BB is by far the most popular choice when it comes to smartphones here in Nigeria, and the primary reason for this has always been bbm. I think with this move, Blackberry has decided to be more of a software company than a hardware company. They will probably charge a good fee for the package, while keeping it free for bb users as a sort of differentiator. Thing is, except other features of bb phones such as cameras and number of apps improve greatly, most ppl will jump platforms and gladly pay for bbm. In essence, bb phone sales will plummet.
The S4 review was a bit embarrassing. Using words like “slimy” and “gross” to describe the phone was simply unprofessional. You don’t like plastic, fine, but from all indications, its better constructed than the S3 and that wasn’t slimy!
And all the review round ups I’ve seen that mention the Verge always quote that part. Shame.
It’s all well and good saying you don’t need removable batteries, but some of us actually do. Where I live (Nigeria), power supply is erratic and going without power for days is quite common. There is actually a thriving business of “charging centres” where you go to charge your phones and spare batteries (and other rechargeables such as torchlights). So for me, buying a phone without a spare battery is simply not practical.
So what? Thats just like saying that MS Word is let down by the sheer number of features/gimmicks it packs, since most ppl just want to type simple documents. Since when is having more features a bad thing? If you don’t use a feature (or gimmick in your opinion) how does it affect anything? Really, some ppl are becoming like the Apple fans of old “Android has too many features/gimmicks that its too complex”. This is just plain rubbish. The beauty of Android is that one can just use it to do the basic things (just like GS4 or MS Word), but you know that there is more under the hood if you want.