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The Next Web published a list of the five “funniest” things former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said, according to published reports.
It kinda shines a spotlight on the executive, exposing some comments that appear rather short-sighted, such as this one, in the context of the PlayBook’s failure.
“In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.” [Bloomberg]
Read more of them here:
When I got the BlackBerry Z10 to review, I thought it was great. Finally, the Canadian company had made a solid piece of hardware without a physical keyboard, and a touchscreen the size of a proper smartphone.
The keypad-free formula seemed to have worked for Apple. Nobody is waiting for an iPhone with a QWERTY keyboard (though hackable alternatives exist).
My “CrackBerry” acquaintances disagreed. They wanted a BlackBerry with physical buttons. It was, so they say, impossible to type on a touchscreen. So they waited as the company formerly known as RIM prepared to release the Q10, a BlackBerry running the newest operating system with a physical keyboard.
Alas, it has arrived. Finally.
At a time when screen sizes are getting bigger and bigger, the size of the Q10 touchscreen suggests BlackBerry didn’t get the message that bigger is better.
While Samsung is going bonkers with the 6.3-inch screen on the Mega smartphone, the 3.1-inch display on the Q10 is as appealing as a pencil is to swat a dragon fly.
The web, at least the mobile web, is designed for tall screens. Apps, for the most part, are designed for tall screens. Neither translate well on such a small, boxy display.
Otherwise the Q10 stands up well to the demands of everyday life. It feels solid, especially the rubberized back that won’t easily slip out of your hand or across the desk.
The camera is good for well-lit situations, the BB10 has some nifty camera features that I’ve covered previously.
Battery life is quite good, with more than enough juice to last you through the day (and even into the next).
And as for the keyboard – it’s as good as they get if you’re looking for a physical one. Even my good friend, who has had a BlackBerry for as long as BBM has been a popular noun, liked the feeling of physical buttons against his thumbs.
But my friend couldn’t wait long enough for the Q10…so he went for a Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Android app selection is better, anyways. But if you’re still somebody who craves physical buttons, then there isn’t any question the Q10 is for you.
Canada’s biggest tech darling may want to do something else rather than make cellphones and tablets, and the operating systems that power those device.
For example, take the BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s a tablet that never really sold particularly well.
A friend of mine has one that he says doubles as a Frisbee. At one point, the 16 GB tablet was selling for $99 at Staples.
And then this week, BlackBerry drove the final nail into the coffin of the tablet, by saying it won’t be making the BB 10 operating system available for the device, despite promising to do so back in January.
It was also during the release of its first-quarter results that the company announced it missed the revenue expectations of analysts, and it would probably keep losing money in the next few months.
Without a doubt, investors weren’t pleased. The share price dropped faster than the Drop Zone ride at Canada’s Wonderland, sliding more then 25 per cent on the Nasdaq.
How about phones? The Waterloo-based company said it shipped only 2.7 million Z10 handsets, less than the expected 3 million. And that’s a fractional amount compared to the number of iPhones that Apple sold: 37.4 million.
Some analysts say the late release of the Q10 hurt BlackBerry, since most of the die-hard users prefer a phone with a physical keyboard rather than the touchscreen-only Z10.
But then again, 37.4 million people seem to be just fine without a physical keyboard, so it’s highly doubtful that BlackBerry’s sales numbers will surge up with a phone that uses an archaic concept of input.
It may be time for the company to focus on what it does well: corporate accounts and secure instant messaging.
BlackBerry already announced steps in that direction.
For starters, it’s going to make BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available to iPhone and Android users.
BlackBerry is also going to make secure services available for….iPhones and Android phones.
Now, the company just needs to figure out a way to be sustainable doing what it does best.
What will it take for BlackBerry to do well?
The images, which were soon removed from the initial source but still accessible through other avenues, show a smartphone that closely resembles the Q10.
Half of the handset’s front shows a 3.1-inch touchscreen. The other half shows a QWERTY keyboard with actual clicky buttons (bulkier than the Q10’s slim keyboard).
They’re calling the phone the R10.
Other features this mystery handset is rumoured to have include a 5-megapixel camera, a bump down from the 8-megapixel unit found on the Q10.
The site also says the rumoured R10 has a lower-capacity battery and 8 GB of storage.
With those kinds of specs, it seems like the R10 is a watered-down version of the range-topping Z10 and Q10.
But the watered-down version could be a good thing, if the company formerly known as RIM wants to get more smartphones in the hands of more people.
Heck – even Apple is rumoured to be coming out with a budget (cheaper) iPhone this year.
So if BlackBerry comes out with a cheaper phone, the R10, do you think that will drastically help the company?
Weeks after the new BlackBerry Z10 launched, some are wondering if the new smartphone is really any good.
According to various reports, the answer is yes. But the details are mysteriously unclear.
An article from Reuters suggests that sales of the Z10 have been so good, the company formerly known as RIM is ramping up production of the phone.
This news follows reports that the phone was sold out in some places, and BlackBerry said it was the most successful device launch the company has ever had.
CEO Thorsten Heins said demand for the new phone is surpassing the company’s expectations, so they’re increasing production capacity.
Heins, however, did not say exactly how many Z10s BlackBerry has sold. The company is waiting longer until it releases sales numbers.
Meanwhile, the company that owns Wireless Wave says the Z10 is its best-selling phone since the device launched in early February.
The new BlackBerry handset is even outselling its main competitors: the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple’s iPhone 5.
But then again, the Globe and Mail reports that Glentel did not reveal exact sales numbers.
