Last month we reported that Brad at Engadget started his one-month trial of the freshly baked BlackBerry Z10 with also a brand new operating system the BlackBerry OS 10. Now that the trial is finished he published his final impressions on both the handset and the OS. While he wasn’t converted he did point out that BlackBerry has done a very good job and that the BlackBerry OS 10 is the best brand new operating system but unfortunately is lagging behind other mature operating systems such as iOS and Android. Still overall it does offer some features that might tempt the corporate world to stay or switch back to BlackBerry. Head over to Engadget to read the final article.
It’s been just a couple of weeks since BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) launched its own brand new OS the BlackBerry 10 along with introducing Alicia Keys as a global creative director. There have been numerous reviews posted of both the new operating system and new handsets. Writing a review or actually living with the device as your only smartphone option is totally different experience and gives a way better look into a new device. That’s why we are happy that one of the guys over at Engadget decided to give the new BlackBerry OS a 30-day trial and posted his first impressions after first 3 days. Head over to Engadget to read the full article and check the official press shots of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 which are both available in black or white colour options after the break.
This month there was no shortage of new tablets trying to get into the spotlight and compete for your Christmas shopping list. All three major operating systems clashed with Apple leading the way with the release of the iPad Mini, followed by Google’s release of Nexus 10, Microsoft’s first tablet the Surface RT finally becoming available, heck even the forgotten tablet by BlackBerry got a refresh here in the UK with the PlayBook 3G bringing a processor speed bump and 3G connectivity. In total we added 61 tablets bringing the total number of tablets in our Tablet Finder to 308. See the full list of tablets added after the break.
With loosing out more and more smartphone market share to iPhone and a flood of Android handsets RIM is trying to strike back this time with a refresh of the touchscreen/qwerty slider. BlackBerry Torch 2 might look almost identical to its predecessor but it does offer quite a few improvements such as screen resolution bump to 640 x 480 px, increased RAM size and latest version of BlackBerry OS 7.0 but perhaps the most noteworthy is the processor which now ticks at 1.2 GHz compared to the measly 624MHz of the original Blackberry Torch. Intrigued? Then check the video preview by Engadget after the break.
BlackBerry is the face of the business phone and has been for the last decade or so. The mixture of QWERTY keyboard and Blackberry messenger has come together to create a formidable phone company. The new Bold is being released to a whirlwind of acclaim and naturally has been the subject of much interest from the business world. So why will the BlackBerry Bold be the choice of business users?
We have already seen a few of hands-on videos of the upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet but now thanks to Engadget we have a bit more in-depth info on this tablet. As you have probably heard BlackBerry Playbook runs QNX operating system that BlackBerry purchased in April last year which in combination with WebKit and Adobe Flash and Air and named it BlackBerry Tablet OS. It offers a very smooth and polished user interface and experience. It is set to be released in Q1 2011 and promises to be the first tablet to offer real multi-tasking as we have come to expect it from desktop operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X. No info on the pricing yet but we expect it to be priced similarly to Apple iPad.
Apple iPad might be the only major success in the tablet market so far but the BlackBerry PlayBook is shaping up to be a one-heck-of-a-tablet once released. Let’s hope that RIM will deliver on all the promises it’s making but until then check the hands-on video of BlackBerry PlayBook by BGR.
Windows Phone 7 is creating all the recent buzz but BlackBerry has also recently launched a new operating system the BlackBerry OS 6.0 and the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone is one of the first handsets to feature this freshly baked operating system. By the looks of it BlackBerry looked upon the Palm Pre when making this device as it is built on the same concept as the Palm Pre. It is a touchscreen smartphone with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard. Personally we like this kind of handsets as they offer the advantages of a large touchscreen smartphone and the convenience of a physical keyboard for typing long emails and text messages.
BlackBerry has yet to release a great touchscreen smartphone introduced 7 inch tablet during the BlackBerry Developer Conference. By the looks of it this might just be our favourite tablet so far as it will support OpenGL, HTML5, Flash 10.1, Adobe Air apps and full multi-tasking thanks to a dual-core processor. Unfortunately it will not be ready to fill your stockings this Chirstmas ass the Q1 2011 was hinted as the release date while the price was kept a secret. Full specifications and press shots after the break.