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BlackBerry Z30 Hands-On Impressions: Better Performance and a Huge Screen

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EDITOR NOTE: The following is sent in by a friend of mine that has early access to devices as he works in IT. I’m reposting this under my name because he’s obviously under NDA. Personally, I’ve played around with the Z30 a little, but not enough to write an impressions post.

I was a bit skeptical when I started hearing about a big touch screen BlackBerry. I’m not too keen on the notion that powerful has to be big but when I actually felt the Z30 in my hands, it felt familiar. I had played with the Galaxy line up to the latest version and I always found the format bulky in the hand. I was a big fan of the PlayBook for its size, and after many manufacturers followed without admitting that when BlackBerry referred to the book/novel size as perfect, they were actually right.
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First Impressions of the BlackBerry Curve Touch aka Curve 9380

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Recently, RIM invited some media to check out the BlackBerry Curve 9380; the device we call the Curve Touch. This device is a lot like the Torch 9860 (what we call the Storm 3), except it’s much smaller and we believe it will be at a cheaper price point. The device is targeting APAC (Asia Pacific), which explains the size and price point. The following is not a review of the device, merely just a few things I noticed while playing with the device for a brief period.
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Roundup of BlackBerry PlayBook Impressions

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RIM has a big PlayBook presence at CES 2011 and even though the device isn’t ready to be shipped, RIM is letting people have some time with the device and the reviews that are coming out are really solid. We’ve heard that the PlayBook isn’t optimized for a dual-core experience, and the QNX OS still needs some work, but regardless, reviewers are loving the smooth experience. One can only imagine how powerful the device will be when it’s ready for launch.

BGR PlayBook impressions
CrackBerry impressions
Gizmodo post
Engadget’s preview

BlackBerry Curve 3G Review: A Slight Update to a Successful Product Line

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The BlackBerry Curve 3G is the latest device in the BlackBerry Curve series and the best part about it is that it has 3G and is BlackBerry 6 ready. The Curve product line has always been the most accessible of all the BlackBerry models because of its low price point and popular form factor. The Curve 3G fits nicely into this series because it has everything you would expect from a Curve but just a little more spec-wise to make it fit for 2010. According to RIM, the Curve 3G is “designed the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice”.

With the Curve series, it’s clear that RIM intends this device to help them saturate an increasing global demand for smartphones. “The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap,” says Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM.

So while many die-hard BlackBerry users will write this device off as a boring upgrade to the Curve series, the device isn’t really intended for them. The Torch is the smartphone for long-time Blackberry users and the Curve 3G is the smartphone for the feature phone user who is looking to convert. Click through after the jump and we’ll delve deeper into the Curve 3G and see what makes it tick.
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WES 2010: Day 1 Impressions: 9650, 9100, MVS 5 and BlackBerry 6

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The first day of WES started with an early morning press meeting. RIM announced a couple of new devices as well as the new MVS system. Later in the day Mike Lazaridis gave a talk, which sounded like a state of the union address to BlackBerry nation. It was clear in short order what the big talking points of the conference would be: The two sleek and powerful new BlackBerry smartphones, MVS 5.0, BlackBerry 6, The QNX acquisition and the much anticipated Webkit browser.

The Pearl 3G is sleek and colorful device. What used to be categorized as an entry-level device is now a small form-factor powerhouse. After seeing it in the flesh, it’s obvious the 9100 will become a top selling smartphone.
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BlackBerry Developer Conference Day 2 Impressions

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So this is the second day of the BlackBerry Developer Conference and it’s going really well so far. It’s impressive how RIM is responding to the surge of consumer subscribers and the majority of announcements we have seen are consumer-centric.

So far we have seen:

RIM announce Adobe Flash support coming to BlackBerry

RIM announce OpenGL support and a host of rich content features

Since we have been talking consumer here at the Developer Conference, it’s impossible to not mention iPhone and competing platforms. With OpenGL support, multi-touch on the Storm2, as well as some new APIs that will help developers make more compelling content, there is a lot of pressure to not just “keep up with the Johnsons.”
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