There are still Blackberry users?
Some BlackBerry users have enjoyed an unexpectedly peaceful weekend for once. Late last week, the Canadian company rolled out its biggest update for a year, but the otherwise technically impressive upgrade left some sleeping through alarms and missing phone calls. The volume for the device's alerts and alarms is now so low, …
Yes. I have both a BlackBerry Q10 and a large screen Android phone (still on 4.4.4) and I have no hesitation in using the BB as my primary communicator.
The update to 10.3.1 has introduced some annoying eye candy - I am not a fan of coloured buttons - but it also puts BB somewhat ahead of iOS and Android as a communicator right out of the box. No additional apps needed. I get a single threaded view of every communication if I want it, integrating phones, texts, email and various messengers; flawless car integration, and it seems able to hold a signal where many phones don't. That, and a genuine 2 day battery life. How many Android vendors will be upgrading 2 year old phones to Lollipop?
And not a single annoying ad in sight.
Agree with everything you said, but puzzled by your 2 days battery life - I love my q10 but the 10 hr battery life is a sore point and one of the main reasons I was looking to change up to a passport. Do you have maany things turned off for this kind of battery life?
I don't really have anything specific turned off. I've just checked and after 14 hours battery is on 75%, BT, wifi both on. I have 2 email accounts live, and Linkedin. I'm not a heavy user, I think fairly average. Gsmarena quotes the battery life as 56 hours for average use, and I get around that. I have a good wifi signal, though, and the local EE signal is strong. The battery does tend to run down faster in a weak signal area, and very occasionally if I don't reboot about every 2 weeks the thing gets warm until I reboot it. I have a 32G SD card, so I don't think that is your problem.
@arnaut the less
sounds about the same as me, 2 live email accounts too, I probably use my q10 more in the day from the sounds of it though but even left on the side it seems to drain pretty quickly. I also have a 64gb sandisk card so no cheapie. Oh well, might try a full reset when I have the time, thanks for your reply.
...just surprised people do given it's lack of stand out features.
Other than the wowee features like fingerprint readers than can be easily defeated or 'look away' to pause, what are the stand out features? Granted the S-pen on the wife's Note is nice but my old wacom tablet does just fine for the odd artwork I do and my Passport recognizes the characters I write with my finger just fine when I need to input another language that isn't as convenient on the keyboard.
I guess it comes down to what you think is a stand out feature. I kind of like the keyboard and square screen but I'm going to guess you don't feel these stand out and I'm ok with that. Personally I like to be able to read more than 30 words of text at a time and the fact that it isn't a choice of either 2.5 normal length lines of text or a dozen abbreviated lines with two or three words each.
Yes, because if you care more about productivity, devices like the Passport really hit the spot.
I wouldn't swap my Passport for any other non-BB device, I've tried them all and it just isn't as efficient - and efficiency of getting things done is a big deal for me.
Sure, it isn't for everyone, but I certainly am glad I can have a decide that suits my needs well.
The FUNKY Gibbon,
It may come as a surprise to you but some people on the planet have different sexual proclivities, tastes in food, favourite colours, preferred brand of automobile or indeed phones COMPARED TO YOU....
Please do us all a favour and climb back under your rock for a good long, lie down, with a bit of luck and a following wind I am sure you will figure it out eventually.
Fyi I don't have a Blackberry, but am looking forward to getting a Passport in September.
>It may come as a surprise to you but some people on the planet have different ... tastes COMPARED TO YOU....
Yeah you don't see the BB folks taking shots at the Symbian or even the Amiga folks do you? Birds of a feather ...
I'm well aware that my handle isn't spelt correctly. Have you also sent an email to Flckr and Netflix to point out their egregious spellings or have you worked out that in the Internet age sometime accurate spelling is sometimes sacrificed for uniqueness?
I wasn't actually berating people for their choice in device, just surprised given how Blackberry have been sabotaging their own brand and producing uninsipiering products for a while now that anybody was interested enough in them to part with actual money for them. QNX licensing aside they aren't exactly providing much competition to the other players in the market, something the stats bear out.
