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Just a bitter prior BB user I've pretty owned every OS out there and nothing is as terrible as a Blackberry

Not in IT, but am pretty immersed in tech.

I have the SDKs for iOS and Android on my computer to mess around. I know a good amount of people who develop for iOS and Android, so it's pretty interesting to hear things from their perspective. It seems the new OS to jump on these days is WP8, not BBOS.
the actual take up of WP8 with end consumers appear to be like all the previous versions. hard to even say that there is a gradual increase. seems to be waning. but i agree, the developer hype and hoopla looks pretty good for the windows camp. at some point, they will realized that all their money, time and efforts in producing apps for WP8 will sadly bring little to no return. i own nokia shares and sadly, i have to admit that they aren't going anywhere.
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Most devs already have identical apps for both platforms already.
if users go from one platform to another and have to pay a second time for the same apps .... that sucks.
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NEWS ANALYSIS: RIM announcement of upcoming changes in services fees was a surprise to investors and thus caused the stock to drop, even as company revenues and cash continue to grow.

If there is one thing that investors hate more than nearly anything else it is a surprise. So when RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told investors on a conference call that RIM planned to change the way it charges for its data services, they freaked out. The reason they freaked out is that the BlackBerry maker didn't tell anyone that this news was coming.

RIM earns a significant share of its revenue by charging carriers for the use of its network to support BlackBerry devices. Changing this could mean that RIM's revenues could drop, which is a possibility that Heins mentioned in his conference call. The reason investors were surprised by this is because they haven't been paying attention to what RIM has been doing for the last couple of years.

Of course the big news for RIM is that revenue was up, losses were less than analysts predicted and the company has more cash on hand than it has had in years. This sounds like good news, although the BlackBerry subscriber base is off a little according to the financial report. On top of this, BlackBerry 10 is apparently still on track for a January launch with devices showing up, reportedly in February.

Meanwhile, Heins has said repeatedly that RIM is going to be offering a new bunch of services including cross-platform support so that you can manage BlackBerry, Apple and Android devices with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10. Heins has also said that the company plans to offer new services beyond what is being offered now, notably advanced security services.

Heins' message about 16 minutes into the conference call was that RIM would be charging different amounts of money for these new services. He called it "Tiered Pricing." Heins also said that people who don't use the new services won't be paying for them. He noted that there will be a transition period in which the new services aren't fully rolled out, and during that time, RIM probably won't get paid for the new services that aren't actually available.

So what's the surprise in all this? True, Heins didn't come out in advance and spell out the new services and say specifically what the pricing would be, but he's been very clear that the new services were coming. Did the investors expect RIM to keep charging the same way for services it doesn't currently offer?

For reasons that remain unclear, the financial press and its associated analysts never noticed when RIM announced the new services, even though those announcements started early in 2012, and were in full swing by the time RIM held its big BlackBerry World confab last Spring. Apparently they were so wowed by the brief look at the early version of the BlackBerry 10 beta device to pay attention to anything else. The rest of the media did notice and did cover these new services, but we don't matter to the financial press.

So I'll try to spell this out for all the stunned investors. What RIM is doing is positioning itself for a multi-platform future. Heins is a smart guy and he knows that nobody is going to standardize on a single mobile platform in this day and age. Businesses of all types are not going to live in a world where Apple and Google (Android) control their destinies and collect a toll.

For the enterprise to exist in a world of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and consumer grade wireless devices, it needs enterprise-class management and security. RIM is in a position to provide that, and it has started selling its Mobile Fusion device management suite that gives enterprises much the same capabilities that BlackBerry Enterprise Server gave to BlackBerry devices.

The role this broader management platform plays has been made clear by RIM for months. It's part of the tiered pricing that Heins was pointing to in his remarks. It's also something that no other company really offers. In the long run, RIM stands to increase its revenue because of this.

I suspect that much of the problem that RIM is experiencing with this drop in its stock price has more to do with timing than anything else. Basically, everyone is distracted by the holidays. This means that RIM's stock will bounce back in a few days as the lemming-like behavior of investors and analysts swings back in the other direction.

Clearly Heins knows exactly what RIMs problems are and he's trying to avoid them. He's delaying the release of BlackBerry 10 until the device is perfect and until RIM has stocked its app store with enough apps to be worth considering.

We don't know yet just how well RIM will do, but the odds look good with that huge cash supply and rising revenues. My biggest regret is that I'm not allowed to buy stock in RIM.

