Sunday, November 29, 2015

Things I miss about #BlackBerry10

Typing this after spending a few weeks on the #PrivByBlackBerry. 

Crackberry and Bla1ze have already listed some things they are missing, and I agree. However, I'm noticing some smaller, more trivial things that just save time in my opinion. 

Volume key long press switches music track. I loved this from way back to BBOS. Seems so simple yet so useful if you listen to music on your phone. 

Speaking of volume keys. When I attempt to adjust the volume of the ear peice while on a call, it also adjusts my notification volume?  WTF?! That is quite possibly the dumbest thing ever. I use a holster and have on numerous occasions turned my notification volume down by accident while inserting the phone into the holster. On #BlackBerry10 you could lock the volume keys to media only to avoid this. 

Phone call in one click. On any previous BlackBerry device a phone call was one click. If there's a phone number in an email or website or BBM, it was that simple. On the #PrivByBlackBerry it requires two clicks. The first one opens the phone app and pastes the number, but you have to click again to place the call. 

Address clicking. On #BlackBerry10 if there's a proper address in an email I could click it and it would open BlackBerry maps automatically. On the #PrivByBlackBerry this isn't possible, you have to copy and paste. 

Speaking of copy and paste... Ugh!  It's aweful on the #PrivByBlackBerry. The selection process is not easy and once you have selected, copy and paste are a long finger stretch away. On #BlackBerry10 it was right there. 

General navigation is cumbersome, unless you just wanna leave every app open? Settings are all over the place, left side maybe. Right side maybe? :s 

BBM:  on #BlackBerry10 you could define different ringtones for each BBM group, thereby knowing which group is active without looking at your device. Android Is one tone for everything. Either that or mute. 

Continuing with BBM. There is no share card for BBM Channels?  In order to share a photo to BBM Channels you have to go to your channel and then select the picture while posting. 

Ads!  First thing I noticed with BBM for android was the crazy amount of ads. In my opinion as a BlackBerry user I shouldn't have to subscribe to the no-ads subscription.  That should be a no brainer. 

Contacts. Let's keep it real. Contacts on #BlackBerry10 was a bit of a mess. In theory it was brilliant. In reality it was buggy. Contacts on the #PrivByBlackBerry seems like a "patch".  It takes your contacts and creates a Google version of each one. But it's not connected to any other social media or BBM. So no pictures are assigned. No links at all. I understand that Twitter and FaceBook might be more difficult but BBM should be simple, given that both apps are BlackBerry designed. 

The Hub: yes it's on the #PrivByBlackBerry, but it's sloooow. Slow to open, slow to react. Just slow. Not always in the background like on #BlackBerry10. 

Double tap inside an email. This simple feature is sorely missed. I'm a little older than the average android user and some messages just need larger fonts to read properly. On #BlackBerry10 a quick double tap would zoom and reformat the text. On the #PrivByBlackBerry it tries to do something, like zoom, but doesn't reformat the text to fit the screen. 

File manager is something Crackberry had mentioned already. I found Solid Explorer works well, but noticed an issue with writing to the SD card. BlackBerry has informed me that they are aware of the issue and it only affects cards formatted in ExFat. They've said an update for the driver is coming. 

Pictures:  the pictures app on #BlackBerry10 was simple, yet effective. Easy to find or search pictures. The photos app by Google is simple also, but the app seems to want to spend it's time creating movies and stories rather than indexing my pics properly. Thumbnails take forever to load. This may be related to the driver for the SD card?

Keep in mind, while some of the issues I have are related to BlackBerry, most are related to Android itself. 

I do plan on creating another blog post of things that I actually enjoy about Android and the #PrivByBlackBerry.

These are just a hardcore #BlackBerry10 users opinion on Android. Not sure how much more of #BlackBerry10 BlackBerry will attempt to incorporate into the #PrivByBlackBerry or how quickly. I'm also curious as to how much better it will become once Marshmallow becomes available.