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    There’s something ineffable about using a BlackBerry in 2014. Some of it is pure nostalgia, the kind of unavoidable reminiscence that comes with using a device bearing a 15-year-old brand. But the bigger part is the software: BlackBerry 10 is a blend of old and new, a kind of hodgepodge of traditional successes alongside more exotic ideas that couldn’t flourish elsewhere. And while the company continues to suffer from carrier woes and a steady loss of market share, it’s by no means taking these punishments sitting down: its latest operating system update just recently cleared US ...

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    Last week, BlackBerry broke into the fast-and-furious MWC news cycle with a few announcements of its own: not only would the company be keeping the door open for another tablet in the coming years, but it would also be releasing new smartphone hardware in the form of the Z3 and Q20. The former device was less than interesting, destined as it was for Indonesia, but the Q20 seemed like a BlackBerry fan's NSFW fantasy. As Stephen Schenck described in a follow-up piece: "The Q20 will be the company’s latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any ...

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    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering alternatives to the popular flagships in the market, it's always good to know what's worth your money, and what's not. We don't blame you for wanting to try some of the new products in the market at the moment, but for their price, it's not like if it's inexpensive to just try something new. We know a lot of you are still on the ropes trying to decide what to buy this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap, or if you're wanting a tablet upgrade as well. 2013 has shown just how great technology ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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    If you're not one to tote your smartphone around in a slick-looking holster, do me a favor: go ahead and pull your phone out of your pocket. Or if it's on your desk, flip it over. What's it do? Unless you own one of a small percentage of modern smartphones (or you're a big fat phony) your answer is probably "nothing." As powerful as today's mobile devices are under the hood, most are still lacking in a crucial area: intelligence. Or, if you want to get all Motorola about it, "contextual awareness." Yes, it's Google's new Moto X that's motivated this post - a device that's either the ...

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    Back in early June, we heard rumors about a new BlackBerry 10 model that would be the first to arrive from the manufacturer's so-called A-series, possibly launching as the A10. What was so interesting about this theory was that the A10 wouldn't be a new budget device, but a flagship to take the place of the Z10. We've seen a few leaks since then of hardware that could be this A10, but could we be getting this news all wrong? What if this device is really going to arrive as something else entirely? That's what a new rumor suggests, offering that what we've been calling the A10 could instead ...

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    A few days back, we got to check out the rear cover for what appeared to be an unknown BlackBerry model, and the general styling of this component suggested it might be tied to the development of a new Porsche Design BlackBerry. Based on the shape of the bottom edge, our hunch was that this might be based on Q10 hardware, with a hardware keyboard and all, but today a series of new images arrives, clearly making this phone out to be a full-touch model, presumably built around the existing Z10. What's odd is that rumors claim this model could arrive as the P’9982. Sure, the last Porsche ...

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    Yesterday we got a look at what's supposed to be an image of one of BlackBerry's upcoming BB10 smartphones, the A10. While a slate like the Z10, we saw a design that diverged from that model, picking up some more Q10-like styling along the way. Today we've got a new image to check out, and while it's being presented alongside the theory that it's the rear cover to the A10, we're not quite so sure. So, what's wrong? Well, the A10 has been rumored to be a five-incher, while this seems just a bit smaller. That image of the A10 we saw yesterday also looked to have a more gradual curve around ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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    Let me preface by saying I got my start in the tech industry by being a die-hard BlackBerry fan. And the last thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on the latest batch of BlackBerrys was write another "end of BlackBerry" article. As I explained in my Pocketnow Insider bio, I ate, slept, and breathed BlackBerry back in the day. I wrote about BlackBerrys between and even during my classes and two other jobs. And even after trying webOS, iOS, and Android, it was hard to cut ties and drop the platform altogether. I had spent the better part of three years using nothing but BlackBerry, and I ...

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    As much as BlackBerry can boast to you that their new operating system can run Android apps, that's not necessarily a good thing. One of our biggest disappointments after our review of the BlackBerry Z10 is that these apps are all locked to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and that means that you're stuck running anything that was optimized for an operating system that was launched three years ago. Luckily the company has just announced that this is about to get a major change with BlackBerry 10.2. Within the changes that are planned for their new upgrade, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean apps will be ...

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    We're still pretty new to the world of BlackBerry at Pocketnow, having started coverage in earnest just this past winter with the unveiling of the BlackBerry Z10 -and the company's next generation platform- in Toronto. Since then, though, we've given the fledgling new smartphone ecosystem its share of comparisons, reviews, and even re-reviews ... and it's about time we turned our focus to the second BB10 smartphone from the folks formerly known as RIM. It's time to review the BlackBerry Q10. Before we get there, though, we've got to take it out of the box - and that's just what you'll get ...

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    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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    Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    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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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Blackberry and HTC have a bit of a problem. Their problem is they are coming off of losing seasons and they're trying to get their fans back in the stands. Ok, yes I'm using a sports analogy here, bear with me. The problem is they're charging just as much for their seats as the third team in town – the one who has won the championship two years in a row. And they're both surprised when their beer sales are plummeting. In short, Blackberry and HTC pricing against Samsung and Apple is doomed to failure until they can reestablish their premium brands to go with their premium phones. A Tale ...

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    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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    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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    We've put the HTC One through its paces, comparing it against nearly every smartphone -or at least, nearly every flagship- in the modern landscape, but there was a straggler left behind: the tenacious BlackBerry Z10. Today, we set about to rectify that omission. Tune in to the video below to watch us compare HTC's newest -and almost certainly best- Android offering with the slab of black soft-touch that BlackBerry has bet the company on. We'll be comparing build quality, UI, test notes, the camera, and the all-important ecosystem in this showdown, though not necessarily in that order - and ...

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    The BlackBerry Z10 is not only the company's boldest move since the dawn of push email, but also one of the better devices of 2013. It would be one of the best if the platform was a little more mature, but still, we'd call this one of the best re-inventions to come to mobile in the last decade, at times when almost every other company that tried to do it is no longer existent. New leaked photos now show that aside from the leaked roadmap that we saw a couple of days ago, the existing BlackBerry Z10 is also getting more color options as well, or at least, it seems so. The reason why we're ...

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    Over the past few weeks, we've been learning all the details of how US carriers will be making the new BlackBerry Z10 available for sale. T-Mobile may have gotten a head-start with corporate sales, but for private individuals, your first opportunity to score a Z10 arrives today, as AT&T puts the BlackBerry 10 smartphone up for sale. We've known about this date since AT&T first started accepting pre-orders earlier this month, so if you just want to walk into a store and walk out with the first BlackBerry 10 handset, now's your chance to track down an AT&T retailer. On-contract, ...

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    The BlackBerry Z10 is definitely on the wish list of many all around. It's proven to be a good device in our review, and even though its ecosystem hasn't reached the level of its competitors, it's only a matter of time before they figure it out. We've heard when both AT&T and Verizon are getting the device, and now it's time for T-Mobile. Obviously we don't have a press release to validate this claim, but according to T-Mobile's Help Twitter account, it'll happen on Tuesday March 26th, which is less than a week from now. Now to make these news even better, remember that the Z10 is ...

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