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Another week, another batch of purported leaks for Research In Motion's (RIMM) first BlackBerry 10-powered Z10. BBin claims to have most of the Z10***8242;s final specs confirmed and it is shaping up to be a powerful device. Rumored specs for the Z10 include a TI OMAP 4470 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 for the U.S. and Canada), a 4.2-inch display (1,280 x 768 resolution), quad-band LTE, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front camera, a microSD card slot, and an 1,800 mAh removable battery. On the connectivity side, the Z10 is also rumored to have NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi, A-GPS, a Micro USB port and a Micro HDMI-out port. BlackBerry 10***8242;s January 30th unveiling in New York City can't come soon enough.
Pretty pathetic specs from a so-called "Android killer." It merely matches the almost 1-yr Galaxy S3 in specs.

It uses the same Snapdragon S4 processor that the S3 has had. In fact, the MSM8960 chip came out in Q1 2012. There is no reason why it should have last year's processor, when everyone else has moved forward with the Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core). It has the same 2gb of ram. And has a smaller battery to boot (1800 mah vs 2100 in the S3). And the display is sub-par at this point.

Let's not forget both HTC and Samsung will be showing their flagship devices in the next couple weeks at CES. Both will have 1080p displays, quad-core processors, huge batteries.

RIM is done if they think this is enough to make an impact. RIM has no chance if Samsung comes out with a class-leading Galaxy S4, which is probably what is going to happen.

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Pretty pathetic specs from a so-called "Android killer." It merely matches the almost 1-yr Galaxy S3 in specs.

It uses the same Snapdragon S4 processor that the S3 has had. In fact, the MSM8960 chip came out in Q1 2012. There is no reason why it should have last year's processor, when everyone else has moved forward with the Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core). It has the same 2gb of ram. And has a smaller battery to boot (1800 mah vs 2100 in the S3). And the display is sub-par at this point.

Let's not forget both HTC and Samsung will be showing their flagship devices in the next couple weeks at CES. Both will have 1080p displays, quad-core processors, huge batteries.

RIM is done if they think this is enough to make an impact. RIM has no chance if Samsung comes out with a class-leading Galaxy S4, which is probably what is going to happen.
seems like 1080p on a phone may be overkill. what does one do with such high pixel density. carry around a magnifying glass? and then there is the size of the battery and processing speeds to drive all those pixels. will they be collaborating with CamelBak for an external battery that is a mini-backpack?
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seems like 1080p on a phone may be overkill. what does one do with such high pixel density.
People also said that the retina (high pixel density) screen on the iPad was overkill, but now everyone is doing it.

I think the next version of the Galaxy Note will be quite good because Sammy will finally put a 1080p screen in it.

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Check out the Droid DNA on VZW. Battery life is no worse than the Galaxy S3, etc and it has a S4 Pro with quad-core.

RIM won't have the specs of upcoming Android phones or the brand name of iOS. How will they compete?

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People also said that the retina (high pixel density) screen on the iPad was overkill, but now everyone is trying to do it.

I think the next version of the Galaxy Note will be quite good because Sammy will finally put a 1080p screen in it.



Check out the Droid DNA on VZW. Battery life is no worse than the Galaxy S3, etc and it has a S4 Pro with quad-core.

RIM won't have the specs of upcoming Android phones or the brand name of iOS. How will they compete?
you say "trying" or going to take that back. looking at pixel density



S3 and Note2
1,280 by 720 pixels - 306 pixels per inch on the S III - pretty close
1,280 by 720 pixels - 267 pixels per inch on the Note II

droid dna
1920×1080 screen, giving it a pixel density of 440ppi - my guess here is that this resolution is for "phablets" or similar size devices that would not look as good as the so called "retina" in an oversized phone screen and so 1080p is the next step up from 720p and similar resolutions. really hard to say if 1080p will make it to the "normal" sized phones.

iphone5
640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)

bb10
1280 by 768 pixels - 355 pixels per inch (ppi)

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Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion plunged 23% Friday, after the company reported plummeting quarterly sales.

The Waterloo, Ontario, company said it shipped just 6.9 million BlackBerry phones over the past three months, down from 7.4 million a year earlier. Research in Motion (RIMM) said it had 79 million subscribers last quarter, compared to 80 million in the prior quarter, and it shipped only 255,000 PlayBook tablets -- still paltry, but twice the number it shipped a year ago.

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BlackBerry 10

“Other than some flashy headlines there are not many enterprise companies leaving Blackberry. What you have are companies providing a BYOD program IN ADDITION to their standard corporate offering (Blackberry). Small / Med business with less than 500 lines of business likely moved to iOS / Android but they didn't have a need (or can afford) RIM's enterprise solution.

