So the first BlackBerry 10 phone won't have a keyboard. Who cares?

So the first BlackBerry 10 phone won't have a keyboard. Who cares?A RIM spokesperson has attracted headlines this week by confirming that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, expected to launch later this year, won't have the one feature BlackBerry is arguably most famous for: a physical keyboard.

Big deal, right? Well yes and no. On one hand it could be a pointed statement that RIM is ready to turn the page and usher in a new era. On the other, it may just be the case that something had to be first.

Unsurprisingly, RIM itself – and BB-loving site CrackBerry – is on the side of the latter argument. In fact, they say it's been common knowledge that the first BB10 phone will be an all-touch affair since BlackBerry World last month.

This despite the issue getting widespread attention this week thanks to comments on the subject made by RIM spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger.

In fact, it has also already been confirmed that the second handset on the new platform will have a physical keyboard.

To sum up, then, the first pair of BlackBerry 10 smartphones to hit the market will include an all-touch option, and a physical keyboard option. Not much of a story, is it?

So why are we even reporting it? Because the whole affair illustrates another point – that despite common sense dictating that BB10 has its work cut out to turn things around for RIM, the company remains a major player and the arrival of its next-gen OS is unquestionably a big deal, even if it's no longer fashionable to say it out loud.

Via Washington Post

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 11:39

Who cares? OMG

I'm shocked.

It's such a surprise seeing how for months we've been shown a touchscreen device to prepare us for BBX :D

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:13

its not like blackberry has made a touchscreen phone without a keyboard before...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:15

what?

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:18

the storm 2... blackberry has made touchscreen phones without a keyboard so wheres the story to this?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:28

the storm 2... blackberry has made touchscreen phones without a keyboard so wheres the story to this? I know they made more than 1 TS device... But I guess the 'story' is that BBs are kind of synonymous with great hardware keyboards (esp'ly after Nokia blew it with the E6 and E7)

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:35

the storm 2... blackberry has made touchscreen phones without a keyboard so wheres the story to this? I know they made more than 1 TS device... But I guess the 'story' is that BBs are kind of synonymous with great hardware keyboards (esp'ly after Nokia blew it with the E6 and E7)

In fact, it has also already been confirmed that the second handset on the new platform will have a physical keyboard.

so again whats the story ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 12:53

the storm 2... blackberry has made touchscreen phones without a keyboard so wheres the story to this? I know they made more than 1 TS device... But I guess the 'story' is that BBs are kind of synonymous with great hardware keyboards (esp'ly after Nokia blew it with the E6 and E7)

In fact, it has also already been confirmed that the second handset on the new platform will have a physical keyboard.

so again whats the story ;)


I don't know - lets talk about Ecuador?!

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 14:17

the storm 2... blackberry has made touchscreen phones without a keyboard so wheres the story to this? I know they made more than 1 TS device... But I guess the 'story' is that BBs are kind of synonymous with great hardware keyboards (esp'ly after Nokia blew it with the E6 and E7)

In fact, it has also already been confirmed that the second handset on the new platform will have a physical keyboard.

so again whats the story ;)


I don't know - lets talk about Ecuador?!


pah Hong Kong ftw ;)

AhmadCentral  Jun. 22, 2012 at 15:21

Considering buying one so i can sell it for a ridiculous amount in the future as the last blackberry ever made before RIM went under.....

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 16:52

Considering buying one so i can sell it for a ridiculous amount in the future as the last blackberry ever made before RIM went under.....
Not everything becomes as classic, just because the company went bust...

Case in point:
http://www.cwn.org.uk/motoring/rover/images/rover-75-w400-h262.jpg

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:06

rofl. tbh the rover 75 was a classic on release....

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:21

Good Points: They made a V8 version.

Bad Points: 1) Unfortunately they only managed to squeeze 260BHP from a 4.6L petrol V8. My Mrs' Fiesta has a better BHP per litre figure than that.

2) It was a Rover 75.

Treab  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:26

Worst point...

It was a Rover.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:39

True, they really were terrible cars. There's no wonder they're now owned by some Chinese company who're sticking the MG badge on absolutely awful pieces of crap that they normally sell over in China under a different name.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:40

This made me laugh:
http://www.modifiedcars.com/pix/cars_large/22750_32851.jpg

I didn't know it was possible to make a Rover 25 worse...apparently I was mistaken...

AhmadCentral  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:47

What the.....?

Thats the ugliest car i've seen!

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