Let’s be fair, Android is boring.
Once seen as the new kid rebel on the block, the platform is getting more stale than a loaf of week old rock hard bread. A constant procession of ‘me too’ devices, each as similar as the last but with some zoomy card thingy or the weather poking out at your from a 1980’s dot matrix back cover – the Android manufacturers have struggled more and more to differentiate themselves in an ever crowded market.
Lollipop offers no relief, even if your current device is capable of handling it (which is doubtful).
And then there’s the lag… creeping up on you, unnoticed until after 6 months you think ‘I’m sure this thing wasn’t virtually unusable before?’
Never mind the Malware – but let’s not get into that.
And then along comes the Passport. Something new, something FRESH – and with those rubbish old physical keys – you know, the ones that you probably got addicted to in the first place. But not just that, it LOOKS different, it FEELS different – after all, isn’t that why you became an Androidian in the first place?
To Be Different?
No surprise then to see that we have had a number of current Androidians enter our Passport competition (your entries by the way are currently being assembled by our crack technical team via the method of printing on paper to be assembled in a hat of some sort and one drawn out – and that’s ONE PER PERSON BLANE SO STOP ENTERING) and the message they have given is simple.
They’re bored of Android. One way or another the Passport will be their next device.
Of course, we still have some old misconceptions to dispel, some people love the idea of the hardware but, of course, have a bit of a way to go to get the fact that BlackBerry 10 is a superior OS like Dusan Belic of IntoMobile
Android vendors, please make a BlackBerry Passport-like device
BlackBerry Passport will most likely be my next phone. Sure, I hate the lack of key apps and the way Android apps work on Passport’s square display, but that physical keyboard is a deal-maker for me. I type a lot on the phone and while virtual keyboards are getting better with the day, they’re still “not there.” So I’m willing to accept few compromises in order to get more things done while on the go.
That being said, I gotta wonder why some Android handset makers don’t create similar devices? And by similar I mean phones that have physical QWERTY keyboard beneath a large screen. I’m not talking about sliders, though.
The Passport is really unique devices and it’s obviously selling well. Right now, the Canadian company has a nice problem to keep up with the demand. The fact that they haven’t ordered millions of units has lot to do with this, but still – I’m sure that the likes of HTC and Sony wouldn’t mind having the same problem.
Said two vendors are not alone struggling to keep up with Samsung and the growing number of Chinese vendors. So why not experiment with novel form factors? Or at very least, create a Typo keyboard case for your products, as I’ve mentioned before.
What do you think? Would you be interested in an Android device that looks like BlackBerry Passport?
If the Passport is Dusac’s next phone he is in for something of a pleasant surprise, of course. Rather than apparently being built from the water vapour that bonds clouds together (that gives most Android devices that deliciously cheap ‘floaty’ feel) he’ll have a slab of quality in his hand.
And then he’ll have to get over the shock that the 10.3 OS is already far advanced of anything in the Android world.
But that’s fine. We understand. There’s a lot of it about. Due to all the malicious rubbish spouted about BlackBerry over the last 2 years he really wouldn’t be alone.
There’s an AWFUL lot of people having their eyes opened to the fact they’ve been lied to about BlackBerry.
And, as he says, the buzz around the Passport is something many Android manufacturers would die for right now. I suppose, in this situation, where none of them are making any money from it, you would wonder why they are bothering at all.
Still, who cares?
Here at UTB anyone coming #BackToBlack is MORE than welcome.
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