BlackBerry dominated last week on my site, not always in a good way. Here are the top five stories in descending order:
- Three weeks with the BlackBerry Z10
A good smartphone, but not a great smartphone. The Z10 has solid hardware coupled with a distinct operating system. On the downside poor battery life, a keyboard I just couldn’t get used to and an ordinary camera. In summary the Z10 was a year too late to market.
- Why I don’t want a hybrid
Seen those computers that work as touch screen laptops that can convert into tablets? Well they are not for me.
- Windows 8.1: from grating to great?
Microsoft fixes many of the annoyances in Windows 8 with its latest release. My verdict is this will please people who have already paid for the new operating system, I don’t think it will encourage that many outsiders to join the party.
- BlackBerry’s bad day at the mobile office
Not enough customers like BlackBerry’s new phones to help dig the phone-maker out of its hole. The future isn’t looking too good although BlackBerry may survive as a software and services business.
- Commerce Commission squeezes Chorus again
Costs and uncertainty are mounting at Chorus as the Commerce Commission decides the company has to pay a large slice of the Telecommunications Development Levy.