So it seems the BlackBerry Z10 iOS selling like hoecakes, but there are no numbers to back it up.
Why is it that we hear how great this new phone is, in a terms of sales, but there seems to be little numerical proof to back it up?
Are consumers even happy with their new BlackBerry Z10s?
Competitors aren’t resting on their laurels. Samsung announced a new system designed to compete directly with BlackBerry.
It’s designed to encrypt data transmitted using the company’s Android phones to a level comparable to that from BlackBerry.
Is BlackBerry really turning things around?
BlackBerry finally unveiled its new mobile operating system after several delays and missteps. Should you trade in your Bold for a new handset? Here are 10 things to know about BlackBerry 10.
When can I buy a new phone running BlackBerry 10?
You can get the touchscreen-only Z10 on Feb. 5 in Canada. Our friends south of the border will need to wait a while longer – March, actually.
If you want a new BlackBerry phone with the traditional physical keypad, keep waiting. The Q10 won’t be released until April – and you’re best off with a device that has a large screen to take full advantage of the new system.
What’s the keyboard like?
The virtual keyboard is one of the best out there. It’s large and the autocorrect gets your intended typing right most of the time.
Speak several languages? They keyboard also adapts well to different dictionaries.
How does the screen compare to the iPhone 5’s?
The Z10’s 4.2-inch screen is slightly wider than the display in Apple’s latest smartphone. The BlackBerry screen, on paper at least, is sharper. The Z10 has a pixel per inch density of 356 compared to the iPhone 5’s 326 ppi.
What’s the app selection like?
Although the company formerly known as RIM claims BlackBerry World has more apps than any other operating system at launch (70,000) – the selection still seems quite limited compared to the hundreds of thousands of titles available in competing app stores.
BlackBerry World is littered with simple apps that cost money – and it’s tough to find good, free apps. Flickr Sync, for example, costs $1.99 and all it does is let you access photos on your Flickr stream. The Flickr app for the iPhone, meanwhile, is free. And it actually lets you upload images to the photo sharing service.
Yes, you’ll be able to creep friends on Facebook and kill time playing Angry Birds, but the BlackBerry app ecosystem feels like it hasn’t hit puberty.
Thorsten Heins said during the launch that Skype committed to the platform, but their app (and others) are yet to appear in BlackBerry World.
How long does the battery last?
After a few days of testing, the battery charge lasted through approximately 15 hours of moderate use. The Z10 does have a removable battery, so you can swap out for a new one after the original unit loses the ability to keep a charge for more than a few minutes. (more…)
With the official launch of RIM, er, BlackBerry’s new operating system, many people have been wondering whether they should get a phone running the new BB10 operating system.
The answer is yes. And no.
There’s a lot to consider and the answer isn’t a black and white one. But this should help you make a decision.
But first, know this: Forget about the Q10. The keyboard/touchscreen hybrid phone won’t be available for at least a couple months, and really – you’re short changing yourself with a small screen. There’s a reason iPhones and Galaxy SIIIs sell like hotcakes, and it’s not because either phone has a physical keypad.
Should you upgrade if…?
You have a BlackBerry phone sold before Feb. 5:
Yes. Stop reading this and place your order right now. Pay whatever the penalty is to get out of your contract and upgrade your device.
If your BlackBerry is anything but the new phone running BB10, and you like your BBM and handheld device security, then yes of course, you should definitely upgrade to the Z10.
There’s a good chance you might not even think the BlackBerry World ecosystem is limited with more than 70,000 apps – more than any other mobile operating system at launch.
You probably don’t really care about app selection either if you’re still using a BlackBerry Bold, so it’s not like you’ll think the new BB10 app selection is limited.
Sure, using a large 4.2-inch might seem overwhelming. But then again, the internal combustion engine was a significant upgrade from the horse-drawn carriage.
Research in Motion’s new operating system, BlackBerry 10, offers vast improvements from the company’s previous mobile phone OS. While BB10 gets RIM up to speed with the competition, is it enough to make a splash?
I recently had a chance to spend almost an hour with a prototype touchscreen-only handset: Dev Alpha B. The RIM spokespeople were quite clear that this is still a non-production model I was previewing, and that there would be improvements before the Jan. 30 launch.
That being said, there is no home button. RIM says it’s all about swipe gestures to navigate around the phone.
After a few minutes spent learning what each gesture does, I quickly got the hang of it and was soon jumping from app to app, from contact to inbox.
With BB10, RIM is introducing a feature called BlackBerry Hub. It’s a centralized inbox for everything from email to social media updates to a quick-glance calendar.
Research in Motion is investigating a strange case involving a boy’s reportedly exploding BlackBerry in the U.K.
According to the Guardian, 11-year-old Kian McCreath’s BlackBerry exploded and caught fire on his bed at his family home in Coventry.
The child’s parents are now asking RIM to recall the phone in question – a Curve 9320 – just before the busy holiday season.
RIM, however, says it still hasn’t been able to examine the charred phone and determine what happened. In a statement to the Guardian, the company says it’s still waiting for the family to provide the melted device for it to investigate.
The tablet feels speedy and responsive with the extra horsepower from a new dual-core 1.5-Ghz processor pumping clock cycles behind a 7-inch display. This PlayBook also has 1GB of internal RAM and 32 GB of storage space.
As the name suggests, this PlayBook connects using one of the latest standards for high-speed cellular data – 4G LTE. Compared to using a traditional 3G connection, this tablet sings through webpages and scrolls easily through fat inboxes, with a network experience almost like a Wi-Fi connection.