I heard some news a few days back about the BlackBerry Passport. This is it right here. Got this picture from CrackBerry.com. As far as I am concerned, I do not like it very much. Its supposed to be portable guys. I know that you guys are trying to match Android and Apple but for crying out loud guys, look at the size, plus the small keyboard. How are people supposed to use ther thumbs to type like the BlackBerry of old? Nothing wrong with keeping up with the times but come on…
This is John Chen, the CEO of RIM. RIM as you know makes the very successful BlackBerry handsets. According to this article here, it seems that BlackBerry, or RIM in this case, might be exiting the smartphone market. It has not been an easy ride for them to be honest. They were king a few years ago but Apple and Samsung made sure that the sales of its handsets and software was hit very badly. Apparently, according to the article, he said that if he could not make money on selling handsets, it would be better to exit the market. So it is looking for small acquisitions as investments. To be honest, that might be the way to go for RIM. I still like BlackBerry to be honest. Their BBM or BlackBerry Messenger is still one of my favourite messaging platforms. Oh well. Let us see how it goes.
Do you know those old Blackberry charges, the one with the mini USB plugs to charge the Blackberry handsets of old? Well, do not throw them away. Wiith an adapter, you can convert them from mini USB to micro USB and use them as a second charger to keep as a spare. I use a Blackberry charger to charge up my Motorola Defy with no worries every night. It was a spare charge left over from my old, spoilt Blackberry Bold 6000. I just got myself a mini to micro USB converter and I was good to go.
I still have this Blackberry Bold from quite some time back. I got this from a director in my previous company. Apparently, this Blackberry Bold of his was giving some issues so he ordered a new one. He told me I could keep the “spoilt” Blackberry. So I erased it and re-loaded the operating system and voila! Good as new again!
My old issues with this Blackberry Bold is the trackball. Newer Blackberrys have the trackpad, which is much, much better. Features-wise, this Blackberry has:
- 624MHz Intel PXA270/Marvell Tavor PXA930 processor (increase from 312 MHz)
- data connectivity: 3G (HDSPA + EDGE), WiFi (802.11 a/b/g)
- screen: 480 x 320 (up from 320 x 240) (size ??) with 65,000 colors
- operating system: BlackBerry OS 4.6
- redesigned keyboard
- memory: 1 GB built-in + expandable microSD up to 16 GB
- dimensions: 4.5″ H x 2.6″ W x 0.5″ D
- weight: 4.7 oz
- 2 megapixel camera + flash
- GPS functionalities
- release date: August 21, 2008
I am keeping this Blackberry for a while longer. its a great unit and who knows, I might need a Blackberry in the future!
What happens when you have lots of old Blackberry chargers with mini USB connectors but you need to charge a device with a micro USB charging port? Simple. You get a converter, like the one above. I got one for about $5 some time back and it helps me charge my Motorola Defy phone with no issues at all. The only issue I can see is the fact that when hooked up to a mini USB data cable, you cannot transfer data though it. I need to use the supplied data cable that has a micro USB on it. But this little utility is very useful when I need to charge my phone outside my house and I do not have a micro USB charger. Not a bad investment, don’t you think?
Sometimes you have to wonder if this is for real. According to this article here, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is all for banning BBM (Blackberry Messenger) should riots break out again. Mate, don’t shoot the messenger, literally!
I was hankering for the Blackberry model in the picture above, a Blackberry 3G. I have tried many of the Blackberry devices available but somehow, this model eluded Singapore.I would have happily paid for this instead of my Motorola Defy. It has everything I want in a Blackberry…size, shape, special keypad with SureType® technology…everything. I had a Blackberry Pearl 8110 but the Achilles heel was its trackball…it kept getting dirty and tracking was off as a result.
In any case, I was just sad that it was not for sale in Singapore. By the way, the picture above comes courtesy of GSMArena.com