Usually, when I don’t particularly care for the style or design of a new BlackBerry when images of it start to leak, I warm up to to point of tolerating how it looks by the time it comes out. Take the BlackBerry 7130e for example. I didn’t really like how the device looked the first time that I saw it, however, it became one of my favorite BlackBerry devices ever. I can’t, however, say the same thing for the, yet to be officially announced BlackBerry 9670 Clamshell. This is jut my personal opinion, but, the 9670 is the must unappealing device I’ve ever seen come out of RIM.
I have yet to run across anyone that has said that can’t wait for BlackBerry 9670 to come out. I have yet to run across one person to tell me that they think the 9670 even looks OK. Hideous is the most commonly used adjective by the folks I’ve asked for their thoughts on the new device. Is anyone even remotely interested in the BlackBerry 9670 Clamshell?
Please, do tell if you are…
What is the point of this phone?
Clamshell is fine for dumbphones. It is NOT fine for Blackberry. But, there must be some demand for it somewhere. Seems like a fail to me though. Maybe years ago when I thought a bb clamshell would be nice (because I was using a simple clamshell at the time), but not these days. Candybar, slider, or go home.
I don’t want that thing, however I do want the slider, but I’m with sprint and the 8330 is just fine for me for now until I leave sprint.
No. I just got my upgrade offer from Verizon today, and I’m getting ready to leave RIM behind and order the Motorola Droid X.
Well, I guess you can count me as the first to tell you they like it. Especially with dual screens and OS6, this thing is going to be uber useful and is a MASSIVE improvement over the 82xx series. It COULD even be the benchmark for a whole new generation of smartphones. After all, flips almost completely trounced candybars in the dumbphone/featurephone space, so I think there’s a market. Plus with no word of a CDMA version of the slider, this is a cool new form factor to contemplate while we wait for Storm 3.
from my BlackBerry Storm…
I cant wait for this to get out. dose anybody have an idea of when it is scheduled for release?
i love clam shell phones, they fit in my pocket of my scrubs without the bulk and seem more durable and so i will have a phone that will handle all the medical apps i need. . as for looks of the phone i love it. but then again i drive an aztek and at current time have a lotus clam shell phone. all of which fits the bill for me. i have never been in to slider phones, they are way to heavy.
The only way this phone would sell would be if RIM put it on Nextel and sold it to construction workers and delivery people.
This Blackberry is but ugly but probably won’t break if you drop it or get it dusty.
Question should be…”is anyone interested in RIM?” These days all the news is Apple and Android. RIM is getting squeezed out and hasn’t done anything to create any excitement about future product lines aside from OS6 and the eventual release of the slide phone on AT&T. I never thought I’d say this, but RIM is slowly gaining the tag as the next “Palm” in my opinion. Their attempt to gain in the consumer market has all but deceased and the corporate market, which they consider their turf, is starting to entertain other options. Someone really needs to break the mold over there, recreate the product line and ramp up the OS. Email and security will only take them so far…
“Their attempt to gain in the consumer market has all but decreased”. Are you kidding me? RIM just posted their quarterly results. They sold their 100 millionth phone last quarter. Half of them were in the last 18 months. What decrease?
I liked flip phones, once upon a time. I hear good things about this one. I would give it a try if I was with a CDMA carrier.
Not kidding. Chalk up sales to the business side, which is the majority of their revenue. 6% of the recent iPhone 4 sales were Blackberry converts. Read those market share percentages.
You forget that in the past, quite an amount of iphone users went back to Blackberry.
Apple cannot branch into the business sector. they dont really have to either. they dont care. Blackberry is all about business and security. They are both good at what they do.
Its like saying PC’s are going to go down because mac’s are superior. i own a imac, mac pro and use PC at work. PC’s are here to stay and they have horrible security.
More and more companies are beginning to support iPhones. The blackberry was once the only option, but more IT departments provide the option and support if desired. As for the PC analogy, PC’s at work are normally behind firewalls. It’s your front line of defense in the workplace. And PC’s in the business place will ultimately go by the waste side in large corporate infrastructures as VDI implementations take over. Change happens. RIM needs to as well.
The people that the 9670 is aimed for are not the type of people that will be reading about expected device or even care about a product until it can be purchased.
My husband will be all over the 9670. He won’t use anything but a flip phone that he can close and put in his pocket. He currently uses the Pearl flip and the 9670 will be a big step up.
Honestly…no i am not interested…but i see a niche of people who would be.
