Blackberry

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by jwolf6589, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a

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    Do many still use these phones there days? I know that some cell phone carriers no longer sell them and I almost never see people with them anymore. Perhaps its business people that still use them.
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Very few are still using blackberry when viewed in the context of how many phones are sold each year. Blackberry's marketshare is close to 0 % at this rate, that being said there are still a few million users worldwide using the devices.

    Business is no longer the lifeblood, sadly lifeblood is all but dry up.

    Blackberry will be hoping its future Android devices fair better than the Priv and that will give them some breathing room. But as it stands it's like looking at the titanic after it's hit the iceberg.
     
  3. dingster1 macrumors regular

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    I have one on a second line just for business. It's a Q10.
     
  4. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah probably true unfortunately. My first smart phone was the BB back in 2009. I still miss some of its features, but then again iOS has brought over many of the BB features that I used (such as saving and texting voice mails, texting people maps/locations) etc..

    I bet the few million users worldwide that still use BB is getting smaller each year. I cant imagine many are moving from iOS or Android to BB OS.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    That's the biggest issue facing them. Those users when due for upgrades especially from carriers, if those said carriers are not even carrying blackberry devices then even if they particularly wanted a blackberry device they are unable to buy one without purchasing off contract themselves direct from Blackberry.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Blackberry is cratering, while it may survive, it will only be with regard to its services. The phone market has moved on, carriers are not really eager to carry them and their latest android phone has done very poorly.
     
  7. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    I was unfortunate enough to own a BlackBerry Z10 for two years. Horrible experience. So happy when I got rid of it.
     
  8. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    I did own a couple of Z10's. One in 2014 and one last year as in between devices and as a spare. I also had a Q10 for a short amount of time but it had a bad ESN and went back to the seller.

    I did like the BB10 OS a lot but the app support is virtually non existent and while you can run Android apps, it's much slower than a native BB OS app. Painfully slow most of the time. Plus the battery was terrible.

    I wanted to give the Priv a chance, but for the price and what it offered I passed it by.

    Sad to see them go down so far, but that's how it is and it's mostly their fault for not keeping up many years ago when the market was changing.

    The other company I really want to see come back in a big way is HTC. They made my first smartphone, the HTC Incredible (AKA Droid Incredible) that I got on launch day in April 29, 2010 and it still works to this day despite being dropped in a pool, knocked off the roof of my truck on to asphalt, and a whole lot of other stuff. Runs CyanogenMod 7 still.

    I'm waiting on my HTC 10 to get here tomorrow hopefully and moving out of the full time iOS realm I've kept up for a couple of years now minus the M8 and Moto X I had for a while in '14.

    I do hope BlackBerry can come back with a good performing Android device that doesn't get hot and can keep a solid user experience going, but I haven't heard much about them recently. I like the PKB but it's far from necessary these days.
     
  9. Aneres11 macrumors 6502a

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    If you head on over to Crackberry, a lot of people there still use BlackBerry devices (obviously...!) and speak very warmly of them.

    The thing with them is, they do make great phones. And their BB10 OS is very good for a certain section of people.
    Small that section may be, but it caters wonderfully to them and they swear by it over Android and iOS.

    I have used all their BB10 devices and there are great things in ever single one. Normally the physical keypad.
    But the app gap was a problem for me as a casual mobile user with social media wants.

    That's why the Priv is perfection, and I will hear no bad word of it. ;)

    Although it does need a better build quality, battery and keypad.
     
  10. KillaMac Suspended

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    Thinking you bought my HTC 10 on Swappa. :)
     
  11. QuickDraw macrumors regular

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    I still own some BBRY stocks for nostalgic reasons. The recent earning report was relatively disappointing. except maybe that some analyst expected worse. But i don't see them turning around anytime soon except maybe finding a niche where they can still exist. I am hoping their next Android device will be better. (better build quality, and maybe some software feature that differentiate them (other than a PKB, which they really should ditch)
     
  12. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Haha, no way. That's pretty funny, small world eh?

    So far I'm loving it, and I can still enjoy both platforms as I still have my iPad and an older iPhone 5 that I use as a spare and lend out when family/friends break their phones (three times already just this year :eek:).

    I will say I missed Android, so much you can do with it. And hopefully the 10 stays smooth and ages gracefully with the SD820 compared so some of my previous Android phones.
     
  13. KillaMac Suspended

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    Definitely a small world. :p Yeah, I think you will like it a lot.
     
  14. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    I actually just bought a Blackberry Priv for only $300 on Wednesday lol. Warm running phone, I'm almost having flashbacks to my old HTC One X+ with the Tegra 3 and its ability to cook eggs. I'm a sucker for hardware keyboards though.

    I don't think I've ever seen a Blackberry in person since around 2012, besides the ones I own. I'm almost 100% sure Blackberry won't exist outside of Government/Enterprise software within the next year or sooner. Which is a shame, there is nothing like a Blackberry. They make the best designed devices in my opinion. The Priv feels and looks incredible compared to the OnePlus 3 I gave to my sister.

    It's their own fault for dying out though. Took way too long to get Blackberry 10 out, and way too long to switch to Android. And their marketing was horrible, and on and on. I bet they'll be in business textbooks for how to destroy a well-known successful company in just a few years.
     
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    I love the Priv. Been running it with my iPhone just because I can have two phones. I love both platforms to choose just one. [​IMG]
    I apologize for the really bad iPad pic.
     
  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    For anyone interested.

    BlackBerry apps (minus keyboard) are now available on the App store on ANY android.

    You get 30 days free trial of all apps and if you decide to keep them all you pay $1 per month. If you just want launcher, hub, calendar - you can have them free although there is some advertising.

    I have blackberried my HTC 10 and I'm really enjoying it.

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  18. Aneres11 macrumors 6502a

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    I was using the BB Hub on my Note 7 and I love it.

    Being able to have BB goodness on other devices is such a win.

    Just a shame about their keypad. Their VKB is one of the best I've used.
     
  19. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah I'm hoping they add it to the roster.
     
  20. widgeteer macrumors 6502a

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    I actually miss the days when BB was king. Amazing phones in their time. The Curve might just have been my favorite device of all time.
     
  21. QuickDraw macrumors regular

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    just ordered my wife a BlackBerry Priv. I advised against it, but she is hooked on that slider keyboard after checking it out in a store. Will see how it goes. Never thought i would buy a BlackBerry again
     

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