To all Blackberry users and non-users out there, here are my Top 10 reasons why Blackberry sucks and why RIM need to open their platform. Let’s hope RIM rectify and correct some of their mistakes with their new upcoming OS.
1. Yeah, I know. It’s a business phone, and that’s really nice, but a business-oriented phone with No VoIP? I don’t know about you but this feature is of extreme importance for any business-oriented phone. Even the Nokia handsets of the same orientation are much better.
2. No Offline GPS Maps. Oh well, everything has to go through RIM, so I guess that’s just it. There’s really anything offline.
3. Amazingly, it has the least number of Apps! I don’t know how this is even possible. Has RIM not seen the Apps revolution in the market? They better think twice and develop more apps—or better yet, open the platform.
Here are the statistics:
• BB App World: only 2,000!!!
• Symbian: +250,000
• Android Market: 20,000
• Apple App Store: +100,000
4. No Infrared Port. It maybe outdated, but the Universal Remote feature may just come in handy.
5. BIS outages. This is a BlackBerry user’s worst nightmare. No email, internet, apps. No nothing! Well, unless you happen to have WiFi connection nearby—and your model supports it! Then your fancy smartphone will be just a big phone with a fancy QWERTY SMS keyboard. Oh, don’t forget, it looks good, too. At least you have those to consider.
6. No IMAP e-mail. Sure, it’s neat that you get push email (if BIS is working) but no IMAP means you only have access to your inbox root folder, and none of the other folders that you’ve spend a whole day creating to organize your emails.
This also means you don’t have any real sync between your email server/serviceyou’re your handset, if you delete emails or save drafts on your phone you won’t see the change on the server and vise versa. You cannot access your sent mail and you cannot search for emails either. You can only search your search your emails if the emails are sent/stored on the device.
7. No Contacts Sync. This might be one of the most obvious features any email client would have: the ability to access LDAP or similar online directories to look up and sync your contacts. Don’t push your luck: nope, you can’t do that on a BB.
8. No Calendar Sync. Once you’ve setup your email account on your BlackBerry, the device will create a matching Calendar automatically (good on you BB) for you, but this is a local calendar. Read: it does NOT sync with your online calendar services like google, yahoo, and others.
9. No Notes/Memo Sync. What else does it not support? Same as with the calendar you will not be able to sync your notes/memos with any server or service.
10. No Task/ToDo Sync. No surprise here. Like the above, you cannot sync your tasks with any online service.
What do you think? What are the good points of BlackBerries? What did we miss with the cons, though? What do you like to add?
Let us all know in the comments!