Help eWeek with their BlackBerry Bold review

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold Unboxing

I’m not one for starting Internet flame wars because they get incredibly childish and I start to get severe heart palpitations when I open my inbox to find a thousand emails from a forum where said flame war began. That being said, I found a BlackBerry Bold review that I wanted to call everyone’s attention to and help the guy out. The review can be found here, and I’ll point out some quotes where the reviewer could be pointed to links that he may not know about. For example:

The Bold comes with a new version of the BlackBerry operating system, Version 4.6. The new software brings with it an updated new look to the user interface—a look that I never got comfortable with in the few weeks I used the device.

Mr. Garcia seems to be confusing the OS with the theme. He goes on to say the icons are indistinct from one another and it makes for awkward browsing. He obviously just doesn’t know about Bplay and the plethora of themes available. What theme would you suggest? I would suggest iBerry because he seems to be an iPhone fan.

The rest of the “software” section of the review talks about the web browser. Now, I empathize with him here because the native browser isn’t particularly amazing. But maybe he would prefer Opera. My real problem with his “software” section of the review is that it doesn’t mention any of the enterprise software available for the BlackBerry. It actually doesn’t mention any software. What enterprise software/company would you suggest to prove the BlackBerry has a dev community that’s robust? I would probably give a shout out to Rove. They’ve been in the BlackBerry enterprise space for ages. Or maybe Magmic due to their BlackBerry gaming.

So feel free to head on over to the review and let him know what’s up. I just can’t let the Bold get bad press like this when it’s unwarranted.

  • mike

    Kyle…that’s the problem with the Blackberry. It’s too difficult to use. You know about the themes because your work forces you to know everything about the blackberry. From the average users perspective…its hard. Chalk about another win for the iPhone.

  • mike

    Kyle…that’s the problem with the Blackberry. It’s too difficult to use. You know about the themes because your work forces you to know everything about the blackberry. From the average users perspective…its hard. Chalk about another win for the iPhone.

  • http://www.qbattersby.com/ Quinn

    Kyle, I am with you, that review is ridiculous. I am not new to the blackberry (went from a 7290 to a 8700 to a 9000), regardless though the review is wrong in a variety of areas. I won’t go into detail about which parts but anyone who uses a blackberry for the claimed 5 months as in the review would know. Also just on a side note, the new Android based T-Mobile is the G1, not the T1.

  • http://www.qbattersby.com Quinn

    Kyle, I am with you, that review is ridiculous. I am not new to the blackberry (went from a 7290 to a 8700 to a 9000), regardless though the review is wrong in a variety of areas. I won’t go into detail about which parts but anyone who uses a blackberry for the claimed 5 months as in the review would know. Also just on a side note, the new Android based T-Mobile is the G1, not the T1.

  • http://www.quicklybored.com/ Kyle

    @mike

    I agree with you that RIM and carriers could do a better job of educating the consumer, but have you read the reviewer’s title? He’s “Senior Technical Analyst” for the site. You would think he would know about themes or even the difference between a theme and an OS.

    @Quinn

    Did I call it the T1? Jeez I hope not. I’m trying to find where I would have said that. Send me a link and I’ll correct.

  • http://www.quicklybored.com Kyle

    @mike

    I agree with you that RIM and carriers could do a better job of educating the consumer, but have you read the reviewer’s title? He’s “Senior Technical Analyst” for the site. You would think he would know about themes or even the difference between a theme and an OS.

    @Quinn

    Did I call it the T1? Jeez I hope not. I’m trying to find where I would have said that. Send me a link and I’ll correct.

  • PabloC

    I have a Bold and an iPhone, one is for work and one is for personal use. Now I do not see these devices as direct competitors in any way. Let me say this though, Apple has done a sterling job of making the UI the best in the business. My 76 year old mother could drive an iPhone competently within a couple of minutes of playing, there is no way she could do the same with the Bold. My phones already have more features than I know what to do with, phone features are the modern equivalent of “who’s got the biggest…”.

    Make it easy to use, make it accessible, make it simple and the users will beat a path to your door…and the sales numbers prove it. So does the number of after-market themes out there.

