The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get positive reviews.
BlackBerry (TSE:BB)/(NASDAQ:BBRY)—formerly RIM—must be breathing a sigh of relief: Reviewers generally like the new BB10-based smartphones. And early sales in Canada and the UK seem strong (although, as ever, it's not clear what 'sold out' really means).
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers basically back BlackBerry, before breakfast.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
You can almost hear the sigh of relief coming from Matt Hamblen:
The BlackBerry Z10...brings the company's product line up to date...offering decent hardware and a stellar new operating system. ...it is due to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-March via [all] four major carriers.
BlackBerry [has a] paltry 5% market share. ... Based on my testing...the new smartphone could begin to help BlackBerry reverse its declining share. ... [Its] fantastic browser and impressive screen resolution...address major flaws in previous BlackBerry touchscreen phones.
[It] deserves the attention of smartphone buyers. ...the new BlackBerry 10 OS [is] vastly superior to previous BlackBerry generations. MORE
And Lee Bell rings the changes: [You're fired -Ed.]
[The] yet to be launched Qwerty smartphone the Blackberry Q10...is all set in terms of hardware [but] there are still some software tweaks to be made before it hits the market.
[It] looks and feels sturdy and robust...due to its glass weave construction...and sits quite nicely in the hand. ... The Blackberry Q10 touts a square 3.1in touch-enabled Super AMOLED display with 720x720 resolution at 330ppi [which] responds well to touch.
[It] seemed responsive despite its rather average internal specifications. MORE
But Jared Newman has bad news for fans of the classic, physical BlackBerry keyboard:
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins [said] it's looking like a mid-May to early June launch for the keyboard-equipped Q10. [It's] launching around the world in April. The delay in the United States...comes down to the rigid testing system required by wireless carriers.
Sprint has committed to selling the Q10, but not its full-touchscreen Z10 sibling. ... None of the four major U.S. carriers have announced specific release dates.
Heins described sales as “beyond expectations,” and believes that a “substantial number of users” are moving from other platforms. MORE
Should the local rag for BlackBerry HQ give this intern, Ali Lubinsky, a job?
The BlackBerry has always been the go-to cellphone for the typical businessperson, but since the iPhone came out...people have become more confused. Now, with BlackBerry 10, the decision will only become harder. ... Growing up in Waterloo...my first phone was a BlackBerry. And so was my second. But eventually, I surrendered to the iPhone.
However, now that the BlackBerry 10 has come out, things just got a little bit more complicated.BlackBerry 10...could truly change everything.
For the sake of our community, I say good luck BlackBerry. MORE
Meanwhile, it seems to be selling well up North:
Canadian carrier Rogers [says] it was...a record-setting BlackBerry day:
Sold more BlackBerry smartphones on February 5th 2013 than any other day. ...activated thousands of BlackBerry Z10 smartphones. ... Some stores have temporarily sold out of the BlackBerry Z10. MORE