I feel like it’s safe to say that Mike Wehner at TUAW is an iPhone fan. It appears he was using both an iPhone and an android, and for some reason, he decided to give the new BlackBerry Classic a try. The following is something that BlackBerry users should find very humorous.
Do you own a BlackBerry? Of course you don’t. Nobody’s owned a BlackBerry since 2009 or so, but despite that I decided to pick up the BlackBerry Classic to replace my HTC One M8 as my non-iOS phone and I actually don’t hate it.
In typical iPhone and Android user fashion, he simply can’t talk about BlackBerry without starting out with a snide comment. But unlike most, he decided to give the Classic a try. And Mr. Positive states he doesn’t hate it. Reading between the lines, I’d say he loves the Classic, he just doesn’t feel secure enough to say it publicly.
With its multitouch screen it’s a lot like a cross between iOS and Android, but it happens to have a feature than neither of those two much more popular options have out of the box, and I love it. I was sorting the bounty of stock apps that came on the device when I realized I had created two folders by accident.
If I were on my iPhone, correcting this mistake would mean taking all the apps out of one folder and putting them into the other one, one at a time. I was prepared to do just that, but first I decided to just toss one of the folder icons on top of the other, expecting it to push the other folder out of the way and leave both folders intact — as it would on iOS and Android. To my astonishment, BlackBerry OS 10 has a built-in “Merge Folders” feature.
Anyone that has used BlackBerry 10 and the other platforms, could tell you that BB10 has many features that neither iOS or Android have. But we need to give Mike time. It’s obvious he’s just started using it. Filing your stock apps is generally one of the first things you do to a new phone after the initial setup correct? Get your homescreen nice and clean and the way you like it, before really digging in to it. And poor Mike has already discovered something that BlackBerry can do that his other phones cannot.
How on earth does BlackBerry — the company that is literally gasping for breath while Apple and Google casually erase them from the history books — have a better handle on app management than its competitors? Apple, it’s time to fix this.
Mike is confused. You see, BlackBerry has rebuilt itself under the leadership of our man John Chen, and is doing something Mike’s beloved iPhone is not doing. It is growing. As Apple’s global market share dwindles by the day, and Android manufacturers are learning that it may just be impossible to make money building android phones, BlackBerry is selling out of phones and it’s handset division has cut a profit earlier than expected. I would not call that “erasing from the history books” but I’m confident that history will tell the real story, and Mike shall be proven wrong.
And with Mike’s first tiny discovery of what BB10 can do, Mike appears angry at his beloved Apple. In fact, he’s not wishing that Apple follow BlackBerry, he’s demanding it. Just wait for Mike to discover what BlackBerry really can do! If he’s rattling the gate of the walled off garden over merging folders, I imagine he’ll be knocking down walls when he starts using the hub!