But don't let that get in the way of a bit of self-righteousness, eh?
Yep a few, but dropping rapidly. No one wants to be using such a dead end platform - and there have been 55 security holes in BB10 already. Windows Phone has seemingly jumped in that space - it now has 26% of the UK enterprise market for new devices, just behind Apple on 28%.
"Seeing that there are 55 security holes, could you please give a source for this claim?"
Affected By 55 Vulnerabilities
"Also how many of these flaws are in the 10.3.1 which BlackBerry just upgraded all (non-playbook) BB10 devices to?"
Most Critical Unpatched: The most severe unpatched Secunia advisory affecting BlackBerry OS 10.x, with all vendor patches applied, is rated Moderately critical
"Unpatched 11%" - you left out that that refers to a single notification (out of 9) re OpenSSL. It is stupid of Blackberry not to have updated KB36051 since June to reflect elimination progress though - and it looks like there was progress. http://developer.blackberry.com/native/downloads/releasenotes/#ssl_change
Q10 and Z10 got the 10.2.x update, not the 10.3.1 update which is the focus of this article.
My Z10 got a pleasant facelift over the weekend - there have certainly been quite a few nips and tucks implemented throughout the UI! Definitely no issue with ringtone or volume ... in fact not only is the ringtone as audible as it always was, but they've fixed the previously useless vibrate function, which is now really effective.
Also Blackberry Blend was an unexpected addition, which I'm only just trying out - not sure that its useful given that it puts a window on my computer which mostly shows me emails which I already see in my email client ... might be more useful if your phone isn't sitting right next to the computer like mine usually is (I opted for USB connection rather than Wifi because I always forget to switch Wifi off again when leaving the house and inevitably pay a price in battery life) - then you can see text messages et al without having to look at the handset.
" (I opted for USB connection rather than Wifi because I always forget to switch Wifi off again when leaving the house and inevitably pay a price in battery life)"
I have a similar issue. In order to circumvent this I programmed an NFC tag with a profile to switch off the Wifi and turn on the cell radio. When putting on my coat I place the phone against the tag I've helpfully stuck in the coat closet and the profile is changed. Upon returning I place the phone there again and the profile reverts back to home use. Pretty neat except that my device is a Z30 and has a separate control for cell data that I then have to toggle. Since the device is in my hand and the memory problem is solved and I switch on the data. Fun for the novelty of it.
My Z10 has the issue, just tested. You can use the preview play button in the alarm to check.
Turns out it's the 'Sunrise' alarm tone that is most affected. You can pick another tone and volume is ok, but sunrise is unfortunately the default and I didn't see how to set another as default.
A plea for help - tangentially related to the article and after extensive googling:
Does anyone know how to change the action bar, specifically the action bar as shown when viewing an email that makes "reply all" rather than reply (a terrible idea) the main/obvious action?
I updated my Z10 to 10.3.1 on Friday and have seen (heard) no problems with the alarms at all, the 4 different alarms I have set have all gone off correctly at the normal volume, so I don't know if it's to do with leaked OS versions, handset models etc.
The only issue I found is that one of my e-mail accounts is set to appear on the lock screen but give no notifications (either tone, vibrate or LED), but it seems to want to always give me an LED blink for it until I unlock the phone. Just a minor niggle though in an otherwise brilliant update.
Having ran this from the 1st leak i cant say i have ever had a volume issue, thats with it
on a Q10, Z30 and now a passport.
Yes there are still many Blackberry users and the amount is rising thankfully due to the
quality of the new products.
Amazed its taken them this long to release the update.
Just my own 2c as a Q10 owner. After the upgrade, it started chewing through the battery like crazy. It was fully charged around midnight and woke me up at 04:00 to till me it was going to sleep as the battery was out (thanks BB). A reboot appears to have sorted that out and apart from the ring volume needing to be turned back up, no other problems to report, everythings a little bit nicer and faster and the battery life seems to be better (36 hours in and 40% remaining).
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