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  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    Thx everyone for your comments. I'm a bit slammed today so can't be responding in detail but I will say the keyboard is growing on me already although I do really miss the joy of flick typing on the virtual keyboard of my z10.

    Having said that the wide screen is a joy. I had to review an agreement of 20 pages in Word and it was a breeze on the passport. I wouldn't have attempted to bother on the Z10 and would have waited to get to a computer or tablet. So that is a huge plus.

    I also installed Blend on my PC and iPad mini. Amazing stuff.
    I have my phone and files now available on any computer or device. This is huge for BlackBerry as they have
    basically coopted the ecosystem of their competitors!

    I have 14 days to keep testing the phone and will give it a real go to see if the loss of speed on the keyboard is mitigated by the improvements otherwise that are glaringly obvious. GL tomorrow longs!
    Sep 25, 2014. 01:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry - Signs Of Life Are Emerging [View article]
    I went in today and they offered me $60 for my Z10. You are better off selling it on EBay for about $150
    Sep 25, 2014. 12:28 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    Well folks I've had the device for almost 8 hours so with that as a caveat here are my initial impressions:

    The good:

    The screen and reading experience is fantastic. I can feel how my mind is doing a double take when getting towards the end of a sentence thinking it should return to the left side of the screen when there are still more words to read. I imagine that after a few days that this will change and it would be hard to go back to a narrow screen.

    I can see how a tablet isn't necessary if you have a Passport.

    I love what I'm seeing with 10.3 thus far. 10.2 was already silky smooth and uber functional and it has been improved. I love this OS and UI.

    Camera seems good but I haven't tested it too much.

    Scrolling webpages, twitter etc with the keyboard is a great function. Took me a few hours to remember it could do so.

    I also like scrolling in landscape mode but you can't type that way if you want to imput.

    Battery life a huge plus I can tell already.

    The Cons

    Hate to say it but my big gripe is the keyboard :(
    It feels cumbersome to type. Keys take energy to press believe it or not. The NYTimes review is spot on from what I can tell so far. (regarding the keyboard)

    Compared to flick typing on the Z10 typing on the Passport is slow. Too slow for my liking. And you need two hands.

    It is also big and I can't tell yet if I can carry it all the time as my primary device although it does fit fine into my pant pockets both front and back.

    I wish they had made it with a virtual keyboard and I would have been thrilled. Perhaps that is in the pipeline.

    I can envision hardcore professionals using it but sadly this isn't going to be the device that sways the consumer market much. I'm undeterred however with BlackBerry as an investment, I liked what Chen had to say today and believe the future is bright. I sense that they have inventory for the passport well under control as I went to Telus today at noon and the I bought the last Passport they had having sold out of the other three they carried in stock for this promotional week.

    I will hang onto it for a week but the slowness and effort required by the keyboard looks like a deal-breaker and I will shift back to the Z30 for now until the next all touch device is released.

    There's still a lot to like about the device and what we heard today from Chen et al at the event this morning.

    Have a good feeling for Friday.

    Peace
    Sep 24, 2014. 08:28 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    yes agreed. price difference is probably due to falling CDN Dollar....once you factor in the exchange rate it isn't too far off one another
    Sep 24, 2014. 12:14 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    yes because you are constantly having to scroll and can't build up a strong chain of thought.

    the Print industry has realized that 66 characters across is optimal coginitively .
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:52 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry slides on pre-earnings downgrade [View news story]
    it was the link to the live event this morning...I encourage you to see the demonstration of the advantages that the Passport offers...hopefully there will be a youtube link of the event uploaded soon.
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    hear that?

    that's the sound of the ship turning around....
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:46 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    then you must not use your phone to surf, write emails, read, make presentations..

    but if that doesn't do it for you how about 30 hour battery life and touch sensitive physical keyboard, best speakers in the world, earpiece sensor to adjust volume, etc.
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:46 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    I'm betting you are completely wrong
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:19 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    or that the positivity and promise is already baked in. Stock is up 100% in past year
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:08 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    the 'odd shape' allows for 60 characters across which is the #1 selling feature to me.
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:08 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry launches Passport; reviewers criticize design [View news story]
    SA is cherrypicking reviews.

    Here are two that I trust:

    Engaget: http://engt.co/1rk7HOJ

    CNET:

    http://cnet.co/1mi1RZv

    WSJ:

    http://on.wsj.com/1uZrGEY
    Sep 24, 2014. 11:01 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Plug Power CEO sees increased revenue above FY 2015 estimates [View news story]
    I'm in the Ballard camp so you basically answered the question for me ;)
    Sep 24, 2014. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry slides on pre-earnings downgrade [View news story]
    http://bit.ly/1rk1Rgn

    will blow your mind
    Sep 24, 2014. 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Plug Power CEO sees increased revenue above FY 2015 estimates [View news story]
    much safer than gasoline: http://bit.ly/1jM8bLe
    Sep 24, 2014. 12:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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