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BlackBerry Thunder breaks cover!

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This article contains unofficial information.

BlackBerry Thunder breaks cover!
BlackBerry Thunder breaks cover!
BlackBerry Thunder breaks cover!
Here it is folks, the BlackBerry Thunder and its SureType/QWERTY keyboard live and in person.  As we've heard before, CrackBerry is reporting that the screen gives tactile feedback, like "a big button" that gives you real, clicky feedback as well as localized haptics.  They are also confirming the rumor that the Thunder will feature a glass, multi-touch panel.  Rumor also has it that the browser will be built off of WebKit, same as Mobile Safari, so we really could be looking at an iPhone killer this time around.  Of course other reliable sources are saying it's not ready for prime time yet, so time will tell what RIM can do with this.

BlackBerry Thunder Preliminary Specifications

source: CrackBerry via Gizmodo


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)


that looks like a very comfee textin emailin video watchin music listening pic viewing instant messaging kindaa device lol i may give back the dare stick wit the voyager and use my ne2 on this **************** lol dump phoneeee bye bye

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 14:18

58. (unregistered)


i dont think anyone but you could understand what you just said

posted on 19 Jul 2008, 14:54

60. (unregistered)


hahahahahah i agree 100%

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 20:30

2. (unregistered)


I think I really want this... but with (I believe) a higher price tag im not feeling the "comic sans" system font?

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 17:49

25. C-Chickie (unregistered)


I am almost positive you can manipulate the font styles

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 17:21

46. (unregistered)


Yes, you can change the font used system wide in the Black Berry OS.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 18:40

65. Heytretre (unregistered)


there are like 8 different fonts dont be discouraged by the default one the BB is very powerful my friend! VERY POWERFUL!!

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 20:46

3. (unregistered)


OMG BERRY FOR LIFE!

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 21:03

4. (unregistered)


i'm sure you can change the font...can't wait until this phone comes out...bye-bye iphone

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 21:08

5. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


Yep, I know what i'm getting next. Anyone looking for My LG dare it will be on ebay when the thunder comes out. for sure!!! The dare is great but I always wanted a blackberry and now that its all touch screen I will be getting one.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 10:34

63. L (unregistered)


how much u sellin it for?

posted on 26 Jul 2008, 09:55

64. mzarag01 (unregistered)


well, although the thunder won't be coming out soon, i think I'll still buy the Dare, then maybe, just maybe, the THUNDER

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 22:38

6. (unregistered)


I really hope that the UI is as innovative as the iPhone and still lives up to the business Blackberry that well all love and know.

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 09:24

67. (unregistered)


well no matter wat black berry is always going to live up to its business purpose its just that some people use it for the wrong reasons lol now the features are something that blackberry has never came out with i guess they were too busy thinking about the business people

posted on 13 Jul 2008, 22:52

7. a1016neo (unregistered)


I don't believe in an iphone killer... I don't know why people are so hyped up and ready to throw away their iphone for these keyboard pictures of the Thunder.... If RIM plans to have an iphone killer on their hands they better have some good stuff under their sleeves.... Sticking a touch screen on a blackberry just won't do it. They need a killer UI and ease of use along with some killer multimedia features and a sweet browser if they plan to get consumers to buy these things... Business users will stay away from the Thunder because of it's touch screen... This leaves it to consumers who RIM doesn't have a big base on compared to the iphone.... They will need to be over the top in order to capture iphone users... Can RIM pull it off??? I don't know, but they will need to do it fast before their users start to switch to iphones...

