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I don’t have a Z10, but I am thinking of getting one (or the Q10). I do know that BlackBerry has been very responsive to feedback and have already done an upgrade to fix some of the stuff that has been bothering people like the gmail sync and some some stuff to the messaging. This feedback is good critical feedback and should be sent to BB to see how responsive they are. I don’t think they want stuff to behave like a iPhone or an Android phone so if the criticism is ‘it doesn’t do it like an iPhone’ then that is not a good reason for them to change – it’s got to improve the user experience in their OS paradigm. Concerning startup: My understanding is that the phone’s file system and everything is completely reformatted and setup for encryption (even if you are not encrypting your data) and so it has to do with security (same thing with something simple like a delete – there is no SQLlite caching or pseudo-bit flip delete – it is gone and it has to do with security – cops don’t like this). Concerning multi-tasking (and I have only fooled with the phone at a store): It seems to me that you could actually be running 2 music apps at the same time (you should try to do this and see what happens) which means both tasks are either sharing audio resources or blocking each other out – so it’s up to you which app you want to mute or pause – an enhancement/feature could be for the app itself (which is running) to detect a press and pause (when it is sort of running in widget mode) – apps should have much more freedom to directly communicate with each other in this type of OS. Anyway, interesting article.
Thank you for your input. I have a couple of issues with some of your findings.
1. The email address do auto populate, I am not sure why yours is not.
2. Camera from the lock screen. Why are you comparing it to a different platform, just enjoy the device for what it is. A new BlackBerry Platform and that’s it.
3. Do you know of a BlackBerry product that boots fast? So, why are you expecting it from this device (yes it is a new OS but it is still BlackBerry)
4. Being able to open an app after downloading an app from BB-World. Is that really a “problem”? For real? Wow. I do not see a problem with that because this device can “truly” mulitask so jumping into a different app from BB-World is a breeze.
Now I do agree with you on closing an app when in landscape mode, I do sometime have issues with this. Other than that…
I agree with nearly all points mentioned but my z10 is such an awesome device that I don’care. My biggest issue is the duplicate contacts list that I cannot figure out how to fix. Several other annoying little issues with contacts is all that bothers me as I am a heavy, business user and don’t have the time to play with my phone. Also, the iPhone looks so sad next to it that I simply love it :)))
To be perfectly honest I find most of your “Annoyances” rather unimportant. First and foremost, my email auto population works every single time. Second, not having airplane mode on the drop down menu makes sense considering you’ll put rotation lock on multiple times a day. 90% of people may use airplane mode twice a year. The boot time is hysterical. Seriously, if the device takes a minute to boot instead of 30 seconds, is that really going to have a large impact on your day? Especially considering you save seconds every single time you respond to any message on your BlackBerry 10 device. In the end, the BlackBerry 10 device saved you way more time in communication than it cost you in boot up. All in all, your long story short complaint is that BlackBerry 10 isn’t android or iOs and that’s music to my ears, because it’s about time someone came out with a proper communication device, that can also do all the media stuff we’ve come to expect from our smartphones. Not like these toy android and iOs devices that sure, you can watch movies, but they are garbage when it comes to actually being a tool for communication and efficiency.
About the email autocomplete: it works with my local contacts. For other names i have to hit the search button to ask the corporate addressbook.
I agree on the camera-delay. If it wasn’t for the Pin, it would be faster to unlock and open the camera by app
Also can i add the rather small battery? It seems to go from 50% to 10% in like 30 minutes.
I would disagree with everything you’ve pointed out with the exception of landscape mode for more essential apps, quicker camera access from the lock screen, email auto complete for non-localised contacts and the changing of the lock screen full keyboard to that of an alphanumeric keypad.
Little annoyances are costing blackberry millions in sales, because people dont like spending their hard earned money on annoyances
other annoyances listed below
1. Cannot make a call to contact from within their contact info from within whatsapp
2. Absence of status bar but mainly absence of battery percentage permanently displayed on screen, there is enough vertical real estate for it.
3. re-arranging on home screen icons is a pain, I remove an icon from top right hand of screen and the next icon just pops right into that space i was making available for a totally different icon.
4. Call list of my contacts only displays their name and not the number simultaneously, makes sense to display both in call logs. Also while in call logs, and I click a contact, it instantly calls the person, how ridiculous.
5. Migrating from iphone or android youll be very dissappointed with lack of apps, I have grown dependent on yellow pages app
6. setting are purely lacking with this unit, suppose I want to enable virabtion feedback with keypress, its not available.
Blackberry needs to update these issues very fast, and I do not mean with a new handset but with software updates.