Anyone who knows me or cares to find out, knows I'm not strictly a BlackBerry user. I use numerous OS' throughout the run of my day. A lot of the time, I take some heat for that. People get mad and unfollow me on Twitter and say things like 'Dude, you're Android..I thought you were BlackBerry'. I always chuckle a little and wonder why I have to be anything other than what I am. I'm person who can find greatness and flaws in all the current mobile operating systems.
Over the past few months, BlackBerry customers have had to sit back and wait while Apple announced the iPhone 5 with iOS 6 and even more recently, Google's unveiling of the LG Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Microsoft's coming out with Windows Phone 8. It's been a rough ride, no one likes waiting.
For me, I've been sitting back and waiting for BlackBerry 10 to arrive for a number of reasons. Personally, I want RIM to succeed and show people what they're truly capable of but besides that, the current operating systems out there are no longer filling me with the excitement they once did. They're all starting to feel old again and iterative and I'm tired of carrying two (some days three) devices around with me, to complete what I need to do.
- Android 4.2: Android as an operating system is great. It allows for A LOT of user customization, so much though, it can often cause problems. Many folks spend days just working on their devices to get them set up so that they work, perfectly. Which is great for those who enjoy that stuff, but it makes the out of the box experience hindered. Plus, software updates are a mess on Android in my opinion unless you buy into a Nexus device, where you have a better chance of getting updates to at least the next version or more. Think about it.. only 1.8% of all Android devices are currently running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now, and Google just unveiled Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
- iPhone 5 / iOS 6: I have an iPhone 5. I dunno why. There was nothing wrong with my iPhone 4S. it could run Apple's latest and greatest OS just fine. I'm certainly not an Apple hater and I do recognize Apple is a leader for very good reasons but for me, at this point Apple's iOS is starting to feel a little stagnant. Actually, it's more than a little stagant - I'd say iOS is downright boring .Maybe this has to do with their recent executive decisions and iOS 7 will bring a huge revamp but that's just a guess. Rene, chalks it up to me just getting older. I'll continue to use my iPhone 5 for its great selection of apps and superb camera.
- Windows Phone 8: Looks appealing to me. If nothing else, it reminds me BlackBerry 10 is coming. I've never been involved with Windows devices. In fact, I don't own any. Microsoft lost me with Windows Mobile. One of my first experiences with a smartphone was on a Windows Mobile 6 device, I'm sure some will remember the AT&T Tilt. It was pretty bad and since then i've never looked back at Windows. Oddly enough, it seems as though Microsoft never came looking for me either. I'm not in their ecosystem and they've done nothing to try and get me there. Maybe they'll seek my attention with Windows Phone 8.
I want BlackBerry 10. I'm truly excited for it because it's brand new and RIM has something to prove, meaning they're putting all that got into it. Unlike the past, this isn't a simple revamp of the BlackBerry OS and as we've heard from RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins, this is a next generation mobile computing platform. Honestly, I have no idea what that means for BlackBerry 10 as a whole but I'm hoping it means I no longer have to carry multiple devices when I leave the house.