The Complete BlackBerry 10 Video Walkthrough: Surprise, It's Neat

This is the new BlackBerry 10, two weeks from its official release. And while visually it looks like a cross between Android and iOS—without any of the spiffiness of Windows Phone—RIM's make-or-break operating system is surprisingly nice. Fast, with clever user interface touches, a centralized hub for all user activity and a good browser.

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It may be too late, but after spending some time with BB10 I can't shake the feeling that it may make former BlackBerry users fall in love with RIM again—and perhaps even make some disenchanted iOS or Android junkies jump ship. Or maybe BB10 will just be to RIM what WebOS was to HP: a nice phone operating system that faced too many ifs, and two formidable enemies who own the market. And, unlike Microsoft and Windows Phone 8, RIM doesn't have really deep pockets to keep this alive during the long battle against all odds that lies ahead.

Still, though, what RIM has done here is admirable. BB10 won't be the prettiest mobile platform on the block, and lord knows it's still an app desert. But it's thoughtful, functional, and fast in ways that BlackBerry hasn't been in years.

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It doesn't mean anything to be fast and functional. Dual and Quad core chips are becoming normal in competitor smart phones. Black Berry is late on everything. They took the old age old adage "if it ain't broke, and it's making us money, why risk our supply of income for innovation". That's not a typo, by the by, the by, RIM failed to do anything. Android has gtalk, iOS has imessage, and rim has bbm. Except, with android and iOS you can everything and the kitchen sink, including exchange support, tethering etc.

As a business, they should have jumped ship as hardware long ago, sold the company or integrated what little innovation they have into other companies products. But hey, I'm just a random internet go'er, i know nothing of business.... (We'll see how well they do with this next year).

I loved my blackberry, but when I went from BB to a 3GS it was like going medieval times to the future in 1 day.