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(Some Guy)   Rather than introduce a new phone with cutting-edge features, BlackBerry reintroduces its three-year-old Bold 9900, with a 5MP camera and a three-inch screen, and apparently expects people to pay $399 for it   (phonesreview.co.uk) divider line 28
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2014-06-10 08:57:16 AM
I'm sure they still have tens of thousands of them just sitting around in warehouses.
 
2014-06-10 09:18:46 AM
I wonder if hipsters would get it, just for the irony
 
2014-06-10 10:32:59 AM
Of they expect this, because: Businessmen.
 
2014-06-10 10:33:29 AM
I had a blackberry bold. One of its features was to call 911 each time it was placed into my pocket. They actually sold an app to prevent that from happening.
 
2014-06-10 10:35:10 AM
I'm on my third Blackberry, and like their product. But, alas, they probably won't be around to ring in 2016.
 
2014-06-10 10:35:25 AM

LarryDan43: I had a blackberry bold. One of its features was to call 911 each time it was placed into my pocket. They actually sold an app to prevent that from happening.


Good news, the blackberry bold only dials 9900 when you place it into your pocket.
 
2014-06-10 10:36:35 AM

Nix Nightbird: Of they expect this, because: Businessmen.


When was the last time you saw a businessman using a BB? Even the federal government has largely turned away from BB at this point.
 
2014-06-10 10:52:51 AM
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2014-06-10 10:56:46 AM
I really don't understand people's obsession with having the latest smart phone. I know some people that have a perfectly working phone and will still ditch and to buy the latest model for no rational reason. But I'm probably biased, I still haven't made the jump to smart phone yet. That's what my tablets are for. Phones are for making calls/texting
 
2014-06-10 11:00:01 AM
www.legitreviews.com

WHY WON'T YOU DIE??????
 
2014-06-10 11:01:17 AM
When I started my current contract gig last March I was assigned a Bold 9900, which was put on a brand new 2-year contract. That damn thing is still here, clipped to my belt in the fancy leather holster it came with.

I hate it. I hate having two phones, and my fingers are way too big to use a physical keyboard on a phone - I get much better typing speed on my iPhone because of its superior autocorrect. And last I heard I can't switch to using my personal phone with Good, like everyone else in the company is getting (we're also abandoning Blackberry) , because I have to wait for my contract to end. Although I should ask about that again........

On the other hand, it's pretty easy to tell that the 9900 was built as a quality product and it was probably the peak of pre-BB10 handsets, so if BB5 is sticking around then the 9900 is probably a good device to keep offering. I just wonder what sort of people are still sticking with BB5.
 
2014-06-10 11:08:01 AM
I have a problem where I visit customer facilities (government and commercial) where no cameras are permitted.  Can someone suggest a decent smart phone that doesn't have a camera?  I never take pictures with my phone.  I have never found one that takes better than average pictures. I still like the control that you have with a full size camera.
 
2014-06-10 11:15:35 AM

dukeblue219: Nix Nightbird: Of they expect this, because: Businessmen.

When was the last time you saw a businessman using a BB? Even the federal government has largely turned away from BB at this point.


My company took ours away. I was kind of annoyed. For work my BB was awesome. Easy to compose long emails on, and an insane battery life.

Granted, it sucked balls at everything else, but since I carried 2 phones anyway, I didn't really care.
 
2014-06-10 11:17:54 AM
Great. I just know that a handful of 50+ year old "VPs" that "just like a physical keyboard" are going to start showing up with these and expect to have their work email setup.
 
2014-06-10 11:27:00 AM

advex101: I have a problem where I visit customer facilities (government and commercial) where no cameras are permitted.  Can someone suggest a decent smart phone that doesn't have a camera?  I never take pictures with my phone.  I have never found one that takes better than average pictures. I still like the control that you have with a full size camera.


http://www.noncamerasmartphones.com/ has reviews of pretty much any smart phone without cameras. There isn't much of a choice unfortunately. You have a choice of about two of them, neither of which as very good.
 
