I'll take some Blackberry jam with those Jelly Beans


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Be honest, when was the last time you saw a portrait qwerty android phone in the wild? Unless you are a tweenager of the snapchatting, Bieber loving, text until your thumbs fall off variety, my guess is probably never. If you have ever had the fortune, or more fittingly, misfortune of seeing and using one of these rare creatures you would immediately feel the biting urge to hulk crush it into bits and pieces along with every designer involved with its misguided inception. I'm talking about the HTC Status' and Samsung Galaxy Pro's of the world. The kind with anemic processors of yesteryear and hardly enough ram to hold this vain post in memory. What is wrong with Android OEM's? There are legions of Ex-Blackberry power users hungry for a high end portrait qwerty android phone. It just has to be done right.

Step 1: Make it high end! Even the Droid Pro when it was released back in 2010 was behind the curve in terms of screen resolution, not to mention that atrocious Motoblur skin. It has to be a flagship phone, and that means throwing everything you have at it to make it a premium feeling device. The CTO at your next board meeting isn't going to be caught dead whipping an LG Optimus Pro out of his back pocket.

Step 2: Nail the keyboard implementation. Look no further than the type and go features that will come as part of BB10 for the Q10 for inspiration. If anything, this illustrates that qwerty keyboards are not just for the ludites who refuse to acknowledge the brave new world of virtual keyboards, but actually offer real utility in moving around an OS to get things done. Add new functionality that complements the hardware keyboard, not that simply acknowledges its existence.

Step 3: Actually build enterprise services like you give a damn. Sure, good old Sammy is willing to dump billions into R&D to build the next 'smart stay', 'best face', or some other useless check box feature nobody will use, but they can't be bothered to innovate in the enterprise space. The blackberry balance feature is something that actually solves a real world problem. Employees don't want to have to carry two devices. It's really that simple.

Why not just buy a new Blackberry Q10 when it hits store shelves then? You know what? I just might. Superior App ecosystem or not, I'm willing to bet there are many others, like me, who are tired of waiting for Android's OEM's to fill the market void.