From the Editor's Desk: Farewell for now, New York!

See ya again soon, New York!
By Kevin Michaluk on 12 May 2013 10:47 pm EDT
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As quickly as our adventure in NYC began it has come to an end, at least for a little while. The last few days were a whirlwind as we stripped down our temporary HQ and I packed up my things in a hurry to head to BlackBerry Live.

I'm actually typing this From the Editor's Desk post from one of our hotel rooms at the Marriott World Center hotel in Orlando. I flew in with Adam Zeis earlier this afternoon and Bla1ze touched down around the same time, so we all cabbed it over to the hotel together (that's *never* happened before in all the years we've covered this show). Things are still quiet here on the Sunday night before this event. We're enjoying the peace while we can... soon enough the rest of the CrackBerry team will arrive as will all of the attendees to the event, and then the craziness will begin. Before we start looking ahead to BlackBerry Live though, I want to take the rest of this post to cap off our time in NYC and highlight some of my favorite moments.

Video Interview with BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins

I arrived in NYC nearly at the same time as BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins did so he could talk to the media on the eve of the BlackBerry Z10's US launch. Being in NYC showed its advantages immediately - we were able to walk over to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and interview Thorsten Heins in person in his hotel suite. It was a great interview showing off just how personable the new BlackBerry chief is. And he even answered the famous Z10 or Q10? question. If we get a chance to talk to Thorsten at BlackBerry Live, we'll ask him the same question again and see if he's still championing the Z10. I know I'm still having trouble deciding between the Z10 and Q10 for myself.

US BlackBerry Z10 Launches

As the Z10 rolled out on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, CrackBerry was there to witness it in person. After the long wait for BlackBerry 10 to hit US soil, it was great to see so many BlackBerry fans happy they could finally pick up a Z10. I enjoyed all of our store visits, and especially the first one when we hit up the Best Buy at Union Square at midnight to witness the first "official" sale of the Z10 to Manny. See the video above for all the fun.

CrackBerry NYC Meetup

I don't like to use the word epic in blog posts... or in real life for that matter, but it's the only word in my vocabulary at the moment that seems fitting to describe our CrackBerry NYC Meetup. When we posted about the party we hit our RSVP cap in just a couple of hours, and everybody showed up and then some. BlackBerry fans are the best! Good times were had by all. Seriously, it makes me wish we could take CrackBerry Meetups around the world - it was such an awesome time.

BlackBerry Q10 Review

The BlackBerry Q10 isn't out in the USA yet, but it was in NYC that we picked up our AT&T BlackBerry Q10 unit for our Review. Overall, I'm really loving the BlackBerry Q10. I love the Z10 too of course, but the Q10 just has that classic BlackBerry look and feel that I love so much.

I just want the BlackBerry Q10 to become available in the USA already. During my time in NYC I spoke to a LOT of BlackBerry owners. I still see a ton of older BlackBerry phones on the street, and I'm not shy - I will begin talking to strangers at random about their phones. It's pretty clear to me that the vast majority of BlackBerry users -- at least the ones I've talked to -- are waiting for the Q10 vs. picking up the Z10. They want their physical keyboard. Period. Hopefully this week at BlackBerry Live we'll get concrete word on when the Q10 will become available in the US. In my opinion, it can't be soon enough. 

I was hoping the Q10 would become available in the US while I was still in NYC, but that wasn't the case. It's all good though - after BlackBerry Live I'll be heading home to Canada for the summer and we'll keep the pedal to the metal on our Q10 and Z10 coverage. 

#TM13 - You'll soon know what that it is...

#TM13

We've teased #TM13 a bit these past few weeks but so far haven't really said what it's all about, other than to imagine our good 'ol Smartphone Round Robins of the past, but bigger and better. Well, more like MUCH BIGGER. MUCH BETTER. Soon, you'll all know what #TM13 stands for (one or two of you may even have guessed it already, but we're not going to acknowledge your correct guesses until the time is right).

As it pertains to my time in NYC though, let's just say a good chunk of it went to #TM13. Planning an event like this takes a lot of prep work work - there are no shortcuts - so we've been putting long hours into this one. I've enjoyed every minute spent working like crazy on #TM13 so far, and I think you'll really enjoy it as it starts to unfold across our sites. Be sure to hit up the link below to signup for #TM13 updates. They'll be coming your way soon.

