Mobile Nations World Tour 2012 - To get ready for BlackBerry 10, CrackBerry Kevin is visiting the competition

CrackBerry Kevin's Mobile Nations World Tour
By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Jun 2012 03:31 pm EDT

I'm excited for BlackBerry 10. It's torture waiting for it. Unfortunately, it's still a few months away and between now and then we are not expecting to see much from BlackBerry in terms of new devices (though I did just grab a new Curve 9320 that I'm going to do up a review on).

That being the case, I'm going to turn the next few months of waiting for BlackBerry 10 into a productive activity that will make me an even better BlackBerry blogger. In the past we've held an event called the Smartphone Round Robin, where the editors of our different sites spend some time using and reviewing the competition from the perspective of their platform. Later this year, once the iPhone 5, BlackBerry 10 and Windows 8 phones are available, we are going to hold a similar cross-site event.

In the meantime, you can think of the Mobile Nations World Tour as a simliar-yet-different one man version of this. I'm not so much going to review the competitors -- we have plenty of awesome reviews on our other sites for that -- but I'm going to become an expert on all of them and highlight some of my insights here on CrackBerry in various ways. It'll be fun. It will also add even more validity to my opinions, as they will be based not just on knowledge, but on real life experience. I'm sure it'll make our first BlackBerry 10 review that much better. And the extra non-BB experience will help with all those Switching to BlackBerry 10 articles I'll have to write. ;)

When it comes to the other mobile platforms outside of BlackBerry, I've *tried* to stay on top of things over the years. I'll typically buy the new iPhone when it comes out, and I've picked up the odd Android phone to see what's up. I even bought an HP Touchpad when the prices got slashed. But typically I use these phones/tablets for a day or two and then they just sit and collect dust or I ship it off to another member of the Mobile Nations team who will put it to more productive use. I never fully commit.

In addition to keeping the BlackBerry 10 excitement going strong on CrackBerry, with the Mobile Nations World Tour I'm going to bounce around and immerse myself in each platform. Android. iOS. Windows Phone. Heck, even webOS. I'll try them all. I'll learn where they do it for me and where they do not. I'll drop by our sibling sites for some advice and tips. Heck, maybe I'll even be a guest on their podcasts. I'll let everybody do their best to sell me on their platform.

But don't worry, I won't get converted. I know what I love about the BlackBerry experience and I have strong convictions of what makes a great mobile experience - which is why I'm so excited for BlackBerry 10 (after seeing the preview at BlackBerry World, I kind of feel like they're building it for me). Also, I don't want anybody to be alarmed. If you see me tweeting from a non-BlackBerry device, I don't want to be seeing any comments of "traitor!" Lol. Phil, Dan, Rene and Derek and I all decided the Mobile Nations World Tour concept is a good thing. So while I'm the first to embark on the journey, you can expect all of our EiCs to go on their own World Tour at some point.

As for where I'm touring first? That'll be Android. Trying out the HTC One X. Stay tuned for more!

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Mobile Nations World Tour 2012 - To get ready for BlackBerry 10, CrackBerry Kevin is visiting the competition


Fantastic Idea CK!!! I rarely go on any of the other sites, other than iMore every now and then, I usually keep it locked in to CB. But I think this just got me interested in being a bit more "mobile" in my blog reading...especially curious to hear the perspectives on other platforms from someone who sees the world through blackberry colored lenses as I do. Good stuff...looking forward to sharing in your thoughts.

cant wait the day that Kevin finally comes to Android, i will love to see his energy and leadership put into the worlds best mobile plataform!!!

Yeah, that Phil guy on the Mobile Nation show always seems stoned.

It's probably lack of sleep or something but still...

Yeah :p, if he took a closer look he'd also notice that's the order on the top banner of the Mobile Nations websites.

What alphabet do you use? last time I checked, 'e' comes before 'i' so W'e'BOS should come before W'i'ndows Phone if you want to make it alphabetical according to the 26 letter alphabet that most of use use. Just saying.

Go on Kevin, as people often need, you have to be in the dark to appreciate the light. Do it for us, have your 40 day in the dessert, with all the temptations possible and available, in the end you will be cleansed from that impurity and become a stronger blackberian.

Truly a fearless leader! Every religion tends to discourage the exploration of other religions due to conflicting doctrines.

Godspeed, Kevin. I doubt you'll give in to apostate teachings!

" Heck, even webOS."

Why bother? it's a fun hobbyist OS but "the competition"? unless someone actually makes hardware for it, it's not even in the race.

Great idea, looking forward to your write-ups.

I really like you objective analysis when your writing articles or talking to bloggers like Engadget. It will be also useful as a buyers guide too!

An afterwards, you can have price giveways :D

You are good Kevin, I wish I could find something to be as passionate about as you and BB's. Keep it creative.
Now, when you say months away it really sounds painfully long. Do not you know a rough date? Is it really that far away?

Before Christmas. I don't think they'll make the back to school rush (though I hope they do). So that puts my thinking in the October range...

Thanks Kevin,
That sounds really late. Hopefully it is not too late.
Late August early September would be best.

Wise to do this. We can all end up a mile deep but only an inch wide otherwise. But lash yourself to the mast lest you yield to their siren songs!!

I really look forward to the upcoming posts about the experiences with the other platforms!!! I wish other people were open enough to do what you are doing, maybe you can teach them something Kev!

Excellent idea Kev, i miss the Smartphone Round Robin, it gives a lot of cred to the editors if they try all the different platforms, also it strenghtens the idea that this is just one big Mobile Nation, no hate just honest opinions about the strenghts and weakness of the different platforms.

Smartphone round robin ftw! Like the old skool vibe and approach harking back to CB early days here :)

Also great just to get a bit of an objective perspective on what's available, and what remains great about BB.

I wish Thorsten Heins and RIM executives would use iPhones & the best Android devices for a month or two. Then they can tell the Blackberry team of Devs that they want BB10 to do everything these phones can do, do it better, and do things the others haven't dreamed of yet.

I find it ridiculous that you think they haven't and that they still don't know what they're doing. The research is done. All that remains is the execution, and THAT is the big question mark

This could also serve as Kevin's first step in his public transition to another platform, Kevin's plan b in case Rim goes with a plan b that, God willing, i mean God forbid, :) brings the operation to an end (I.e. sale).

Make sure to track an N9 running MeeGo since RIM/TAT seems to have been taking a lot of cues from that beautiful swipe UI as a launching pad for what they've shown of bb10. Closest thing out there to a bb10 phone aside from the dev alpha. :)

Iphones and droids in my face daily... What makes u think Kevs never played with them B4? If your a BB fan till now, your a BB fan for life. That other stuff is gettin old anyways.

64gb Playbook
32gb 9900 Bold

I used a SGS2 for a week....WORST WEEK EVER!
Can't say the same about my new WIndows Phone ...I love it <3. So goodluck testing crapdroid