    Its all about useability, not, enterprise features any more.

  • PabloC

    I have a Bold and an iPhone, one is for work and one is for personal use. Now I do not see these devices as direct competitors in any way. Let me say this though, Apple has done a sterling job of making the UI the best in the business. My 76 year old mother could drive an iPhone competently within a couple of minutes of playing, there is no way she could do the same with the Bold. My phones already have more features than I know what to do with, phone features are the modern equivalent of “who’s got the biggest…”.

    Make it easy to use, make it accessible, make it simple and the users will beat a path to your door…and the sales numbers prove it. So does the number of after-market themes out there.

    Its all about useability, not, enterprise features any more.

  • Quinn

    @Kyle

    Hey you didn’t call it the T1, sorry, the reviewer at eWeek called it the T1. No need to fret, sorry, it seems that I did direct at you, my bad.

  • Quinn

    @Kyle

    Hey you didn’t call it the T1, sorry, the reviewer at eWeek called it the T1. No need to fret, sorry, it seems that I did direct at you, my bad.

  • MobileAdmin

    It’s amusing reading the obviously iPhone biased reviewers. The Bold is a rock solid device.

    Blackberries biggest issue is not their hardware it’s advertising and getting people to know that they DO have software. Apple recently ran a full page add in USA Today showing some of the Apps. Well a good 80% of them are already on Blackberry! Rim should come out with an add showing the same damn thing and go toe to toe with Apple. Apple has zero exclusive deals so technically 90% of those titles can be made for blackberry if developers were so included.

    The larger issue is presently the bulk of stuff in the “AppStore” is worthless to most business people and really is focused on entertainment as that is the core of iPhone – an entertainment / media device that is email capable. Blackberry is the opposite. Different users – different needs.

    And please don’t try and convince me how great iPhone is at email as it’s like comparing a walkman to a full HiFi system. A Blackberry attached to the latest BES is so far ahead of what ActiveSync provides it’s not even worth mentioning.

  • MobileAdmin

    It’s amusing reading the obviously iPhone biased reviewers. The Bold is a rock solid device.

    Blackberries biggest issue is not their hardware it’s advertising and getting people to know that they DO have software. Apple recently ran a full page add in USA Today showing some of the Apps. Well a good 80% of them are already on Blackberry! Rim should come out with an add showing the same damn thing and go toe to toe with Apple. Apple has zero exclusive deals so technically 90% of those titles can be made for blackberry if developers were so included.

    The larger issue is presently the bulk of stuff in the “AppStore” is worthless to most business people and really is focused on entertainment as that is the core of iPhone – an entertainment / media device that is email capable. Blackberry is the opposite. Different users – different needs.

    And please don’t try and convince me how great iPhone is at email as it’s like comparing a walkman to a full HiFi system. A Blackberry attached to the latest BES is so far ahead of what ActiveSync provides it’s not even worth mentioning.

  • http://blackberrycool.com/ Dwayne

    I had a blackberry curve and upgraded to a IPhone. I had it for a week and I’m not impressed at all. So I’m Glade They Gave Me 15 Days To Return It. So now I can go get the BLACKBERRY BOLD. I hate to say this but it’s the truth, you have to be wiser to understand the BB/Bold. No mistake abought it, do you have a BOLD BRAIN or a APPLE BRAIN. If you pcked Apple your BRAIN is going to get mussey, and if you picked the BOLD your BRAIN is going to get BOLDER. {AND THATS A FACT.]

  • http://blackberrycool.com Dwayne

    I had a blackberry curve and upgraded to a IPhone. I had it for a week and I’m not impressed at all. So I’m Glade They Gave Me 15 Days To Return It. So now I can go get the BLACKBERRY BOLD. I hate to say this but it’s the truth, you have to be wiser to understand the BB/Bold. No mistake abought it, do you have a BOLD BRAIN or a APPLE BRAIN. If you pcked Apple your BRAIN is going to get mussey, and if you picked the BOLD your BRAIN is going to get BOLDER. {AND THATS A FACT.]