Sign up for #TM13 updates Here!

I'll be Back!

As I said when I packed my bags for New York... the name CrackBerry was born in NYC and it just feels right that CrackBerry have a presence there in one way, shape or form. I'll be back to NYC in early June for a few days for some #TM13 fun, and after that? Well, you'll just have to keep reading CrackBerry to see where we go from here. If the first half of 2013 is indication though, we'll be going somewhere. We don't stop believing. And in true BlackBerry 10 fashion, we Keep Moving!

Ciao NYC. I Heart You.

Reader comments

From the Editor's Desk: Farewell for now, New York!

48 Comments

Please Kevin add more photos of yourself to this article. Because 5 pictures aren't enough at all.

I need to use some sort of AdBlocker but for Kevin photos.

Posted via CB10

Too bad the Q10 wasn't available to US consumers while you were in NYC, although you got an AT&T one...to review (what a shame).

Is it me or Daniel Rubino always looks depressed or something?

Must be Window Phones... He should switch to BlackBerry 10!

Kevin, it was great having you and the team here in NY. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet you and some of the team during your stay. I hope you are back soon - happy and safe travels to you all; wish I could be at Live with you!

Posted via CB10

NYC is the greatest city in the world. Period. And I live in Toronto which ain't too bad either but it's not NYC.

Posted via CB10

Crackberry has really gone leaps and bounds from being just a fan site. It is amazing how crackberry is everywhere. Let's keep this going!

Posted via CB10 - FINALLY

Ok so get the hell out of NYC, come back in a week, give me a Q10 in person. Shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish right Kev? Thanks.

Posted via CB10 (BB Z10 : BLK)

Awwwwwww!!!!!!!! I just wanna cry. What a great time ,great events all of you put together during the lunch of BB10. Thanks so much all CrackBerry group. What a wonderful fans,supporters,collaborators, creative writer and; BlackBerry, sure are proud to have all of you. Yes New York is a big city in the world. Come back soon hopefully you make a stop in Hollywood California. God be with all of you, as you move on to the next level. CrackBerry community and it's fans will be joining all of you in spirit during BlackBerry World. All in the name of BlackBerry. Muah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Couple of quick editing/typos bud...
#TM13 - You'll soon know what that it is... No "it"?

haven't really said what it's all about, other then to imagine... then?
Sorry about being the "then/than" police... Just want you pros to look good!
Keep up the awesome work!

Great overview and recap. Thanks Kevin. Keep up the awesome work.

Posted by my awesome Z10

Something tells me (All the images of them filming with RED cameras) that they are filming a movie about the life of being a cell phone journalist........

Just in case Heins is reading this, I would like to have a laser ray gun built into the next bb10 phone, and/ or a slider smart phone.

Posted via CB10

Look, I like NY, a lot, but London UK is where the BBs are being sold and used!
You ought at least to visit, especially as 2012-14 is the 200th anniversary of the war in which the British Army along with the French and British Canadian settlers, and the native Americans, combined to repel the invasion by the US, and handed President Madison his backside on a plate.
You could come over for 11th November and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Crysler's Farm - in which a Canadian/British force defeated a much larger US Army. After all, that's what BlackBerry is trying to do right now.

Are you surprised? The entire US tech industry along with its PR people, "analysts", and the like has been trying to kill them off in the US, rather successfully, for over 2 years. The current estimates of market share seem to put BB below Windows 8 in US market share, and at nearly 18% in UK market share.
The OS 7.1 products were far from perfect, but they weren't as bad as the US media were painting them.
So where do you sell first? Where the tech media are still quite supportive and the market share isn't bad, or where there is a huge hill to climb?
Start in the US and before long the UK and Canadian media would be reporting how BB had failed to gain traction. Start in the UK, knock on an open door.
Heins is German, he can look at these issues objectively and not feel that unless the US market is being put first, the company must be doing it wrong.

That's actually a good point, although they haven't been trying to "kill them off". Also, a simultaneous launch (or at least a MUCH closer gap) would've been much more in BlackBerry's favor.