…it looks like they have a new toy. The 7100-series looks a lot more like a phone than the old style Blackberry unit. They’ve changed the keyboard significantly, and from the demo it appears that they’ve taken the best of T9 and blended it somewhat with the QWERTY layout. It even has real phone features that are fun (like polyphonic ringtones), and have a form factor and battery life that is pleasing. I wonder if this is the phone McK’s been playing with across the pond.
I hadn’t even heard of this little unit, but it was announced back in September. Sadly, it seems that RIM still refuses to add a touch screen. With a device that touts itself as a browsing device, I really have to wonder what they’re thinking when they design this stuff. I wish I knew someone that worked there, so I could throw heavy objects at them while shouting “add a touchscreen and stylus already!”. That’s my major beef with my 7750 – it’s great for email and scheduling, and pretty much sucks for everything else, mainly because of the input system and ridiculously slow software.
I’ve been playing with the new Treo, and am very tempted. Of course, I still think PocketPC is the way to go, but have yet to see a decent implementation of the phone/PPC combo. Ok, enough babbling. Cool looking toy, I wonder if my provider will pick it up, or if Rogers – a company I will never buy services from willingly again – has an exclusive.