Editor's note: Greg Kyte has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Blackberry 10 like Doomsday Preppers waiting for JC to knock on their door. Unlike the preppers, Greg didn't have to stockpile weapons or get into canning. No, he just needed a tent. Check out his journey on YouTube after reading this week's post.
Believe it or not, there was a time when people were proud to own a Blackberry. That time was called 2008. Back then Blackberry was pretty much the only game in town. By mid-2010 Blackberry's market share slipped to about 30 percent. Now, Research In Motion, the company that manufactures the Blackberry, retains only 4 percent of the smartphone market, and if you own a Blackberry, you probably keep it clipped to the belt that's holding up your mom jeans.
- Blackberry Hub — Aggregates all of your emails, text messages, and social media conversations in one place. It's like everyone yelling at you all at once, but on your smartphone.
- Blackberry Balance — Allows users to compartmentalize their work apps from their personal apps. Porn is a personal app.
- Blackberry Flow — Allows users to switch back and forth between applications without having to go back to the homescreen. Unfortunately there's no "Blackberry Hustle"2.
- Timeshift Camera — Allows users to unblink eyes in pictures, and allows us to download songs from Blink 181 or less.
- Keyboard — The touchscreen keyboard will be exactly like the beloved physical keyboard, just without physical keys and it will be a touchscreen. So really, it's nothing like the thing that it's exactly like.
- Video Calls with BBM — RIM will leapfrog the competition by allowing users to make video calls similar to Skype and FaceTime. So it's not so much leapfrogging the competition, more like trying to sit at the cool kid table with the competition.
- Blackberry World — Blackberry World (which will replace Blackberry App World) will allow users to access not just apps, but music and other content as well. What other smartphones offer apps, music AND other content?3
- Multi-Language Recognition — Users can switch between languages in a single text message. Finally I can say "cago en tu leche" and "deine mutter schwitzt beim kacken" in the same text message.