11. LOL @Harry Echemco

    Harry… do some homework. Here is a quote from a CrackBerry article (yes, they are pro-BlackBerry), but it’s very important to understand the foundation BB10 is built on. QNX allows BlackBerry to do more with the OS than iOS and Android (in their current implementation) ever can.


    QNX was built as a super tiny OS. It has something called a Micro Kernel architecture. This differs from Unix, MacOS and Windows which have much larger, monolithic kernels. Even the older Java-based BlackBerry OS is a monolithic system.

    Ultimately, a micro kernel design gives you an OS that is easier to maintain, more secure, and much more flexible.

    If you’ve ever been a Windows user, you’re familiar with the blue screen of death. You know what I mean, right? Your computer crashes, the screen turns blue, and some total incomprehensible message is displayed on your screen telling you about a fatal system error.

    Huge monolithic kernels are more likely to run into these “blue screen of death” problems because various applications and processes all share the same memory. Let’s say a third party app has a bug in it that overwrites memory allocated to another application, or a core part of the operating system. The entire system can come crashing down, and it would be very hard to figure out what’s causing the problem.

    The Neutrino micro kernel architecture avoids this problem by allocating virtual memory to each process. There are only two required elements in a QNX Neutrino system. The first is the micro kernel. The second is the process manager. Everything else runs as a process, and is managed by the process manager, and handed off to the micro kernal OS for execution. If a buggy application accidentally tries to write into memory that it doesn’t control, the process manager will recognize it as an address not allocated to the app, and tell the kernel to shut down the problem on the spot. No blue screen of death.

    That’s why it is exceptionally rare to hear of PlayBook owners who complain that their device crashed, while BlackBerry handhelds can crash much more often. Individual applications can crash. But the core OS? Rarely.

    Within QNX, everything runs as a process that plugs into the main OS. Things like TCP/IP or wireless communications are all processes. Drivers are all individual processes, as are each application running on the device.The keyboard, the gesture recognition, and the rendering of anything to the screen are all individual processes. If something goes wrong, in most cases, the kernel can reboot these processes without you, the user, even knowing that anything happened.

    Metaphorically, you can see this on a PlayBook or BlackBerry 10 device. Every time a new application loads, you can see a new thumbnail (or active frame) open up, and the application lives within that frame. When the frame is out of view, the app is still running. It’s just not rendering anything to the screen because the process in charge of rendering to the screen is being asked to render something else. In this way, the PlayBook OS and the BlackBerry 10 OS are true multitasking beasts.

    When it comes to security and reliability, this micro kernel architecture with protected virtual memory is ideal. Rogue apps can’t steal data they haven’t been granted access to.

    The Neutrino OS is also fully POSIX compliant. In case you are wondering what this means (and it’s important), POSIX stands for Portable Operating System Interface for UniX. It’s a set of standards that programmers adhere to when writing code. In other words, it’s a bunch of API specifications. For QNX to be fully POSIX compliant means that it is very easy for Unix, Linux and even MacOS developers to write code for QNX.

    QNX Neutrino is also ready to accommodate future demands. It was designed, up front, to run on multi-core processors. I’m not talking about 2 and 4 cores, either. I’m talking about 32, 64 or even more. And these processor cores can even be distributed geographically. In theory this means that one instance of the OS could run multiple devices, screens, and in multiple locations. I won’t pretend to be smart enough to envision what this means for the future, but I think it’s safe to say that QNX can do things that other operating systems, such as iOS or Windows Phone 8, were never designed to do.

  12. @Belushi Below is a direct comparison of BB10 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S3. The BB10 is on pre-release hardware and pre-release software running an Android app that was ported to BB10. You figure it should open faster on the OS it was developed for, right? Nope… why? Because the Android OS is a hog and BB10 is far more efficient.


  13. Woww, what an article. I still have strong confidence and courage on Blackberry. BB10 is the future, mark my words.

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