BlackBerry returns only to find itself in the friendzone?

BlackBerry returns only to find itself in the friendzone?
BlackBerry is back. Kind of. The company has unveiled two new devices - the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and the full QWERTY Q10, and pretty much all reviewers agree the devices are good.

As good as they are, they come a bit late to the party. And while everyone was on the crackberry just a couple of years ago, those times have now been forgotten as not only regular ‘Berry fans, but even corporate clients have switched to iPhone or Android.

And as BlackBerry now returns it might find its previously loyal fans now in a healthy relationship with Apple or Android. What about you, are you ready to give BlackBerry some loving, or is it too late to fix a broken relationship?

source: Joy of Tech

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40 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

True story, everyone keep sayin "good luck blackberry" and yet they won't buy it... I wish you luck as well bb, but I won't buy your product :)

3. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Let Apple continue taking your money..

6. wendygarett unregistered

Aww come on!!!

11. hepresearch unregistered

friendzoner... haha... 8-P

41. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

That was funny!!!

17. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I would consider the Z10 as a second device for work or something but for now I'm going to stay team android. An ubuntu phone device will probably be the first thing to really pull me away from android, if it turns out as good as it looks.

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I won't mind getting one as a secondary phone as long as the price isn't too damn high.

12. hepresearch unregistered

These may end up being the most expensive mobiles I've ever seen since the Nokia E90, maybe even worse... maybe the most expensive ever! I'm seeing eBay-er's listings going through the $1,000-roof and onward to $1,500, and up, and up...

19. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

If its price is better than that of a Nexus 4 unlocked more people will consider it..

24. hepresearch unregistered

Agreed. I think you are right, and that they would have to sell in that pricepoint range in order to win back the kind of market share they need to become popular again... the only problem is that they will not likely be selling even the refurbished units for that cheap for another year yet.

28. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I also say Good Luck BB but as a L920 owner I refuse to leave. I love the WP platform. I also own a BB Playbook so I am genuinely excited about BB. As for Phones I'm locked into a 2 year with old AT&T on my L920 and couldn't be happier. If WP ever goes down though I refuse to go Android or iPhone. If BB is still around I'd happily go there unless Conical is still around. ;)

2. SleepingOz unregistered

HAHAHA! Forever alone?

18. hepresearch unregistered

It is laughable. BlackBerry 10 is like the uber-nerdy kid who went away to college, built and sold a Fortune-500 internet company in a matter of months, and then came back to his home town, stinking-rich and enjoying early-retirement, to try to woo his old high school flame, but she's already seeing the preppy-jock from the well-to-do family next door (iOS 6.1), and when he's away, working at his dream job in the local DA's office staff, she's actually having a fling with her long-time super-tough-guy bad-boy dream-dude who was recently released from county prison (Android 4.2), and who still steals car-radios during the night. She already has everything she could need or want, and the habit of still wearing the ol' pocket-protector doesn't help him out any, either. Either way... friendzonage fail!

20. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

+1 for imagination.

25. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Wow. Sounds like a movie.

27. hepresearch unregistered

Haha... yeah, but with a less-satisfying ending. I don't think the Zuckerburg has trouble finding lady friends these days... I don't think the Beiber has too much trouble, either... errr... well, maybe the Beibs has to fight the cougars off with a large baseball bat...

26. hepresearch unregistered

Ha... and I almost forgot! Once every year or two, Justin Beiber (Windows Phone 8) comes to town to take the stage at the local public auditorium, and croons to all of the teeny-boppers... The friendzonage just got a smidge deeper... "Oh, no you din't!" Oh, yes... I just did... LOL!

4. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Blackberry all the way. Blackberry jumps ahead of the game with the z10. Coming soon is being able to communicate with your car, ect. QNX is a very powerful os's. Why do you think they use it in hospitals, space shuttle, and many others. It is rock solid and dependable. GO BLACKBERRY !!!!!!

8. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

QNX is indeed powerful and dependable, an article here from PA even discussed that. But the problem is do people care?

14. hepresearch unregistered

I see what people are buying these days, and I have to ask myself the same question...

9. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I would say Blackberry more so rejoins the game with the Z10. It's a very solid entry I wouldn't say there is a real "wow factor" aside from it being a Blackberry.

7. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I predict that Blackberry will do okay for the most part. Their new device lineup is creating some good buzz. I think sales will probably be average possibly slightly leaning toward the high side. This first iteration should at least get them back in the game. What really matters is how much momentum they gain in the next year or two if they expect to grow to their original luster.

10. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I think all the buzz for the new BB is over... Product reviewers are mostly reporting positive feedback but have all said the same thing... Nothing really different then any other competing product. I just don't see any reason the mass will replace their iPhones and Androids with a BB.

16. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

Always competitive price tags makes difference...... BB has good build quality then most of the droid makers and hardware side almost every thing a stable Smartphone should have ... Now the price tag will decide the future...... Good luck...

29. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Agreed

13. andylancheros1

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Well as a matter of fact, as a business phone the BB Q10 with its QWERTY keyboard and high specs non Android non iphone! I mean for work QWERTY is really important to email and to text really fast and this phone will have it all! I agree most people is not going to change it right away however they will keep it as an option when upgrading! youll see BB is back! and is getting that 3rd place in the smartphone industry! Cheers

21. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I bet I can text and email on a virtual keyboard just as fast as anyone on a physical qwerty keyboard can. I also bet most other people have made that transition as well, based on what I see at work on a daily basis. We sell maybe 2 to 4 physical keyboard phones in a full month.

45. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

you're wrong. Touch screen does not outdo tactile feedback. Why do you think game consoles like the 3DS still sell if touchscreen was all the rage and just as good?

23. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Bb generates lots of buzz. Having said that. People won't still buy it because the price is too damn high. $600 ? I'd rather take the nexus 4

31. CorianU

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

That's great! lol

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