Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 19:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Research In Motion today released the 'gold' build of the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit. The 'gold' build includes all of the final tools, components, and APIs that will enable developers to create integrated, social and beautiful applications for BlackBerry 10, and have the confidence that their apps will delight customers at launch." Let's hope so. This industry needs more viable players.
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RE[2]: Heh, why not?
by Neolander on Sat 15th Dec 2012 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Heh, why not?"
Neolander
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Motorola makes some nice keyboard phones. The Droid4 (XT894) is especially nice, and works on any GSM/HSPA network outside of the USA (it's hardware locked to Verizon inside the US). The OMAP4 SoC is a little dated now (only SGX540 GPU, but it's a dual-core CPU), but it still runs Android 4.1 nicely.

Will be interesting to see what the Droid5 looks like.

I'm also hoping the Photon Q (XT897) gets a non-Sprint release. The keyboard on that thing is almost perfect! Unfortunately, this model has an embedded SIM locked to Sprint. Supposedly, there's an AT&T version "coming soon" that will work on any GSM/HSPA network (don't know about LTE).

Sadly, these are pretty hard to find here in Europe, since there hasn't be an official import channel for QWERTY Motorola phones since... perhaps the first Droid?

"2/Also, RIM are apparently the only smartphone OS developer that still cares a tiny bit about battery life. The average Engadget reviewer may consider 2 days per charge to be something impressive, but myself I want Symbian's 4 days of battery life back."

Heh, good luck with that. They're using the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC that every LTE-based phone currently uses (dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU + Adreno 225 GPU). And they're only using an 1800 mAh battery in the L-series phones (smaller than the Android phones, which all have 2100 mAh).

AFAIK, modern ARM SoCs have some power management facilities to make sure that as soon as you don't make use of the extra CPU/GPU power and connectivity, OS software can turn things off and reduce clock rates so as to avoid the battery life hit.

This should mean for users that don't do anything power-hungry on their phones like me, as long as the OS itself is not bloated with things like gimmicky GPU-hungry visual effects, faster SoCs would not make that big of a difference in terms of power draw.

With respect to battery capacity, I'm pretty sure that not all Android phones have 2100 mAh batteries, since at least mine, as a fairly small device (Xperia Mini Pro), hasn't. But for a large-screen device like the L-series, this may indeed be a mistake, since the 15% lost battery capacity won't come for cheap.

Myself, I'm more interested in the kind of battery which they are going to put in the candybar QWERTY N-series. Since there's room for a large battery under the keyboard of those devices, they might be able to put that 1800mAh battery in those too. And if they did, it could compensate for the extra screen size and touchscreen power consumption, to provide a device that is fairly comparable to older Symbian devices in hardware. This would then be a unique occasion to see how much BB10's power management is worth.

Edited 2012-12-15 11:17 UTC

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