Blackberry has launched its first tri-band - 850/1900/2100MHz - HSDPA 3G handset, dubbed Bold. The phone was first uncovered by the rumour mill back in 2007. Manufacturer RIM states that the quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge Bold- aka the BlackBerry 9000 - is crafted from "premium materials", both inside and out. On the inside, this …
Combating the iPhone
I assume the media player was added to combat the ability of the iPhone. Nice, but I dont think the average business guy will be listening to music but you never know.
Re: Combating the iPhone
Well, I for one would really appreciate being able to do things like custom playlists, as my current BB 8300 is uncapable of doing this. Business men sometimes also listen music, you know ;)
If anything, adding up snazzy features might actually reclaim possible iPhone buyers from the management area, who might judge the products more by form than function.
All RIM needs to do is add a little more spin, with the catchphrase: "we do everything the iPhone does, AND we do run Java!" ;)
No competition to see here, move along please
The iPhone firmware version 2.0 will be a Blackberry killer, providing the Enterprise IT shops can get over any of their Apple prejudices. Unlike the Blackberry the v2.0 iPhone will not require an intermediate push mail servery, it will hook directly into MS Exchange's own push technology. Security is very well catered for with a remote wipe built in, so any stolen iPhone can have all of its Enterprise mail, contacts, calendar remotely wiped by the IT team in a blink. Coupled with the ability to load Enterprise apps (in the v2.0 firmware) and the iPhone streaks ahead of the Blackberry, big time.
The 3G iPhone when it arrives will address RIMs late arrival at the 3G table.
Anticipate much [very predictable] slagging off of the iPhone and its v2.0 firmware against the Blackberry.
Screen size too short
The screen height should have been taller, at least half the length of the overall device. The Blackberry logo takes up too much space.
Solid evolution here, just the way most BB users like it.
UK Voda must be gagging for it - think of the lower costs of carrying all that data over 3G.
Do you actually administer Blackberries in the Enterprise environment? Given your statement regarding remote wiping, presumably not. BB's have done this for years. And good luck using Exchange's "push technology".
BB's are very popular in business because they do their job very well and now have years of experience in support and development in that environment. That's something Apple don't have (yet) and it would be a brave IT CEO to make a major move to Apple. Especially as the iPhone doesn't have a proper keyboard, and doesn't have proven Enterprise-grade email and calendaring.
You've never worked with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, have you? Current BBs can do ALL of those "BlackBerry killer" features. If your company is running Exchange and is buying handsets for it's users, it's going to be running Enterprise server.