On top of this, BlackBerry 10 lacks "push" functionality for email. Push is when you get notifications "pushed" to your phone; the second you get an email, you're notified. What BB10 offers is an email check every 15 minutes. This is outdated technology. To exclude such an important feature, especially for the type of customer that BlackBerry is trying to appeal to, is a serious blunder.
This guy can't read.
Yes, BIS is not there anymore because it's not necessary. Push email is a function of the protocol used, as I will explain below -- and yes, it's in there.
I own a Playbook, which has a very similar email app visibly (in fact, it looks identical) to the Z10's. It should be, considering that they're basically kissing cousins from an operating system point of view.
Here's the thing -- The Playbook most-certainly does handle PUSH email -- I know this to be a fact because I both use it and have materially-modified the IMAP server it talks to in order to integrate it with my custom spam-filtering application!
The Playbook's PUSH email works with Exchange, with IMAP (the open-standards encrypted transport answer) and with Gmail (along with a couple of others such as legacy POP accounts.)
Further, when you go to set up a new email account on the Playbook one of the checkboxes you find is for whether you'd like the PUSH option to be used or not! Of course the correct answer is "Yes"
That middle protocol, incidentally, (IMAP) is the way to do distributed email in a multi-platform environment. I use it heavily and so do a lot of other people. It stores messages on the server where they're safe and sound all the time, retrieving them as you need them. It uses SSL for transport security and since the message store is on the server that can be encrypted too if you want to do so on the server side. It can properly and seamlessly handle multiple clients connected to the same mailbox at the same time, and if one deletes a message or a new message arrives that status change is reflected to all the other clients. And unlike BIS, it is not centralized (it's "owned" by the company you get your email from, or the firm you work for) so the risk from a data perspective is localized and under local control as well.
In other words, no more global (or regional) email outages!
That's a good thing, not a bad one.
But wait, there's more!
The cited "author" on Seeking Alpha doesn't understand what he's writing about.
Specifically, the article he references which he claims says the Z10 "doesn't do push" later on goes to talk about using IMAP IDLE, which is the exact command that IMAP uses to establish and maintain push email connections!
The referenced article then claims that this consumes "more battery" than BIS did for the same functionality.
Uh, I don't think so. IDLE uses only a single "keep alive" exchange every few minutes (typically 15 minutes although that is under client control) to verify that the communication channel is still available, allowing the client to detect a circumstance where the server has crashed or otherwise lost the link in a way the client could not otherwise notice. Read the protocol documentation if you're in doubt!
IDLE is not a battery pig by any stretch of the imagination. But if you're coming from Android you probably don't know a damned thing about all this because Android thinks that "full-featured" and "email" mean "you will use Gmail for all your email needs."
I disagree, of course, which means I get to load K9Mail (which you want to do anyway if you'd like a working email client that actually does work properly and is open-standards based -- and yes, it can talk to Gmail too) -- but now you're using a third-party non-OS-integrated answer and one subject to being task-killed, which means that you can miss notifications because your IDLE listener isn't there any more.
If you want to take shots at the new Blackberry phone and its OS please do so from an informed point of view and understand the technology you're opining on. If, on the other hand, you don't know what the hell you're talking about your options are to keep your mouth shut or go ahead and publish articles like the cited one above, removing all doubt that you both can't read and don't understand the technology you're speaking about.
I don't have a Z10 -- yet -- as they are not yet available in the US.
Of course if Blackberry would like to ship me one, I'd be more than happy to give it a fair and full review, and I do have HSPA+ service from T-Mobile to test it with. I suspect they'd have to pry it out of my cold, dead fingers to get it back.
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