I'm a little late getting up my weekly From the Editor's Desk post, but you can't blame me - it was a CRAZY week. Between having a good chunk of the Mobile Nations team in NYC for #TM13 at the same time as we had to work on our BlackBerry Q10 Review, it made for a non-stop week of action.
No complaints from me though. I love being BUSY, and we had some special guests join us last week which made the craziness enjoyable. Geek Beat's Cali Lewis and John P were in town, moderating and hosting our #TM13 discussions. I'll shed some more light on what all this #TM13 stuff is below, but in the meantime you can check out the photo gallery above for a few behind the scenes photos from last week. I don't think Cali and John started the week as big BlackBerry fans, but by the time they flew home I think I won them over. Sell Like Hell, right? One thing is for sure - the BlackBerry Q10 sure looks Qute in Cali's hands!
Speaking of guests, CB's Adam Zeis dropped by for a visit yesterday, so we recorded up a video to go with this week's From the Editor's Desk. Is it worth watching? Lol... you can be the judge of that one. Catch it above. :)
Android Central's Phil Nickinson and iMore's Rene Ritchie both wrote up great editorials on Sunday for their weekly FtED's posts, and I encourage you to read both (Read Phil's | Read Rene's), as they talk #TM13 in a very succinct and eloquent way.
My take on #TM13? Well, it's a cross site editorial event that borrows inspiration from our Smartphone Round Robins of old. The Smartphone Round Robin was an event where we would take a break from our regular duties covering the BlackBerry / Android / Windows Phone/Mobile / iOS / Palm beat, get all of the EiCs together across our network of mobile-dedicated sites, and try out the competition and debate the merits of each mobile platform. It was never about which phone was best or worst, but was conducted with the goal of really helping readers to evaluate what platform was best for them given their needs and preferences. We always generated a lot of great content during the Round Robin too - heck, this is where my notorious Smartphone Hierarchy of Needs theory was born.
We've been wanting to do a new Round Robin style event for a long time now, and with both Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 now here the timing finally makes sense to do it again. What didn't make sense though was running the Round Robin the same we did in the past. In the past, we could spend days arguing over things like hardware specs. Today, every flagship phone out of the box is pretty killer. So in dreaming up #TM13 we thought bigger. I think you're all going to like what we cooked up.
The challenge of having a "virtual company" with editors and contributors all over the globe is that doing things in the same room is impossible. So this past week was the week where we got the group together, fired up the video cameras, and produced a whole bunch of video content that we'll be sprinkling throughout the #TM13 event. We're also going beyond Mobile Nations for #TM13. Mobile Nations will be getting the conversation started, but we'll also be bringing in the personalities and industry experts from beyond Mobile Nations to contribute to the conversation. And we're building out some cool new features for the sites that are going to allow YOU to participate in the conversation like never before.
As for what #TM13 stands for? Well... people have been guessing like crazy and nobody has nailed it just yet. It's not a secret... if and when somebody guesses **maybe** we'll let the cat out of the bag. Maybe it's Mobile Nations THE MOVIE? Nah, that's not it. Maybe it's TOO MUCH? Nope. Keep guessing. You'll all know soon enough.
The BlackBerry Q10 Review is up and the Q10 itself is almost here! Some lucky folks in the UK already have their hands on their own Q10 and it's hitting Canada tomorrow. You can feel CrackBerry's BlackBerry Q10 forums are revving up - you'll want to keep your eyes on them over the days ahead.
Working through our Q10 review was a BIG CHALLENGE, especially considering we had all the #TM13 stuff per above happening at the same time. Huge thanks go to Adam, Bla1ze and Simon for helping pull it together. I was using the phone over the course of the review period, and giving them all my bullet point feedback, and between the lot of us pulled it all together in the review we published. Given the time constraints it wasn't quite as detailed as I'd normally like to get, but it still should provide any reader with a very, very good picture of the Q10 and what it's all about. The Q10 really is a great BlackBerry. If you like having a physical keyboard on your smartphone, it's the phone you want. Period.
Over the next two weeks we'll be following up on the blogs here with a lot more on both the Q10 and the Z10. Once the Z10 gets OS 10.1 we'll give it a re-review as well.
I have another two weeks in our temporary NYC CrackBerry HQ. From here I'll be flying to Orlando for BlackBerry Live, and from there it will be home to Winnipeg (Canada) for the summer. It's been crazy and awesome to spend so much time in the Big Apple. There are things that happen here that just wouldn't happen in any other city (lots of crazy stories I'll share one day...). I've been living out of a suitcase most of 2013, so I am starting to look forward to getting back to my normal routine for a bit. Though I have a feeling the itch to take the CrackBerry show on the road again will come back soon. So we'll see what happens... :)
Keep it locked to CrackBerry! We have LOTS of awesomeness coming your way!