You may have forgotten the BlackBerry Mr. T, but it remembers you

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You may have forgotten the BlackBerry Mr. T, but it remembers you
In one of those not-so-official posts, BGR has published some BlackBerry Mr. T specifications, reportedly provided by one of their BlackBerry connects. Just in case the words “BlackBerry Mr. T” don’t mean anything to you, it is a rumored device that should feature both a touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

While previous rumors pointed the handset will have a side-sliding keyboard, it now seems Mr. T will actually have a portrait-oriented QWERTY. To be honest, this seems more possible to us, as RIM specializes in portrait keyboards. Another interesting thing is the OS version, which is said to be no less than 6.0. Yep, we also hope it isn’t just a facelift of 5.0. Wi-Fi 802.11n support is said to be 100% in the game, as the source states, as well as a screen resolution of 360x480 pixels. Finally, this should be a GSM smartphone, so Verizon won’t be exclusive in the US.

Be honest with us, do you think the market needs the BlackBerry Mr. T? Is it hot enough to compare with the offerings of other manufacturers right now? So many questions, so little time…

source: BGR

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22 Comments

1. scottmbolt unregistered

Blackberry is Old and Busted...

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Great. A lousy, outdated manufacturer lifts design cues from another company on life-support.

3. nallison

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2010

Really?...."Old and Busted"...."lousy, outdated"....really? The #2 smartphone OEM in the world is outdated? 20% smartphone WW market share is busted??? Please..

4. scottmbolt unregistered

Arguably Black Berry started the Smart phone craze (i.e. the coined term "CrackBerry"). How long have the iPhone and Android OSes been out? Not long enough to reach the numbers that BlackBerry have gained over the past almost decade. But they are outdated. You just wait, BlackBerry's market share is lowering steadily.

9. nallison

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2010

Regardless of iPhone popularity in the US and the time to market relative to BB, the level of success will never translate WW; Blackberry and Nokia/Symbian will continue to reign.....http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/distribution/ Scroll down to heading "Apple is Luxury Brand for Phones"

21. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

i would have to disagree with you on this one.(OLD) palm and WM would be the companies that revolutionized the smartphone industry. WM basically created it. Blackberry sales alot of phones because of the low costs of their phones and its availability across all carriers. Im a big smartphone buff and i wouldnt even call Blackberry a smartphone its more like a messaging phone. and the UI is so old and way too plain. You will see in the very near future that android and Windows phone 7 will begin to outsale blackerberry unless they can change their phone into actual smartphones.

5. arqjav

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

I think that blackberry should focus on changing the interface a little bit, make it more appealing I have a blackberry the 8830 and I think is good phone but I seen the newer models sure some are smaller and thin, but the OS is the same the icons are different but is the same OS, I think instead of getting new phone in to the market they should change the OS first.

7. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

agreed

6. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

*yawns*

8. Ebonyks

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I think this phone stands a chance of being relevant, it all depends on the OS. RIM delivers some of the best hardware in the mobile market, they just need a windows mobile 7-like face lift if they plan on being a major player in the mobile world in the next few years. Rim's down but not out, let's just hope they have the sense to pick up the pace and become competitive with the offerings of apple, Motorola, HTC, palm, etc.

10. smrt83

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

I love BB's OS, they can be personalized to fit any ones needs and they get better reception than most other PDA's or Smart phones. I find touch screens to be unreliable, even the best of them are not always accurate. Do we need another touch screen that doesn't work as well as a keyboard? I for one would be willing to try it out and see.

11. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

Word

12. asears08

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

RIM Should buy Palm. Take the WebOS, toss the rest in the trash. Retool WebOS to be more BB like, and call it a day.

13. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

At this point I don't think anyone should buy Palm, wouldn't be a good investment. Blackberry's are still strong, they have a fairly loyal consumer base. Remember that your point of view is from the forefront of technology- you're looking at the latest phones, developments, etc. The rest of the world isn't looking at it from the same point of view. This has been the year of Android, but there are times I wish I had my old blackberry's reliable radio. Other devices are excellent multimedia built around an okay phone (looking at you, Iphone). Blackberry's are excellent phones built around a par multimedia device.

14. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The above statement obviously has the disclaimers about the Blackberry Pearl Flip and the Storm 1. FFFF that noise.

18. scottmbolt unregistered

What is your opinion on HTC?

19. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

Perfectly stated... blackberry's are for people who want a phone first then multimedia. Iphone and android are built towards a multimedia device first, phone second. web os is 50/50 phone-multimedia.

15. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Blackberry...please do not re-invent the Palm Pre...You guys are much better than that. Does blackberry need an updated touchscreen...YES! One that can compete with Android, the next iPhone, and WinPhone 7. A phone with a slide out keypad would be nice, but do not do a Blackberry Palm Pre Remix!

16. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

the palm is better then any BB phone. not in numbers but who cares about numbers except for the company's them self. Web OS is just a solid smartphone os with a bad app store for now.

17. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I agree that the WebOS is superior to the blackberry OS, but the BB hardware is much better! Numbers are important. The customers (with their dollars) or the market picks the winners...Right now companies like Palm and Sprint are not winning.

20. zZ INFINITY Zz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Before I got my HD2 I used a Bold for almost 6 months. To be honest, I did not like it so much. Overall it is a good phone (so are most BlackBerry's), but the OS is very boring. The Bold (and again, most Blackberry's) are really for business, NOT for fun. It does not have a YouTube app... need I say more? There is just no eye candy, you know. And the browser is really bad. But then again, I am comparing it with my HD2, which is blazing HOT ;) I still have my Bold, which was running OS 5.0.0.411 or something. IMO they should really update the OS. That 624 Mhz processor in the Bold was not really used.... The keyboard on most BB's are great though. And the speakers on the Bold really crush almost ... everything! ONTOPIC: I like the portrait slideout qwerty.

22. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

all pretty much summed up here... bb is a super super messaging phone, but it doesnt feel or even actually function like a smartphone, i mean even the browser is not decent enough; bb's os seems old/boring/tired, i think RIM realize it themselves, the question is what are they gonna do about it; i like a touchscreen+qwerty mix, prefer it portraint but lanscape would do just fine; but despite all that, if only RIM would make a bold move to overhaul the OS including actually adapting andnroid, bb would become the best phone in the world.... seems to me OSs can be copied / replicated that - to me just a regular user - they feel/function the same (iphone OS, webOS, android, or that maemo or new symbian , they "feel" the same, they're great but "the same") but rim has what the competitors envy; that is their connectivity technology.... i know its up to each person, but for those who've not tried a bb, give it a try and see that this really is a sick messaging device... so i carry 2 phones an android htc hero and a blackberry 8520

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