2014-06-10 11:27:19 AM

ModernPrimitive01: I really don't understand people's obsession with having the latest smart phone. I know some people that have a perfectly working phone and will still ditch and to buy the latest model for no rational reason. But I'm probably biased, I still haven't made the jump to smart phone yet. That's what my tablets are for. Phones are for making calls/texting


You're not wrong. But with Android phones and their large screens, it becomes pretty hard to justify owning a tablet.

Hell, I have a Droid Razr M, which doesn't have a large screen, and I gave away my Nexus 7 tablet because my phone did everything the tablet did. And did phone stuff, too. And was always in my pocket. And had 4G.

Tablets aren't a fad, exactly, but I think we're going to see the novelty wear off for most people. A phone is just as powerful and more convenient.
 
2014-06-10 11:35:25 AM

realmolo: ModernPrimitive01: I really don't understand people's obsession with having the latest smart phone. I know some people that have a perfectly working phone and will still ditch and to buy the latest model for no rational reason. But I'm probably biased, I still haven't made the jump to smart phone yet. That's what my tablets are for. Phones are for making calls/texting

You're not wrong. But with Android phones and their large screens, it becomes pretty hard to justify owning a tablet.

Hell, I have a Droid Razr M, which doesn't have a large screen, and I gave away my Nexus 7 tablet because my phone did everything the tablet did. And did phone stuff, too. And was always in my pocket. And had 4G.

Tablets aren't a fad, exactly, but I think we're going to see the novelty wear off for most people. A phone is just as powerful and more convenient.


Tablets are better as e-readers (a Kindle is better still, but regardless), are better for watching movies/tv on a plane, are better for web browsing if you don't have access to a laptop, and you can do all that without running down the battery on your phone. I don't carry it around with me like some do since the phone can do all that stuff as well. But if I'm travelling for work the tablet is WAY better and I don't get to my destination with a drained phone. Same at home on the couch -- if I want to look something up or send an email the tablet is WAY easier for me than using the phone. There are still plenty of "mobile" websites that work very poorly on even a large-screen smartphone but are tolerable on a tablet.

// Comparison valid for GS4 phone and iPad Mini.... your mileage may vary.
 
2014-06-10 11:37:03 AM
Hey, Blackberry, are you actually trying to hasten going out of business?  Maybe it's some weird strategy to go bankrupt as quickly as possible.
 
2014-06-10 12:07:27 PM
My work gave me a BlackBerry for some reason or other.  While I didn't like my old one, they recently replaced it with one of the newer Bold models.  I actually quite like it.  I wish the screen were a little bigger, but it's one of the few phones that still has a physical keyboard (and the buttons are actually well-sized and easier to type on than older models) AND has a touch screen.

Personally, I don't like typing on a touch screen.  Aside from more mistakes, I don't like only being able to see one or two lines of text.
 
2014-06-10 12:36:53 PM

ModernPrimitive01: That's what my tablets are for. Phones are for making calls/texting


Why would you need a tablet, you can read, play games, and surf the web on the same thing you make calls and text with, thus preventing you from having to carry around something that is too large to be convenient and too small to be useful in a way that a normal phone isn't.
 
2014-06-10 01:08:56 PM
Those phones were awesome about calling 911.  Especially if you had the phone locked.  You looked sideways at the phone and it popped up 'do you want to make an emergency call?'.  If you touched it then it assumed you wanted to make it.  I'm surprised it didn't get me thrown in jail.

But presumably some large customer wants it.
 
2014-06-10 02:08:27 PM

lilplatinum: ModernPrimitive01: That's what my tablets are for. Phones are for making calls/texting

Why would you need a tablet, you can read, play games, and surf the web on the same thing you make calls and text with, thus preventing you from having to carry around something that is too large to be convenient and too small to be useful in a way that a normal phone isn't.


