From our growing forums comes a comment that strikes a chord with many of us BlackBerry faithful, entitled “Priv, Priv, Priv”. Thanks BB4tw!
I started to reply in that thread and thought to myself “Why not bring it out here?” So I did. Stay with me now…
A long time ago (when the earth was green) I was a BBOS 5/6/7 user and fan. During that time I/we started reading and learning about Playbook and the QNX powered PBOS along with the inevitable coming of the new and awesome BB10 OS.
We could feel the winds of change. We could see it coming. Some of us were horrified (Hi BD!), some of us were very curious, and some (like me) couldn’t wait for the new products and operating systems from BlackBerry.
I bought my PB on release day, which seems to be a habit with me. I would scour the internet daily looking for information, apps, and tips/tricks for my Playbook. I loved the flexibility that the Bridge gave me. That Playbook never left my side. It allowed me to dump my paper based notebook in meetings, and was my all in one device for pictures, notes and video for pre-fielding new customer sites.
When the Z10 was released I ran out and bought one immediately that day too. The change from BBOS was massive and a smack upside the head. Again I found myself finding ways to fulfill my needs on a new platform that were being served well on the old one. I still miss BlackBerry Traffic. But the things I lost were outshone by the things I gained. I lost some battery life, but I gained the HUB, multitasking, speed, better apps, and a better camera. I lost having to reboot the phone after installing an app. Don’t miss that.
Then I upgraded from Z10 to Z30. The increase in screen size meant the beginning of my Playbook becoming more of a couch device instead of being with me everywhere. To this day the Z30 stands tall as the best BB10 slab device IMHO. Awesome stereo speakers, great screen and fast enough for most apps. I love that thing.
Along comes another release day in September 2014 and I find myself walking out the door of my Telus dealer with a brand spanking new Passport. Wow. Talk about a massive change for me as I learned the fabulous keyboard and got used to “working wide”. The break-neck speed and power of the Passport must be experienced to be properly appreciated. Combine the now matured BB10 OS with this hardware and it’s difficult to understand what happens next.
As we heard rumours of lower than desired handset sales we fought hard to promote BB10 here at UTB from the very beginning, and if you’ve read us here at all you know what we’re about. We are about BlackBerry.
John Chen made a decision. That’s what he was hired to do, and so far I think he’s doing a good job. He’s using Google, Android, and Samsung (among others) as tools to assist in the growth of the company now that he has righted the ship and turned it around.
So yet another release day comes last month, and there I am again at the carrier store with my contract up just as my curiosity is. Walking out of the store with my Priv came with a different feeling this time though. It was with a feeling of not being sure, or some form of trepidation. I went home, set it up and dove right in as deep as I could.
And here I sit today. Still with mixed feelings. I’ve been using the Priv as my daily driver with my Passport by my side everywhere I go.
The difference for me (and others it would seem) is that I am now using an OS that was considered the enemy. I have a secure boot device like BB10 but it’s a radical departure. I miss the multitasking. I miss Blend. I miss the peek and flow. I miss the “out of the box” functionality and ease of use. That being said, it is an excellent phone. Especially if you have not experienced BB10 recently.
Am I sorry that I bought the Priv? Absolutely not. Am I sorry that BlackBerry produced the phone? No. Am I disappointed that BlackBerry found it necessary to produce an Android based device? Damn straight I am. BB10 is a better OS than all the rest and I know that now because of first hand experience.
I am a BlackBerry fan, as most of you reading this are. As a BlackBerry fan I want the Priv to succeed. I NEED it to succeed so that I can purchase new BlackBerry hardware in the future. I want money gained in Priv sales to go towards BB10 development.
It’s complicated. I cannot apologize for all the Priv talk at UTB because we are all about BlackBerry’s success, but I also identify with all our BB10 loving brothers and sisters. Like I said, it’s complicated.
This story is about change (also known as rambling BS from Dave). It is about adaptation, and I’m hoping it is also about all of us sticking together and working towards the success of our favourite platform and company.
I am a BlackBerry fan. Soapbox mode off.