BlackBerry 8820 Wi-Fi Released (in the UK)

RIM released the BlackBerry 8820, for now only in the UK, which the company intends to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Besides Wi-Fi, the new 8820 includes built-in GPS navigation, expandable memory, voice-dialing, BlackBerry Maps (provided by Telenav), and a high capacity battery, among others. One interesting bit is the mention of Steve Jobs by co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, during an annual shareholders meeting.

RIM President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said yesterday the attention Steve Jobs and Apple’s iPhone has brought to the sector has benefited the company.

“Hats off to Mr Jobs for growing the whole industry,” Lazaridis said at RIM’s annual shareholder meeting in Canada.

“We all knew the smartphone market was growing. Some of us believe that eventually all phones will be smartphones. I think what the iPhone announcement did was that it just accelerated the public’s awareness and acceptance of a smartphone.”

The BlackBerry 8820 will be available in the US through AT&T later this summer. I personally don’t think this device will disappoint. Having used BlackBerries before (my last one was the BlackBerry Pearl), I know that CrackBerry addicts are eagerly awaiting this device. It further shows RIM’s shift into making more consumer-friendly Berries, which they were previously hesitant to do.

Via: ZDNet

Yahoo Tech: Why I Am Not Getting An iPhone

Gina Hughes, The Techie Diva at Yahoo! Tech, has an article about the reasons she is not getting an iPhone. Amongst the reasons, she cites price, plans and this being the first generation.

For me personally, I don’t think I’ll be getting one simply because although a cool device, I’d probably get bored pretty soon and miss some of the other things that I love about smartphones, such as the ability to install several third-party apps, a video camera, and no MMS? Come’on…I still can’t get over that. Yes, I understand that you can send pictures via email but I still think this phone should have MMS capability.

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More Details on the iPhone

Engadget has posted some more details about the iPhone. The scoop comes from someone who has spent a lot of time with a pre-launch unit. Some of my worries appear to have some foundation. For example, I worry how the touch keyboard will respond to two-handed typing and the touchscreen. Here is what they had to say about them:

“The keyboard was simply described as “disappointing”. Keyboarding with two thumbs often registers multiple key presses (two or three at a time) resulting in a lot of mistakes. The best way to type is with a single finger (as shown in most of Apple’s demos), but two thumbs is supposedly very difficult. After trying it for a number of days our source gave up using their thumbs.”

“The touchscreen was said to, in general, require somewhat hard presses to register input, and needs some getting used to. “

Read the article here.

The iPhone Effect

We all know the buzz and hype that the impending iPhone launch on June 29th has generated. The world is eagerly awaiting the phone that allegedly will revolutionize the mobile phone industry. AT&T has hired an additional 2,000 temporary workers to help deal with the influx of store traffic once the doors open for the iPhone-buying crowds.

There is no denying that this phone has caught the attention of consumers (geeks and non-geeks alike), and Apple and AT&T will sell a ton of these. I, personally, am struggling to decide whether my next device should be the iPhone or the Nokia N95.

The New York Times website has an interesting article about the iPhone and what it could do for the industry and AT&T.

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