Remember when we first saw pictures of what we presumed was the BlackBerry 9000 and thought, “Oh crap, this thing doesn’t have a touch-screen.”, only to be followed up with a post of how this might not actually be the BlackBerry 9000, but a new BlackBerry 8000 model?
Well, according to BGR, you can go back to the way you felt when you thought it wouldn’t have a touch-screen. It looks like this here device is the BlackBerry 9000 and is set to make it’s debut at WES 2008.
As for me, I am kind of disappointed, not because of the apparent lack of a touch-screen. Nobody can do Apple better than Apple can do Apple and even they have some things to work out with the touch screen.
I am disappointed because of what looks like a BlackBerry 8800 style keyboard. If you haven’t heard me say this before, I will say it for you know.
The BlackBerry 8800 has the worst keyboard of any device named BlackBerry to come out of Research in Motion.
I certainly hope that if this is the next BlackBerry device to hit the scene that the keyboard only looks like that on the BlackBerry 8800 as compared to feeling like it.
Looking at it, it doesn’t seem to have any physical advantage over any other BB out there. Not sure why they should even create it, unless there’s some internal HW advantages or SW improvements. The style doesn’t do it for me in my opinion. The Curve and Pearl still do it for me.
I seriously hope it isn’t the 9000; it will take the sail out of the RIM momentum. As a stepping stone 8900, I can see that
Supposedly, it does have internal improvements like 3G. In fact, I believe it’s supposed to combine 3G, WiFi, and a camera…the first BB to have all 3 features.
I still maintain that it’s more unlikely that RIM is going to introduce a touch screen any time soon. It would be difficult for them to develop such a model and its different OS in such a short period of time and have it work that well. Also, it would undercut the RIM advantage of having the physical keypad.
It’s always possible thys RIM could have been already working on a touch screen SW project. Never know what happens behind closed doors. As for a touchscreen and typepad, they can have both, just like the treo. Even a slide out keyboard would suffice.
Guess we’ll see…
I am not sure why so many BlackBerry users are hell bent on a new device with a touch screen. I think, however, that if RIM completely overhauls it’s BlackBerry browser and sticks something in their a lot more safari-like, they could quell a lot of the iPhone fever.
I’m on the same page. I do like the iPhone browser feature, but for the most part I prefer the rest of the BB features that are work related. I don’t see BB getting anywhere soon though on the browser. Too many limitations on the OS to permit such features…at least for now.
I think this is a really beautiful device. It is sleeker and cooler looking than the slightly outdated looking curve, but will have all of the features PLUS 3G, how bad can that be? I am relieved it does not have a touch screen. If I wanted to deal with the annoyance of a touch screen I would get the iPhone, as it is really a superior product than any Blackberry.
That gives me an idea for a new post…
Type away Robb, I think I know where you’re going with this…
I agree with Robb: why in the world should RIM come out with a touch screen? I don’t want a touch screen BB. I want a BB for other reasons…if I want a touchscreen, I just go with the iPhone. There is no way any company on earth will be able to come up with a touchscreen device as elegant as the iPhone. RIM needs to stick with what it does well, and not try to out-Apple Apple…it cannot be done.
“I am not sure why so many BlackBerry users are hell bent on a new device with a touch screen.”
Robb, it’s easy really. Many have seen the future and the future of the wireless device is touch screens as Apple has shown. BTW it’s not just the touch screen which has BB users dreaming of iPhones. The real question would be how many RIM customers would be left after finding out the hard way that RIM nor any other manufacture can’t make a better device than the iPhone. As I pointed out IMO I can type on the touchscreen just as fast if not faster than any BB I’ve owned, however there is a learning curve going from buttons to virtual buttons, but like trusting suretype on a Pearl you need to give the iPhone’s predictive text entry some room to learn and work it’s magic.
Bottom line there is little to compare between a RIM BB and a Apple iPhone. One is a smartphone and the other is a handheld computer. The iPhone has many advantages over BB’s both in hardware and software.
PS Robb, look out you have a nat flying around. Funny all day this individual sh*ts all over RIMarkable, now he’s cheerleading and acting like he knows your next move, in true “love me daddy” fashion.
Well said Thought. RIM cannot out Apple Apple.
I have been sorely tempted to get an 8830 as my 7130 is nearing the end. but the keyboard is just terrible. Spacing is bad and it is slick. Touch screen is not that big a deal. If it is the only means of interacting with your device, you need it. However, I have had touch screens dating back to the Treo 300 and found that I liked the five-way on the later models much better. Based on this picture, this would not be my next BB.
