Posts Tagged ‘RIM’

Blackberry Monaco (Storm 3) specifications

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Blackberry is planning on a major release of the third generation to its Storm line, codenamed the BlackBerry Monaco. The device was previously leaked in the company’s 2011 Blackberry Smartphone Roadmap which among others detailed new QWERTY and touchscreen phones to be released between this and next year.

The device looks like it will be receiving another Verizon/Vodofone branding and will feature Blackberry OS 6.1. Dimensions are sleek and thin with 11.5mm of thickness and 120 x 62 for height and width. The processor is a Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor (not dual core) and there is a CDMA, EV-DO Rev A as well as quad band EDGE and single band UMTS.

The display is 3.7 inches with a resolution rated at 800 x 480 pixels and a 15.9 aspect ratio with 253 dots per inch. The camera is 5 megapixels and supports LED flash, image stabilization and 7220p video shooting. Unfortunately, there is no front facing camera for those interested in video conferencing from a mobile device.

The navigation buttons are capacitive as well as the touchscreen and you get an optical navigation module as well as one convenience key. Memory on the inside is listed at 4GB while the RAM is 768MB. You can expand internal storage to 32GB via a microSD card. Connectivity includes Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well as microUSB. As for sensors, you’ll have proximity, magnetometer and accelerometers.

While there is no official word about the device’s existence from Research in Motion (Blackberry’s parent company) at the moment, the device is expected to become official at the company’s Blackberry World event scheduled for May. We’ll keep you updated with any news that surfaces between now and then, so stay tuned.

Source: CrackBerry

BlackBerry in Focus: 3D and More

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The latest big thing for BlackBerry: 3D.

The technology is making waves in the movie industry. While earning the ire and disdain of many movie critics (who take a pan at recently launched movies being a little too novelty for their own good), 3D is a visual element that certainly draws in people to the visual media a whole lot more than conventional displays. Bring in HD video to the mix and one gets a true immersive experience.

On a mobile phone however, this is quite different. 3D is hard to appreciate on a small screen, let alone when you’re on the go, in a busy lobby or anywhere else that is not the relative comfort of the privacy one can only get at home. Still, it would be interesting to see what Research in Motion will be able to pull off.

Mike Lazaridis, current co-CEO for RIM has taken the stage to talk about the future plans for the company and for the BlackBerry brand. With the smart phone industry now slowly taking over the business market for mobile devices, the need for a new strategy is going to be important for BlackBerry to stay on top of its game. Android is already growing far beyond RIM and rival company Apple has a solid level of success that has surpassed the Canadian phone maker.

However, as excited as the tech industry was to hear the news straight from Lazaridis, many felt disappointed at the way most answers skirted around the questions as opposed to actually providing the world with sensible information. When asked about the expected launch date for the BlakBerry PlayBook tablet, the answer was “We’re tracking Q1”. While somewhat acceptable, Mike chose not to expand (even when asked), leaving people wondering what exactly the man meant by tracking the launch date.

Apple Surpasses RIM in Global Rankings

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A recent study has shown that Apple has now ranked in at fourth place in terms of the top five mobile phone manufacturers for 2010. Currently, the top spot is still heavily dominated by Nokia, followed by Korean phone maker Samsung at second, and LG struggling with third.

RIM originally held the fourth spot before it was pushed down by Apple’s continuous climb to the top. As impressive as Apple’s feats may be, experts predict that the Cupertino based company can only go up so high. The solid position of the Android operating system is certain to keep Samsung and LG pretty much on top of the game with the Galaxy and Optimus series of handsets concentrating on Google’s open source mobile platform.

At the same time, the launch of Windows Phone 7 is certain to take away a huge chunk of the Apple iPhone’s consumer market share. This means that more people will be shifting over to other phone maker such as the above mentioned Samsung and LG (this time with the Omnia series for Samsung and still the Optimus for LG). HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are also gaining plenty of ground thanks to the other operating systems.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s position on top spot is being threatened by the lack of support and interest for the Symbian mobile platform. With the MeeGo OS set to launch next year, plenty of hopes and expectations are being placed on the Nokia-Intel mobile platform.

Speaking of Sony Ericsson, the Japanese Swedish joint venture has slowly lost grasp of its original spot of third place as Samsung, RIM and Apple slowly pushed it down to the number six spot. With the rumored release of a PSP Phone device next year, SE stands to gain not only a chunk of the smart phone market, but also a significant share of the smart phone users in the gaming market as well.

Useful Tips for BlackBerry Newbies

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

If this is your first time to use a BlackBerry handset, here are a few things that you might want to try out and learn to make the most of the BlackBerry user experience.

First off, set the autotype settings. As we all know, the big feature on any RIM made handset is the physical QWERTY keyboard. And while having all the keys readily available is great, it does not hurt being able to set a few useful shortcuts when typing as well.

The rule is simple; determine any word that requires you to type out many characters or those that require special symbols and preset a shortcut for it.

