I have been a lover of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for some time now, yet in frustration I recently tweeted this:
— Mr. Mo (@moverick) August 1, 2015
This is not the first time that I am complaining about the issues with BBM’s apps across different platforms. The experience is quite different as you move from one platform to another. Here is how the experience degenerates:
BlackBerry 10 > Android OS > iOS > Windows Phone.
In other words, the BBM experience is best on BlackBerry 10 devices and degenerates to its very worst on Windows Phone. Meanwhile, its much bigger rival, WhatsApp easily delivers beautiful user experiences regardless of the platform one uses. BBM needs to go spy on WhatsApp, or even go beg them for the secret recipe.
Now, here is the deal: I am tired of BBM. I am tired of being told to use a BlackBerry device if I want the best BBm experience. I am tired of telling people to get a BB10 device if they want the best BBM experience. What the heck! This is 2015, and people should be able to use whatever device catches their fancy without being held to ransom by one app. ONE.
So, perhaps it is time I forget about BBM and just use WhatsApp for all my instant messaging needs. Whether I carry a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, an Android smartphone, a Windows smartphone, or an iPhone, WhatsApp just works.
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.