Still Using BlackBerry 10? Feel ‘Left Behind’? I Don’t!!

When BlackBerry started developing the BlackDroid range there were various stories abound that BlackBerry 10 was dead. BlackBerry themselves were at pains to point out that, while BlackBerry 10 development was changing, it wasn’t ending. Of course no one believed them but hey, isn’t it the case with BlackBerry that a change is seen as a disaster?

Anyway, when BlackDroid hit the shelves, with the Priv, there was a schism in the BlackBerry community. For so long so many of us had been fighting the platform wars that we ended up not seeing the wood for the trees and we ended up arguing amongst ourselves. Here at UTB, and across the BlackBerry site world, all of a sudden people who ‘went Android’ were to be seen as lepers and those that were sticking with BlackBerry 10 were ‘dinosaurs’ – almost overnight!

So let’s get a couple of things straight now – especially in the light of the excellent announcement today from BlackBerry that BlackBerry 10 is STILL SUPPORTED by the company as it ever was.

1) BlackDroid is simply the BEST Android experience you can buy.
2) BlackBerry 10 is the cream of the smartphone OS world
3) You support BlackBerry (and therefore the continuing existence of the devices you love) by buying either of the two. It isn’t an’either/or’ scenario.
4) There’s nothing wrong in someone liking their BlackDroid phone
5) There’s equally nothing wrong in someone being more than happy to stay on BlackBerry 10.

As people migrated to BlackDroid I found myself being assailed by them. Why haven’t I moved over? Look at what you’re missing out on!! Only I wasn’t missing out an anything, thanks. For me, nothing had actually changed. There are no apps that I NEED from Android that I can’t run on my Passport SE. And when you take that out, well, I’m afraid that, for me, even the BlackDroid experience is nowhere near BlackBerry 10. The Hub is mighty, the peek and flow is wonderful and the File Manager, especially with Remote File Manager which still works more than fine enough, is utterly fantastic.

Yes I know Link is troublesome now with Windows 10 updates and I KNOW Blend isn’t quite damn well finished and it’s REALLY FRUSTRATING just what BlackBerry 10 COULD HAVE BEEN BY NOW if the doo dah hadn’t hit the wall. BUT the truth is this:

In using my Passport SE I’m not a dinosaur. I’m simply waiting for the rest of you to catch up.

Could it be the Mercury/DTEK70? Dunno, it looks gorgeous but you can’t help wishing it was on BlackBerry 10. I may give it a go, just to see. In the meantime I shall leave the final word to an old friend of mine who went BlackDroid straight away as he needed the Google apps for work. He hadn’t switched his Passport on for a YEAR but decided to fire it up to grab 10.3.3 and…

‘Wow. What an amazing OS. After a year away you really appreciate it’s the best.’


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.

  • anthogag

    Something changed on this site. My Disqus account is now my login here.

    I am still using BB10. “They” will never catch up.

    Keep Calm and BB10.

    Live long and BB10.


    Thanks for a positive article regarding BB10. I was just thinking today how some just can’t resist talking down about the GOAT every chance in every article. Real recognizes real. 💯

  • Timothius

    It’s been a very long time since I could say this, but this is one post with which I agree 100%. I just used my BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Express to make a presentation to a board. In spite of seeing me connect my phone to the monitor, when I left, several people said, “That was a great PowerPoint!” I know the term is becoming synonymous with the word. presentation, but I corrected them and said, ‘That wasn’t PowerPoint. That was BlackBerry Express,” and I explained it to them. They were astonished, but very impressed! The beauty of BB10 is “flow”–every device function flowing together seamlessly.

    I get the emphasis on software, but I believe BlackBerry is missing a huge and natural opportunity when it comes to BB10. In the recent UTB podcast featuring Marty Beard, Beard said, “as an executive at BlackBerry, you have those moments where you put out some amazing news, and somebody says, ‘When’s the next BB10 device coming out?’ ” He indicates he wants to redirect them to BlackBerry’s great news, but all the person wants to know is, “When’s the next BB10 device coming out?”

    Rather than attempting to convince BB10 lovers, like me, to essentially forget about BB10 and focus on BlackBerry’s “great news,” they should use the BB10 OS and devices as the tangible manifestation and representation of their intangible software. Use one to promote the other.

    I hope that BlackBerry’s “support” for BB10 consists of much more than maintenance releases. BlackBerry Express and many of the “built-in” apps need updates. In fact, BlackBerry Express, which I used earlier tonight still says. “Beta” on the title. It’s hard to need an update more than still purportedly being undeveloped and in beta.

    BB10 is still a great OS for everyday people. I hope BlackBerry catches up to that notion.

  • Trac Mila

    The one device I always wanted is the Passport SE. But is not available in South Africa. Such a shame.

    Out of all the BB, WP, Apple, android devices I own, only BB10 devices have that wow factor.