Good physical QWERTY keyboard
The BlackBerry Q10 is every inch a BlackBerry. It has the traditional BB form-factor and, more importantly - the physical QWERTY keyboard that's coveted by so many BlackBerry fans. This, however, is a device that's exclusively targeted at existing BlackBerry users, we don't think the Q10 is capable of attracting new ones.
As a niche smartphone, the BlackBerry Q10 is a pretty decent performer. It can do anything a diehard BlackBerry user would want it to do and more.
Full physical keyboard, Impressive web speeds
Without doubt the BlackBerry Q10 is the best QWERTY keyboard smartphone on the market, which is certainly a bold claim - until you consider, what other high-end smartphones are sporting a full-on keyboard these days? Exactly.
It may be the best, but it's the best of one. People will buy the Q10 for its QWERTY keyboard, it's a business tool and in that arena it excels.
Easy phone to appreciate
In terms of where the market is heading and where BlackBerry want to be, we cannot help the thought that they'd rather have the Z10, and its successors, up there with the best than keep the messenger concept on life support. On the other hand, it's QWERTY messengers that have shaped the company's identity. It's a tough one, finding the right balance between what the market wants and respect of tradition.
Provide snappy performance for touches
BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority.
Excellent hardware QWERTY keyboard, long battery life
The BlackBerry Q10 brings the traditional BlackBerry smartphone into the modern age. I suspect it's enough to make BlackBerry loyalists happy, though I doubt iPhone and Android users will flock to it (that was the BlackBerry Z10's job). It's fast, stable, and secure and it maintains enough of the UI conventions of older BlackBerry smartphones to make existing BlackBerry owners feel a bit less lost.
Design, improved camera, some nice UI features
In summary, we like the BlackBerry Q10 because it embodies those things that we love best about BlackBerry. We like the design and the keyboard experience, but beyond that communication experience, there's little that's unique and BB10 is still some way behind rival offerings.
Good call quality
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is an interesting foray in the touchscreen-only jungle by RIM, which probably meant to create a decent consumer-oriented budget device with its services staples. Yet when you get rid of one huge advantage for BlackBerry aficionados, which is the physical keyboard, and replace it with an on-screen one plastered over a wimpy 3.2-incher, eyebrows are bound to be raised.
Bright, colourful screen
There's definitely the potential within the BlackBerry Curve 9380 for it to be a good smartphone, and for many BlackBerry addicts on a budget, hungry for some touchscreen action, it could serve well.
Frankly, we'd rather have the BlackBerry Curve 9360 within the BlackBerry range, but if it's a touchscreen phone you want in this price bracket, we'd go for the iPhone 3GS, thanks to its slicker operating system.
Visually rich user interface
Given its price point we think that the BlackBerry Curve 9380 will do really well. It offers a similar level of functionality to the more expensive BlackBerry Torch 9860, but for a smaller price tag, bundling NFC capabilities in for good measure. It's not the biggest or most powerful touchscreen phone out there. If you're after something inexpensive that allows you to surf the web and check Facebook and that's not an Android phone this will certainly satisfy.
Decent camera and messaging capabilities
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 betrays its lower end leanings with a fairly low resolution screen and underpowered processor, but it's got a decent camera and messaging capabilities. The lack of content on BlackBerry App World will be a frustration for some however. While it will make a welcome upgrade for existing BB fans, the Curve 9380 hasn't really enough on offer to distinguish it from similarly priced Androids.
In virtually every sense, the Curve 9380 is a downgraded Torch 9860. While that Torch was a decent effort from RIM, the design brief doesn't transfer as well to a cheaper device. That doesn't mean I think it's a particularly bad phone though. At its current Â£200+ price tag, it isn't great value for money, and that is why I wouldn't recommend buying it (at that price anyway); while it does everything it should, it still doesn't really impress in the wider view of things:I think the biggest...
The Curve 9380 bears a price tag of Rs.20,990. In our opinion, that's just a tad more on the steep side, especially for a Curve series handset. While the handset itself proved to be reasonably versatile and handled itself quite well overall, the current price is, again, just a little too much. Nevertheless, if you're not willing to shell out Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,000 more for the Torches or the Touch and Type Bold handsets, then you should consider this one.
