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All posts tagged "blackberry"

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It’s easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. The BlackBerry Classic, for all intents and purposes, is probably the...

  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It’s pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona’s mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they’ll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • Unboxing the BlackBerry Classic [Video]

    We’ve been using the BlackBerry Classic now for over two weeks, and it’s a bag of mixed nuts. Cashews and pistachios though. Clearly BlackBerry has been putting in an inordinate level of care when packaging its devices in modern times, and it shows — the Classic easily has one of the nicest boxes of any 2015 device we’ve seen. The 3.5-inch 720p-squared screen, Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage cocktail is protected from roughage by a premium black and silver cardboard shell. When popping the box open, the phone sits snugly on top, with its full...

  • BlackBerry ‘Slider’ announced at MWC 2015, alongside ‘Leap’

    BlackBerry has been lurking around MWC for the past few days now, without revealing so much as a new partnership with Samsung on the Knox encryption tool. Today’s press conference however, the company spread its wings once again, and outed two new phones that are so ridiculously different in thinking that we’re still stumped in the office. The BlackBerry Leap, first of all, seems like just another one of those 5.0-inch full HD smartphones that have taken over this year’s mobile announcements, but a closer inspection shows a bit more drama than that. “The BlackBerry Leap fits nicely into the BlackBerry...

  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings Assistant, Blend and Android app support [update]

    Update: The full device list that will receive the BlackBerry’s latest OS update has been outed, and includes the following devices: BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9983 and P9982. Additionally, the BlackBerry Classic’s software has been updated to 10.3.1.1565. BlackBerry has pushed updates of its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on Thursday, giving users of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 a chance to upgrade to the latest software platform. The company’s newest phones, including the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport already have the latest version installed, which allows users to access and install Android apps and a host of...

  • BlackBerry Classic is a stately, suave blast from the past [Gallery]

    I’ve been unnecessarily harsh on BlackBerry‘s design team of late, but have been (pleasantly) surprised with the likes of the BlackBerry Passport. Now, new to the company’s alternative arsenal is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry of recent years. It’s the spiritual successor to the Bold 9900 appropriately dubbed the “Blackberry Classic.” At this point you might be wondering, “what’s the point?” and for good reason. Why upgrade a phone (or at least, refresh a concept) that was around in 2011? There’s a few good reasons, but we’ll cover that in the Gearburn review coming in the next few weeks. For now, what...

  • BlackBerry Classic now available in South Africa [update]

    On the back of the Passport‘s massive success, the company that goes by the name of BlackBerry has launched its latest business-smartphone competitor and blast from the past to the South African market — the BlackBerry Classic. For those who regularly suffer from nostalgia, this is probably the perfect phone for you. For all intents and purposes, it’s the traditional BlackBerry formula of the late 2000s repackaged in a more modern, smarter unit. Read more: BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past Like the Bold 9900 (its inspiration), it boasts a full physical QWERTY keypad, something that only...

  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year’s fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • BlackBerry Passport the ‘IMAX of productivity’ says ever-hopeful company

    BlackBerry may be onto something square, according to company blog Inside BlackBerry. The company, which has long since been scrubbed from relevancy, is hoping that its latest phone, the BlackBerry Passport, will reignite buyers once more. With a “unique 4.5 inch square screen”, can the BlackBerry Passport make us actually want to own a BlackBerry phone again? BlackBerry naturally says “yes” and according to them, we’ve been stuck in a rectangular world without even realising it. The BlackBerry Passport is “a union of form and function” and because of the screens width, viewing is better on 4.5-inches than it is...

  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant’s Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we’re not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn’t...

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