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My @BBMobile #KEYone, 10 Months and One Day Later

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Not sure how I forgot this but worth mentioning.. Although it’s more an android/app annoyance than a KEYone. What’s with apps like YouTube and Facebook refreshing and taking you back to the top of the feed when you return to the App after it was minimized?

Side note: I swore that early yesterday @BBMobile liked my tweet for this post then the ‘like’ was gone later in the day. Hopefully I didn’t piss anyone off. Interestingly enough my battery is getting battered this morning. Some sort of revenge? Lol. I kid.

I should also mention that I am a die hard fan and look forward to the KEYtwo.

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Ok so this post was supposed to happen yesterday and then life got in the way. So why not wait 2 more months and do a ‘year later’ review? Well, I don’t think anything will change in the next two months. Atleast I don’t think so. If things change then I will post another update.

No huge revelations will come out of this post. Just my experience.

I guess the best way to approach this is a pros and cons list.

Pros

The phone is gorgeous. Beautiful looking and great quality. BBmobile needs to continue to make quality BlackBerry phones. None of that DTEK series nonsense.

The physical keyboard is pure awesomeness. I cannot do without a pkb. I just simply love the feel of the keys. I am a complete superstar writing on the KEYone.

The added features that come along with this great pkb like flicking words onto screen. Swiping back to erase words. Using the pkb as a mouse. Last but not least the fact you can create shortcuts both long and short for each key. I have so many shortcuts set up. So, so convenient.

The split screen feature. Most of the time I use it because I am watching a YouTube video but want to be able to scroll through my twitter feed. BB10 was far superior at this but heck atleast we got something.

The App ecosystem. I put this out here because almost every single BB elite out there that is pushing old time BB users of OS7 and BB10 use this as the main argument to jump on the blackdroid bandwagon. Personally I am not huge on apps. I have the few I use regularly but that’s about it. Instagram, twitter and FB are the main three with a small handful of others. What I will say is that, yes, it is exciting, I guess, to always have these apps getting updated on a regular basis.

Battery life. Amazing that I don’t have to bring my charger with me. Ever.

Cons (or annoyances)

Apps freezing up and getting the dreaded ‘App has stopped working’ window. So annoying. I don’t recall ever experiencing this with BB10.

I feel like I need to throw this one in. The Facebook App on android is pure unadulterated garbage. 99% of the time it is sluggish as shit. Thank God I rarely use it. Unfortunately the few time I do use it, it’s pure hell.

There are times when u press on either the circle, triangle or square and it takes a few cracks before there is a response. The square seems to be the worse.

General lag in responsiveness. It doesn’t happen often but when the phone slows down, it slows down to a crawl and it is the WORST!! There have been times that it was so bad I wanted to launch the phone across a room and into a wall. I have not done it and will never because I can’t bring myself to damaging such a beautiful phone 😀. I recall one time wanting to show an iPhone user friend of mine a video and it took so long to fire up he commented that we would have already watched it on his iPhone. I had no comeback. I mean how can I possibly convince people to join the blackdroid world when shit like this happens.

Battery life. Yes, this is in my Cons list as well. Although I don’t need my charger, battery life is not like it used to be. Seems to have changed somewhat since the last OS update. When it comes to my phone usage during my work week nothing has changed. I rarely use my phone during my work day yet my battery drains at a faster rate than in the past. I start my day at 6am and finish work at 430pm. There was a time when my battery would be in the low to mid 80s. Now it’s low 50s and at time in the 40s. Sure I reboot and get maybe one good day but then it’s back to what seems to be the new norm of low to mid 50s. Mostly the android system is chewing up all the battery life. I get that over time batteries can’t keep their charge like they used to but it hasn’t even been a year yet. Something has to change here. Why do I have to be forced to reboot my phone frequently to hope to get better battery life?

That’s all folks. For the most part my experience with Android has been good but at this point I can still argue that it’s no BB10. At some point I imagine I will no longer be able to say that.

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@BlackBerry, a Patent Troll? That’s Laughable.

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BlackBerry decided to go after Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram) this past week for patent infringement. Seven to be exact. Just as quickly as the news came out, came the articles and people accusing BlackBerry of being ‘patent trolls’.

A patent troll

Let’s face it folks, BlackBerry is far from being a troll. They own tons of patents and intellectual property that is still in use today.

I won’t lie. This comes as a surprise and I think it’s pretty ambitious. The once Goliath of the industry, now the David going after Facebook; one of today’s Goliaths. BlackBerry clearly feels they have something otherwise I doubt they’d attempt anything. I suspect this has been years in the making and I am sure they’re well prepared. I am no expert or lawyer but on the surface it seems this should go in BlackBerrys favor but you just never know. Time will tell. This could drag on forever.

I think the founder of WhatsApp is a good example of what a troll is.

Takes a dig at #apple:

But doesn’t look at his own backyard to make sure it’s tidy:

100% accurate. WhatsApp has been blatantly ripping off every feature BBM has put out.

All hail BlackBerry. Fingers crossed this will come out in their favor. BlackBerry has been on a good streak lately with lawsuits!

My First Experience with @BBM Support, Kinda Meh.

