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Video: A feature comparison between webOS and Blackberry 10

With the looming shutdown of HP webOS cloud service in <gasp> just under two weeks, many folks over at webOS Nation’s forums have started jumping ship. For those of us who’ve survived all of the major hiccups, travesties, and terrorist plots that have seen webOS kicked to the curb or dropped on its head, this is nothing new. But to those that are leaving, to what platform will you go?

Putting myself in the shoes of someone equipped with a cell phone life vest and standing on the sideways rail of the S.S. webOS-Titanic, I asked myself the same question: if I had to leave, to what platform would I go? I began to…

Research

I purchased a $40 Nokia Lumia 635 on sale on Cyber-Monday. I also received a Blackberry Z10 for Christmas. And I pulled my aging bastard of a Nexus device, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from the closet and loaded it with an early build of a custom Lollipop version better known as Android 5.0. How’d it go? Read…

The results

Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 is pretty nice. The UI/UX is refreshing albeit drastically different from webOS. And Android 5 is still Android with some fancy new tricks in the notifications and multitasking view but still very different from webOS by leaps and bounds.

Then I realized that I kept comparing them to webOS. I mean, that’s my perspective window. It’s what I know and love and have come to expect from a mobile platform so I kept using it as the UI/UX lens by which to judge the others. I can’t have an updated webOS and I accept that so I kept looking for an OS that’s…

As close to webOS as I can get

So when I started my test with Blackberry 10 (10.2.1 and then 10.3) on the Z10 I was as surprised by what I found. Most of it won’t surprise you. Many articles have been done about the similarities between Blackberry “stuff” and webOS. But check out the video below for my thoughts as I compare some of webOS’ best loved features to Blackberry’s version of them.

Conclusion

I’m not jumping ship. I love my Pre3 (and plus and 2 and pixi+…you get the idea). But if your window of perspective is similar to mine, you may find that the latest iteration of BB10 is the closest thing to webOS out there right now.

I don’t own an iPhone, a Firefox OS, Ubuntu, or Sailfish OS phone. If I did, I’d dive in.

If you’ve got another type of phone OS you’d like me to try, head on over to the forums and let me know. And if you think we should do more videos like this, let me know that too. For now, try some new things. You might be surprised by what you find.

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