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Technocrat   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/10/2013 9:13:42 PM
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I do like what Blackberry has recently produced, with so many in doubt because their phone was delayed just goes to show that sometimes the pundits can be wrong, very wrong.    It is great to see competition continue in this market.
glenbren   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 11:12:34 PM
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My ecosystem is an Android one. My Android phone and tablet work well together and with my pc. My Blackberry Playbook is a separate entity but it also works with my pc and somewhat with my phone. Some applications, such as Evernote, work across all my devices. I'm looking forward to getting OS 10 on my Playbook, but I'm still disappointed in the apps. I've heard though that developers are impressed with the new system, so maybe it'll get some decent apps in the future. I hope so. I hope it's not too late for RIM, er, Blackberry.
Nicky48   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 9:07:15 PM
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I think they may be popular for a while just because they are something new and different, but i'm not sure how long this will last.

I look for a comlete 'ecosystem' now between all my technology - desktops, phones, tablets... The Apple ecosystem suits me just fine now, along with the Apple TV.
mejiac   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 2:51:54 PM
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I too have a playbook, and agree, from a hardware perspective it it superior than most tablets in the market today. For this reason I'm very anxious to see how the OS update to version 10 will be, and if it'll bring any new functionality to the tablet.

Here's an interesting article on the subject.
glenbren   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 2:43:54 PM
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I think they also need to come up with some decent apps to stay in the game. I have a BB Playbook, and while I think it's far superior to many of the Android offerings, the choice of apps is seriously lacking.
mejiac   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 2:33:38 PM
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I think maybe that's one of BBs strategy, to satisfy current customers with new technology.

As mentioned in various medias, I don't think BB will climb to the top any time soon, but I think this at least makes them relevant to keep in the game.

I mean, all Iphone/Android has to do to match any new featues BB has is a software update.
glenbren   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/8/2013 2:13:27 PM
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I think it looks quite impressive. I'm more of an Android person, but my daughter, who has had Blackberry phones for a couple of years now, and was thinking of switching to Android or iPhone, now wants the new BB instead. If that's any indication. I think it may also lure people back.
mejiac   First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!   2/5/2013 1:34:13 PM
First Verdict is in: Blackberry off to a good start!
I've been following Blackberry's development closely only to see if a company has learned from it's pass mistakes. Even though the new Blackberry Z10 hasn't hit US stores and gadget reviewers yet, it has made it's way to UK consumers. Here's a link to a UK review.

Here's one of the comments that caught my attention: "For a new smartphone on a first-generation platform it feels remarkably mature,  with an exceptionally usable and well-thought-out interface that aims to provide  something different to the competition – and largely succeeds."

From a Software Development point of view, it's encouring to see that a company at the end perfered to sacrifies cost and schedule over quality....hoping that it'll turn out ok in the long run.... so my hopes for Blackberry (as a company) are up.

The UK review ends by stating that "The BlackBerry Z10 marks a confident, and encouraging return to for BlackBerry  in its bid to catch up with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. It isn't quite good  enough to compete for overall honours just yet, but it's a big step in the right  direction."

I myself don't think I'll swtich to Blackberry, nor do I think it'll make the Iphone and Android to run for their money, but it'll certainly spice things up a bit.... I forsee both companies pushing out updates that'll be in response to the Blackberery Z10's features.

So, with very preliminary results, Blackberry is of to a better start than Windows Phones.

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