From the Editor's Desk: the BlackBerry Gods have spoken

BlackBerry Gods Have Spoken
By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Sep 2012 01:51 pm EDT
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The BlackBerry Gods intervened this morning and have pretty much put an end to my visit with Android as part of the Mobile Nations World Tour (for the details of what happened, see this post). Long story short, I went for a jog this morning -- without the phone -- returned home, picked it up with sweaty / shaky hands and proceeded to drop it on the floor. I guess the Gorilla glass wasn't Gorilla enough for this fall. Lesson learned, yet again... if you want to protect your investment, use a case

While a broken phone sucks, the timing on this isn't too bad at least. I'm going to switch back to my trusty white BlackBerry Bold 9900 for the next few weeks - I want to be representing properly at BlackBerry Jam Americas at at the end of the month. Then from there I'm going to give the iPhone 5 a try, then later in the fall with try out Windows Phone 8 on the Lumia 920. Then it will be on to glorious BlackBerry 10, which we're excited as all heck for! As for my final thoughts as a BlackBerry user gone Android for a stint, I'm going to work on my wrap up post this week, so stay tuned for that.

There's a ton of other stuff going on right now in the world of mobile, so keep reading for some quick thoughts on everything...

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Event

As I mentioned in last week's From the Editor's Desk, I had to serve Mobile Nations double duty and helped out the Android Central crew cover the Amazon event in Santa Monica. From my standpoint it was worth the trip, as it gave me a chance to test out and get some practice with our new live blog platform. We rocked it hard - if you missed it you can check out the replay here. We were speedy and had wicked photos. CrackBerry readers will get to experience it on September 25th when we put it in action for the BlackBerry Jam keynote in San Jose.

As for the new 7" and 8.9" Kindle Fire HD hardware, you can check out the video debrief above for an overview and some thoughts. Both tablets are hitting the market with solid specs, competitive pricing and a big ecosystem for content. I'm sure they'll do well, especially in that US market that Amazon as a company services so well. Personally, I still find the experience of these Amazon tablets to be focused purely on consumption. I find the user interface to be really tedious and inconsistent and slow to use when it comes to navigating around the device and jumping between different app experiences (go to 9m15s in the video above where I show how inconsistent it is). I own a PlayBook, iPad 3, Nexus 7 and Touchpad, and between them all I prefer the gesture-based UI of the PlayBook the best. The multitasking power and ability to jump between everything and anything trumps the rest.

That said, Amazon did introduce a couple of smart features. The implemention of Kindle FreeTime is a pretty smart for those who have kids in the house using tablets and want to limit their usage. Another feature I thought was impressive was the rollout of Amazon's WhisperSync for audio books. Essentially you could be driving in your car, listening to an audio book, then switch back to reading the book when you're home and it'll know where you left off listening so you can start reading again from that point (and vice versa). Clever. Audible has rolled this out to their app for Android already, so hopefully we'll see Kindle / Audible apps on BlackBerry 10 embrace this too.

Get Ready... iPhone 5 Event This Week

iPhone 5 Preview

When Apple takes to the stage to unveil a new product, the whole tech world stops to listen. That will happen again this Wednesday when Apple announces the iPhone 5. Over the years Apple has been pretty good at keeping a lid on their secrets, but when it comes to the iPhone 5 it feels like everything is already known (kudos to iMore for being behind a lot of that info).

Looking at this iPhone 5 Preview Roundup actually gets me more excited for BlackBerry 10. Apple is building a better iPhone (bigger screen), and it doesn't appear that they'll be releasing anything that disrupts the unique strengths and positioning that BlackBerry 10 is going after. In other words, I think the Top 10 Reasons We're Excited for BlackBerry 10 will hold just as strongly even with an iPhone 5 on the market. That's a good thing. It makes me wish BlackBerry 10 were available now vs. next year though. I think for a lot of people the iPhone 5 may prove to be underwhelming - if BB10 were here now we may see more people try out BB10 vs. go for the iPhone 5.

All will be known about the iPhone 5 soon enough though. We'll weigh in on it properly once the dust settles.

CrackBerry Forum Upgrade Coming this week! 