Go ask any of the major companies and you will find they all have sizable RIM deployments. SOME employees choose to BYOD their smartphones. Not all employees can or will. So instead of 100% employees using a Blackberry you have 75%.

RIM still has the best MDM solution and when compared to other offerings, is still cheaper per seat. BES 10 will push even more management not just for BB10 but also iOS and Android. Considering the calls I get from other MDM vendors weekly they all feel the pressure to get a foothold before RIM gets BB10 / BES 10 out. I'm expecting sales incentives in 2013 to raise interest.

Regarding Windows Phone 8 (WP8), good luck finding ANY company besides Microsoft using the platform or planning to. Dell tried to pitch it and found out the hard way and have since abandoned all plans for Windows Phone. Out of 20k+ employees we have, maybe 3 users. I hear the same when speaking with peers at other companies. Microsoft simply isn't on the list as they have no means to manage mobile devices. Exchange ActiveSync is merely a connector for email and has limited policies that can be enforced (basics). This is great for the small / med business with a few hundred devices but scaled out and wanting to deploy Apps and manage Apps, Microsoft wants to sell out other solutions that are over complicated and expensive.

Back to RIM, they have addressed the majority of negative items against them:

- BES is too expensive _ they now support ActiveSync

- Companies will support other mobile platforms _ they now support iOS and Android. One solution, one admin console.

- Companies want BYOD solutions _ they have Balance and secure container options

- RIM's hardware is out of date _ BB10 is right there and surpasses Apple and Samsung

- RIM's hard to develop for _ RIM supports the most open standards and has a developer friendly SDK and incentives”


BlackBerry 10 beats Windows Phone 8 (HTC 8X)

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RIMM: $11.87 (as of Dec 31)

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BlackBerry 10

“The carriers are enormously supportive of RIM. They carry a huge part of the marketing effort. The carriers take a terrible beating when dealing with Apple and Samsung (Android), and RIM offers a rare opportunity to make some fat returns. 150+ carriers want a strong competitor to iOS and Android. The carriers can make or break a phone when their salesmen are told what to promote.

It's significant that the carriers are bending over backwards to ensure that BB10 is tested and debugged and ready to fly well in advance of BB10's Jan 30 launch. The most excitement about BB10 is emerging from the carriers.

Pre-orders for the BB10 is shockingly eight times higher then first expected. Rogers takes orders on a store-by-store basis. The numbers are through the roof. Rogers has already placed their first order with RIM for 250,000 phones. Carrier support will be massive.

Some people that stayed away from BlackBerry phones in the past because of the extra service fees for the package. Now, since the service package is optional, they can buy the phones without the fee package. The carriers love this idea, and will be selling their hearts out on this one. Add the fact that BB10 is an awesome phone, and you have a recipe for a massive hit.”

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Following reports that Research In Motion (RIMM) was looking to scrounge up cash by offloading some “minor assets,” the company has managed to sell cloud-based service provider NewBay in a deal that was confirmed late Thursday, MarketWatch reports. Synchronoss Technologies paid $55.5 million in cash for NewBay and its assets, about half the $100 million RIM spent last October to acquire the firm. If nothing else, the sale will help cover RIM’s $65 million payment to Nokia (NOK) related to the companies’ recent patent settlement.
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It will be pretty interesting once BB10 flops and they go bankrupt. Microsoft, Samsung, Google, among others could scoop up RIM on the cheap and implement their tech into their (superior) devices

Of course, RIM still has a good amount of cash laying around, so this will take awhile
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It will be pretty interesting once BB10 flops and they go bankrupt. Microsoft, Samsung, Google, among others could scoop up RIM on the cheap and implement their tech into their (superior) devices

Of course, RIM still has a good amount of cash laying around, so this will take awhile
you remind of this guy. ... some religious zealot shouting "death to ...." except you are the mobile OS religious zealot.

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Service fees are the fees RIM charges carriers/enterprise companies to access their BIS and BES networks. It accounts for about 30% of their revenue, which is around $1 billion per quarter. Estimates put about 60%-70% of all service revenue coming from BIS users, the rest from BES users. RIM is the only company that charges service fees as they are the only mobile company with their own network that carriers attach to.

