Expanding on the post from usshanibal about Ross Andru, here is the cover from Superman vs The Amazing Spider-Man. The first DC/Marvel crossover. Treasury format, a pricy $2.00 and I believe only available from your local bookstore or news stand (comic book store if you had one) at the time. You might could get one from 7-Eleven, I got mine from Walden Books.
This is just one example of Ross’s technical skill. The whole cover is brilliant.
Yesterday, I received a Nokia Lumia 822 for Verizon. It’s a Windows Phone 8 device. I’m playing around with it right now trying to decide whether I want to transfer it to my number for a month to see if 2 years have made Windows Phone any better. I did try a Dell Venue Pro for a few days, but that was before Verizon even had Windows Phone 7. That I put on a pay-as-you-go SIM and it was not ideal.
So far, it’s pretty good. I’ve managed to get the phone updated to the latest version. There are some native apps right out of the box (Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Vine just came out, and Instagram and Flipboard are “coming soon”).
Is it just that I have an affinity for the underdog? I really want a Blackberry Z10.
I have an extra number that my step-daughter was using and I would like to run out the contract on it (it’s active til June, 2014). Since it’s a smartphone plan, I would like to put one on there. There are two reasons; it’s always good to have a backup phone in case you need one, but my ulterior second reason is I want a device that’s not an iPhone to play around with. I have an iPhone because I want to get work done, I want a hobby device so I can, well… hobby.
I was seriously considering another Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but now Google has EOL’d (End of Life’d) it. This means it’s no longer going to receive new OS updates. A shame really because, to me, Android is the ultimate hobby OS and the Galaxy Nexus is the only phone I can run on Verizon that is even close. The only new Kit Kat (Android 4.4) ROM available for it is called Shiny and it works, after a fashion, but the graphics drivers leave a lot to be desired. So, not going to do it.
Here’s where the underdog part kicks in. Blackberry is in trouble, real trouble. Their stock price is down, sales are dismal, they fired the CEO and are now going to borrow a billion dollars in debentures and basically put themselves into debt for the first time as a company in order to clean house. The good news is they have a loyal fan base, and the part that hasn’t defected to iOS or Android are their best advocates.
I seem to remember a very similar story about 15 years ago…
Apple was in trouble, real trouble. Their stock price was down, sales were dismal, and they had to get Microsoft to make an investment in them to get street cred. The good news was they had a loyal fan base and the part that didn’t defect to Windows were their best advocates.
I know that a comeback is hard to pull off. The interim CEO of Blackberry (iCEO; this is more similar than we realize), John Chen, is not a company man, he is an outsider so he has a fresh perspective. He is saying it’s too early to tell what he’s going to do in the coming months, but here’s what he shouldn’t do, go Android or Windows Phone.
The BB10 OS, based on QNX is, to me, a little rough around the edges, but is fully baked and could be a real alternative to the big two. I’ve been pondering if I could move from the iPhone to a Blackberry device with the new OS, and after several days of research, the answer is, yes, for the most part. They make it easy by supporting IMAP mail, CalDAV for calendar and CardDAV for contacts, so all I would have to do is log into my iCloud account on a new Blackberry and those things would sync.
As to the social media, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all supported natively, Facebook is doing a new app for BB10 and there is also a Twitter client. The big question is apps.
In a word, the selection of native apps on Blackberry App World sucks. The good news is BB10.2 is supporting the Android Jelly Bean virtual runtime, so you can install Android apps and run them on the phone like native Blackberry apps.
So, I think I may tumble and get a Z10 and see what it’s all about. I still have a few days to decide.