Distinctly usable despite the small size
Seen by itself, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is a pleasantly competent smartphone. It can accomplish most common smartphone tasks without fuss. If you like tiny phones, it may even be enough to convince you to skip the Android equivalents if you're not a fan of their quirks -- certainly if you're the kind who can kill the batteries on other small phones or find Android too complex. We know a few who bought small Android phones only to trade in for something else soon afterwards.
High pixel densitiy screen
Porsche Design P'9981 is a smartphone from BlackBerry. The phone with the futuristic QWERTY keyboard was formerly known as the BlackBerry Knight. The handset will be available from Porsche Design stores and there is speculation that the price tag will be a very Porsche-like $2,000. So what are you getting for that stack of 20 C notes? The device offers solid construction, for one thing with a forged stainless steel frame, leather back, and a sculpted QWERTY keyboard.
App selection not good enough
The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9881 is clearly an overpriced fashion handset that does little to truly justify its Â£1275 price. However, there is a charm to its build and styling that does make it stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the keyboard is superb and there are some nice extras included in the box. Ultimately, though, it's the BlackBerry part of the partnership that lets it down.
BlackBerry OS 7 runs very smoothly
The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the entry level device in RIM's new lineup, but it serves to point out what is wrong with RIM. In the midst of bleeding market share to Android and iOS on the strength of the operating system, RIM has chosen hardware as their new rallying cry. The Curve 9350 is a good entry level phone, but it unfortunately still runs the same basic OS that the Curve 8330 did three years ago, and at $79.99 on contract the phone is well overpriced.
Slim form factor is perfect for pockets
RIM proves that you don't have to have an Android or iOS phone in your pocket to go the smart route, but you'll definitely be on the lower end of the coolness scale among your hipster friends. But if your work requires that you be on a BlackBerry, or you need an inexpensive but robust little phone to get the job done, the Curve 9350 is worth investigating. While the camera and connection options don't put it on the cutting edge, it should serve you very well as a business and personal device.
Responsive platform experience
Just by looking at the handset, it embodies all the qualities you want with a premium smartphone like its razor sharp looks, solid construction, and premium materials. However, we're not fans of the $299.99 on-contract price that T-Mobile is asking for since its hardware specs and platform experience pale in comparison to some of its rivals.
Finally some top-end specs. Has BlackBerry ripened with age?
It's hard not to recommend the Bold 9900, because here we have a fantastic piece of kit that we can confidently describe as RIM's best BlackBerry to date. That's saying something, because the manufacturer has pumped out some cracking handsets over the years.
Yes, we're dismayed by the lack of a decent camera and slightly disappointed about the web browsing experience, but all of this is irrelevant if you're just buying this as a messaging device, which many people will.
Excellent reception and call quality, a responsive though small touchscreen and a decent camera
Is this RIM's best BlackBerry ever? You bet! The build quality and materials are downright ritzy and tasteful, the keyboard is the best on a mobile device and 4G speeds are good. It has excellent reception and call quality, a responsive though small touchscreen and a decent camera. But some modern amenities are still missing; there's no mobile hotspot feature, no WiFi calling and no front camera. The phone is also quite expensive with a contract at $299 (after a $50 rebate).
Overall, the 9900 is definitely a sexy slab of circuitry, but we still can't skirt around the fact that RIM has been making the same device for years now. We're glad to see the improved specs and solid hardware, but it doesn't detract from the fact that the OS is virtually unchanged except for some visual flair and new APIs.
RIM's BlackBerry Bold remains the company's flagship device. The 9900 is fast, powerful and light, with a hybrid keyboard/touch user interface that should suit all types of user. Combined with the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, this looks set to be the BlackBerry for your pocket.
A handset to turn the tide
The best BlackBerry Bold ever? Perhaps it is. The core features of BlackBerry are still compelling, the keyboard will let you skip over keys rattling out messages, with a rock of the thumb here and a glancing prod there, in ways that only BlackBerry users understand.