BIS - BlackBerry Internet Service
BIS gives you the functionality of your mobile phone with superior 'push' email and SMS capabilities. With BlackBerry's 'push' technology an email message is sent to you - it is automatically pushed to your BlackBerry device. No prompting. No downloading. It is possible to use Instant Messaging (IM) applications on BlackBerry devices. Stay in touch with your contacts instantly.
BlackBerry devices offer a convenient organizer, complete with integrated address book and calendar. It is quick, simple and easy to use and very cost effective.

BES - BlackBerry Enterprise Server
BES acts as an interface between e-mail servers (most often Microsoft Exchange Server) and the NOC. BES monitors a user's mailbox and sends periodic updates over the Internet to the BlackBerry NOC, which relays the updates to the BB phone/tablet via the cellular network. BES goes to great lengths to compress data and therefore reduce bandwidth.
BES uses sophisticated encryption techniques to ensure that the data sent over the Internet to the BlackBerry NOC and then from the BlackBerry NOC to the handheld is secure. Thus, you can be confident that no one can intercept your Exchange data as it travels from your Exchange server, through the Internet, and over the cellular network to your BlackBerry.

NOC - Network Operations Center
NOC handles the routing of data between the Internet and the cellular network. RIM maintains several NOC locations throughout the world to ensure that data can be efficiently routed between the Internet and its handheld devices via the cellular network.

In the earnings call Mr. Heins dropped a slight bomb by stating that basically all service fees will stop coming in from regular BIS consumers on BB10. Up front that is scary as this would account for about 20% of their overall revenue.

As most investors were busy hitting the sell button, they neglected to hear Mr. Heins state that this drop would NOT happen overnight. Mr. Heins was on CNBC and tried to clear up and clarify how this service fee situation will go down. He indicated the following things:

• BIS service fees will only cease to exist for BB10 customers, not BB7 customers

• They will continue to collect service fees on current and future BB7 customers

• The transition period between now and getting everyone to BB10 and off BBOS, globally, will take about 1.5 to 2 years, meaning, for the next 12-18 months, service fees will remain relatively strong

• Service fees will continue to be collected from BES users on BB10

• Significant sales of older BBOS devices will continue in emerging markets for at least the next year, these sales will continue to bring in service revenues

• Given they anticipate a 1.5 to 2 year time frame for the BIS service fees to completely drop off, it means they have lots of time to initiate new programs to generate revenue

• The ACE card for Mr. Heins seems to be BBM as they have BIG plans for BBM that include finding ways to monetize it.

• Off the top of my head I can think of the following basic scenario. Think about having a BBM cross platform app that comes in a basic free version with just chat and a full paid version that has video chat and file sharing that costs ($1.99).

• Or have a BBM desktop suite software package that costs a nominal fee

• BBM Money transfers which we know is happening will help bring in fees as well

On the CNBC call Mr. Heins seems not worried at all about the service fee issue. I gather that he feels they have enough time to find new ways to generate service fees with products such as BBM. Also I believe they are confident that a 20% drop in revenue could easily be made up with solid sales of BB10 devices that will have a MUCH higher revenue per unit sold than the current BB7 crop. A 20% drop in revenues, even with solid BB10 sales, might have been horrible for the old RIM, but, with the new "lean and mean" RIM that Mr. Heins has created, they can absorb this loss and still make a profit.

Anyways, the consensus in the community seems to be that analysts are over reacting to the above issues and don't full realize that it is not an issue that is going to affect RIM in the next 6-10 months, it will take 12-18 months to make a serious dent. Once the analysts process this I am sure the stock will go back up to where it should be given the fact that RIM has almost 3 Billion in the bank and 79 million users around the globe to sell BB10 to.

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Earlier this month RIM launched the BlackBerry Technical Preview Beta Program to provide over 120 of our top enterprise and government participants with an early look at BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 in order to test and deploy these leading tools for enabling mobility.

This is a very exciting moment for RIM, and provides major momentum leading up to the launch event on January 30th. For top customers to have the devices and server software in their hands in order to test the features and functionality is a key milestone and demonstrates both the state of development for the platform and our dedication to meeting the needs of our customers.

For those not participating in the BlackBerry Technical Preview Beta Program, we’ve recently launched the BlackBerry 10 Ready program, which provides your business with all of the tools you need to get ready for the launch of BlackBerry 10. These include regular webcasts, a Q&A session, migration services from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 or BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, and a CAL trade-in offer.

http://us.blackberry.com/business/bl...-10-ready.html

http://bizblog.blackberry.com/2012/1...-beta-program/

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BlackBerry 10 Time Shift Camera

Create the perfect shot every time.