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In all the years I have been a BlackBerry user I have never had the desire or need to open a support ticket. I recently found an issue and initially tweeted @BBM and on their suggestion sent details on the issue at hand.

My email to support:

From my email you can clearly see I am on an Android phone. I think I clearly explain that the issue is trying to share a screenshot to BBM using the long press of O on Android feature. Basically the image is rendered as black. I do have a work around in that I first share the image to noteable and then to BBM to get it to work correctly so it’s not a show stopper albeit it means an extra step. I am all about productivity and apparently so is BlackBerry.

Their response:

Where did I ever mention that my BBM is crashing in my email to them? Needless to say, it’s the last time I will bother.

I don’t know maybe it’s a language thing. Makes me think of the movie ‘Lost In Translation.’

#IMAK case for my @BBMobile #KEYᵒⁿᵉ

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After getting my #KEYᵒⁿᵉ back in May one of the first things I knew I had to get was a case. I didn’t like what was out there at the time so eventually I opted for a transparent one like this:

Obviously on top of protecting my phone this case also allowed me to show off this beautiful looking phone. It also didn’t add too much weight to the phone. Even though the buttons are covered, it was still easy enough to press on them.

Even though I was happy with the case I am always perusing amazon for accessories and stumbled across this IMAK case. I honestly don’t know what the material is made of. It looked intriguing and it also included a ring so I opted to purchase it. Here’s the thing, I only realized after seeing the estimated delivery date where it was coming from.

Right.. So the estimated delivery date was between Sept 12 and 28!!! I ordered it August 16th. Lol.. Anyway good thing I wasn’t in a rush to get. To my pleasant surprise I received the case this past Tuesday.

This case is ridiculously light weight. I mean it honestly adds zero weight to the phone. I love the texture. Again, no clue what it’s made of. I love the cut outs. It took me five cracks to get the ring where it suits me best and so far so good. The only drawback to this case is of course the fact the phone is somewhat hidden. It would have been great if the BlackBerry logo was on the back. Oh well, can’t win’em all.

Ps: if you try to go to the website imak.hk the browser blocks it for reasons of possible malware. Oopsy.

How My @BBMobile #KEYone Battery Blew Me Away!!

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I have had my KEYone since May so I have already been accustomed to how great the battery life is on this phone. However, this past weekend it proved it’s worth once again. I have been volunteering at a local soccer club now for over 10 years. Every year we hold a Soccerfest where tons of teams from all over come for a weekend of friendly competition. I wear several hats at the club and one is ‘social media’ guy. I handle their twitter, Facebook and instagram accounts. This weekend was a busy one. I started my day around 8am and called it a day on the social media front around 4pm on Saturday and a little after 6pm on Sunday. On both days I checked what my battery life was like and wow. On Saturday it was at 68% and on Sunday it was at 51%. I should mention though that Sunday was the busier of the two days. Throughout the weekend I was constantly firing off mostly pictures on all 3 accounts. I took alot of photos and video footage. To boot on Sunday we did a Facebook live. Granted it was only a little over 6mins long as we inaugurated the reopening of a field but this I did from my KEYone! Stupid me I didn’t take screen grabs of the battery percentage and I know that if there is no photo it didn’t happen but trust me, it did happen!

Oops. Mea Culpa. My @BBMobile #KEYone does multi-task.

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Alright, alright, alright. Looks like I had another brain fart. Turns out Nougat does off multi-tasking. It’s the split screen feature:

As you can see I have YouTube running at the top with Twitter at the bottom. Not all apps however can do the split screen thing. For example instagram doesn’t. So, yes, I can multi-task but I am still limited. Still better than nothing.  

What I’m missing big time on my @BBMobile #KEYone

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This morning, like i do every Saturday morning, i prepared my breakfast and sat down to watch my usual blogcast. While watching the blogcast on YouTube it hit me like a ton of bricks that i had a huge brain fart and missed out on writing about the biggest brain fart that exists on Android on my last post Over a month with my @BBMobile #KEYone. My thoughts on #Blackdroid. That is multitasking. Or lack of it. This post won’t be a long one but i will illustrate my point by using YouTube as an example. On BB10 i’d fire up YouTube and if a video was an hour long that’s exactly how long it would take me to watch (or listen to) it regardless of what else i was doing on the phone (ie: multitasking). So, while watching the video, if i chose to fire up Twitter or FaceBook or Instagram or read emails etc, i would minimize YouTube, it would continue to run in the background so i could listen to it while i did other things. On Android now i don’t have this luxury. So if i want a one hour video to last one hour I have to refrain from doing anything else. That’s pretty hard for me. That basically means that a one hour video usually lasts 1hr20mins or sometimes more because every time i minimize YouTube to do something else it stops in its tracks because Android doesn’t do multitasking. A seasoned OS can’t handle this simple job. Shame, shame, shame.shameonyou.gif

so when talking productivity one should look at BB10 as a leader, not Android.

I so much wanted to find the meme with Felipe doing the shame, shame, shame bit but couldn’t find it.. however, in this case i don’t agree with Felipe..not for Android, it isn’t. 😉

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