BlackBerry is back, with a brand new phone called the BlackBerry Priv. The Priv runs on Android, features a slide-out physical keyboard, and has some added security features.
Reviews of the BlackBerry Priv suggest that while it’s a decent enough handset, it’s all too little, too late for BlackBerry. So, we want to know, would you would ever buy another BlackBerry?
Flash! Bang! Wallop!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet?”
Out of a total of 702 votes, 41.5% chose No, and I Have No Desire to Do So, 31.3% chose No, But I Want to Do So, 15.8% chose Yes, a While Ago, 10.1% chose Yes, Very Recently, and 1.3% chose What Is Adobe Flash?
This shows that the majority of our readers haven’t yet uninstalled Flash, with a total of 72.8 percent choosing one of the No options. The majority of those don’t even want to get rid of Flash. Which is rather depressing given how much of a security nightmare Flash has become.
However, there is hope, with 25.9 percent of people indicating they have uninstalled Flash already, with a significant proportion having done so recently. We expect these numbers to change over the next few years as HTML5 becomes more widely supported. Fingers crossed.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Edward Goldblatt, Sony Lindberg, and Jeremy A Moats. Comment of the Week goes to Tom Willoughby, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
“I haven’t uninstalled Flash yet, and I’m not in any hurry. I do have the plugin set to “ask to activate” in Firefox, and I do keep it as up to date as possible.”
“I’m of the firm belief that a mass exodus away from Flash won’t make the Web any safer. There are so many vulnerabilities found in Flash because there are so many people looking. Without Flash they aren’t going to say ‘Well, job done, I guess we have to stop making malware now’. They’ll start looking for vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Primetime, or the various browser’s implementations of HTML5.”
“Whatever has the biggest audience will suddenly start to have vulnerabilities cropping up every other month.”
We chose this comment because it raises an excellent point. Right now, Flash is an incredibly insecure part of the Web. However, if it’s replaced by something else, that new tool will then be targeted for its ubiquitousness.
Essentially, malware will always be a thing, but the way it’s delivered to end users will change over time. Still, Flash sucks, so we won’t be crying at its funeral however bad its successor may prove to be over the longterm.
Back In BlackBerry
Believe it or not BlackBerry owners were once then envy of their friends and family. That’s no longer the case. Now, the iPhone and Android rule the roost, with Windows Phone struggling on a a long way behind. BlackBerry is probably toast, with the company struggling to stay afloat.
However, the new BlackBerry Priv offers a glimmer of hope. It is, after all, the first BlackBerry to run on Android, but with a slide-out keyboard designed to keep the faithful happy. Reviews of the Priv have been mixed so far, but this could be a turning point for BlackBerry.
Which leads us to ask the burning question, “Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry?” It doesn’t have to be the Priv, but any BlackBerry handset released in the future. Answering Yes implies it’s all about the product, while answering No implies there’s no hope of a Hollywood-style comeback.
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Is there a reason why you can rule out ever buying another BlackBerry? What could BlackBerry do to win you back? Is BlackBerry’s adoption of Android a good or bad thing?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.
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