I will start off my post by writing that I am a hard-core blackberry guy. Hard core. I should add that I am a huge fan of the keyboard variants of the BlackBerry. I fell in love with BlackBerry when I first laid my eyes on the #bold #9900. Love at first sight.
This BlackBerry #slider though. My god… the emotions it has evoked with the community is unbelievable. On the one hand it’s fantastic because it keeps BlackBerry in the news and this time quite frankly for all the right reasons… as opposed to being trashed all the time as it was not too long ago. On the other hand it also brings out the nonsense as well.
Since the early days of rumors and leaks it has gone from photoshop, android runtime, hybrid, dual, and full fledged android. The recent leaks show nothing but #android. So as someone tweeted a while back if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it must be a duck.. Some in the BlackBerry community are coming to terms with this and atleast try to reason out why this has to happen… others in the BlackBerry community are beside themselves and sound like the world is coming to an end. Like ‘where is the closest bridge so I can just jump off’ kinda reaction. Two extremes it seems.. nothing in-between. You then have these bloggers that fuel the fire with catch tag lines or whatever just to get traffic going on their site… which is pathetic.. all these bloggers that seem to be ‘in the know’ I think just know zero. just the other day I watched a couple of videos.. I won’t name names but one guy goes on about how BlackBerry abandoned their loyal fanbase and that just because it says BlackBerry on the phone it doesn’t make it a BlackBerry. That it’s an android, period. He went on with some tweets as well that BlackBerry must really be doing bad financially if they had to go to another OS to try to survive.. a company making acquisitions clearly is not doing well financially. Makes sense. The issue with this guy is that he seems to go where the wind blows.. says or tweets things just to stir shit.. he’s entitled to his opinion but I think he knows very little. The other video I watched was atleast done with some intelligence. I’ll leave it at that because there really isn’t much to add to it.
Anyway, so is it a BlackBerry Android or an Android BlackBerry ? Who the hell cares?
I won’t go on any rant but here’s my ‘Joe dirt’ take on this. BlackBerry is a company. It’s a business. John Chen needs to look at the big picture… and there IS a bigger picture..I think he’s 2 steps ahead of everyone else with his thinking. Anyone not realizing that is being short sighted. I find It incredibly hard to believe that this man will abandon the loyal hard core fanbase.. that he will abandon BB10 for just android. It doesn’t make sense at all. There have been a few times when I thought that there could be some trolling as well included in all this ‘vision’. Lol…
Is Chen counting on the android #Slider to do well? Yes he is. Will it do well? Based on the frenzy it has caused online thus far I will say a resounding YES!!! I mean for god’s sake people are salivating over it. That’s great news for BlackBerry. Will I buy one? no. I am not a fan of android. Do I think BB10 is dead? No it’s not. Funny enough I saw some recent tweets out there with supposed specs showing #Venice running 10.4 or a flavor of 10.3.2. More fiction? Who knows. What I do know is that I can’t wait for November when this #slider makes its presence not because I want one but rather because once and for all we can all move on with our lives :). In the meantime as I continue to watch this story unfold mainly on twitter and certain blogs I follow it amazes me to see the diversity. You have those that continue to keep it classy and then you have the others. I know that twitter only allows for 140 chars but it grinds my gears when certain folk (and you know who you are) tweet out some vague tease just so they can get a reaction. Sad. Pretty desperate for attention eh? In the end support whatever platform you want. We are all entitled but for the love of Jesus show some conviction and stick to something.. choose a side… and hey if one day you feel the other side of the fence looks better go for IT but don’t shit on the side you originally were on.
#teamblackberry #classic #blackberryrocks #blackberry #slider #BB104ever