Musings on personal and enterprise technology (of potential interest to professional technoids and others)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ars technica: Bold new BlackBerry 9000 to take on expected 3G iPhone

Bold new BlackBerry 9000 to take on expected 3G iPhone

Some interesting thoughts re: upcoming major next-gen BB device:

"...the Bold is still a very attractive option for those in business who are married to things like the BlackBerry's handling of corporate e-mail and the non-touchscreen keyboard that many BlackBerry enthusiasts still love. On the flip side, Apple said at its SDK Roadmap event in February that the iPhone 2.0 software will introduce 'real' Exchange support, push e-mail, and other enterprise features that it currently lacks, possibly bringing it up to speed with the BlackBerry in that regard.

Unfortunately for RIM, the Bold is not yet commercially available. The company says that it will be widely available this summer, and told CNet that it expects the price to be somewhere around $300-400. If it were available today, RIM might be able to capture more sales than it will after the next-gen iPhone is released. By then (whenever that may be), the two may be roughly on par in terms of features once again.

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