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Should you get the new BlackBerry Z10?

BlackBerry executives hold up the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones.

BlackBerry executives hold up the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones.

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.

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Preview: BlackBerry 10 helps RIM get up to speed, but is that enough?

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.

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RIM investigating case of exploding BlackBerry

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.

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RIM execs sing love song as company tries to stay afloat

As RIM went to show developers its forthcoming operating system, BlackBerry 10, it released a music video of executives pleading for patience.

The love song, performed by the three top honchos, is called “Devs, BlackBerry is going to keep on loving you.” It’s somewhat of a throwback to the 1981 song “Keep on Loving You” by Speedwagon.

 

Review: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE

RIM’s latest tablet computer has been released with an emphasis on speed, but how does the operating system’s ecosystem stack up?

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.

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