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 02:00

9. Junior (unregistered)


That "base" you're talking about, RIM built it in the past 2 years. Heard about a little phone called the Pearl?? Well, it was had success with not only some of the business crowd, but with a lot of the hipsters as well. And really, I don't believe BlackBerry needs to have anything up their sleeves. The name says it all. It's a name business people, and most recently the norms, have been able to trust for years. One thing I know is that a very small percentage of the business people switched and tried out the iPhone. Why didn't a big percentage do so? Because they need a reliable source for their business. iPhone can't provide that, at least now, and you can ask any business man. Maybe send them a video you took with your iPhone, oh wait, oh man, I'm such a jerk.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 02:25

10. 8lias (unregistered)


the cool thing about 3rd application add-ons is the sky is the limit, any gripes about both phones can be implemented through third party apps, question is, how fast, how available, how affordable, and how usable these apps are going to be. The more popular and the more hype of the phone, the more developers will be releasing their 3rd party apps.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 11:29

17. (unregistered)


I can't stop laughing at how excited iphone user are that their phone has this fancy new ability to download 3rd party apps. This is an old hat. Welcome to today iphone, maybe tomorow you will be able to do a few more of the things phones have done for years. Like picture mail. Or record video. Or stereo bluetooth.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 16:39

22. (unregistered)


Comment #20: get informed, picture mail has been present on the iPhone ever since it got released a year ago. oh yeah and Video Record is getting fixed with an upcoming application. so.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 17:46

24. C-Chickie (unregistered)


I was just talking to my ex and even he says its only capable of sending pictures through e-mail, not text... So if he is correct ( I believe he will be since the owns the damn thing) than you need to 'get informed'

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 18:00

26. C-Chickie (unregistered)


People want this phone because unlike APPLE, the name BLACKBERRY is a highly respected practical device thats secure and reliable when it comes to Smartphones, which I believe now they are referring to the new 3g Iphone as a PDA.Most people I know that own a BB swear by the damn thing. They dont call it a crackberry for nothing! With a reputation like that following suit of so many other manufatures and taking on the touchscreen its only natural for people to through down a phone that is OK and onto a BB Thunder. A good reputation is hard to beat.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 18:20

27. (unregistered)


I agree to your comments, personally i had the iphone for two months! i got sick of how you cant do anything, let alone you have to hack it in order for you to get third party apps and that includes massive glitches that come with that hack! This iphonehype is just stupid. i gave up my iphone to get my 8830, and hands down by far.... way better than iphone. I do believe that this "thunder" will out rank the iphone any day. I guess all we can do is just wait and see.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 00:49

30. 8lias (unregistered)


Just curious, why did RIM decided to build an all touch phone? Hmmm...I wonder if the "hype" really make any statement in the phone industry? I am just saying.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:38

33. (unregistered)


have fun sending "picture mail" on the 3g

posted on 16 Jul 2008, 06:56

48. mrinalkantijha (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2008)


Video recording was an issue with iPhone before and oday also when they launched 3G version.

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 09:37

68. (unregistered)


ill tell u wat iphone has nothing on the dare now i believe that apple could of done alot better than what they did. the touch on the iphon isnt even as responsive as the voyager or the dare.so wat if u can see youtube on it so can my computer lol

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 09:42

69. (unregistered)


i have 2 agree with u bb is a very repectable name and it is known worlwide they just did a lil upgrade to the phone to keep it in style with a touch screen and ull be surprise how many business people like touch screen especially if it has a stylus

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 00:46

8. at&tandverizoncustomer (unregistered)


if it still has that crazy software Blackberry uses, no thanks. My friends with Blackberry's can't stop touching and commenting on the ease of use of my iPhone. And what happens when the RIM servers go down? No email? That sucks.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 08:35

12. (unregistered)


how often does the rim server go down? name one time besides last week when they were doing maintenance. and as far as the iphone goes, how about the problems they had getting people activated, phones working, and emails being sent on friday. real reliable.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 11:29

16. (unregistered)


Wow for anyone to be dumb enough to not expect some problems with a phone so popular and sought after the first day it's offered you would have to be a complete idiot. Of course there's going to be some glitches the day it releases and people around the world are waiting in line to get one. Great comment.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 16:41

23. (unregistered)


Agreed but not being able to activate is more than a little glich... i dont want to add fuel to any flames here but seriously that is pretty sad..

