Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

Summary: I dropped an BlackBerry operating system upgrade because of one small nitty bug which drove me to madness. What made me upgrade in the first place?

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I have been reluctant to upgrade to BlackBerry OS 6 since my less than ideal experience with the OS 6-preloaded BlackBerry Torch. It was weighty, clunky and in short, I would not recommend to my business-minded peers.

But when I settled on the Bold 9700, I was far more content with a simple BlackBerry, with no flashy features or sliding keyboards, touch-screen technology or any of the 'faff' that the Torch has.

And then it occurred to me how very boring I was. Why do I not want the flashy technology? Why am I, and so many of my generation happy with a standard, candy-bar phone that doesn't slide, twist or wobble when you open it?

In the end, perhaps one can dismiss the complicated sociological hyperbole, and settle on the simple fact that the Torch is an awful house brick phone.

But this week, truthfully, I want a change; to spice things up a notch.

This is a long-standing 'feature' of my generation. The need to try the new, the want and desire for change and short contracts on their devices.

While I did not want to trade in my now stupidly considered 24-month contract, for which I still have over a year and a half to go, I became rather bored of the standard, the normality of the operating system and the need to add an extra pizazz to my mobile life.

I wanted something new, but within the BlackBerry range. I am to the BlackBerry like every iPhone user is to Apple -- except without the zealotry and the religious-like connotations.

I like the iPhone a great deal, personally. I just prefer a hardware QWERTY-keyboard on my phone. I can't say it any simpler than it is.

I backed everything up; I saved my contacts and wrote down all the applications that I had installed -- just to be on the safe side. I performed the upgrade and everything was wonderfully intact; except the folder structure.

Regardless of this, the thing that had bugged me from the start, when I used the Torch and the new OS 6 to begin with, was the default resting home screen.

The home screen feels like it's driven through a mountain of steroids with the windows down, and really not in a good way. It is flimsy, there is too much going on, and for non-touch devices it's a nightmare. I still haven't worked out how to access the main folder menu without tapping the menu key twice.

But relief and respite came in form of a suspicious-looking theme at first, which enabled an OS 5 theme on the OS 6 device.

It's quite amazing to think I dropped an upgrade on the most part, besides the hardware failures, to avoid the home screen of an updated operating system. Now that's fixed, I've discovered longer battery life, better data and signal retention and some rather groovy applications which I all but overlooked in the first place.

In short, OS 6 is a great operating system. Whether or not it will be better than the upcoming QNX-based OS 7, we have yet to see.

Regardless of the poor, non-touch considerations of the default screen -- arguably the most important screen there is on the device -- it will be something I shall keep.

Until, this afternoon at least, when I give the leaked OS 7 a try.

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Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Why?

    Because it is a TOOL, not a fashion statement. I am not interested in flashy tools. I am not interested in what other people think. I am interested in tools that do their jobs well with a minimum of fuss and cost. Plain and simple.
    Economister
  • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

    I don't think all iPhone or Android owners are zealots or religious -- just the loud uneducated few. iPhones, Androids or BBs are just tools. You get the one that fits your needs.
    IAmMarty
    • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

      @IAmMarty That is a much better way of putting it -- thank you.
      zwhittaker
    • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

      @IAmMarty Well said! I own an iPhone and I'm a huge proponent of them but I realize that it's not everyone's cup of tea nor is it the best thing since sliced bread.

      I also own a Blackberry Curve that is incapable of running BB OS 6 and since I'm the unofficial BB guru at work I have quite a few of my coworkers who bring their BBs running OS 6 to me... and I'm not a fan of the OS.
      athynz
  • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

    It works for you and does what you need it to.
    LoverockDavidson
  • Good grief. Talk about being full of yourself.

    New flash: No one appointed you spokesman for "Your generation."
    fr_gough
    • He is doing better than you (nt)

      @fr_gough

      NT
      Economister
    • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

      @fr_gough News Flash: No one appointed you as the heckler either and yet here you are.
      athynz
  • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

    "...better than the upcoming QNX-based OS 7..."

    Incorrect. Forthcoming OS7 is basically OS6.1. OS8 will be the first OS to be QNX-based
    mikestuff
    • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

      @mikestuff

      I was just about to say that.

      QNX is what I am holding out for...I'll probably be by-passing the 9900 and Torch 2, and Curve Touch, and Touch for a QNX phone. I dont even know why they're bothering with these OS7 phones...
      5FingerDiscount
      • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

        @5FingerDiscount You're both right. I'm looking into this for a post on Monday -- which should be interesting for BlackBerry haters ;) Have a great weekend, all.
        zwhittaker
  • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

    Correction: BlackBerry OS 7 is not based on QNX.
    salmanmunir@...
  • RE: Despite Torch failings, why I reluctantly upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6

    I enjoyed the Curve series and when I got the Bold 9780,regretted much the OS 6. Colleagues using the Torch series suffered no signal when other series have no signal problem. What new model can overcome all these shortcomings?
    wiseone_z