Review: BlackBerry Z10

By on February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM.

Review: BlackBerry Z10

Once a pioneer of email-centric pagers, BlackBerry changed the enterprise communication space with its range of smartphones that handled emails and IMs like no one's business. A mainstay of almost every executive in the world, one could not help but see BlackBerry smartphones holstered in trouser belts at airports, that is if users were not thumbing madly at the QWERTY keypad, punching emails or quick BBMs. Despite the launch of the iPhone, BlackBerry did manage to keep chugging along, content in the knowledge that it dominated the enterprise space and iPhone and Android smartphones did not have the trust-factor that BlackBerry enjoyed. Instead the company started targeting the youth, offering them cheap BBM plans and not having a BlackBerry in college could mean missing out on a lot of things usually shared on BBM groups. But BlackBerry knew it could not remain complacent for long and had to come up with touchscreen smartphones. Yes, it had a loyal user base that swore by its keypads (it still has them) but BlackBerry had to do something drastic to attract new users who were attracted to the iPhone and the legion of Android smartphones. BlackBerry tried its luck with touchscreen in the Storm series that failed miserably thanks to its irritating click-touchscreen. It followed it up with the Torch series that too did not do well in the market - the software wasn't optimized and froze often and the devices had terrible battery performance. BlackBerry had to come up with something drastically new as its operating system was not good enough to take on a modern smartphone. It did just that - BlackBerry acquired QNX, a highly scalable operating system on top of which it would build its next generation operating system. Things did not start on the right footing as the company found it difficult to integrate its BlackBerry services on the new platform. The project was marred by multiple delays and the PlayBook tablet running on QNX did miserably in the market. Heck, it was the first BlackBerry device that did not have a native email client, forget BBM integration. There were no usable apps and there was very little one could do with it apart from browsing the web and playing multimedia content. BlackBerry acquired TAT, a company that specialized in creating graphically rich user interfaces to give a brand new UI and look for its BlackBerry 10 platform. And here we are, reviewing the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Z10, to see if BlackBerry has done enough to save itself. Let's dive in... More →
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BlackBerry Z10 launched in India for Rs 43,490

By on February 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM.

BlackBerry Z10 launched in India for Rs 43,490

BlackBerry has launched the much-awaited Z10 in India, the first smartphone to run on the company's latest BlackBerry 10 platform. The BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2-inch 1280x768 pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Krait processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p recording and a 2-megapixel camera on the front that can shoot videos in 720p resolution. It also has a microSD card slot and NFC chip too. More →
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BlackBerry Z10 to launch in India on February 25

By on February 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM.

BlackBerry Z10 to launch in India on February 25

BlackBerry is launching its first BB10 smartphone in India on February 25. The company sent us a 'block your date' invite and is hosting the launch event in Mumbai. India is one of the first few countries where the Z10 has been launched as BlackBerry opted for a staggered launch approach than going with a simultaneous global launch. More →
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BlackBerry has a better chance at succeeding in India than Windows Phone

By on February 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM.

BlackBerry has a better chance at succeeding in India than Windows Phone

BlackBerry, formerly RIM, is set to launch its first BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphone in India later this month. India is one of the few countries where the BlackBerry Z10 is being launched in the first wave, even before the US where it is expected to be launched sometime in March. This is the first major product launch by BlackBerry in almost two years and in a way the company's betting its future on it. I believe that BlackBerry 10 has a better chance of succeeding in India than Windows Phone, purely in terms of sales volumes. Read on to find out why. More →
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RIM to launch BlackBerry 10 smartphone (Z10) in India in February

By on January 27, 2013 at 7:48 AM.

RIM to launch BlackBerry 10 smartphone (Z10) in India in February

Research In Motion (RIM) is planning to launch its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Z10 in India in February after unveiling it globally on January 30. This makes India as one of the first countries where a BlackBerry 10 smartphone will be launched. "Globally, we will announce BB10 on January 30. Within two or three weeks, I expect it to come to India. Initially, there will be one device, the flagship model with full touchscreen," RIM's India managing director, Sunil Dutt told ToI. More →
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