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:49

37. (unregistered)


and only a company like apple would have server problems THE DAY the 3g came out. smooth.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 04:47

11. (unregistered)


If I know anything about RIM it's that their devices are always aimed toward practicality instead of gimmicks. Pretty much every full-touch phone currently on the market can't match the practicality of a phone with hardware keypads/keyboards, the technology just isn't that far evolved yet. I feel that this is the reason RIM hasn't jumped on the full-touch band wagon as of yet, instead they decided to see what other manufacturers could muster and use that info to create something truly "useable". As for the iphone, walking, talking gimmick. I mean the iphone can do some cool stuff, no doubt, but it has some very serious downfalls which makes it hardly competitive with handsets from other manufactures. I'm sure apple will slowly rectify these omissions over the next few years, but for all of the people that have been caught up in the over-hyped iphone craze, I feel very, very sorry for you.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 16:13

20. (unregistered)


Over-hyped Apple anything craze is what it is. iphone, less features then any other phone but 100 times the hype. Mac book air, less hardware then any other laptop but 100 times the hype. Maybe Apple should patent it "over-hype"

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:03

13. iphonegetsownedagain (unregistered)


another iphone destroyer, millions of people will switch to this device and millions already HATE apple for screwing them with the 3g dial up speed and cheap build, no true GPS and still no bluetooth stereo support ( LMAO pwzned)...blackberry lock people in for life.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:20

14. (unregistered)


god i want this phone so bad! i have the dare and its nice but i may switch to this but that damn blackberry data plan verizon makes us get...

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 13:19

18. (unregistered)


the blackberry data plan that RIM makes you get. and besides, you wouldn't want to NOT have the data package. With how often it checks for updates, sends and receieves information, etc... and besides, why on earth would you get a blackberry if you weren't planning on using the internet and email? Makes no sense

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 15:29

45. (unregistered)


agreed, stick with the dare if you dont want the data

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:23

15. (unregistered)


I trust RIM and Blackberry. The Thunder will be sweet. They just need to make it solid. All of the Blackberry's I've owned have rarely flaked out on me, and if they do, they end up fixing themselves, or a simple soft-restart does the job. One thing that's worrying me about the Thunder is the "sure-type" when it's in portrait mode. That spacebar looks way too small to be comfortable, and it's not even really layed out like a real QWERTY. That, and a spongey feeling touchscreen. Huge touchscreen pet-peeve is when the screen is sunk behind another piece of plastic and it feels like your pushing on a bath-towel. I am defiantly excited to see how this thing is going to end up...hopefully it's sweet.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 15:31

19. Metall8cat (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)


I completely agree with a1016neo. If this is truly going to be an iPhone killer they really need to step up the bar, both on VZW and RIM's end. Yeah, it has a touchscreen, but so do a multitude of other phones now. That alone won't make it great. The UI needs to be open and customizable, and so far they haven't faltered from that on their existing phones. As for business customers, I think they'll flock to this phone. The touch interface should make for easier navigation and data entry. I really hope they don't screw this one up too badly

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:25

44. (unregistered)


Please! They don't even have to try it!!! iphone is nothing more than an eye candy for about half hour and then you want to throw it against the wall. Be realistic when you open your mouth. iphone didn't bring anything special to the market. Nothing but a glamorous brick of metal and glass that get banged up and shattered when you drop it. Junk!

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 16:29

21. (unregistered)


The UI on the Iphone is far from open Metal... That phone is so locked down its not even funny.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 22:09

28. WalTER (unregistered)


Guys seriously give APPLE a break. I mean this is there first phone ever! Sure im no apple fanboy but as far as usage is concered it is the funnest and best phone at the features it has. Sure they are missing a lot of key features many phones have but the beauitiful UI and the browser is the main reason theres so much love for it. The browser is by far the best mobileweb i have used on any phone and the touchscreen for that matter. Ive used a Blackberry before and they are amazing but understand that they have been around much longer. Love the guys at Rim but Apple has made a name for itself with one device in the phone market.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 23:08

29. (unregistered)


Apple doesnt deserve a break... It's their Apple arrogance that allows them to strip the phone (willingly) knowing that they can get away with it. They knew what they were doing when they created the wonderful UI and programs, they know what they are or aren't doing with it now. McDonalds has been around longer than Panera and McDonalds isn't better for you. ;) Research In Motion!

