I have to agree with Canadian Tire CTO, Eugene Roman, when he gushes about the BlackBerry Q10. Canadian Tire announced in mid April that they were outfitting all of their 3,000+ corporate team members with BlackBerry 10. That was a big win for BlackBerry and now Roman is sharing more info as the rollout progresses in an interview with Computer World. The overwhelming majority of users are asking for the BlackBerry Q10 to replace their previous Bold and Curve devices though some are using the Z10. Canadian Tire is not doing BYOD but they do offer Balance for employees to have their own separate personal info on the corporate owned devices.
Roman said that the biggest draw to BlackBerry 10 has been the battery life stating that:
"With 10 to 12 hours of battery life, that’s double of every other device we’ve tried," he said. "It’s efficient on the network and still has good security. The battery life is the winner. I have a couple of iPhones, but I can’t live on them."
He also shared his reluctance to leave a QWERTY keyboard:
"I told them you’d have to pry the Bold from my cold dead hands, since it has served me extremely well, but the Q10 does it one better," he said. The Q10’s 35 keys are each "just a shade bigger" than on the Bold "and I have big, fat thumbs."
Along with enjoying the Hub:
"The Q10 is all about the user experience, and I find that the Hub is extremely useful, that it organizes my life and is like the old PDA, but the Q10 plays that role on steroids,"
Canadian Tire has also launched an app for BlackBerry 10 customers to view their products. Check out the full details in the ComputerWorld interview.