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BBM on iOS and Android Review Rebuttal: Why Pins and Other Features Make Sense

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My recent review of BBM didn’t go over well with a few die-hard BlackBerry fans and I thought it only fair to give them a chance at rebuttal, since the site the review is posted to doesn’t allow comments. Generally, the big problems I had with BBM are rooted in the user experience, specifically around adding friends and onboarding users. The other major issue I have is that most people I talked to don’t really understand what the current value of going BBM is over current communication apps out there, including basic SMS. Considering this is a messaging app, those are pretty big criticisms, but I’m happy to concede I might be wrong or misguided. Read on for some rebuttal from reader @StephenBB81.
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BlackBerry Q5 Review: The Affordable, BlackBerry 10 QWERTY Smartphone

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The BlackBerry Q5 was announced at BlackBerry World 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The smartphone bills itself as an affordable and modern QWERTY smartphone that has all the apps you expect on BlackBerry 10, coupled with the productivity and ease of messaging that BlackBerry is known for. So does it live up to expectations? Read on and see.
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Cheerleading on CTV News for the Canadian Launch of the BlackBerry Q5

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I was on CTV News recently “cheerleading” for the BlackBerry Q5 launch. Here’s the thing: it’s not necessarily cheerleading even though this site is called BlackBerryCool.com. It’s trying to present an argument counter to what has become a mainstream news approach to covering BlackBerry as a company. Sure, North American sales are way down and marketshare isn’t doing well. The stock price sucks too. But this is an enormous market and a mid-tier phone with a solid OS and a renowned keyboard makes a lot of sense.

Watch the video by clicking the thumbnail or hitting this CTV News link.

What If Apple Simply Doesn’t Approve BBM for iOS?

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There’s been a lot of talk about BBM going cross-platform since it was announced at BlackBerry Live 2013, but the conversation has largely been centered around whether BBM going cross-platform is good for device sales. The real question people should be asking, especially employees of BlackBerry, is whether they’ll be able to get in the App Store in the first place. There are several App Store submission guidelines that BBM violates, as well as the ultimate guideline which is “whatever Apple wants.”
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13 Bugs With the BlackBerry Z10 That Need Fixing

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I’ve had a BlackBerry Z10 now since the launch in NYC and while it’s a fun touchscreen device, there are still, to this day, bugs in the OS that give me headaches. Perhaps BlackBerry needs to invest more money in QA, or perhaps I just have some weird magnetic field around my body that breaks technology. Either way, if other, less forgiving users, had the same headaches I’ve been getting with a device, they would probably be switching to another device or platforms. I’ve documented just 13 of the common headaches I’ve been getting with my Z10 and keep in mind, these are all still happening to this day, even on the latest OS 10.1.0.273. There are some I haven’t documented but could describe, such as the odd times when my browser doesn’t provide me any options other than to exit and I have no idea why. Read on for screenshots.
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10 Interesting BlackBerry 10 Design Considerations

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Todd Wood, VP of Design with BlackBerry, and Don Lindsay, VP of User Experience know a lot of incredible details about BlackBerry 10 and its supported devices. A couple months ago at BlackBerry Live, they outlined some of the lesser-known design decisions that went into the latest BlackBerry 10 devices, and I put together a list of 10 of the more interesting nuances. It’s pretty interesting to see all the different design decisions that go into making a smartphone and it gives you a better appreciation of the tool you have in your hand.
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