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BlackBerry OS 5.0

I just upgraded my BlackBerry Storm to OS 5.0 and let me tell you, it rocks my world! 

To start, it works, which is more than I can say for the three previous attempts from Research In Motion.  It’s snappy and responsive. They’ve added quite a few features as well.  Now there are conversation threads in SMS messages. It used to do it before, but now it is much easier to read.  They’ve colorized the background, just enough.  The response time is a factor of 1,000 faster.  You hit something, it does it.  Which, as users we should just be able to expect that a device should do this.  Moreover, the data just seems faster.  It’s probably not, but the display and rendering engines are working so much faster, it seems the internet is screaming. 

A couple of drawbacks, installation time for mine, which is on an enterprise server took nearly an hour, which is a bit long in the tooth.  It’s not deployable through BlackBerry Professional to the best of my knowledge, which would have been handy.  It may be through BlackBerry Enterprise, but I don’t think we are going to spend that kind of money. 

Overall, it seems Research in Motion realized that they were going to lose market share to the iPhone and the Droid based devices. Which is good, a bit of competition is very helpful.  I’m happy

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