Posts tagged with: BlackBerry 10
  • by | June 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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  • by | June 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    Last month, BlackBerry broke the news that had been rumored for years prior: BlackBerry Messenger was going cross-platform. The company announced that apps for iOS and Android smartphones were on the way, and we'd likely be seeing them arrive this summer. While this was great to finally see happening, we had to wonder if it wasn't a bit like BBM going through its death throes – cross platform messaging is already a big deal, with plenty of apps delivering what users want, so why would they switch to BBM? Now we're starting to get a sense of BlackBerry's plans, and those could mean a ...

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  • by | June 5, 2013 2:47 PM

    BlackBerry 10 launched hand in hand with the Z10, and we've since seen the Q10 start arriving to give users a QWERTY option. Then just last month we learned of the Q5, another hardware QWERTY model, but this time positioned as a more budget-friendly alternative to the Q10. Today we can add a fourth member to that lineup, with reports coming in of a BlackBerry A10 set to arrive this fall. CNET claims that "according to a person familiar with the carrier's launch plans," Sprint will be adding the A10 to its stable in November. We'll likely learn of it finding a home with additional carriers ...

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  • by | June 5, 2013 4:58 AM

    AT&T BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders are live now, for all those who want a physical QWERTY keyboard for fast text input (or for those who still prefer this method over the on-screen SIPs). AT&T has just flipped the switch for early adopters and you should go secure your unit if you're a fan of BlackBerry, the form factor, or the keyboard. For $199.99 on a two-year contract (or $584.99 outright) you can get this bad boy packing a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), 3.1-inch S-AMOLED screen with 720 ...

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  • by | May 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    Yesterday we told you about Verizon's efforts to start offering LTE service on its newly-acquired AWS spectrum space, with the first markets going live later this year. Like T-Mobile did for phones like the Note II when it switched-on its own LTE network, Verizon revealed plans to activate this AWS mode on specific handsets through a future firmware update, giving them access to higher-speed data. At the time, the only phone we knew would be getting such an update was Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Today, we can expand that list a bit, and thankfully for once it's a cross-platform affair. Both the ...

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  • by | May 17, 2013 2:45 PM

    A few days back, BlackBerry had a big announcement to share, revealing that it was finally opening up the membership ranks of BlackBerry Messenger, and would start making the app available to smartphone users running iOS and Android. If you were a BlackBerry die-hard for years and have only recently transitioned to another platform, this was great news, letting you easily keep in touch with all your old contacts. We already heard that the iOS and Android apps would become available sometime this summer, but now a new limitation about those releases comes to light, with news that the ...

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  • by | May 15, 2013 7:00 AM

    “Is anybody out there? Anybody there? Does anybody wonder? Anybody care?" Those words, so deftly harmonized by Joe Elliot, he of the shiny golden locks, pretty much sum up what’s been going on in the world of Blackberry of late. Is Blackberry still alive? Well, they kicked off it’s annual event yesterday, this year called unironically “Blackberry Live” and brought with it a few announcements of note. First and foremost, Blackberry has finally gotten their very own Centro. The Q5 was announced yesterday, a low-mid range phone designed for “emerging markets” (Read: no one in a ...

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  • by | May 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    We talked about the BlackBerry Messenger news a little while ago, but that's just scraping the surface of what's happened today. BlackBerry Live is underway, and the festivities are serving as the point of origin for a host of other BlackBerry announcements. Let's take a look at some of the bigger stories to emerge, concerning both new hardware and new software. First up is the announcement of the BlackBerry Q5. This is the phone we'd been following as the R10, but it gets a proper name as it goes official. Frankly, the new moniker makes a large deal of sense, as the Q5 is clearly a ...

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  • by | May 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    Yesterday, I made the stupid unconventional decision to compensate for a sedentary workweek by walking nine miles from my home northwest of Boston to Newton, Massachusetts. The resulting hunger, thirst, and mild exhaustion drove me into a delicatessen upon my return to civilization - but before I could walk in the door, something caught my eye: a black van, with the legend "Z10" painted in blue on the back door and the admonition "keep moving" spelled out in smaller letters on the sides. Now, not even moderate dehydration keeps me from satisfying my curiosity when it comes to street-level ...

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  • by | May 9, 2013 12:55 PM

    We got a really nice look at an unannounced BlackBerry 10 QWERTY model earlier this week, apparently set to arrive as the R10. Seeing it go up against the Q10 made it crystal clear that the R10 isn't quite as refined nor sophisticated-looking, befitting its apparent fate as a budget-priced alternative to the Q10. At the time, we also got to check out some hardware specs for the phone. Now, we're heading back to correct one of those figures, upon the arrival of some new evidence of BlackBerry R10 hardware. By and large, the R10's hardware didn't sound so much worse than the Q10's, but there ...

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  • by | May 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    Last week brought us a fresh look at a not-yet-announced BlackBerry 10 model, the hardware QWERTY-packing R10. This wasn't the first time we saw that guy pop up, and from what we know about it, it was sounding like it could be a future budget-priced alternative to the higher-end Q10. Just what kind of cuts could BlackBerry make to bring the price down? We get somewhat of an idea today, upon a leak delivering not just some new BlackBerry R10 pics next to a Q10, but a run-down on the model's specs. Make no mistake, even if the R10 is to be a cheaper option than the Q10, it could still have ...

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  • by | May 3, 2013 11:25 AM

    The latest BlackBerry on everybody's minds is no doubt the Q10, eager to see what a classic BlackBerry design and that hardware QWERTY keyboard can do to drive interest in the new platform. The Q10 isn't the only device we've seen rocking that form factor, and some rumors and leaks have supported the idea that the BlackBerry R10 could eventually arrive as the budget alternative for BB 10 fans who still want a hardware keyboard. Today we get another look at the handset, this time in bold red. While the general layout matches the Q10, it doesn't take long to notice where the R10 is distinct; ...

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  • by | April 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    One of the big unanswered questions regarding BlackBerry 10 and the direction the company's heading has been what role tablets will play. We've heard conflicting comments from various company execs that have made it hard to get a solid read on what might some day arrive as the follow-up to the PlayBook. Today we get a little insight into why this might be such a contentious issue, after hearing some very anti-tablet comments from CEO Thorsten Heins. In a recent interview, Heins declared, "in five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," going on to call them ...

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  • by | April 15, 2013 3:57 PM

    Was the BlackBerry 10 launch a success? Here we are, two and a half months since the Z10 first went up for sale in the UK, and there still isn't a hard answer. Last week, we heard some claims that users just weren't digging the Z10, and were returning the handset to retailers in record numbers. BlackBerry wasted no time striking back, calling that story straight-up false and insisting that returns were totally on-par with what any smartphone manufacturer should expect. Now we have another voice chiming-in, attempting to confirm BlackBerry's own take on the situation. Of course, BlackBerry ...

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  • by | April 12, 2013 10:35 AM

    It's one of the worst things that can be reported about mobile hardware: too many customers are returning their purchases. Fanboys and haters will say what they will, but when people are actually buying your product, giving it a real chance, and still returning it, that's very much not good. We've talked about these sort of rumors in the past with products like the Surface RT, but today our target is BlackBerry and its new Z10, with the company refuting recent reports of excessive returns. After an analyst suggested that Z10s were being returned in unusually high numbers, the company ...

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