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BlackBerryCool Roundup for Week of May 3rd

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This was a decent week in the BlackBerry world as we’ve got a nice mix of new apps, leaks and news. Probably the hottest topic right now is the BlackBerry tablet or “BlackPad”. The tablet could be a huge success if RIM takes an enterprise approach, as it’s a market that no other smartphone can dominate in the way that RIM can. It would be interesting to see how the BlackBerry tablet form factor transforms the way large organizations do business. This week we also some more pictures of the upcoming BlackBerry slider and clamshell. The slider form factor looks really interesting, especially if it’s a touchscreen and QWERTY hybrid. The clamshell doesn’t seem to be a big hit with readers, as we get some really negative comments each time it’s mentioned. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week in BlackBerry.
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Thoughts on the BlackBerry Slider: Carrier vs Developer Needs

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We’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of the upcoming BlackBerry Slider and I’ve had a few conversations with developers I’d like to share. My primary concern about the BlackBerry Slider is that the impetus for its design comes from the carriers and what’s good for them, rather than the developers and what will truly benefit the platform.

While there is a lot we don’t know about the BlackBerry Slider, we do know that it incorporates several different input methods. These input methods include:

  • Trackpad
  • Touchscreen
  • Physical keyboard
  • Virtual keyboard (landscape mode)

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More Pictures of the BlackBerry Slider Emerge

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Images of the BlackBerry Bold Slider are surfacing again, and now we get a glimpse of the device’s insides. It looks like the Slider has a Bold 9000 style physical keyboard, and a virtual keyboard is displayed in landscape mode. The battery is an F-S1 and we’re still unsure about the megapixels on the camera (rumored to be 5MP liquid lens). There is still a lot we’d like to know about this device and so far it looks like a lot of features that will complicate the development process. Now a developer needs to accommodate for a trackpad, touchscreen, physical keyboard and touch keyboard.
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BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of March 1st

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It was an interesting week at BlackBerryCool because of all the news around the Pearl 9100, the Storm2 and the BlackBerry (Bold?) Slider. The BlackBerry Bold Slider is 100% real and looks like a really interesting form factor move for RIM. As long as the screen ratio is maintained, developers won’t have a hard time accommodating a new form factor, which means there really is no reason to go ahead and see if consumers want it. The only thing that I’m apprehensive about are the tiny keys. The QWERTY keypad looks very cramped which is a deal breaker for me but someone with smaller fingers wouldn’t mind.

Also big news is the rumor (semi confirmed by a BlackBerryCool reader), that the Storm2 is under recall at Verizon and they have received a shipment of new “enhanced touchscreen” devices. If your Storm2 has been unresponsive, bring it in to your local rep and try and get a new device. This could have a pretty big impact on RIM if the recall spreads to other carriers and countries.

The Pearl 9100 has also been in the news a lot this week. It seems the device might be getting a full QWERTY keyboard, which would make the Bold Slider’s look large. There are also rumors that the Pearl Flip is getting a similar update and might also have a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s all up in the air right now but still interesting news pieces.
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More Details and Pictures Emerge of the BlackBerry Slider

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The BlackBerry Slider has been making a huge splash in the blogs today and bbleaks have posted new pics and details, as well as CB has some unwatermarked images and theories. There are rumors that the device will hit the market as a Bold series device, which makes you wonder what’s going on with the device nomenclature. The Bold series carries a respected name and it’s possible RIM want to avoid the Storm’s negative past. Another reason to avoid the Storm branding is that Verizon may not be getting this device and the branding may conflict with legal agreements.
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First Images of the BlackBerry Storm3 Slider

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BBleaks got the first images of the upcoming BlackBerry Slider, and while it’s not confirmed legitimate, it seems to have all the branding and makings of a BlackBerry. From the blurry images, we can see that the device has a trackpad, but we can’t confirm the touchscreen element but BBleaks seems pretty sure of it. This definitely looks like the device we heard about earlier from BGR, with the following specs:

  • It’s a portrait-oriented slider. While most people assume a device with slideout keyboard would end up being something like HTC’s devices, we’ve been told this particular handset is more like the Palm Pre in terms of layout.
  • The phone will run BlackBerry OS 6.0
  • The rumored device will 100% support Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • The resolution unfortunately has not improved, it is still 360×480.
  • No word on if this will have a touch screen, but we’d assume so, and our source alluded to this possibly being what the rumored BlackBerry Magnum/Dakota evolved into. Not saying there won’t be a Bold-like device with touchscreen, optical trackpad, and physical keyboard, but this might be released first.
  • If it does have a touch screen, this could in fact be the mythical BlackBerry Storm slider — picture a Storm 9520 with a slide up Bold-esque keyboard.
  • The phone will not be a Verizon exclusive — it’s supposed to be a GSM/HSPA device.

What are your thoughts on a BlackBerry Storm slider? Is it something you’ve been waiting for, or is the hardware design turning you off?