It seems to me that everyone is going all UTB all of a sudden! BlackBerry centric sites are finally getting angry, and firing back at those sites that are lobbing ridiculous reviews about the BlackBerry Passport. I’m not presumptuous enough to say they’re following our lead, after all, we are the new kid on the block, and I’m not going to assume the larger sites that have been around for a few years would be reacting to the small site that hasn’t even had their first anniversary yet. In truth, they are probably following BlackBerry. BlackBerry under John Chen, with the BlackBerry Fact Check, has been fighting back on their own. And perhaps these other blogs are taking a cue, that BlackBerry isn’t going to let other’s kick down their sandcastles any longer. Of course it may also have something to do with BlackBerry’s sudden success with the Passport. Selling out so quickly, is surely showing those that doubted before, that BlackBerry is back! All the positive buzz on the BlackBerry Passport, and all the negative buzz on the iPhone 6, is enough to get someone that charges to the front of a line for an iPhone, to start talking about BlackBerry again! Good job Mr. Chen!
And now, it feels like there are allies on the field! Suddenly, the BlackBerrian army just got bigger. Some may be a little timid, not wanting to actually say the names of those that wrote the troll reviews they’re upset about. But some are willing to spell it out, and point the reader directly to those that have been giving obvious biased reviews. Our friend Jubei Raziel did just that over at Berryflow. He was very clear on his opinions about different reviews, and apparently raised the ire of Brad Reed over at BGR.
And that other Brad thought he would give Jubei’s article the UTB treatment in an article not-so-imaginatively titled “BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness” Obviously Other-Brad is upset. I don’t blame him. After all, BGR are as much fanboys of Apple as we are fanboys of BlackBerry. And while suddenly, BlackBerry fanboys have so much to be happy for and excited about, Apple fanboys…sigh. You see, Apple has had issues. From the various issues of iOS8, and the resulting updates to try (and fail) to fix those issues (who really wants to make phone calls on a phone right Other-Brad?), to celebrities suddenly having their fans know entirely too much about them, to even bendy phones?! It’s got to be rough! But see, here’s the problem with other-Brad, he’s not very good at the UTB Treatment.
We here at UTB take pride in what we do. We make it a point that we can answer points that we have issue with in other articles. We will correct what we see as wrong. Other-Brad just didn’t ever get there. Other-Brad’s article was the written equivalent of pointing fingers and calling names. By now, if you’ve been reading UTB, I’m sure your used to our commentary mixed in to quotes from articles which we find. Let’s take a look at Other-Brad’s commentary.
And he’s just getting warmed up.
This is in response to Jubei listing off several of the issues that Apple has already had since the release of the new iPhone. Very insightful Other-Brad.
Raziel is right that you shouldn’t review a BlackBerry Passport like you’d review an iPhone or Android phone or Windows Phone. BlackBerry isn’t targeting the consumer audience anymore and if you review the device, you ought to review it on its own terms and not your own.
That said, the Verge review that Raziel railed against tried to do exactly that by reviewing the Passport specifically as a productivity device that could be used for getting real work done. Indeed, Seifert dedicated a good portion of his review to the BlackBerry Hub, which is a productivity-focused one-stop messaging center whose concept he liked even though he found its implementation lacking.
This is Other-Brad’s most thought out argument. This is probably where he spent the most amount of his time on this blog. And he spent it sticking up for The Verge review. Which in itself damages Other-Brad’s credibility. Want to see the proper UTB Treatment of The Verge review? Click here.
But wait: Raziel isn’t even close to being finished to denouncing society for shunning BlackBerry over the years.
Then he quotes Jubei, and comes back with…
Yes. Seriously. That really happened. Apparently “wow” is a valid argument in BGR-land. As opposed to presenting a point of view, he simply mock’s Jubei’s point of view. I w ould gladly give a counterpoint to Other-Brad’s counterpoint, if he had one. So instead, I will respond to “wow” with a “really?” seems fair right?
And it gets even better. After ripping into consumers for being brainwashed into thinking the mobile device they own makes them superior to people who own rival devices, Raziel goes on to boast about the fact that… BlackBerry users are superior to people who own rival devices.
By now I’m sure you’re seeing the wit behind the man that is Other-Brad. I think Other-Brad has come up with something entirely different than the UTB Treatment. It simply looks like the UTB Treatment. Let’s call it the BGR Method. The way I see it, you simply restate what was already said, then make a snide comment after it. Got it!
At this point, you’d expect me to make some snide comments. But no: Some things just don’t need the added commentary to be flat-out hilarious. This is one of them.
No. You have it wrong Other-Brad. I wasn’t expecting a snide remark. I was expecting you to make a point. You obviously take issue with Junei’s article, yet you make no arguments against it. I understand that may be difficult right now. I mean, the Passport is surprising all of us. Who would have thought it would sell out so fast? Who would have thought there would be so many people still trying to get their hands on one? Who would have thought that Apple could make this many mistakes in such a short time?
Here at UTB, our friend Biggly has been saying for some time that the tide is turning. I’m going to step on his toes a little bit here to say that the tide has already turned. BlackBerry is beating it’s own projections on it’s road to profitability. The Z3 continues to sell out in market’s in which it was introduced. The Passport sold out in record time, and many of us are still waiting to be able to purchase ours. We are seeing those that very publicly left the BlackBerry community trying to slide their way back in. And those bloggers who cherished the fact that iPhone seemed untouchable, are suddenly feeling the need to defend Apple, and the app launcher they produce. Yes my BlackBerry family, the tide has surely turned, and it’s our turn to ride that wave to the top.