Weekly Contest: Palatable Patents

BlackBerry 9000Y’know, the BlackBerry 9000 isn’t even out yet, and we’re already looking at some vastly new designs that could easily be seen in the next generation. Maybe it’s a little hasty to presume that these new patents by RIM will get used, but they do strike a certain chord of believability. Some of the goofier stuff like angular and roll-out keyboards are easily dismissed as wacky ideas that could get cashed in on down the road, but the angled slider and touchscreen designs are both tried and true formulas that can be immediately capitalized on.

The big question is where do these features fit into RIM’s product line? How likely is the BlackBerry 9000 to change from our first looks before launch? Enough to incorporate either of these new patents? Or is a touchscreen slider what we’re looking at after the BlackBerry 9000? Maybe a 9200 or 9300, or perhaps a new series altogether? Anyone willing to hazard an educated guess will win a copy of the fine music player for your BlackBerry, FlipSide.

We got a few stray entries, but no worries, we’ll count you in the contest. The vast majority of users are throwing their weight behind function before style, but Bla1ze was the only one to throw style a bone and admit that image is, in fact, a part of the picture. It’s tough to admit our own vanity sometimes, but it’s harder still to ignore it. ‘Grats Bla1ze, the DecalGirl BlackBerry skin is yours! Everyone else, thanks for you input, and we hope to see you again this week.

Comments [5 Responses]

phlo
February 9th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Whomever confirmed that the MysteryBerry everyone’s talking about is going to be the 9000? Right, nobody. Nobody reliable at RIM, anyways.

Now bear with me for just a second and assume we’re looking at the 8900 here. The device’s hardware specs seem pretty decent, the classic form factor remains. Built for people who are hesitant to accept innovative yet unproven changes.
At the same time, RIMs patent frenzy could indicate some changes for the 9000 series. Touchscreen, slider, perhaps (little chance still is a chance) even the roll-out keyboard. Personal and some corporate crowd will love trying those out, government, military and some others might stick to the 8900. They all get fast Berries with nice displays, everybody’s happy and so on.

BlackBerry Cool Simon
February 10th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Just for the record Phlo, I’ve recently received some credible information from RIM that there is a 9000 device in the works, and no 8900, hence the terminology change. Just semantics really, but there you have it.

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