The addition of a touchscreen does make a difference, but the overall experience isn't a huge evolution from BB6. Whilst BB7 is familiar, there isn't much here that really drives things forward into the competitive arena.
The scalloped individually mounted keys feel secure and responsive and the layout is excellent.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is another classic BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes we'd expect; the keyboard's great, the screen is small but very sharp and nice to look at, messaging facilities and call quality are superb, and you'll get days of use out of it. However, it's not much of an upgrade compared to the Bold 9700 and is starting to look a bit behind the times.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class email capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that’s looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that's looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
the external speaker is very good, having more body than many other rivals.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is an improvement over the 9700, which was an excellent device in itself. The inclusion of more RAM and a new operating system brings a device that runs faster and smoother than previously, but feels as though it is already slightly out of date, especially when you start examining the multimedia offering.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class e-mail capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
Picture quality was surprisingly good when we tested the camera outdoors.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 offers an unparalleled QWERTY keyboard and the new OS 6 addresses a number of key complaints we had in the past, including the browser which was seriously behind the times. This makes it one of the best non-touchscreen QWERTY smartphones in the market.
impressive colour reproduction
Verdict. The Blackberry Bold 9700 may not have quite the distinctive style of the Bold 9000 but in every other sense it's a worthy successor. It's well made, feels nice in the hand, has a great screen and keyboard, and the new optical trackpad is at least equal to the outgoing trackball. So, if you can get it for the right price, we wholeheartedly recommend you go for it.
Call quality on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was pretty good.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700, especially the T-Mobile version we reviewed, is the quintessential modern BlackBerry. It does everything right that BlackBerry fans love, but it doesn't improve on the formula one bit. Calling, messaging and business features are top notch.
very good phone
The Blackberry Bold 9700 is priced at Rs. 31,990 and that definitely takes it into the high-end segment. However, with that high price-tag comes excellent performance and features, a well-executed navigation system and nothing that is less than satisfying. Blackberry fans should immediately pick it up and if you are looking to try out a Blackberry, you can’t go wrong with this Bold. The Blackberry Bold 9700 is priced at Rs. 31,990 and that definitely takes it into the high-end segment.
The Bold 9700 is a nice phone that is relatively light, and feels good in the hand (and the pocket).
The Bold 9700 is a great workhorse, but it's behind on the "fun" sideThe Blackberry 9700 is the best Blackberry out there. I have a preference for the T-Mobile version because it has UMA support (Hotspot@Home) and that's simply awesome, especially for the international traveler (big roaming charges savings!). I use the 9700 as my main phone for a simple reason: I need it to work efficiently.
The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000 on AT&T is a phone that leaves us vexed. Of course it's a very good phone, it's a BlackBerry. It made calls that sounded great and it has one of the best displays on the market, which compliments the updated user interface and the fantastic video performance. We liked the music player as well, and even the apps that frustrated us still functioned nicely, we just feel like they could look much better.
The 480x320 resolution screen is crisp and clear and displays excellent colour.
The Bold is by far the best BlackBerry yet and has very few flaws. A refreshing new interface, outstanding display and reasonable multimedia features are just some of what it has to offer. Most importantly, this superb device is great for both enterprise users and regular consumers.
Good display and hardware features
The BlackBerry 9860 is a perfectly competent handset with a smart design, easy to use interface, and a healthy selection of features. However, when compared to the competition, it's hard to know exactly who the BlackBerry 9860 is going to appeal to. For your average man on the street, mid-range Android handsets beat it for price and features (if not build), and have a much better stocked app store.
Some areas of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 feel a little antiquated as a consumer device. Diving into the menus you still need to "save" as you make changes. We also can't help feeling that, although the sliding app tray, and the choice of homescreen menus is useful, it isn't as dynamic as other operating systems.
Liquid Graphics interface looks stunning on the 3.7-inch screen
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is an impressive offering from RIM that all but dispels the memories of the dissatisfying Storm and Storm 2 touchscreen phones. The Torch 9860 is easy to use, features a good camera and the Liquid Graphics interface looks stunning on the 3.7-inch screen.