Behind the scenes, a ton of work is happening on our Mobile Nations sites. When it comes to CrackBerry, we'll have a proper redesign coming in time for the roll out of BlackBerry 10. In the meantime, the CrackBerry Forums are going to get a pretty decent upgrade this week. We'll be upgrading our forum software to the latest version, and with that will come some solid changes to the full web experience. I'm super excited for this. :)

Getting Ready for BlackBerry Jam Americas... 

If you're a BlackBerry developer and have not signedup for the event yet, do it now! At the event this year from CrackBerry will be Adam, Bla1ze and myself. We'll have some more posts dedicated to this hitting the site soon, but seriously... if you're on the fence about attending, just decide to go. You'll be glad you did.

Until Next Week...

Don't drop your phone! And if you don't have case for it, buy one! 

47 comments

jenks5150

CrackBerry Sweepstakes contest for a trip to San Jose and BB Jam? Cough just an idea.

jenks5150

(Kidding, I know that's way too short notice/a ridiculous thing to ask).

Ronstermadness

Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!

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Ronstermadness

One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!

Reply Edit  Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE!

Kiddo_24

My first thought when I saw your post on Android Central earlier this morning: time to move on!

NamelessStar

poor poor kevin and his android when to pieces lol but thats a shame of luck main reason i loved bbs is they are bricks rock solid so hard to break. When i was working at RIM when i gave back my 9800 RIM device it was in shambles around the screen from the chrome around it ..... i did alot of damage to it in my 4-5 months of owning it.

advil_yum

I love how in the video you guys seemed to get booted out once you started to pick apart some of the Kindle Fire HD's weaknesses (the UI and lag). That made me chuckle. Coincidence? Maybe not....

DOCTOREVIL8

The Blackberry Gods are kind. They could have left it in perfect condition. Then you'd be stuck using it for that much longer!!!

martinjdub

iPhone5 will be underwhelming....
iClones rocking iPhone4's will rise up...
Opening the door for an new exodus...

This God has spoken.

thecsman

... And there are rumors HTC wants to license BB10.

Will it break then?

Rootbrian

Rumors meant to be debunked until proven true.

BerryRipe

Hey Kevin, are you sure it was the drop of the phone and not the bright ass wallpaper that broke the screen?

CrackBerry Is My Choice Of Drug

Ronstermadness

One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!a AS OF THIS POST HE NEEDS WS
Reply Edit  Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! As of this post he heeds 16 votes!

lnichols

Wow so is Gorilla Glass only designed not to break when that gorilla in the ads is standing on it a specific way? ;). Kinda sad that a fall took it out so easy. Hopefully BB10 L devices will be tougher and better made than HTC's stuff.

fluselwusel

no, gorilla glass ist more scratch resistent than usual glass, they never claimed to help against people stupid enough to drop their phones...

Kevin Michaluk

Yeah, I'm really surprised it shattered that easily too. It honestly wasn't that big of a fall. I've dropped BBs and older iPhones wayyy harder than that without any issue.

mooda

there in lies the glass vs composite/plastic

one breaks one scratches

kupfernigk

If you take a large, thin sheet of any very hard substance and whack it at the right angle it is going to fracture. Because it is so hard and lacks flexibility, it has almost no impact absorption capability. Recent phones have had very thin bezels and so almost any drop is going to put a lot of force on the glass. I imagine that an old 3.6 inch screen or below, with slightly thicker glass and a much more solid bezel would be much harder to break. I'm not going to try bouncing a 9810 off a brick, but I suspect it would survive where an iPhone, with its thin glass and very rigid chassis, would turn into shrapnel.
As usual, fashion and durability don't go together.

Camfella

@Kevin I'm sure there must be some exercises/training you could do to improve your coordination!

CarBob

Hey Kevin ~ I've previously commented that even though I have a BB 9800 Torch and a BB 9900 Bold, I often go back to my trusty BB 8330 Curve when I want to do some serious typing because of the great keyboard. Also, this BlackBerry has been dropped on concrete, ceramic tile, etc. and it just will NOT break, because it is built like a tank !! I hope that the BB 10s are of the same great quality.

BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE

Ronstermadness

Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! Guys one Moore day left to vote let's all go to mint challenge and vote for taab the one app developer that's supports BB OS7 and bb10 he supports us let's support him and vote. Its over wed so we all have two votes left. (vote dayliy) let's do this for him !!!!!!

