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Could things be looking up for BlackBerry?

BlackBerry has pretty much bet everything on the success of BlackBerry 10 and new smartphones running the operating system such as the Z10. The Z10 launched in Europe and several other countries, achieving moderate sales success.
"The feedback is very encouraging," said BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. "What has been a real surprise for us is that BlackBerry 10 as a platform and product is attracting users that are currently on other platforms."
Heins also said that the Z10 has surpassed BlackBerry's expectations in emerging markets such as India. "We shipped into the channel product that we thought would have been good for at least five days and I got an emergency call from our manager in India, saying that they were sold out in two days," Heins added. "Now we are scrambling to re-load that channel."

Blackberry Z10

The big test will be to see how well the Z10 does in the United States against heavy hitters like Apple and Samsung. It’s been a long time since BlackBerry has had a competitive entry in the U.S. smartphone market and it’s stranglehold on corporate/government customers has loosened.
The Z10 is reportedly heading to AT&T’s wireless network on March 22 according to Bloomberg.

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg

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RE: Right... Spin it up.
By Science Boy on 3/8/2013 10:35:09 AM , Rating: 3
What a load of crap. The hardware is at least as good as anything out there. Speaking of spin... what are you, an apple fanboy?

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/8/2013 10:58:23 AM , Rating: 1
what are you, an apple fanboy?

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/8/2013 11:35:54 AM , Rating: 1
LOL... I know. YOu cant have a single statement without that tag. Not even a controversial or debatable statement. IT has a dual core snapdragon S4 @ 1.5ghz. The same chip the US GS3 had when released in June of last year. 1280x720 screen, again, in line with last years high end phones. It's plenty for most people. It's not slow or anything, I was just saying all of todays high end phones have 1080p screens and faster ships.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By MadMan007 on 3/8/2013 4:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's valid to compare screens, although quite frankly at this size 1080p is overkill when resolutions in the 720 range are already 'retinal.'

Comparing CPUs across software platforms is a whole other story though, and really shouldn't be done without further data to back it up.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By hrrmph on 3/8/2013 6:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
Folks are missing at least some of the point here:

This is the only true 4" class phone that has 64GB expansion via a $50 mSDXC card and runs 800,000 apps (~100K BB + ~700K Android). It can easily be holstered on a belt and it easily fits in a small purse without dominating it.

Its not for everyone, but I gotta hand it to them: they've built something nobody else has. This product has differentiation and fills several niches very well.

The nearest competitor is the iPhone 5, but that is all about the cloud and not about local storage. There are plenty of people in plenty of places who are either not ready for the cloud or don't have cheap, reliable access to it.

When you want / need to carry your own files, the Blackberry can do it and do it on the cheap. And it seems its going to be pretty darn good at using those files.


RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/9/2013 9:25:23 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, I agree it's a good phone. All that you said, plus its probably the best UI on the market (as in closest to WebOS's perfection). They have finally come out with a good product years too late. The issue isnt the phone, the specs or the OS... The issue is getting anyone to give a crap about it enough to switch. They need to gain back market share from firmly entrenched rivals in IOS and Android. Good luck with that.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By zephyrprime on 3/11/2013 3:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, I had used WebOS with my touchpad and it is FAR from perfection. It was elegant and easy to use but a lot of this elegance was due to a dearth of features owing to it's short lifespan. Also, it's much vaulted method of multitasking was a pain in the ass because the swiping from off the screen was so easy to confuse with swiping from on the screen. This cause the task switcher to come up all the time when just scrolling a page.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/8/2013 11:18:21 AM , Rating: 3
Its as good as anything out last year. It a great sped'd phone for 2012. I am not even saying its a weak point, its just not up to speed with 2013. The OS is great. BB's problem now is getting anyone to care.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By Makaveli on 3/8/2013 11:37:24 AM , Rating: 2
And the problem with this thinking is the average consumer doesn't go around buying phones saying I hope this thing has 8 cores and 4GB of ram. Or damn this 720 res sucks. Only people on these forums and like us care about specs. And we are a minority in the market. I own and and its great and for most people they just care that it runs fluid and has the apps they need.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/8/2013 11:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
What "thinking"?

I was just stating the specs, not saaying normal people care. Like I said, its a good phone with a great OS. BB's problem isnt specs or the OS, it's that they are 3-4 years too late and lost their customer base. Now they need something compelling to get people to come back, and there just isnt anything that this phone can do that IOS and Android cant that would get people to switch.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By Makaveli on 3/8/2013 9:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
That goes both ways if all 3 devices provide the same functionally why would I choose IOS or Android over the blackberry ??

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/9/2013 8:22:58 AM , Rating: 2
Android and IOS are completely dominating the market. They don't need you to choose them, and they don't need anyone to switch. BB does.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By Makaveli on 3/11/2013 11:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
Well I know a few people that have switched already to the Z10 from Iphones and none of them care about who is dominating the market. They buy phones based on their needs not on marketing.

As for the rest of the market they are sheepish anyways so I guess only time will tell.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By BillyBatson on 3/8/2013 5:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. We will see how it does here in the US. We will also see how long sales actually stay up considering the hardware is behind or barely on par with current offerings while the competition are all releasing 2013 upgraded hardware in the coming months (HTC, Samsung, Apple, Sony, soon Nokia) BB will be further behind.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By retrospooty on 3/8/2013 6:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... IF RIM/BB has proven anything over the past few years is that they just cant execute anything fast. They had QNX for 3 years. 3 full years to release a phone from an already good OS. And keep in mind that was a 3 year period where it was obvious they were WAY late to the game and needed to catch up desperately as their stock dropped to less than 1/20th its previous value. They made one good decision to buy QNX a few years too late and then they failed to execute on it. Meanwhile, look at the main competition the last 3 years. Apple is making record profits and Android has gone from zero to 1st in that same time period. Anyone confident in BB's continued success is delusional.

RE: Right... Spin it up.
By jimbojimbo on 3/8/2013 10:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
what are you, an apple fanboy
Really quite the opposite since the Z10 has NFC and the iPhone 5 is still lagging behind on the hardware.

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