Again, RIM will focus mostly on business, corporate, etc etc. Consumer is not exactly their major direction considering the storm was not as big of a success as it was hoping to be. RIM is still popular, just right now the glitz and glam belong to apple and google, never the less, though it is only a matter of time until android is taking over the business side, considering there are android devices that are RIM look alikes…this is a wait and see considering the market is changing after the sales of the evo and verizon bringing out the droid incredible and droid x, i predict that bb will always b earound, but for consumers, not so much as compared to android in the next two years
I do not care for this blackberry device at all. It appears bulky and is not aesthetically pleasing in the least.
However, to comment on some of the previous responses regarding android, I would like to give my experiences and future intensions as to why I am going to purchase my first blackberry device while leaving android in the dust… at least for awhile.
I purchased my first android device back in November of 2009 due to the openness and abundance of customization options. However, this came around to bite me in the posterior in quite the viscous manner. While I really do like android due to it being quite functional, I find that I have developed an addiction to the to the OS in a negative light. After an exploit was found to grant super user permissions to my device, I find that it is quite difficult to stay on track and be productive due to constantly wanting to change its appearance and ramp up its functionality and speed. I have a problem in that it is hard to put it down in my spare time in order to take care of tasks that need to be completed in every day life. My cure to this problem, I believe, is blackberry. While I can maintain the functionality of the more advanced utilities that come along with a smartphone, I can also be limited to what I can do. Install a theme or two, download the apps I need (which I really only use productivity tools that are available on blackberry aswell as android), and call it a day.
I am quite excited about OS6 and do really hope that a webkit browser is included because to be honest, that is one reason I didn’t get a Berry to begin with as I use the web alot for research as well as downtime entertainment. However, this is not a deal breaker if its not included.
Unless RIM releases another candy bar form factor device with higher specs, I believe a 9650 will suffice for my needs. Although, I wish RIM would release a device with the specs of the bold with the form factor of the curve as the newer curves are simply gorgeous.
In closing, I can relate to why android is doing so well and can see now that if RIM doesn’t do something for the consumer, corporate accounts will eventually take over and hurt RIM due to them losing close to all of their average Joe users.
It’s Ugly with a capital U. I can’t wait for the slider, but this frankenphone is a solution in need of a problem. “Zero dollars after instant rebate” is in its near future.
Well, you asked, so I’ll tell you… I have been asking for a “flip” Blackberry since Blackberry first debuted. Can you say butt dialing… never had that problem with flip phones. I currently carry a World Edition, and have to put it in a Otterbox just so that I can have a clip holster that’s tough enough that I won’t have to buy a new one every month (Motorola shouldn’t even be wasting perfectly good plastic making their piece of junk holster clip). With a flip phone, I used to be able to just toss it into my pocket (and no, I don’t find locking the keys a convenient “solution” to my PDA/phone dialing and looking up whatever it wants as a result of buttons being pushed while moving around in my pocket). Add to this you now get a larger screen since it doesn’t have to share the same space with the keys, and I have to ask; “what’s not to love?”
That said, I’d need to take this for a test drive before I could endorse it, but at first blush, my reaction is “it’s about time!”
I’ll say it, “I can’t wait for BlackBerry 9670 to come out.”
I prefer flip/clam phones to any other type. I find they are much more comfortable to hold when talking.
Does anyone know if this is a CDMA or GSM phone?
Pretty sure that this is a CDMA phone that will first hit Verizon.
Cdma now hopefully at least for me headed to Sprint. Was I guess originally supposed to be a verizon exclusive but thank god hopefully not anymore. Sprint of course has much better rates.
Cant wait! spoke to Sprint executive not confirmed of course but not denied sounded hopeful. For us clamshell lovers whats not to like wifi, apps, good camera with flash. To all the haters the touchscreen thing is getting old! They need to mix it up a little saw some you tube vids of the phone and it looks better then the pics too! I’m selling my Samsung Moment on Ebay as soon as this baby hopefully hits. It’s everything ive been wanting and im sure it will have its own nich of the market.
I bought this phone the day thos came out. This is my 8th blackberry device so far. I love this phone the OS6 is great and adds a bunch of features that never existed. As for the flip I love it no more pocket dialing as I had in the past. I hated locking my phone so this is the perfect fix. The only thing I wish it did have was an external touch screen and external media contols. Other than that I would give this phone a 9 out of 10. would recomend to anyone who love blackberry.