Over the holidays we got our first hard and fast looks at the next generation of BlackBerry, resulting in mixed reactions from the lack of touchscreen. Ever since the iPhone was announced, there was plenty of buzz at the prospect of a touchscreen BlackBerry to compete, but little hard evidence to suggest it would be coming coming right away. So, we’re looking at at least a device or two out of RIM before touchscreen BlackBerrys see the light of day, but that hardly detracts from the specs we’ve seen so far. By all means, this device, which we’re going to call the 8900 until something a little more official pops up, is very much the all-in-one that many existing users have been clamoring for: camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a full QWERTY keypad all under one roof. Nice, but is it really a big deal? A touchscreen would have been downright revolutionary for the generally traditional BlackBerry, and now that it’s been nixed until at least the next device.
This week we’re asking: is this new BlackBerry a disappointment? Is it just enough of an improvement to get your excited? Given, it’s hard to tell without having the thing in your hands, but the important details are now there and in the open. We can expect a few OS improvements, but will that be enough to really give the 8900 the wow-factor it might currently be lacking? Post with your ideas on the 8900’s impact, what it could do to really bust onto the scene in style, and other first impressions to win a free skin from DecalGirl, which is now supporting skins for the BlackBerry 8130 as well as the old Pearl and Curve.
Well, the last contest before the holidays had plenty of time to run, so let’s see what we’ve got. Dan was touting the Pearl as the biggest achievement this year, and it’s hard to argue with all of the great sales that went on last month. Bla1ze is rooting for the Curve, which managed to straddle consumer and enterprise markets, as well as the introduction of Wi-Fi. Kyle was most excited at the introduction of the 9000, and the upcoming buzz it’s bound to create. We’re going to give this round to Dan – we hope you’re right that the Pearl has put a dent in Canadian data rates, and that the change sticks. Thanks for entering, everyone, and we hope to see you again this week!