Six Clicks: Good reasons to still consider a BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Six Clicks: Good reasons to still consider a BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Summary: While Android and iOS are usually the first type of devices you might consider, BlackBerry continues to build some solid hardware while updating their OS to offer a compelling platform.


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Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • Blackberry

    has always had a good business phone. By business phone I mean making conference calls and checking corporate emails. Voice quality is usually excellent. Its not a great consumer phone because consumers like games. Yes I said games and don't deny it because games are always in the top downloaded apps. Problem is that if you want a well rounded phone for both business and personal use, I think Win Phone or Android devices are the way to go.
    Sean Foley
    • BlackBerry has lots of games

      BlackBerry doesn't have an issue with games. Ever since ditching java OS that's never been a problem. It's issue is still with apps which might be remedied when it has the amazon store in 10.3
    • Are you kidding?

      I have not only my corporate email, but my personal email, SMS, MMS, BBM, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc messages in my BB Hub.

      There are tons of games in BB World. Plus, as the article states, you can run Android games on BB 10.2 devices. The Z10 screen is larger, has higher resolution, and higher pixel density than an iPhone 5.

      If you want a well-rounded phone for both business and personal use, nothing beats BB 10. Find a CrackBerry buddy and let him show you!

      It seems to me that your information is out-of-date.
      • Emulated apps?

        Do the Android apps run well on BB 10 and is there any limitations/issues?
        Sean Foley
        • Most definitely

          Nearly 98% of the Android apps run flawlessly on BB10. The idea that there is still an app gap is a testament to people who have yet to try BlackBerry 10 for themselves. It's, by far, the most potent, comprehensive, and intuitive operating system to date.
        • Limitations

          As for the limitations, the only apps that are not granted full functionality are the ones that require Google services. I don't see this being an obstacle much longer.
    • BlackBerry's got game.

      I'm not really a phone gamer - preferring to save that for consoles or PC's. BUT BlackBerry 10 has plenty of game options.

      On my Z30 I've got Angry Birds (the whole collection - star wars, space, bad piggies etc). Plants vs Zombies, Need for Speed, Cut the Rope and tonnes more - all native BlackBerry 10 apps.

      I've also got a whole heap of Android games running perfectly too. Clash of Clans, Flappy Bird etc.

      There's certainly no shortage of Games for the Z30 :)
  • Passport

    At first, I was thrilled by the Passport. I am a big fan of hardware keyboards because of my eyesight and the fact that I use Remote Desktop extensively. It seemed like I was finally going to get another hardware keyboard phone with high-end specs, still be able to run my Android apps, etc. However, the spacebar placement in the middle of the letters really put it off for me. I know it may seem like a small thing, but even the virtual keyboards I have used all have the spacebar below the letters. I doubt I am going to buy it because of the abnormal layout. I liked the setup for it otherwise, though, and it had some good ideas, I think.
    • Passport

      Are you aware that the Passport physical keyboard is touch sensitive? With the Passport’s touch-enabled keyboard, you’ll be able to navigate web pages, apps and e-mails by lightly brushing your fingers over the keys for scrolling and cursor placement.

      There is also a virtual 4th row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you’re typing a password on-screen, the 4th row would automatically include numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords. If you’re typing an e-mail, the ‘@’ symbol will be displayed, and when surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed.
    • Interesting

      I did not notice that until you pointed it out. I'm sure it will require a learning curve but it doesn't seem like a deal breaker. I'd have to try it in person though.
  • Not even Free

    Blackberry is a company on life support, why would I invest in a phone that has an old OS that is not supported and lacks of many features and apps. Also some of the ten reasons you mentions can be perform by better and smarter by other phones. the blackberry if for Only people that don't want to move forward and they stay in the past.
    • fcarreon@ your comments show your complete lack of knowledge

      fcarreon, you say in your comment, "why would I invest in a phone that has an old OS that is not supported and lacks of many features and apps" which shows your complete and total lack of knowledge about BB10. BB10 is the newest OS in the market. It is well supported by Blackberry with a continued release of fantastic OS updates since the day it was launched. See Wikipedia quote "On November 12, 2012, CEO Thorsten Heins announced a January 30, 2013 launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system version 10.0 and the first smartphones running it.[9] The operating system, as well as two devices, the Z10 (a full touchscreen device), and the Q10 (a device equipped with a physical keyboard), were announced simultaneously around the world on January 30, 2013" So as you can see ppl using BB10 are using the newest and (if I might say) the most advanced and secure OS for a smartphone. So please enjoy whatever you're using but do know you it is you who is using "an old OS, not Blackberry 10 users.
    • I'm not a big Blackberry fan, but... are way off when you say Blackberry has an old OS. Blackberry 10 was released in early 2013, and is a genuine, modern mobile OS, much different and IMO much better than the old BBOS versions, the last of which was BB7. I personally don't think BB10 is better than iOS or WP8 (I do think it is better than the mess known as Android), but it is very solid. (I own devices for all four operating systems.) In many ways it is not that dissimilar from Palm's now-defunct webOS operating system.