Hellno, good to see you around again. BTW, did you ever consider that it is in bad form to complain about personal attacks on you when you attack someone in an unprovoked manner like you did with Blue?
By your post we know you still haven’t figured out this is RIMarkable a forum about wireless devices and not about your personal thoughts and feeling about other posters. For that feel free to join bluehorseshoe at http://www.powderpuffmarkable.com It’s a special site set up for special people who are more worried about others opinions than to stay on topic. It’s also a great place where FUD is more important than the TRUTH. Here at RIMarkable TRUTH is much more valued than your FUD.
Apple with the revolutionary iPhone has set the bar high, the rumored BB device pictured is not going to turn any heads. People want touch screens, some like yourself might not know that yet, heck I didn’t want the pearl till I got it and now wouldn’t want to go back to the old BB thumb wheel. RIM like it or not has positioned itself in the pro and consumer market with recent devices, even to have the perception of the BB being as advanced as the iPhone a touch screen will have to be released not only by RIM but every top tier device manufacture. None will come close to the iPhone but they will have to try, or watch as customer churn and upgrade to the iPhone.
RIM cannot out Apple Apple.
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I don’t think the iphone will out do rim. It a very pretty phone, with a lot of eye candy that distracts u from the fact the iphone is not as simple as a bb. I’d have to say the futur will involve unified communication device that understand ur location and provide simple acces to bussiness apps. The iphone is a lot of glimmer and shine, but I think a bb, doesn’t matter what model, is superior to the iphone for the simple fact its… Simple!
Do you have a iPhone? have you used a iPhone more than standing in front of a store model? It doesn’t get much more simple or powerful than the iPhone. Many are buying iPhone’s since they are so simple to operate, yet so powerful. You can’t really compare a RIM blackberry to the iPhone, one is a smartphone, one is a handheld computer. IMO I find the iPhone is alot more simple to operate than my BB.
RIM cannot out Apple Apple.
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I’m not big on touch screens but would like an improvement over the current BB trackball, but not sure what that would be.
Thanks for sharing
I have to admit to not fully utilizing my BlackBerry’s full functionality. I have tricked it out with cool accessories from http://www.blackberrysource.com but I have NOT taken the time to figure out how to download pics to it, etc. I have looked at the interface but it is not intuitive and I don’t have time to look through the user manual. It basically allows me access to email from my clients when I am traveling – although I had thought I would use it much more originally when I bought it. That being said, since that is ALL that I use it for I am very close to tossing it and moving to the iPhone. I have looked at friends iPhones and they are intuitive, easy to use and frankly…very cool. If this “9000” is the future path I am about done waiting for RIM to get “cool”.
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Seems to me that lots of people who’ve bought iPhones have buyers remorse whether they know it or not, and are trying to convince themselves that their iPhone is better than anything else out there, to rationalize the purchase. Many such people are obviously hellbent convincing everyone that iPhone is better than BB. Pllllllease. Get over youselves.
Sure the iPhone is cool. If you want to blow hundreds of $ to be cool, than you’re Apple’s perfect customer. Get off the RIM boards and enjoy your iPhone.
It may do some things well, but for any business user, it’s all show no go.
I’ve used both extensively. There is no comparison whatsoever between a BB and iPhone when it comes to business use. That’s not just limited to the phones features, interface, speed, solidity, and simplicity, but also to the wireless syncing options, the enterprise management, etc etc.
It’s all about the user’s needs. iPhone for fun, sure. For business, or any serious email, or third party apps, nothing but BB.
By the way, if RIM put out a phone that would sell for the price the iPhone does, you can bet your @ss it would be miles ahead. Not worth it though, the business users would never support that price point (at which you can buy a laptop or full blown computer, not just a so-called handlheld one).
I look forward to this device. I have used 3 different blackberry models over the years and have been using an Iphone for the last 4 months. I can tell you that while the Iphone is a cool device, It is defficient in many respects to Blackberry. The phone itself on the iPhone is not great. I find both the internal antenna and the Bluetooth abilities of the iphone to be weak compared to my more recent blackberrys. The touch screen typing may be fine for those of you of a slighter build. But as a man with larger than average size hands, it is very difficult compared to most blackberrys. Lack of push email sucks. Granted the ipod is wonderful, and the pictures and the browser on Iphone are second to none. But for most here, those are the secondary features of their device. Iphone excels at those, but is a step behind in the promary features, being how does the phone work, how does the email work ?