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.’