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All posts tagged "blackberry"

  • 4 alternatives to WhatsApp on BlackBerry

    Those with BlackBerry or Windows Phone 8 handsets are out of luck if they're regular WhatsApp users. You see, WhatsApp will be killing support for these platforms on 31 December 2017, forcing these owners to get a new phone. But truth be told, BlackBerry owners still have a few solid IM apps at their disposal. We look at some of these alternatives. Facebook Messenger Available for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Facebook Messenger is a logical alternative to WhatsApp. After all, the platform has one billion users, so chances are good that your WhatsApp contacts are reachable. Don't expect the BBOS version to...

  • Wave goodbye to WhatsApp on BlackBerry, WP this week

    WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging platform in the world right now, being available on a variety of smartphone platforms. But the mobile world moves at a fast pace and the Facebook-owned service will be killing support for three platforms on 31 December 2017. Yes, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8 (and older) will need a new smartphone if they want to keep using WhatsApp in the new year. Got a Nokia Series 40 phone (like the Asha range)? Then your phone will be supported until 31 December 2018. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? You've...

  • 2017 smartphones: avoid these devices

    The year has really delivered in terms of smartphones, as LG, Samsung, Sony and others delivered great flagship devices. We're not saying that all the phones were fantastic though. In fact, there are a few you should generally stay away from... BlackBerry KeyOne Now, this one is a great phone for a BlackBerry-branded device, but is it worth the R9000+ price tag? No. No it isn't. For your cash, you get a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip, a 12MP main camera that's pretty great and a 3505mAh battery. The combo of Snapdragon 625 and battery means that two days of usage is certainly possible. But...

  • BlackBerry Motion packs frugal processor, big battery

    The BlackBerry KeyOne stood out thanks to a well-sized battery, physical keyboard and the ever-popular-if-slightly-underpowered Snapdragon 625 processor. But what if you want something more traditional? Well, that's where the IP67-toting BlackBerry Motion comes in. Spotted by Evan Blass last week, Crackberry has revealed the full specs. So what should you expect? Those wanting a more powerful phone will be disappointed, as it's still the ever-reliable Snapdragon 625 processor. Otherwise, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage rounds out the water-resistant package. Other notable additions include a more traditional 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen (eschewing the physical keyboard of the KeyOne)...

  • BlackBerry Motion leaked, set to be all-touch, water-resistant

    TCL has done a decent job with the BlackBerry brand thus far, launching the capable (yet pricey) KeyOne earlier this year. But the company still has one more device up its sleeve, and it could be another solid smartphone. Serial leaker Evan Blass has revealed a render of what's called the BlackBerry Motion, showing an all-touch phone with mostly stock Android. Goodbye, Krypton. Hello, BlackBerry Motion pic.twitter.com/lBsdpORHW4 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 5, 2017 The render also shows off a USB Type C port, earphone jack and a home button with BlackBerry logo (could it be a fingerprint scanner too?). But we also see a...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: a dying donkey, or an inspired dark horse?

    Remember BlackBerry? Remember those budget Curve devices that introduced a slew of people to the internet? Remember BIS? The service that offered users a seemingly uncapped internet service for a set fee each month? We do, and we miss that BlackBerry. Dearly. Current "BlackBerry" isn't exactly what it used to be back in the 2000s. Yes, that ergonomic keyboard hasn't gone anywhere, and much of the spirit of the company lives on through its latest devices. But TCL -- the same company behind Alcatel's phones -- are now making the phones, and simply slapping that fruity embellishment on their rear covers. While...

  • Q&A: Will the new BlackBerry find success in today’s mobile world?

    The BlackBerry KeyOne, available in South Africa from 8 August, represents the first device borne out of a partnership between BlackBerry and TCL Communication (BlackBerry Mobile). But what's their strategy? How will they follow on from the original BlackBerry and can they avoid the same mistakes? We sat down with the company's executives... The first thing that struck me about the BlackBerry KeyOne was how expensive it was compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei Nova. But BlackBerry Mobile senior executive Bob El-Hawary says they're not about a "like for like comparison". "The users who are buying the...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne gets official SA price, release info

    We managed to get the BlackBerry KeyOne prepaid price from Cellucity some time back, but what's the official word? "Starting on the 8 August, next week, it'll be available across Vodacom and other stores," the company's Bob El-Hawary told Gearburn in an interview. "Prepaid, it's R9649. And contract, it's R479 per month on a U Choose Flexi 200..." The KeyOne packs a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 4.5-inch 1080x1620 display. The phone is also one of the few Android devices to pack a physical keyboard, complete with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the spacebar. The...

  • New BlackBerry vs new Nokia: who will actually win? [Column]

    The story of 2017 has really been one of phoenixes (phoenixii, phoenii?) rising from the ashes, as both the Nokia and BlackBerry brands are back on the market. Nokia, coming back courtesy of HMD Global, has already seen three smartphones launch, in the form of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry name has been used by TCL Communications in order to launch the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone earlier this year. Who is actually poised to emerge the winner though? Nokia's smartphones are still slowly making their way around the world, but it's clear they seem to be hitting the...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne gets South African price courtesy of Cellucity [Update]

    Update, 27 July 2017: Cellucity marketing manager Gavin Geldenhuys has told us that the initial price given to Gearburn was incorrect. The representative said that "the correct recommended retail price will be R9599". He also confirmed that the phone would be available on Vodacom contract from R479 a month. If confirmed as a recommended price across all retailers, BlackBerry's handset is actually the most expensive smartphone with the mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip. The similarly specced Redmi Note 4 is looking even more attractive... Original article: The BlackBerry KeyOne is coming to South Africa pretty soon. In fact, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL's local representatives sent out...