Also, remember that the keyboard will automatically switch a letter to the uppercase version if you hold down the button long enough. Of course, just use the shift key when typing short string of capital letters.

For inputting content online, do not worry about symbols such as the “at” sign for email addresses. The handset will automatically detect such tasks and instantly set the symbol when you press ‘space’.

Another thing that users should try out is learning the pre-existing shortcuts. While having an optical track pad is great, getting around the browser and other phone functions is much faster when using the keyboard shortcuts. Apps also tend to utilize the keyboard as well, so take your time to learn as much as needed.

The handset also allows users to determine phone shortcut functions as well. Take the home screen for example. Keyboard presses can be made to search specific contacts and make calls or write messages. Otherwise, key presses can be made to instantly launch apps –choose according to user preference.

Naturally, there are plenty more things that users can do with a BlackBerry handset, but these make for a great set of basic skills that users should start with.

RIM and BlackBerry: Taking the Slow Route

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

It is pretty easy to forget Canadian company Research in Motion when thinking of big companies that will be facing off by the time the holiday season hits. Right now, the big lineup is Google, Apple and Microsoft (with operating systems Android, iOS and the Windows Phone 7). As iconic as the BlackBerry handset and brand have become, its’ market position and product style certainly places it on a different level.

According to various reports, BlackBerry smart phones take a very distant third place when compared to the Apple iPhone or other Android devices. Despite the large number of users for BlackBerry, the fact that most of these are business users alienates general users even more.

Nelson Wire has revealed the results of a recent survey that gives a grim look at RIM’s current place in the industry. At the moment, the real big competition is with the Android and the iOS. Most of the users from either of the two handsets are considering to stick with their original OS or to switch to another. As for trading in their Android or iPhone for a BlackBerry, very few are interested that it is hardly a significant number at all.

What is worse is the information revealed about RIM’s current owners as a large percent are already considering switching over to an Android handset or to get an Apple iPhone later on. The number of users that intend to stay with the brand are getting fewer every year.

Currently, RIM has expressed its intention to get the BlackBerry more recognizable with general users, with a new OS that caters more to multimedia playback and adding in a larger screen to its newer devices (such as the 9800 Torch smart phone). Of course nobody knows if this will really work, but it seems like logical choice for the phone maker.

RIM: Apple Needs to Back Off

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

BlackBerry-Bold-9700It seems that Steve Jobs has gotten a little too defensive at the emergency conference for the iPhone 4 last Friday night. As part of their demonstration, Apple pointed out that other mobile phones also suffer from bad reception when they are held in the hand.

As part of that demonstration, they showcased the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (which is pretty much a recent phone), and demonstrated that the phone will lose a couple of bars when it is held in the hand.

While the statement is true, Apple had no right to use that to their defense.

Losing reception through touch is not a new problem for mobile phones, but there was never a case where a call was dropped because a user was “holding the phone wrong”. In fact, no mobile phone has ever completely lost a signal when it is held in a normal manner.

Apple has forgotten that problem does not lay with the inherent fact that human touch and antenna reception does not mix, they have forgotten that the issue lies in their handset design.

Other devices lose a bit of signal strength: the Apple iPhone 4 however, loses everything,

It has been seen in many devices already, especially on the internet. Nokia, Sony Ericsson, HTC and many other devices can be made to lose reception if they are held in weird manners, turned upside down and other things, but not when they are held normally. No smart phone will shut down or stop working when they are held or operated normally. That does not apply with the Apple iPhone 4.

Mike Lazaridis is not happy that Apple is dragging the BlackBerry brand into the problem. According to the big man, “One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity”.

RIM Out to Wow the Market with New Peek at Blackberry OS6

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

blackberry_logoIt seems that Microsoft is not the only mobile phone company that is out to wow consumers with their snazzy new operating system. RIM has released a new tidbit about their Blackberry OS6. According to Andrew Bocking of RIM, he is just in love with the new operating system. He also mentioned that he expects long time Blackberry users to feel the same way about the upcoming platform. While a lot of naysayers may attribute it all to bravado, the RIM team seem quite confident with their upcoming OS.

Considering the number of new features, this new update may just tempt a lot of people to hold out buying a new smart phone. What exactly has been improved? Well, according to the new video released by RIM, it has convenient features such as universal search, a news aggregator named Social Feeds which compiles all your chosen RSS feeds and status updates in a single view, allows home screen contacts and pinch to zoom.

For those who are frequently in search for new music, there is now an enhanced interface for media which is able to provide internet links related to the music artist that you are currently listening to. With regards to the Blackberry messenger, you will now be able to attach files and the WebKit browser will be able to display tabbed pages.

Since the older platform, OS5, is not really among the most popular operating systems, RIM has plenty of consumer feedback to work on. Though it is quite hard to infiltrate the market currently dominated by Apple and Google, at least the Blackberry has been known to have a hold on their target users since day one. Hopefully this new operating system will be enough to draw even more people into committing to RIM handsets long term.