Re: Really sad..
I'm certainly sad to see Blackberry go; two years ago I really couldn't have imagined dropping them, primarily for the email but mainly for the hard keyboard on which I can bang out a pretty reasonable 35 wpm - I'm lucky to get half that on a virtual KB.
But with the app store, it became pretty obvious the game was up, in much the same way it panned out for the string of Palms and Handsprings I swore by in the decade before Blackberry. Even 4-5 years ago pretty much any major mobile application would be made available for the BB, often before or better specced than for Apple or Android (my last Google maps for the BB still pisses on the version for the iphone), and when the majors started dropping it, many of the minor - often the most useful - apps development suffered too; low user-base, underpowered hardware (my last personal BB Torch 9800 was underpowered pretty much from the moment I got it), outdated OS. With the release dates pushed back and back last year and the other OS app stores offering whole classes of stuff the Blackberry didn't, the game was well and truly up.
I was given a work Z10 early this year; nice enough phone and most of the core OS design and functionality was indeed excellent, but too many of the ways of doing things hadn't really moved on enough from the past, particularly anything to do with touchscreen, and most of the legacy applications looked really, really threadbare both on such a large screen and in functionality. With the BIS email thoroughly denuded there didn't seem a lot of point hanging around, so I bought an iphone, which has flaws galore that are not entirely balanced by its virtues - some of the "mistakes" are simply backwards in mobile terms - but it does at least feel better than 'last gasp'.
The Apple app store may well be knee deep in utter shite, but the proportion of worthwhile applications is probably higher than BB ever managed, and the very best of them are genuinely outstanding. The best of the public transport apps in particular are sufficiently rich and quick to pass well onto the "useful" side of the border with "frivolous"; the time the Blackberry equivalents took to fire up and do their thing made them often more effort than they were worth. The one thing I really do miss from the Torch (aside from push email) though is the ability to reflow text when enlarging a web page - I haven't found this in any of the browsers on the iphone.
I'd love to see Blackberry make a comeback at some point when it has its house in order, but I'd imagine the future is likely to be business only for a long time to come.