Ronstermadness

Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!a AS OF THIS POST HE NEEDS WS
Reply Edit  Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE!

bigjman

Go on back to your 9810, you seemed pretty happy with it tweeting from it during the Olympics.

BruvvaPete

Even a gorilla is not unbreakble.

mapsonburt

Kevin was visibly annoyed trying to get a word in edgewise.

Xopher

At least it made a pretty design across the screen. :p

Definitely a good thing to be bringing the BB to BB10Jam Americas. My poor beat up 9700 is making the trip!

VIDGMER

Kevin Michaluk, Ouch! sorry to hear what happened to you. So anyway i just wondering if your Android phone used screen protector?

I had heard the rumors's tip that screen phone uses a screen protector and wont cause scattered if accidentally fall from hand or pocket.

mattmers

android, blakberry, windows phonw, iphone, but no webos love?

kupfernigk

I imagine that most Pre 3 owners are like me, if you want to borrow mine you'll be signing the contract in blood. Let's see how good the BB 10 slider is when it comes out before I review that opinion.

newshutr

So you're schizophrenic Kevin now..? Android...BlackBerry....iPhone 5....Windows....

Like a woman...can never make up your mind.

KiLuMaNaTi

Ouch! The same thing just happened to my brother yesterday. He dropped his sg3 and it landed on the bottom corner and the screen was cracked pretty bad. Cost him $290 to get it repaired today. He has a plastic cover and that still didn't help.

noelito4three

kevin, im planning to get the one x for my "skype phone". would you mind giving a summary of its battery? Thanks

dgcurrie

Blackberry loaded with free Endomondo is all you need to do....

simu31

I've dropped my Torch dozens of times and it has never broken!
Maybe it's just better made hardware?! ;)

Si.

FrankDLR1972

Next phone to test will be the iPhone5? Really? Come on, this will be a waste of time. It's the same as the 4S w/a taller screen. Please reconsider testing the Windows phone first. Then iPhone5, which will bore you to death leading to BB10 to save the day!

Kevin Michaluk

I *was* going to test Windows Phone next, but with Windows Phone 8 coming soon I figured it makes more sense to go to that then do 7.

playbookster

Wow kindle fire looks slow and clunky

dynot

Slow and clunky? Really? Guess not as fluid and quick as the PB. Probably has some useless features like bookmark management too.

playbookster

Did you not watch the video?

berryaddictnoza

Kevin, when you get you hands on the Lumia 920, try out everything in MS office mobile.

varunsain

Can only trust Kevin to speak on all platforms! Lumia 920 reviews, looking forward to that!

BlackBerry PlayBook 32GB & Torch 9810

http://www.twitter.com/varunsain

aduncus

hi Kevin, have you ever tried out the office capability in bb10. i desperately need it so i wont lug my laptops all around. i work in a lot of places so tell me if its better than documents to go, well wee mobile people need a lot more features than documents to go. is it possible if you can try out those lumias for the office capability. bb is still my device of choice. i go from torch 9860 to curve 9320 right now just for the stability and great battery life, and those clicky keyboard too haha reminds me of the old curve 8900 i have way back. thx a lot Kev and crackberry nation

Ronstermadness

Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!

Reply Edit  

Ronstermadness

Three year iphone user. Lost a bet . Had to use blackberry for three weeks I'm on week two. Now that I know how to use it. I LOVE IT NOT GOING BACK BLACKBERRY FOR LIFE! One more thing mint challenge is one day away from being over. The one app developer that supports BB 07 and 10 is taab he supports bbs let's support him come on guys we can vote every day that gives us all two votes let's rock his composition and put him on top. Google.... mint challenge taab... resgister and get some votes in before its done...... If we want apps we need to support the ones that support use. Its free its over wendays lets vote!!!!!!!!

Rootbrian

Damn kevin! You droided it! Lol

Now fix the screen and give it away, or sell it for the cash to get BB10! :) oh and that kindle fire HD was... Laggy. I expected to see it running rock solidly smooth, but I guess not. Prats to the ones cutting you off in the video. Lol

donnation

Jeez, why not stick with Blackberry until 10 is out. The rest of us are going to use the Blackberry that we have until its released and so should you.