I only read, play games, and surf the web when I'm at home. When I'm out in the world I'm usually doing other things so really the only time I'm carrying around a tablet to read outside my house is when I'm traveling.
 
2014-06-10 02:40:38 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I only read, play games, and surf the web when I'm at home. When I'm out in the world I'm usually doing other things so really the only time I'm carrying around a tablet to read outside my house is when I'm traveling.


Fair enough, if you used the subway every day you would value your cell phone.

At home I will play real games on a TV or Computer, or do real surfing on a computer.   If I need to wikipedia who someone is, phone works fine for that.

I honestly don't see what purpose people have for tablets unless maybe they have to fly a lot and can stand to watch movies on them.
 
2014-06-10 07:04:14 PM

lilplatinum: ModernPrimitive01: I only read, play games, and surf the web when I'm at home. When I'm out in the world I'm usually doing other things so really the only time I'm carrying around a tablet to read outside my house is when I'm traveling.

Fair enough, if you used the subway every day you would value your cell phone.

At home I will play real games on a TV or Computer, or do real surfing on a computer.   If I need to wikipedia who someone is, phone works fine for that.

I honestly don't see what purpose people have for tablets unless maybe they have to fly a lot and can stand to watch movies on them.




Reading Fark?
 
2014-06-10 07:08:38 PM

lilplatinum: I honestly don't see what purpose people have for tablets unless maybe they have to fly a lot and can stand to watch movies on them.

I have three tablets these days (Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 & iPad 2). The Surface Pro 2 is surprisingly powerful, and runs my 4 "desktop" external monitors, a 29" wide, a 27" wide and a pair of 24" wide monitors in portrait. The lighter and longer batterylife Surface 2 is my primary movie watcher and travel machine. The iPad 2 is simply legacy crap I have around.
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I have a stout 3rd gen core i7 desktop at home, but find I turn it on once every few weeks these days. Who needs a desktop anymore?

/the Surface Pro 2 handles 1008p video editing and transcoding easily, while farking, facebooking, photoshopping and actually working simultaneously.
 
2014-06-10 07:40:48 PM
Love my blackberry.  Keyboard is awesome, it gets my emails for me, phone quality is good, and the battery life is insane (2 - 3 days without a charge).

I'm not sure what else I need a phone?  I mean, it's a phone with email that rarely have to worry about battery dying on me.

Meh.
 
2014-06-10 08:49:00 PM

MrSteve007: I have three tablets these days (Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 & iPad 2). The Surface Pro 2 is surprisingly powerful, and runs my 4 "desktop" external monitors, a 29" wide, a 27" wide and a pair of 24" wide monitors in portrait. The lighter and longer batterylife Surface 2 is my primary movie watcher and travel machine.


The Surface Pro 2 is somewhere between a laptop and tablet, and your setup is rarely how people are using it.  Thats fine, but really no different than a laptop.

Where do you watch movies on your other surface?   If you travel all the time to places your phone can't hook up to a TV, or you can stand watching movies on that on a plane I get the point of a tablet - but around the house?   Its not like every other device in the world can stream netflix, hbo go and my plex server to any kind of screen in my house.  Don't see why one would need a tablet if one has a phone.


MrSteve007: Who needs a desktop anymore?


Someone who plays games or wants a lot of non cloud storage.   You can get a high end tablet and get a lot of storage (or I assume hook it up to a nas or something) and a keyboard, but then it's just a laptop..
 
2014-06-10 11:09:35 PM
I'm still using my four-year-old BB 9900.  It can make phone calls and stuff.

Blackberry and Tim Hortons.  As Canadian as saying sorry when someone steps on your foot in a lineup at the local hockey arena for Tragically Hip tickets.

Heck, I was using an ancestor of its QNX operating system on Unisys Icons back in high school (way back in 1985.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisys_ICON
 
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