      Blackberry's problem isn't the operating system; it's that 1) they took way too long to release BB10, releasing it probably 2 1/2 years late, and 2) it lacks native applications. Even WP8 has a lot more applications than BB10 does. We'll see how much BB10.3 genuinely addresses this issue.
    • The only thing 'old' is your thinking

      BlackBerry 10 is the most advanced operating system out there. Prove me wrong. If you haven't used it, you don't know what you're talking about.

      iOS was born in 2006 and has been evolving since.
      Android was born in 2008 and has also been evolving.

      BlackBerry 10 was built from the ground-up in 2012 - making it the newest mass-market operating system available. It's had three major releases since that date, granting it the title of the most rapidly advanced operating system on market.

      Based on QNX, it's rock solid, silky smooth and absolutely secure. It's feature full and has access to both BlackBerry and Android app stores - making it effectively the second largest available app selection of any device on the market (second to iOS).

      BlackBerry is far from life support - their net cash reserves grew to $3.1 Billion last quarter, and gross margin also grew. They're the world's largest EMM MDM provider and continue to make acquisitions of other companies (the most recent being today!). Hardly sounds like a company in trouble to me.

      The Z30 is the best device I've ever used. You need to try one.
      • Not on life support, but maybe hasn't left the hospital

        When considering a new device most of us factor in how rapidly both hardware and OS may become obsolescent; after all we're going to store data in a proprietary format, buy apps and accessories, master a new OS. . . Incorporating Android apps into BB 10 helps, but Blackberry phones are still at greater risk in this area than the competition.

        That's the concern among posters who question Blackberry's viability as a maker of cell phones. You mention Blackberry's reserves and acquisitions: Yes as a corporation they are on the upswing at last. But most of that revenue has come from EMM MDM, not from smartphones.

        That's not a knock. They've transitioned to a fully multi-platform EMM MDM solution without sacrificing their reputation for security, flexibility, etc. In the process they've retained a whole lot of big clients and added some new ones, regardless of whether or not the clients are "Blackberry shops." Likely they could survive on this business alone, albeit with a smaller valuation.

        They have delivered on the phone front too. I agree with all the great things that posts have said about BB 10.x and the new phones. I'm upgrading this Fall and BB is on my short list. I welcome recommends.

        But the final step is somewhat out of Blackberry's control. They need to regain the cachet they once had, to get back mindshare, cool factor, call it what you will. I'm not against betting them, especially since Windows 8 landed with a bit of a thud. Foolish to deny that it'll be an uphill climb though.
        • Germany

          After having her Nokia phone hacked by the NSA, Angela Merkel switched to the most secure phone on the market, BlackBerry 10, further enhanced by a secure, anti-eavesdropping SIM card from Secusmart. Two things happened.

          1. Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior is ordering thousands of BB 10 phones: "Only BlackBerry smartphones comply with the ministry's security standards..." BB is also the only phone certified for top secret use by NATO and the US DOD.

          2. BlackBerry bought Secusmart.
  • You missed a few big ones

    Device Manager. Built-in Device/Task manager to view and control apps using memory, cpu, and storage. Individual apps can be turned off in Device Manager.

    File Manager. Built in file manager that can access all device and memory card files, as well as files on your cloud drive an your PC.

    Multi-tasking. Eight open apps (more on 10.3). Respond to messages without leaving apps. Can easily switch between open apps in only two gestures. Headless apps that run in the background, such as my CLI app, with which I can send an email to the phone to run commands or receive phone status and messages.

    Granular app permission control.

    Long battery life, especially on the Z30. Even my Z10 can go all day and still not be drained at the end of the day.
  • You missed a few big ones as well...

    The fastest mobile browser and most HTML5-compliant browser (including desktop browsers).
  • BlackBerry won three Red Dot Awards i product design

    BlackBerry recently won three Red Dot Awards in the category of product design for the Q10, Q5 and Z30. It won the Red Dot award for the Z10 last year. The award involves some 4815 entries from 53 countries.
  • LOVE the Z30!

    I moved from Windows Phone and iOS to the BlackBerry Z30 and LOVE it. It's the most underrated phone on the market at the moment. It's gorgeously designed, it's silky smooth in operation and it's the best phone on the market for communicating. The unified inbox is excellent, the browser fast (not to mention the highest ranking mobile browser on HTML5 test). The keyboard is fantastic and the app selection excellent. With a combination of native BlackBerry apps, and Android apps, I'm not missing a single application. Instagram, Spotify, Strava, you name it - it runs beautifully.

    BlackBerry 10 is an amazing operating system and the constant flow of improvements with each update show that BlackBerry is certainly not sitting on their hands.

    Far from dead, I dare say the BlackBerry Z30 is the best phone I've ever used. Period.