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Phones to catch up with current gen. Androids

Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM) is hoping that despite a year of delays developers will jump onboard its new mobile operating system platform, BlackBerry 10.  It's travelling around the world on the BlackBerry Jam World Tour, giving out alpha hardware to prospective developers.

The phonemaker today announced the screen resolution of its product BB10 products, which are currently expected to launch in the first half of next year.  According to RIM its iconic keyboard phones will get a 720x720 pixel display, while the flagship "full touch" devices like London will get 1280x720 pixel (HD) (16:9) displays.

The good news is that HD display resolution is identical to that of most flagship Android smartphones like the One X from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) and the Galaxy S III from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930).

However, there's still around half a year until the launch of BB10, so one has to wonder whether Android phonemakers won't be using an even higher resolution display by then, in their never-ending quest to push the hardware envelope.

BB10 screen resolution

RIM is hoping that the BB10 launch will save it from an otherwise inevitable fire sale and reroute its plunging market share.

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RE: Nice job RIM
By Reallyyy on 8/16/2012 3:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Right, because that 3.7" display at 800 x 480 is SOOO much better than the iphone's IPS 3.5" display at 960 x 640. That and a trackpad makes it better than an iphone, irregardless of everything else iOS offers.

RE: Nice job RIM
By Pirks on 8/16/2012 3:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
If iOS offered BES integration instead of some stupid 3D games, I might have purchased iPhone instead. But I wanted a business phone for work, not a toy. Larger screen and better navigation support on Torch were just an icing on a cake.

RE: Nice job RIM
By retrospooty on 8/16/2012 4:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
You can blame that on RIM too. The have had BES integration on other platforms as old as Palm OS5 in 2007, but wanted too much money for it.

RE: Nice job RIM
By Samus on 8/17/2012 1:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
I actually think the Torch is the best Blackberry since the 7250 (which was completely 2004)

The Torch is a great phone with great battery life, form factor, and features. If email and texting is your thing, it's extremely competitive.

However it is completely overpriced and there are almost no apps. Also, as with all RIM devices, BES is a complete thorn in the side when you compare it to the simplicity, versatility and reliability of Activesync (whether its hosted exchange or a small business server...)

I wish you luck RIM, but without aggressive pricing and completely updating your network, you are in deep...

RE: Nice job RIM
By GulWestfale on 8/16/2012 8:32:54 PM , Rating: 2


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