We were disappointed with the layout of the virtual Qwerty which, in contrast to the beautifully designed UI, was clunky, old-fashioned and not that easy to get to grips with.
Newly designed operating system
The best aspects of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 are its faster processing speed and large 3.7 inch touch-screen display. In addition, it features an entirely newly designed operating system which is much more vivid and more user-friendly that the previous versions. Unfortunately, although the phone is sleek, slender and classy it's still not a model that I would choose, but it may be good for other BlackBerry lovers.
Sleek, unique design
If you used either BlackBerry Storm, we suggest that you wipe your memory before clapping eyes on the Torch 9860, as it is a completely different beast. RIM mixes a number of successful concepts into this handset to give its CrackBerry fanbase a touchscreen worthy of a table in a bar or a boardroom. Its screen is sharp, colour is responsive and user experience is zippy and a pleasure to use.
A solid, capable little smartphone
The Torch 9850 is a solid, capable little smartphone, and BlackBerry 7's UI arguably suits the all-touch display most of all. With the 1.2GHz processor RIM's handsets no longer feel like the slowest devices in the pack, and while we'd welcome more metal and less plastic in the construction, the styling is a reasonably successful compromise between classic RIM functionality and the curviness of a consumer device.
Well built, great screen
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a touchscreen-only smartphone like the iPhone or any generic Android. Given that the BlackBerry calling card has always been excellent physical keyboards (and excellent mail) we're a bit confused as to the Torch's purpose. The phone itself is built to a high standard and is powerful, but its imperfect touchscreen keyboard makes the Torch inferior to its tactile counterparts.
Responsive platform performance
Not all of us can afford to experience RIM's latest and greatest offering, but for those looking for something reasonable without sacrificing too much of the experience, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 proves its worth especially in its pricing. At $79.99 with a 2-year contract, it's easy enough to afford on almost any budget, but more importantly, it's able to provide us with that rock solid BlackBerry experience that it's high-end siblings offer as well.
Slim and good-looking
We think it says it all that when writing the pros and cons, we were overloaded with pros and struggled to think of cons to list. Yes, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a budget device compared to the premium Bold 9900, but we can't help thinking that considering the cost of it, it's actually a million times better value for money.
An outright disaster
From a technical and innovation standpoint, RIM's current product lineup is running on fumes. In an era when all that keeps the company going is the existing goodwill of its most dedicated users and a vault of cash reserves, it can't afford to release products that further alienate its customer base and tarnish its reputation. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an outright disaster.
Based on its specs, the Curve 9360 is an entry level smartphone that may appeal to BlackBerry fans, or those looking to upgrade from a feature phone. Although it does not boast high-end features like the Bold 9900, it will probably be an attractive proposition if paired with the right carrier plan.
Svelte design and solid build
The Blackberry Curve 9360 is a well built, user-friendly device that performs the key Blackberry features like Messaging and Email very well and with a redesigned interface, new svelte design and better camera features, it's certainly superior to the 9300.
However, it's not the fastest, most powerful phone out there, to keep up with the rivals, a touchscreen would have been ideal and (something we always seem to be saying about RIM phones) app choice is still disappointing.
New user interface and OS
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great mobile phone to have. However, it lacks any real changes outside of its speed and functionality. The phone still maintains the same Curve look although it's more secure and more polished than older models. The new user interface and OS are worth a look as BlackBerry moves from OS 6 to 7.
The Curve 9360 will serve well as a messaging device. However, considering its asking price of Rs 19,200, it should have had a touchscreen. In sum, if your company is sponsoring a BB phone for you, get this one - you'll appreciate its slim looks and new UI. On the other hand, if you're going to spend your hard-earned money, get the Nokia E6, which humbles the 9360 on every front and yet manages to cost almost Rs 3000 less.
A full Qwerty hard keyboard
On this evidence, BlackBerry's lower end Curve range is moving steadily up the capability ladder and if you're a fan of BBM it's well worth a look. If you're unlikely to fall for the charms of BBM, then there's growing range of budget Android handsets, with plenty more apps, which may have more appeal.
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