Posts Tagged ‘RIM Blackberry’

Blackberry Storm – More Than Just a Name!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

It seems RIM’s latest release the ‘Blackberry Storm’ has been well named, and is certainly living up to its reputation.

Reports from several sources indicate that buyers are not happy, with complaints ranging from being “frustrated, confused and bewildered by the device” to “absolute nightmare”

Whilst attempting to offer a similar user experience to the iPhone, Blackberry Storm users are finding the user interface difficult to use, and lag times frustrating. First indications are that the device is not living up to quality claims either in design or functionality.

  • User Interface – select an icon and it jumps over to navigate to the function linked to the next icon
  • Address Book – having to scroll through a whole letter section to get to a contact
  • Slow navigation, scrolling, selecting applications
  • Crashing – playing movies
  • Typing – not easy to use and keyboard takes too long to appear
  • Scrolling – insufficient vertical scroll

Not good news for those who have waited a year to upgrade to Storm from Treo…some suggest you go back to the BlackBerry 8330 instead.

But for those who have no need to do anything in a hurry and have small enough fingers to make inputs very precise – the Storm…well it’s just in a teacup and the device works fine.

The Blackberry has a long history of good products and an equally strong cult like following as Apple. It was not until the third quarter of 2008 that Apple took over the top spot as the world’s best-selling smartphone – 6.9 million to Blackberry’s 6.1 million. But the battle is not over yet. We must be wary of first reaction reviews and wait sufficient time for a wider range of users to provide feedback on the various funcitonality and features of the device.

In the meantime – I think I will just wait and see.


Will Native Email Support Boost iPhone Sales?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Historically, RIM Blackberry has been preferred over Apple iPhone by business users largely due to the iPhone having no native support for corporate email systems such as Exchange Server, limiting its usefulness as a business tool.

Now that Exchange ActiveSync support will be built into iPhone 2.0 software, expect a change in the marketplace. Service providers are likely gearing up to help customers migrate to iPhone to access service cost advantages of the iPhone compared to BlackBerry.

However, RIM has also announced the BlackBerry Bold, a strong competitor featurewise to the iPhone.

The iPhone’s unique user interface and video capabilities provides an ideal platform for launching new business applications. Other support such as Google Maps could pave the way for new logistics applications and Objective C programming language is providing the ISV community with a platform to develop feature-rich applications that make use of iPhone’s unique capabilities.

The iPhones new capabilities will better position it against the popular Treo 600. The Palm Treo 600 combines personal digital assistant and phone, with a touch-screen interface gained rapid adoption in the mainstream business market, providing an opportunity for value-added resellers [VARs] to offer integrated email solutions .

Whilst the phone market is still changing, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile have settled as the dominant operating systems.

Preview of 3G Apple iPhone – Launching July 11

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The next generation iPhone is cheaper and faster than – in fact according to Steve Jobs who recently unveiled the new iPhone 3G at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco it “is twice as fast at half the price. It is also reported to be thinner.

The new version will roll out in 22 countries on July 11 and to 70 countries by end of 2008.

Mobile operators are ramping up great value data plans for when the new version is released. The original iPhone, built to run on slower, so-called 2.5G networks, with the new version upspec’d to 3G networks, accounting for its faster speed.

Currently Apple holds 20 percent share of the US smartphone market, and 5 per cent in the rest of the world.  Main competitors to the 3G iPhone are RIM BlackBerry and Nokia’s N95.

Expected Retail Price – US$199 for an 8-gigabyte model; $299 for a 16GB version. This compares very favorably to the first version which sold out $599 and was subsequently reduced to $399.

Color – a choice of black or white for the flagship version; the entry-level 8GB will only be available in black.

Other Special Features – The new iPhone also comes with built in GPS satellite navigation to support location-based services. The prior model used a combination of Wi-Fi and cell tower responses to determine a users’ location.

iPhone 3G has also resolved numerous issues with the original, adding a flush-mounted headphone jack and increased battery life.

A short video on some of the iphone features [poor sound-sorry]


iPhone Features
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