Looking around twitter there is no shortage of celebrities and influencers who have managed to get a hold of a pre-release BB10 smartphone from BlackBerry. Taking into account that the device hasn’t yet been launched to the general public, here are some of the initial thoughts about BB10 from Twitter.
Stephen Fry’s thoughts
Self-prophesed techno-holic Stephen Fry has gotten hold of a device and has nice things to say about it.
RT @stephenfry I’m a very lucky bunny. Playing happily with the all new BlackBerry. Some amazing features on BB10.
— BlackBerry UK (@UK_BlackBerry) January 26, 2013
Ashley Tabor runs Global, the UK’s largest commercial radio group, with Heart, Capital FM, Classic FM, Choice, Xfm, Gold, LBC, Global TV and record and publishing labels. This is what he had to say about BB10.
Thanks to @uk_blackberry for the pre release new BB10. Great blackberry device, very impressed :)
— Ashley Tabor (@ashleytabor) January 26, 2013
Personally, I love the way BB10 is structured. On the Z10 it makes one-handed operation a breeze, which is great for those occasions when you’re holding a ticket, your change and are trying to follow map directions or answer an incoming call. The interface is familiar to anyone who has adopted either edition of the PlayBook on OS 2. It looks as though BB10 may also break a record for number of apps available at launch. Some worry about battery life but given the falling estimations on battery lives on other platforms, its kind of a non- issue for smartphone users. If battery life extends to more than a day it would be doing better than others. So in summation my thought is that it is a pretty nifty smartphone. On Wednesday we will see what else BB10 offers and what features RIM managed to keep secret.
Despite these glowing reflections on the new BB10 device, some aren’t convinced that BB10 will be as successful as RIM needs it to be. Analysts via: the Financial Post are stating that Thorsten Heins is considering his strategic options should BB10 fail to create the kind of demand that will save the company. One consideration is the software licensing avenue, which many claim will be RIMs best option. This is more of a concern for investors and BlackBerry users should not worry too much. It implies that we will see more hardware manufacturers building BlackBerry OS devices (aside from RIM) but it could lead to the diversification issue that Android currently has. This involves update roll outs being delayed or cancelled, devices with radically different form factors, specifications and price points. Some of these are however advantages. Quite simply who knows what’ll happen after BB10’s launch? We’re not there yet.
Until the next time…