Pinpoint and adjust elements of your picture to get the photo you want. Time Shift mode captures milliseconds before and after your photo - so you can scroll back on the dial to open one friend's eyes, then forward to catch your other friend smiling, before combining it all to create the perfect picture.

The camera on the first BlackBerry 10 devices is a vast improvement over what we've seen in the past. The rear camera will be an 8MP auto-focus camera that's sporting 1080p video recording at 30fps (with a front-facing 2MP camera). This is a huge leap from the 5MP EDOF camera on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and shouldn't keep any BlackBerry user from grabbing a great photo. From what we've seen on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha so far, the camera takes some awesome photos - but it doesn't stop there.

BlackBerry 10 will also feature the new Time Shift camera. This was one of the first things we saw unveiled for BlackBerry 10 and we've been in love all the way. Basically, Time Shift captures a few seconds on either side of your actual photo giving you the ability to roll forward or back to get just the right moment. It even recognizes faces so you can tweak each one individually for that perfect shot.

After taking a photo, a thumbnail will drop to the bottom bar within the camera app. If you want to preview the photo, you simply drag up the thumbnail to full size but you never actually leave the camera. Pull it back down and you're ready to snap another.

Add that to the sweet BlackBerry 10 photo editing options and you have one of the most anticipated features of BlackBerry 10.

"Took an eight-person group picture with BB10 yesterday and everyone #timeshifted to their perfect face. It only took one shot, that's efficiency."

http://global.blackberry.com/blackberry-10.html

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BlackBerry vs. Android / Microsoft / Apple

NFC

Wireless payments have recently hit a major milestone as the first NFC enabled mobile payment in Canada occurred in Nov 2012. In fact, many of the major North American wireless carriers have formed joint ventures to make mobile payments a reality. Isis is the joint venture by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-mobile (DTEGY.PK) in the US. Enstream is the Canadian version backed by Telus (TU), Rogers (RCI), and Bell (BCE).

Roll-outs appear coordinated with the arrival of a slew of NFC enabled phones including Windows 8 (MSFT), Android (GOOG) and BlackBerry 7 &10 phones (RIMM). The carriers have expended tremendous energy in getting all parties needed at the table including the financial institutions, credit card companies, phone manufacturers, point of sale device manufactures, and the merchants.

For OEMs, the truth is that their devices and services are dependent on a carrier's wireless network. If that isn't enough, carriers also control the sales channel of these devices. So, if one or two OEMs become too powerful, carriers can always move their phones to the back of the shelf. These toll booth businesses like to promote a fragmented mix of devices using their infrastructure.

A prime example of this power struggle is the NFC enabled mobile wallet. Carriers want the secure element (payments chip) in the SIM card and device manufacturers prefer it in the device so that they can profit from it. Google believes that a dominant Android ensures that they will triumph over the carriers. Just ask RIM how that worked out for them in March 2011.

Mobile wallets will soon be the carrot that carriers use to sell the next several billion phones. But before they can do that there is one significant problem, as Michael Abbott, the CEO of Isis, puts it:

"Our belief is you have to first get people comfortable with making payments with the phone. A big part of that is security. The research will tell you that people fundamentally believe that paying on the mobile phone, at least right now, is not secure. So part of what we need to do is make sure that people have a sense of security, that they know this is secure, that it's not just a sticker on the back of a phone--some open, software-based protocol. It's a hardware-based, secured, locked-down payment system they can trust."

Carriers know that growth in mobile payments will only occur if the security questions go away. Previous mobility convergences provide the reasons for this belief. Each added mobility function only stuck when it was executed at an exceptionally high level; Nokia's (NOK) camera phone was super convenient, Blackberry mobile email was and still is the best, and Apple (AAPL) defined the multimedia experience on a phone. Only a very strong sense of security can overcome consumer's inherent distrust in mobile payments.

The joint ventures use a solution in which they control the software, hardware and the enhanced security network from end to end. The enhanced network I'm referring to in Canada is RIM's secure element solution. No surprise here, as RIM's network has been sending compressed and encrypted BBM messages over carrier networks for years. The only difference is that now they will be doing the same for financial machine-to-machine data. What a great way to add value to the carrier's existing network, as well as providing the joint ventures with a powerful differentiator against less integrated and secure solutions.

Since RIM will help the carriers sell more phones, some hard questions need to be asked. The questions that Google and Samsung shareholders need to ask is will North American carriers continue pushing Android once there are other data hungry options available such as BlackBerry 10 in Feb 2013? More importantly, will they continue to promote phones with a competing service like Google Wallet?

