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About as useful to know as the width and height of the next Harry Potter novel.
It's actually quite useful. Some smartphone users consider the screen real estate a primary focus when looking for a new device.
Personally, I love what I've seen so far regarding the workflow-centric paradigm of the new BB OS. I will certainly be keeping an eye on the platform (not that Sprint will have a new BB at launch; something tells me they are becoming an iOS/Android only house).
We just got rid of out BlackBerries and everybody's happy.
They were always causing problems or breaking down. Over a 2 year period mine got repaired (read: replaced after a while) 3 times. The last one I had kept working, although a number of pixels dead and what seems to be glue holding the screen seems to have melted and is decorating the sides of it.
We had 19 BlackBerries and we're selling them to our employees. Well, 16 of them, because 3 of them are broken. There are 4 people who want one and only one for himself, the rest for family members or friends.
Not too surprising that nobody wants them, given that the old OS really is complete crap by today's standards. As for build quality, I think it really depends on the model -- I've never owned a BlackBerry myself but based on my experience with coworkers' devices they run the gamut from feeling like plastic pieces of crap to actually seeming really well-constructed. Hopefully this next generation tends toward the latter....
These are Bold models, 9000, 9700 and 9780.
The 9000 suffers from a scroll ball that gets stuck, but you can fix that yourself by randomly trying to move it about until it starts working again.
My first 9000 suddenly refused to receive/send emails, despite hard resetting/restoring it. The second one suddenly just died and the third one had half the screen missing.
Other models also suffered from either suddenly dying or screen failure.
I kinda liked my Bold 9000, even though the bright white scroll ball always turned yellowish after a very short time, on each one I had. Nothing could make it turn white again.
With the Bold 9900 and 9930 and BBOS7, RIM got it right. Really well constructed, touchscreen, the best keyboard and practical touchpad.
Since everyone is already invested in other phones, they were not going to jump ship into a Blackberry. Edited 2012-06-27 03:08 UTC
I don't know why, but I'm actually really excited to try one of these. I love my Playbook and I think the OS is fantastic. Fingers crossed it gains some traction.
I also am enjoying the playbook, but I do wish that
1) the android run time was compatible with more apps, though it is certainly not terrible
2) the google accounts manager would work for android apps (like Google+)
3) That HDMI-out would work for me. Fuck HDMI, nothing but trouble, I swear to god.
I don't have a BB. You don't really need one anymore, although the two together are a nice combo.
It is actually the 3rd device I've owned to have trouble; the first was my PS3, where you have to jiggle the connection just so for it to work.
The second was a cheap Toshiba laptop; like the Playbook, it is as if the HDMI port is there just for decoration.
I have a playbook that was given to me as a test platform for our new web apps and like it quite a bit.
My only complaints are that battery life doesn´t seem all that great and that application availability could be better.
I haven´t yet looked at how one would go about sideloading android apps and the little I have seen is full of conflicting info.
Is there a web that can be taken as the authoritative way to do this?
I agree about the battery somewhat, but my Galaxy Tab 7 doesn't seem much better while in use.
Those aren't the exact directions I use but they look very similar (cant' find the ones I used sadly right now). You need to register as a developer on blackberry's site (free); don't worry about getting the NFC keys.
As an overall happy PlayBooks owner I am really looking forward to the BB10 smartphones. Personally I am all for hardware keyboards, but no slider ones. I currently use an HTC ChaCha, since it was the only BB-like Android phone with a decent screen resolution at the time. Right now, BBOS is dated, but BB10 will be a game changer. Next year I may switch to one of those next gen BlackBerry phones if RIM has something to offer, which I am conviced of
As a Playbook and Bold 9930 owner, I do not look forward to BB10. That will be the beginning of the end. RIM is betting everything on the new OS, while not realizing that their bad quarter would have been worse if BB10 was already made the default OS on their phone platform. BBOS7 is great and RIM should shift to a long-term strategy and realize that they're not going to win new customers or customers back overnight and especially not with a new OS.
Most people are not aware of the current one, not because it is bad, but because RIM is being ignored.
Palm took some time in winning over people from PalmOS and the apps that were working perfectly to move to WebOS. In the end, Palm lost and HP lost on that gamble.
You have got to be kidding. RIM, Palm, Nokia and Microsoft all made the same mistake in that they waited *too long* to come out with a new OS. The second mistake that HP and Nokia made was to bring in new management who killed their new platforms shortly after arrival. HP is now out of the smartphone biz and Nokia is struggling.
This leaves RIM as the very last smartphone maker aside from Apple to try (in earnest) to succeed with its own OS. If they can manage to bring out something decent, and then survive their shareholders' inclinations to sabotage their achievements, then they could still come out of this on top a couple years down the road.
Patience is the name of the game. Unfortunately that's a lot easier for companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google to pull off, since they're bigger players who entered the market with plenty of other sources of income. Then again, RIM's still got some legacy products (BES and QNX) that could help them stay afloat in the short term until their new phones build up a market base.
Why is everyone obsessed with phone OSes and apps nowadays? What's most important to me in a phone is that it's good at making calls. A good (candy-bar style) keyboard for E-mail and SSH is a close 2nd, and battery life is an also important 3rd. Up until the Bold 9780, blackberries fulfilled all of these needs well, but they decided to to reduce the battery capacity on the current models hence why I haven't upgraded to the 9790 or the 9900. I'm hoping the next Bold will get back to Blackberrys' original strengths, as I couldn't care less about Angry Birds, Draw This, Instagram, or whatever mobile app of the week. I need an actual phone, not a mobile computing toy.
Good for you.
But for me, I pick up my phone to check the weather radar and twitter and to take pictures and upload them and to check maps and the next train departure and to identify that song which is playing right now on the radio and to check the album on Spotify.
Have fun with your SSH.
(Who's making calls anymore, annyway? Texting is so much more convenient, especially with Swiftkey's word predictions.)
That is right.
On the other hand, why do a smartphone actually makes phone calls? The main reason for this that I see is that in order to have wireless internet, you need a phone contract anyway. There are very few data-only contracts offered in the whole world. Without that constraint, we may have seen a cleaner division between phones (sturdy, reliable but limited in functionality) and "communication devices" (which are now exclusively tablets, but could have been improved PDA). Edited 2012-06-27 14:37 UTC
A smartphone actually makes calls because it is still a phone. People who buy smartphones want a convergence device; they want to be able to carry a Swiss Army Knife of communications gear. For some people, the phone part is of so little importance that they carry a basic but reliable dumbphone and pay for the added expense of a 3G/4G tablet or laptop.
I think the smartphone as a reliable phone is still a very important device, and manufacturers/OS vendors should never put the phone functions second to the data functions. If they do, they should market the device as a data terminal first, with a phone thrown in, kind of how Palm did with the Tungsten W (a really nice device that I had the pleasure of owning back in the day).
I'll tell you why, because for most people, making calls is merely one of the things they do on their phone, and in many situations, they do it less than simply using email or texting. This is how many people I know are - in fact, I know people who use GB of data but only use about 100 minutes of talk a month.
I'm wishing for RIM to succeed, and a BlackBerry N smartphone is definitely in my future!
The only downside of a square screen (and I use them in the Treo 750 and the Samsung Epix) is that video will display with black bars above and below the contents, but I'll happily trade borderless video playback for an efficient hardware keyboard any day.
Really, those documents "leaked" so the buzz factory could gear up on sites like this one.