BlackBerry 10 is Doing a Little Better Than Many Thought It Would

Last week a co-worker that currently uses a BlackBerry Torch asked me how BlackBerry 10 was doing and if I thought he should move to BlackBerry Q10, or, finally switch to Android or the iPhone.

After thinking about it, I had to admit that BlackBerry 10 is doing a little better than many, including myself, thought it would.

It looks like RBC analyst, Mark Sue feels the same way as he has raised his firm’s estimates on BlackBerry 10 shipments from 11 million  by the end of the year to 14 million and has expressed optimism that “near-term profitability looks attainable.”

Now, 14 million BlackBerry 10 devices shipped in it’s first 11 months doesn’t quite compare with 5 million iPhone 5 devices sold in it’s first 3 days or 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4s  sold in 28 days, but, it is a big enough number to keep it in a conversation about third place right along with Windows Phone.

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Check out the BlackBerry 10 L-Series next to the iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 820, and the Samsung Galaxy Note

BBin came across a shot of a BlackBerry 10 L-Series device in comparison to the iPhone, 5, Nokia Lumia 820, and Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note is a huge device and makes every phone placed next to it look tiny, however, the L-Series has a 4.2 inch display and is a pretty decently sized device.

Research in Motion is holding their BlackBerry 10 Launch Event on Jan. 30, 2013, so, we should be able to get our hands (officially) on a new BlackBerry 10 device in just a couple of months…

SMRPodcast #135: Allison “Hot Sauce” Sheridan

This week in episode #135 of the SMRPodcast, we are joined, once again, by Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast to get her thoughts on the iPhone 5.  Allison was one of the 2 million people to order the iPhone 5 in within the first 24 hours that it was available, but, won’t get her device until October 5th.  Needless to say we talk a lot of iPhone 5 in the first hour of the show, including the Jimmy Kimmel video  where he gets people on the street reactions to the the iPhone 5 will showing them an iPhone 4S.

We also talk NFC, and if it will ever take of for mobile payments.  Rod and Chris get into a heated debate on my hypothetical question of if NFC would catch on if the DMV could pair your NFC chip to your drivers license allowing you to use your form as a form of Identification.  We’ve got all this, plus our picks, in episode #135 of the SMRPodcast…

Have a listen…
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Research in Motion Likely to Pre-Announce Another Disappointing Quarter

What does a smartphone manufacturer do when its flagship handset seems several years behind the iPhone and Android devices when it comes to features and functionality?

If that handset manufacturer is Research in Motion it will see declining sales in the U.S. for the fifth straight quarter, and, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek,  more than likely negatively pre-announce the February quarter ending March 3rd.

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