New BlackBerry launches in US, Canada

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  1. New BlackBerry launches in US, Canada
    • From:AAP
    • March 23, 2013 10:17AM
    THE newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone has gone on sale in the United States in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm.
    The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy.
    The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm's last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems.
    The touchscreen Z10 was already launched in other markets, including Britain, Australia and Indonesia. The company also plans a model with a physical keyboard called Q10.
    While the launch on Friday lacked the crowds seen for the iPhone, an event held in New York's Times Square and recounted on the BlackBerry blog showed interest among US customers to be the first to get the device just after midnight.
    "Here's Manny, an eager fan who 'just had to be the first' to get his hands on the new BlackBerry Z10 in the United States," said a caption for a picture on the blog. "He was met with cheers from the crowd as he held up his newly-activated device."
    While the new device has received generally positive reviews, analysts say it will be an uphill battle for BlackBerry, which has lost much of its market share.

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  2. I have had one since day one in Canada and love it. It's fast intuitive and the hub works just fine.
     
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    I agree. Although a few days behind you ;).

    Its extremely fluid. About my only major annoyance is BBM only works in landscape mode if you open the message from the hub, if I open from the BBM icon it won't rotate with the phone. So I end up starting a conversation in BBM and then closing down to keep it up in the hub.

    I had contact import issues as well since I use BES. I just transferred everything to google and setup cardav and caldav.
     
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    I've been using one since the first dev alpha (went through B and C and now using a Q10 dev seed) and it's incredible how they've updated the entire user experience compared to the old devices.

    Of course the problem is implementing this in the enterprise, and the companies that are waiting for the devices to take off before committing to the platform and porting their apps. In the meantime you have a ton of knock-off apps for sale that should be free and half-assed ports of the Android versions rather than native apps.

    Hopefully in time you'll see the adoption rate pick up, but I guess time will tell.
     
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