Apple shareholders should be wondering why their company doesn't think that NFC solves any current problem when the rest of the world seems to be ramping up for mobile payments. Tim Cook better hope that this is just another false start for NFC because if not, a lot of iPhone owners are going to feel pretty silly when everyone around them is doing mobile payments and they can't. RIMM shareholders should be trying to figure out just how big this global 'secure element solution' business is going to be anyways.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1044...eless-carriers

http://press.rim.com/newsroom/press/...le-paymen.html

http://www.paywithisis.com/

http://www.enstream.com/



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Be part of open source history and participate in the AT&T API for BlackBerry 10 “Live Port” challenge! Using the iOS version of the AT&T API as reference, complete the port and build the best BlackBerry 10 app leveraging the AT&T API and be eligible for prizes including a trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe in Amsterdam! There will be plenty of help onsite to help with any question you may have. Are you up to the challenge?

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Verizon and AT&T BlackBerry Z10 vs. Apple iPhone 4S

Here are some initial impressions of the BlackBerry Z10 and BB10 from our source:

• The build quality is really nice. The back cover feels rubbery and snaps on sort of like the back cover on Samsung's Galaxy S III.

• The screen looks great.

• The web browser is very quick, just as fast as a desktop browser. It also supports Flash.

• You can set up separate profiles for work and personal use. This is good for people who want to use one phone for business and play.

• It integrates with Evernote.

• The new BB World store looks a lot like the Google Play store for Android apps.

• It only takes one minute to boot up.


"Very excited for BB10 launch on Verizon. I am a former BlackBerry Bold user who switched to Samsung Galaxy Nexus last year. Love Jelly Bean but ready to move back to a phone, which is more business tool than toy. Wishing the best for RIM!"

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Verizon and AT&T BlackBerry Z10 vs. Apple iPhone 4S

Here are some initial impressions of the BlackBerry Z10 and BB10 from our source:

• The build quality is really nice. The back cover feels rubbery and snaps on sort of like the back cover on Samsung's Galaxy S III.

• The screen looks great.

• The web browser is very quick, just as fast as a desktop browser. It also supports Flash.

• You can set up separate profiles for work and personal use. This is good for people who want to use one phone for business and play.

• It integrates with Evernote.

• The new BB World store looks a lot like the Google Play store for Android apps.

• It only takes one minute to boot up.


"Very excited for BB10 launch on Verizon. I am a former BlackBerry Bold user who switched to Samsung Galaxy Nexus last year. Love Jelly Bean but ready to move back to a phone, which is more business tool than toy. Wishing the best for RIM!"

http://www.businessinsider.com/black...t-photo-2013-1

Samsung Note 2 comes built in with an application far better than the stupid Evernote which requires you to pay and post all your pictures on their server.
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Samsung Note 2 comes built in with an application far better than the stupid Evernote which requires you to pay and post all your pictures on their server.
it's a samsung proprietary cloud storage service no? so if you switch phone brands, you will need to move all your data to another service.
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it's a samsung proprietary cloud storage service no? so if you switch phone brands, you will need to move all your data to another service.
No, it saves it onto its own memory on the smartphone it's self which beats making you have to upload it on to some cloud server. The makers of Evernote could easily have made their software/application allow their end users the option to pick between saving on device or needing to upload to their sever and then making them pay storage fees for what they store on their icloud. Pretty messed up if you ask me. Samsung sells you the smartphone with the same features and allows you to save them on your own device which in my opinion is much better. I am not a fan of Evernote due to the way they force people to upload all their pictures/images on to their server and then make them pay for it without giving them the option to just pay for the application and allow them to just save it on to their own smartphone device.
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No, it saves it onto its own memory on the smartphone it's self which beats making you have to upload it on to some cloud server. The makers of Evernote could easily have made their software/application allow their end users the option to pick between saving on device or needing to upload to their sever and then making them pay storage fees for what they store on their icloud. Pretty messed up if you ask me. Samsung sells you the smartphone with the same features and allows you to save them on your own device which in my opinion is much better. I am not a fan of Evernote due to the way they force people to upload all their pictures/images on to their server and then make them pay for it without giving them the option to just pay for the application and allow them to just save it on to their own smartphone device.
S-Note is an island of information. Last I checked it had no cloud sync to any other app. Lose your phone, lose your info.

Evernote does require a Premium account to store files locally (available when no internet connection) AKA "offline notebooks". But a HUGE advantage to Evernote is cloud synching notes across different machines or even cross platform. I do from my Win7 PC to my Two Macs, iPad and iPhone all day.

There really is no comparison
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