Blackberry Introduces Mini Keyboard


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Blackberry’s PlayBook tablet has suffered tremendously in the PR realm since being released last year. After initially being met with mixed reviews, the tablet was faulted for its lack of key features and returned by users to retailers in droves. Hundreds of thousands of PlayBooks still sat on retailer shelves at the end of last year, a fact that motivated RIM to make drastic price reductions to the product.

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Now, the company is trying to revive the tablet by introducing a keyboard accessory – the Mini Keyboard – that offers considerable portability, ease, and sophistication. While other tablet manufacturers have introduced similar keyboards of their own, the Blackberry version appears poised as one of the best options out there.

The Mini Keyboard is just 0.24 millimeters thick and offers users a sleek and portable design (replete with a carrying case), a touchpad that works well with the PlayBook’s unique mouse strokes, a superb battery capacity (up to 30 days without needing charge), and even a 128-bit keystroke encryption. The keyboard is small but, according to reviews, a highly functional and adaptable one.

RIM hopes that the keyboard’s success will help the company rebrand and reposition its PlayBook as a tablet well-suited for the user who seeks durability, speed, and productivity. While the tablet may not provide the many features shared by its competitors, it can still function as a cheap (and lightweight) laptop for heavy-duty users. It can still provide fast typing speeds, fast boost speeds, and fast browsing speeds in this age of ultra-quick T3 bandwidth and MegaPath DSL internet connections. But for the PlayBook to have these strengths, the Mini Keyboard needs to not simply be a good product (which it is), but also a redefining one (which it very well may not).

The Blackberry Mini Keyboard retails at $119.99. Will it help nudge the PlayBook back towards relevance? RIM’s executives can only hope.

This guest post is by Nancy Evans. She is a freelance writer that specializes in tech and business.

Which Mobile OS Is Your Poison?


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There was a time when Microsoft and Windows ruled the roost; it’s not so any longer. With many other players in the fray, the once ubiquitous Windows has now been pushed aside unceremoniously by upstarts like Android and the iPhone OS; and going by the numbers on a recent survey carried out by Zokem’s US
Mobile Life panel, the iPhone is the indisputable king of the mobile OS ring.

    • iPhone owners are the most loyal to their brand, with 73 percent saying they would stick to Apple no matter what, with Android lagging behind with only 40 percent loyalty. Also, many who don’t currently own an iPhone, say that their next phone will be from the Apple stables.

    • Rating loyalty for the Android is a trickier proposition because the OS is available for use on many mobile brands. So its collective sales may be much higher than that of the iPhone OS, especially with the phenomenal success that Froyo (Android version 2.2) is experiencing. Also, according to Zokem, 89 percent of Android users are likely to stick with the same brand of mobile phone, beating the iPhone which has only 85 percent.

    • Another once-mighty player in this business, RIM and their BlackBerry OS, rate a poor 30 percent in terms of loyalty. Perhaps this is because of all the new entrants into the field and the low rate of innovation achieved by RIM.

    • Windows Mobile and the Palm Pre OS rate very lowly with loyalty scores of 10, but maybe this state of affairs will turn around, what with the prediction that Windows 7 is going to be fastest growing platform for smartphones in 2011. Only time will tell of course, if this OS enjoys the same success in the mobile world as it does in the world of computers.

However, the competition in the mobile industry is fierce – BlackBerry has come out with many new models in the last year and are constantly updating and tweaking their software and OS; the iPhone is looking to stay ahead of the curve by offering multi-tasking and many more options on the mobile, and best of all, Android is being used to simulate a virtual desktop computer when combined with a keyboard and mouse – it has
become powerful enough to act as the CPU of a desktop device (check out Motorola’s Atrix if you’re curious).

So what does the mobile OS industry hold in store? From the looks of what has happened so far, we can see that the main players will be Apple, Google, RIM and Microsoft. And since most mobile platforms offer similar features barring a few minor differences, popularity and sales will boil down to brand loyalty and carrier efficiency (in countries like the US where most smartphones are tied in to a two-year contract with a service provider) – if you’re satisfied with your brand and your carrier, you’re not going to want to switch loyalties unless the competition has something really out of the world to offer.

This guest post is contributed by April Davis, she writes on the topic of Accredited Degrees Online. She welcomes your questions and comments at her email id: april.davis83(@)gmail(.)com.

Smashed And Run Over Blackberry Storm Still Works


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I love to tinker and open things up and make them do different things, fixing what’s broken, if I can. In 2008, my wife’s digital camera screen got smashed up and I opened it up and replaced the screen, so when her parents came to stay and brought with them this smashed up Blackberry Storm road kill, asking if I could fix it, I began to think about it seriously.

Blackberry Storm Roadkill

What Happened?

Almost immediately, my father-in-law explained that he was joking and that it wasn’t even his phone. He found it out by the water near his condo back in Michigan. By the looks of it, it had been run over, rained on, stuck in the snow, and run over again. The screen is completely smashed beyond any hope of repair, the back plate won’t even go on anymore, and it almost seems to be held together, ironically, by the screen protector. This phone, clearly, was left for dead and unrepairable.

But It Still Works!

Although the request for repair was a joke, I decided to make it a challenge. While I didn’t want to spend any money on it, I did want to see how much I could get out of this poor little device destined for the trash bin. The first thing I did was pull out the 8GB SanDisk MicroSD card. Thanks to being snugly behind what was left of the back plate, it seemed almost untouched. I was able to easily pull some music files off it. Next, I decided to plug the phone in directly. Not only did it light up, but it connected as a removable storage device and I was able to see all the basic file storage folders, though they were empty. My favorite recovery software, Active Undelete, proved that the storage on this phone had been almost completely unused since purchase. It seemed that the owner of this phone didn’t have it long before tragedy struck.

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Finally, I decided to install the Blackberry desktop software and see if I could connect to it to sync. Not only did it connect, but I was able to upgrade the phone’s software and install additional applications. While playing with it, I was able to get it to audibly prompt me for voice commands, which delighted me. This phone, beaten and smashed, seemed to work save for a screen to help make use easier.

Final Thoughts

I admit, I haven’t been a fan of the Blackberry Storm from day one. All I heard from friends who bought one is how annoyed they were with it’s use. After a while, these same Storm owners seemed much more content with it. This experience has given me a new respect for the Storm. I baby my iPhone for fear that a little rough-housing will leave me with a paper weight, so I’m pretty impressed with the durability of the Storm.