Category: Blackberry

Reviewing the BlackBerry Z30

In short, high end specs that match the best Android has to offer, but the OS is insanely focused on messaging capabilities to the detriment of the rest of the platform. Step outside the focused remit of the BB10 developers and the Z30 stops being an effective smartphone. BlackBerry is now clearly playing in the niche category, but messaging and connectedness is a good niche to be in. If they can navigate their current corporate issues and still be able to develop the OS and handsets with limited runs in twelve months time, they’ll still be around inn a form

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Would you prefer the Nokia 2014 or BlackBerry 2014 solution

Following on from Reuters report that BlackBerry’s potential buyers would prefer an asset stripping exercise to turn a profit while shutting down BlackBerry, I wonder if the fate of Nokia is preferable to BlackBerry. Yes, Nokia will be out of the phone making business (contractually until at least 2016), but it still has a viable business plan, with income generating divisions, and the opportunity to reinvent itself and provide ongoing shareholder value. Faced with tough choices, the romantic in me prefers the solution the Nokia board has found.

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BlackBerry and the momentum of hesitation

Morgan Stanley are ‘holding off’ on a move to BB10 (as a company they are heavy BB7 users). The reason of course is the long0term support of the platform, which is tied up in the long-term survival of BlackBerry as a company. Developers are hesitant to switch fully to BB10, relying on cross-platform tools such as Unity in the meantime; business clients are hesitant to sign up lengthy support contracts that will impact on their IT department for years; and the high street seems to be turning away from the physical keyboard on the Q10 and Q5. BlackBerry’s quarterly result

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When did Blackberry zig instead of zag?

Although they’ve lost a huge amount of market share, compared to Blackberry, Nokia made the jump to Windows Phone with a few years of cash runway available to them. Blackberry left their ‘hail mary’ pass with BB10 far too late, and were in the process of launching the products during a period where they were contracting the company. The New Yorker’s Vauhini Vara takes a look at where BlackBerry zigged instead of zagged and lost the market? As early as 2009, BlackBerry’s share price had fallen to less than fifty dollars, from its high of two hundred and thirty-six dollars

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