As has been said many times before, BlackBerry 7 is far from a complete overhaul to the BlackBerry OS that has been around for years. It is more or less a refining of BlackBerry 6 that runs on much, much faster hardware. This isn’t to say, however, that there aren’t slick little improvements in BlackBerry 7. The web browser is much faster and actually usable. Still slower than Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 in most cases, but, it is in the ball park and doesn’t seem slow in comparison. The screen resolution (Liquid Graphics) seems to be pretty good. Most third party apps don’t take advantage of it, but, the ones that do look great. The Bold 9900 that I’ve played with still takes forever to boot up, but, the 1.2 GHz processor is quite noticeable once it starts up.
For those of you that have been waiting for Verizon to officially announce the BlackBerry Bold 9930, your wait is over. Not only did Verizon today officially introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9930, they announced that the device is immediately available online and will be available in stores Aug. 25th.
Check out the press release…
Over on the Inside BlackBerry for Business blog, Research in Motion has listed the “Top Five Features of BlackBerry 7 for Business Users“. Those features are:
- Documents To Go® Premium
- BlackBerry Messenger 6
- BlackBerry® Balance™ Technology
- Liquid Graphics™ Technology
- Voice-Enabled Universal Search
Seriously RIM? You’ve have got to be able to come out with a better list than this…
Do you remember the massive amount of marketing that Verizon did with it’s Droid Does campaign and the original Motorola Droid? It’s been almost two years, but, I remember that Stealth Droid commercial like it was yesterday. That campaign pretty much marked the start of Android’s full frontal assault on the smartphone industry.
I believe that Research in Motion needs to launch that type of campaign for BlackBerry 7 and the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones for these devices to have any appeal to consumers that don’t already want a new BlackBerry, but, I haven’t seen a single television spot from RIM in recent memory that wasn’t about the BlackBerry PlayBook.
We still don’t have official launch dates for the new wave of BlackBerry 7 smartphones soon to hit Rogers network, however, we do know how much said devices will cost. Rogers has released pricing details for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Torch 9860.
For those of you that have been waiting for the new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones to be introduced, your wait is finally over. To go along with the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 introduced back in May at BlackBerry World 2011, RIM today has introduced two new BlackBerry 7 devices, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860. We are still waiting on official release dates from the various carriers that will offer these new BlackBerry smartphones, but, the general consensus is that they will go on sale starting this month.
RIM put out a Tweet the other day that insinuated that the new BlackBerry 7 devices were going to be announced yesterday, July 26th. The exact verbage…
Most people, myself included, took this to mean that RIM was going to release details on new BlackBerry 7 devices that are coming. What RIM actually meant was that they were releasing details on #BB7FanNight… That is a load of BS and RIM knows it…