Google ad gives away BlackBerry Bold 9930's launch on Verizon
Back then, as hard as it to believe now, Android wasn't even a tiny speck of dust in the smartphone ecosystem and the Apple iPhone had very few challengers except for a few featurephones like the LG Voyager on Verizon. When the Bold 9000 was launched, the squarish form factor made the device feel great in hand and allowed RIM to feature a QWERTY keyboard that was large enough to be considered one of the best physical keyboards on a handset-a distinction that it might still own to this day. But with one eye squarely on the iPhone, Bold 9000 owners could only wish for a touchscreen and a Safari-type browser on the handset.
Back to present day, RIM has not been able to come up with a device to challenge Apple. Even worse for the company, thanks to the Motorola DROID invasion in late 2009, Android has grown to become the monolith it now is and is just as much a challenger to RIM as Apple is-if not more. RIM's attempt to capture some of the touchscreen market with the BlackBerry Storm was a flop and the BlackBerry Torch did not have the specs to compete (although the Torch 2 will apparently have the chops, as we just reported). So RIM took the body and QWERTY of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and added a 2.8 inch touchscreen, a new OS and what the manufacturer calls "the industry's best browser" and has come up with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 (the Bold 9900 is the GSM variant). All of the specs are in place to make this a major challenger to the Double A pair of Apple and Android.
beast from RIM is coming their way.
1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Ya, but click on it and you are asked for your location (zip), but once you put it in you are told that "that selection is not available at this time".
4. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
touchscreen with a keyboards??? Sorry, but this is not what a BB was meant to be. WP7 it is since I'm tired of Android and dislike iOS...
6. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
This may not be accurate information, but its what i was told so i will pass it along, and maybe you folks can fill in to confirm or prove otherwise, but what i was told was that this blackberry was also going to be a 4G LTE phone. i kind of doubt it though.
its like the motorola droid pro in that it has a touch screen and a physical keyboard that does not slide out. (I kind of like the droid pro actually, nice phone, just wish the screen was a bit bigger, thus also yielding a bit larger keyboard, and i would probably still have one)
I like the looks of this phone. I have not had a blackberry in a long time.. maybe its time to give it another look..
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
A 2.8 inch screen is so.... 2008-ish? RIM would be better off re-branding the EVO 3D and loading their software if they just aren't up to the task of producing hardware that is at the leading edge of the market.