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:44

35. (unregistered)


"funnest"

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:23

43. (unregistered)


more like garbagest phone? lol

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 07:43

31. (unregistered)


jeeeeeeeeeez (most of) you guys are a bunch of annoying little know-it-alls... do any of you wonder why most of the world dislikes tech geeks? so anyway... any info on a specific release date, or is it still just 3Q2008?

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:47

36. crooklyn (unregistered)


since when does the world dislike tech geeks? do you willingly hand 20+ dollars an hour to someone you dislike? im sure however that the world DOES dislike anonymous posters tho. go figure, guess thats why (most of) the things you say are inaccurate generalizations. dousche.

posted on 16 Jul 2008, 16:11

53. (unregistered)


roflmao... the world doesn't like people who are intelligent and who work in high tech fields, it loves them. i love them. i'm thankful for them every day. the world dislikes smarmy, know-it-all, down-talkers who are focused on showing off their superiority rather than having a productive conversation. that applies to every field. even with an e-mail address attached to a comment, a post on a comment board like this is still pretty anonymous. making up a nickname doesn't really seem to add much nobility to the act, either. when i pay someone to fix devices that i don't have the knowledge or training to fix on my own, i'm paying for the knowledge and the service, not the personality. **douche

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:23

32. berryguy (unregistered)


Who said this is going to be an iphone killer? thats right nobody did! i am a die hard blackberry user. I use a pearl and love it. i can stand how as soon as someone hears touch screen phone everyone starts branding it an "iphone killer." It will compete with the iphone but i doubt its going to "kill it." I dont even like the i phone and im still saying this.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:21

42. (unregistered)


YEah well it's not just going to kill it! It's going to crush it :D

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 22:34

47. (unregistered)


Samsung Omnia looks better than both these phones (Iphone and Thunder) anyways.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 11:42

34. (unregistered)


the iphone is all hype. it amazes me that people are so adament about a product that is made by the same company that has forced so many of us to replace our 300+ dollar 'iPod's on MULTIPLE occassions based on the most simple part to maintain. people will buy anything with an apple logo on it which is hysterical, because it's a prime example of blind faith. you really think they're selling you a quality product because it's a mac? over-priced, over-used, over-rated.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:03

38. (unregistered)


I am typing this on a MacBook that I blindly enjoy since the day I joint the cult, I am blinded by all the whiteness in here please help me.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:20

41. (unregistered)


All I can say is AMEN to #37! That's what I have been saying for years about that POS Apple branded garbage. No thanks give to the brand whores :-)

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 20:36

62. (unregistered)


I like their laptops .... and I own an iPod .. I don't think either are POS. Overpriced? Yes, but I am willing to pay extra for quality. And I can't wait for VZW to bring down tha THUNDER!!

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:05

39. jrcrow (unregistered)


*drool*..maybe?..it's an LG Vu screen/keyboard..slightly different with same BB curve features n different external casing

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 13:18

40. (unregistered)


Why are we even talking about that itoy that clearly can't even compete with DARE not to mention BB Thunder! You guys need to get a life outside of APPLE! I am so glad I am APPLE free and I will stay like that. Steve can't brainwash me or put a buying spell. You guys are bunch of pathetic idiots that worship Jobs and Apple. This is going to be the best phone with no questions asked and on the best wireless system as well. ATT sucks nuts around here. There are dead spots all over town. No ATT for me anyways :-) Long live Verizon!

posted on 16 Jul 2008, 10:00

49. vzwis4loser (unregistered)


And when is the thunder coming out....like i thought....owned! iphone foorever

posted on 07 Aug 2008, 00:06

66. wow. (unregistered)


and where did you think you was getting at saying that? UHH no where.

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