Tag: Motorola-Q

BlackBerry stacked up against the competition in Consumer Reports


Consumer ReportsThere’s already been some griping about BlackBerry’s performance in Consumer Reports‘ ’08 issue, and it might be well-justified. The BlackBerry Curve landed in 7th. place, the Pearl in 12th., the 8800 in 14th., and the 8830 in 19th. out of 20 smartphones tested. Two Treos (755p and 680), T-Mobile’s Wing, the BlackJack and the Moto Q 9m beat out the BlackBerry 8300, with the iPhone topping the list.

Basically, that means everyone who matters in smartphones did better than BlackBerry. Suprisingly, the Nokia N95 (which I had heard great things about) was down in 15th. place. The biggest thing to keep in mind before launching into a CR-hating tirade is that you really have to take these things with a grain of salt. CR’s overall scores were “based mainly on voice quality, ease of use, and talk time”, which can all vary based on user, location and carrier. I haven’t used any of the other top 5, so can’t really pass judgement. Anyone have some horror stories about the leaders, and why they might not deserve top marks?

BlackBerry 8100 rocks Handango sales


HandangoHandango has released their quarterly yardstick report, and sales for BlackBerry 8100 software has come in an impressive second. Playing second fiddle to the Motorola Q, maybe, but still nothing to sneeze at. BlackBerry 8800 sales have been climbing higher, and so are requests for GPS and mapping software. Without further ado, here are this quarter’s top 10 BlackBerry apps, some of which we’ve got in our own store.

1. VoiceControl
2. Ringtone Megaplex
3. Ringphonic Lite
4. Colour Your Trackball
5. WorldMate Professional Edition
6. IM+
7. Ringphonic
8. eSpell
9. Aces Texas Hold’em – No Limit
10. RepliGo Professional

Full press release behind the jump.

Amp’d going under


Amp'd Any Moto Q users in the house? Amp’d Mobile has filed for bankruptcy protection, so there’s a possibility of some price dives in order to desperately attract customers. Of course, they could very well be cutting the fat at the same time, meaning less coverage. End result? Cheap smartphones if you’re in the right area. Maybe it’s not such a terrible time for a product like that to be available, either. With BlackBerry holding down the middle price range, and the iPhone the high end, having something in the sub-$200 neck of the woods could fill a market gap. Whether or not Amp’d will be willing to go that low, or keep trying to duke it out with the big boys remains to be seen.