Whenever a device manufacturer justifies a controversial design or hardware choice by emphasizing the uniqueness of the gadget’s target audience, one immediately anticipates a sales flop. That very much seemed to be the case with the awkward, boxy BlackBerry Passport, which its Canadian creators hurried to aim towards enterprise users.
With BlackBerry’s own leader, John Chen, more than willing to share everything from aesthetics to hardware specifications and software features in regards to the unconventional-looking Passport for months, the big question mark heading to today’s introductory events was tied to availability.
Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983 was officially announced by the company on Wednesday. The device comes with Blackberry OS 10.3, and costs a fortune so it may not see a widespread adoption — the Porsche Design Blackberry handsets have never seen high sales in the past either due to their extremely high price tag.
As if BlackBerry’s mobile device manufacturing business wasn’t hurting enough on the heels of Q and Z-series sales flops that sent the Canadian giant on the brink of bankruptcy, BB’s CEO earlier this year got in a bitter verbal fight with T-Mobile’s head honcho.
Showcasing an unreleased product yourself and letting info trickle out gradually instead of trying to be all mysterious and getting sidetracked by professional “leakers” is sure an unconventional way to build buzz ahead of a commercial release.
You have to hand it to BlackBerry head honchos, they sure are fighting their way back to the top against all odds, gambling the future of the once profitable tech juggernaut on a device like no other. Like no other good or like no other bad?
If there’s one thing that you should care less about in a gadget than the color it’s coated in, that’s definitely its name. Period, end of discussion. Give me a top-notch smartphone, with the best possible hardware, smoothest software and a sensible price tag, and I’ll buy it no matter what. You can brand it the iPenis for all I care.
There have been numerous conflicting reports floating around lately with regards to BlackBerry’s future, but they all seem to share one point in common. Namely, none of them preview BB’s painful imminent death. That’s a refreshing change of tune compared to rumors from last year, although it’s obvious the smartphone manufacturer can’t survive much longer with its current financial losses.
BlackBerry’s financial pickle is no secret to anyone, and the smartphone maker’s market share is close to hitting zero, but astonishingly, the Canadians aren’t ready to call it quits on hardware designing for the masses.
BlackBerry recently added new stickers to the BBM. If you use BBM for your everyday messaging needs, you’ll soon see Toy Story stickers. A Toy Story stickers pack is now available for $1.99 while a pack of BBM character stickers is $0.99 cents. It you’re a BlackBerry user and a fan of the Disney movie, then this one is exciting news. Unfortunately, the stickers pack isn’t available in all regions. If you’re region is not included, you can ask someone to send you the pack. (That’s not really ‘To infinity and beyond’, is it?)
We knew about the BlackBerry Z3 when it went up for pre-order in Indonesia last February. The latest BlackBerry phone became available in Indonesia yesterday, May 15.
You may no longer care about BlackBerry but I do. It’s out of respect for the pioneering company in the smartphone industry. I am always interested to know what will happen to the Canadian phone manufacturer so every product release, I’ll take note of.