When BBM arrived Windows Phone years ago – which was after we begged and pleaded and grovelling for it – it was easily the worst app on Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Today, on Windows 10 Mobile, it still is the worst app on the platform. If you think you understand what frustration and longsuffering is, wait till you try to do instant messaging via BBM on a Lumia. Horrible is putting it mildly.
And note that I am writing this from my experience with the app on one of the most powerful smartphones in the world, the Lumia 950. Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM is the kind of power we are talking about. If BBM is crap on the Lumia 950, I’m not afraid to pass this verdict: BBM for Windows platform is beyond redemption.
Notifications are delayed, if they happen at all. Many times, I pick up the phone to do something and launch the app before I get any notification of new messages. Then, I have to stare at the app for a few moments before the actual messages drop in. And then, tap a message to open it and it takes another few moments to open. I can’t be nice about this. It is absolutely the worst user experience of any app in existence on the planet. Now, imagine trying to run BBM on a lowly Lumia 550. Try it only if you love pain.
BlackBerry needs to save face by taking down the BBM app for Windows. Just shut it down and let it be known that there is no such app for the platform. This app is a travesty of instant messaging…..There is nothing instant about it. BlackBerry needs to take it down and stop being sadists. Any BBM lover should look elsewhere…. sorry, BB10 OS is on its way out, so Android OS is your best bet. If you can tolerate a slightly lower amount of pain, feel free to give iOS a try. Just stay away from BBM for anything Windows. It is absolute trash.
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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.