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All posts tagged "blackberry"

  • BlackBerry’s Android-powered smartphone GIFs leak on Twitter

    We love a good GIF, and even more so when its of BlackBerry's purported Android phone. That's right, the BlackBerry Venice has been spotted yet again, this time in video, thanks to @evleaks, or Evan Blass. The leaker extraordinare posted twin GIFs of the phone's button layout, sliding mechanism and camera composition, among others, which lends credence to previous leaks that this is, in fact, something BlackBerry is definitely working on. Back at CES 2015, BlackBerry CEO John Chen did reveal a sliding phone, but the real question is: is this it? Another pertinent query is: will it really run a version of...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • BlackBerry Leap finally arrives in South Africa

    BlackBerry has announced the availability of its next touchscreen smartphone in South Africa -- the BlackBerry Leap. The phone is the company's latest contender in an ever-thickening mid-range market, boasting devices from Samsung, Sony and many other brands. BlackBerry largely owns this space in South Africa though, with a recent report by Phonefinder suggesting that the company's Z3 smartphone is the most popular device in the country. Read more: BlackBerry Z3 is South Africa’s most appealing phone, according to Phonefinder The Leap is springing slightly above its weight though, unlike the Z3. It boasts aa 5.0-inch screen, a large 2800mAh battery which...

  • 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...