It’s been a pretty diverse week. We talked about 3Q earnings, RIM’s stock-related woes, and the excitement over GMail’s new mobile service. News has been picking up, though, around Cingular and the upcoming release of their Pearl, the BlackBerry 8100c.
Not even an hour ago we posted about a rumour regarding Cingular releasing not one, but two versions of the Pearl: one with a camera, one without. So our question to you this week is: Does the release of a Pearl sans-camera defeat the original purpose of the device?* RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has spoken about the magic trifecta, and we don’t see a cameraless Pearl fitting in, really.
Give us your thoughts on this and the best reply will walk away with a copy of the BBCool-approved Ascendo Fitness – great for keeping in shape, especially around this time of year.
Last week we asked you about where the Pearl sits in the marketplace. Dave walks away with a $20 iTunes gift certificate for his quality (and lenghty) reply that states he’s barely seen any initiative to get the Pearl more into the prosumer market – who’s RIM was apparently targeting. Thanks everyone for your replies, looking forward to the thoughts on this one.
* We realize and acknowledge that a Pearl-less 8100 probably isn’t happening. But, given all the rumblings about various enterprise users not being able to use the device to people who simply don’t want a camera, we thought it’d be interesting to hear your thoughts. Thanks, folks.