Thoughts on Nokia E6 vs BlackBerry 9900
I felt it was important to post something I did on Howardforums a few months back when the Nokia E6-00 prototype was first leaked and the RIM BlackBerry Dakota was also leaked without full specs.
Date: March 30th/2011.
If Nokia’s E6 is any close or minor indication of what the Bold 9900 would be like … I think you’ll be disappointed.
Having a small screen and small resolution for an OS that is to thrive on a large screen – will leave you wanting more. Having a large screen with higher resolution with a keypad will look & feel like those 2 horrible HP Win6.1/6.5 smartphones of yesteryear that will really cause remorse.
The key will be to have a medium size screen – 1″ larger than the Bold 9700/9780 models, being just as svelte to have large battery yet fit in the hand just as perfectly. Not to mention such a screen BEGS to have a higher resolution (Half-VGA just will not cut it; UNLESS smaller icons & more adjustable font)!! Although RIM is taking their SWEET ARSE time to perfect this … I just think its a dead endeavor and that a refined Storm with the Torch’s screen along with QNX is what consumers and the industry needs.
1. How many long term – 3yrs dedicated straight – diehard BB users can type this simple sentence without looking at the screen. (how about the last 8 words!)
- This is not about memorizing the QWERTY keyboard, or AutoText (renamed in BB6); its about lack of full trust in the keyboard and less on touch sensitivity wihtin our fingers.
2. The quick popularity and stable sales of the Torch 9800 have proven that traditional and new BB users WANT a larger screen.
- We require that to READ MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint attachments (Not everyone will carry a PlayBook – portability of IN the pocket will ALWAYS best in the Jacket pocket).
- We require more screen real-estate to enjoy the web, especially multiple tabs.
- We require more screen real-estate to remote into PC/Mac/Nix machines and admins for Servers.
I can attest that BES5.01 SP1 is NOT suitable to be viewed EVEN on the Torch’s screen.
Going forward RIM needs to think about mobile access to the BES for Administrators if it wants to really best the competition. To be honest … not even APPLE thinks of this with Safari and Snow Leopard, Leopard or even Lion/Lion Server built-in.
Going forward I think the Bold 9900 will do quite well in the corporate space – until iOS releases v5 and Android goes to Ice Cream Sandwich (man code-names like this really are terrible) with more robust features to come close to what corporations expect with bumped up security.
The consumer space may take to this Bold … but its a real unknown.
I somehow miss the feel of rubbing my thumbs across the keys of the blackberry, looking at the 9700’s (and 9780’s) profile as I turned it round in my hand while thinking out a complex problem. I’m REALLY looking forward to RIM’s implementation of NFC with or without the BBM World API. If I make the switch again it has to last a full 2yrs – at least to the same platform. Android will only get me IF, and IF hardware design choices are in line with RIM or Apple’s – I hate the cheapo plastic look, feel, and poor build-quality to resist the slight clumsy drop from waist high.