So my mom had a problem with her BlackBerry Curve 8300 today and of course she turns to me to fix it. To skip to the ending for those anxious, yes I fixed it. But that's not the point of this post. Basically, after "using" it for a bit trying to fix it and back it up on the computer and setting it up after a wipe, I've concluded that the BlackBerry OS, version 4.5 at least, really sucks and is incredibly behind the times. The interface is so clunky, the trackball is such a slow and clunky way to navigate, and the eye candy looks like it's lifted from Windows 95, with lame attempts to "modernize" the widgets. The browser... don't even get me started. All the apps for it? Looks like poorly written ancient relics from the 1990's. Takes forever to start up, forever to connect to the network, and sometimes gets spastic about some archaic technology that is valuable in today's computing, but that should be void of almost any issues, such as in modern OSes such as Windows, OS X, the iPhone OS, Android, **** even Linux. Countless little quirks - such as the network-dependent apps disappearing if you disconnect from the network, how retarded is that? And many icons thrown all over the place, many of which could easily be grouped into a, wow, "preferences" app. (Yes, the iPhone has this problem, too, but the built-in apps only take up one screen and one block. All the rest of the icons you add yourself. Not so with the BlackBerry. Sure, it's nice that you can hide them, but it can get annoying if you need to use said apps once in a while. I understand that business-types love them - they tend to like utilitarian and ugly, hard-to-understand interfaces (gives them a professional look, maybe, I dunno) and the integration into the corporate network is fantastic, apparently. I'd think the iPhone and Android's compatibility with Exchange dissolves the majority of the BlackBerry's advantage, though. And yes, emailing and texting is much faster with the BlackBerry than the iPhone or the Android, and the integrated mailbox is genius. But the iPhone and Android isn't *that* slow, and it's more than acceptable to wait an extra 5 seconds, in my opinion, and the integrated mailbox is merely an interface choice that's easy enough to code in (Note to Apple - steal this idea, please!). All in all, this is a review of BlackBerry OS 4.5. My girlfriend is getting a BlackBerry Bold, which obviously includes OS 5.0. Having never used OS 5.0 myself, is it vastly better? And is the replacement for the trackball any better? If not, I'll have to say that RIM will be dethroned in short order, unless they do a massive overhaul of their relic of a OS.