These are the most recent forum messages posted by psycros:
This was the norm on every carrier about 7-8 year ago. All we're seeing is the industry slowly bringing back the services and features they've taken away over the past decade. T-Mo just took away fewer of them.
Here we go again
If history is any guide Apple will not only win but somehow come away with patents for the touchscreen, rechargeable batteries and the dial tone.
Just what I wanted - Google and Microsoft spying on EVERY app I have and not just the ones they provide. Anyone who thinks it'll only happen when the users asks for it is dreaming.
Blackberry has learned nothing
I finally got the chance to mess around at length with the Classic. First off, its slow. And I mean agonizingly slow and/or hitchy in some cases. The cheapest smartphones from the competition are more responsive than this turtle of a device. Sure, a lot of it might be fixable via updates, but Blackberry has a very poor history in this regard so I expect little to no improvement. Like previous OS 10 devices ...
So very, very close..
If this thing had a trackpad where the search button is, or let us switch between that and a *virtual* trackpad, I'd be throwing money at my monitor. Portrait sliders are the closest thing to a no-compromise QWERTYphone you can get..well, unless the manufacturer partially buggers the keyboard like they did on the Torch. Not enough room above the top row or poor key travel are dealbreakers. The build quality also has to be top notch ...
Re: In similar news...
Funny, I don't remember either of those phones having touch screens, app stores or any of the other smartphone features that have been common on Blackberries for years. The only throwback I see is your outdated trolling.
That pic has to be a joke. They cannot seriously be copying Metro...can they? :paranoid:
Apps Galaxy. Morons.
Samsung is passing up a LOT of $$$
WHY can't we have something just like this WITH ANDROID???????? Don't they realize how many Blackberry refugees would jump on a decent Android device that emulates the Bold/Curve?
Would be an ideal device IF..
..instead of the ginormous AT&T logo in the middle we could have gotten hardware Android keys, thereby increasing vertical screen area, and a d-button/trackpad. If you're going to attack the Blackberry segment directly then you might as well include ALL the best features from that platform. Why no company seems to get this is beyond me. With Blackberry committing suicide and the Nokia E-series just a memory you've got millions of potential customers looking for a ...
Re: Market Penetration
dalius_maximus said: So.. the article says that NEC was looking to make a comeback in the U.S., but I can't honestly believe that if the first device they put out is a ruggedized device like this one... I mean, sure there's definately a market for it, but it seems like a performance-based device with an intensified andoid experience would have a greater market penetration... I suppose it would take more money, more time, and more risk... but I just don't ...
They blew it
A trackpad/d-button is a vital component of the Blackberry/Nokia E-series experience. You cannot create and edit professional quality text on the go without it. The gesture controls are awful, and as the reviewer stated, bezel gestures do NOT cut it on a phone. At the very least BB devs should add a virtual trackpad and home button to make OS 10 fully usable. Until that happens their just circling the drain.
All my fears confirmed
Still doesn't want to sync with Google Calendar. An even less customizable homescreen. Oversensitive and twitchy touch interface. They've learned nothing. Absolutely nothing. Blackberry is as dead as Julius Caesar. Thank you for this honest review. I'll be ordering a Samsung to replace my worthless Bold 9000 immediately.
Re: Page Plus
Hey Verizon, I got two words regarding that plan: Good luck.
Re: Throttled at 2gb is a lie....
I got hit at the 2gb mark two straight months as soon as they instituted the policy. I live in a rural area in a small state. In the past I've routinely used 5-6gb a month with no problem. Unfortunately, cell-based internet is the only kind available where I live (and usually from only a single carrier depending on where your home is).
SAMSUNG, ARE YOU BLIND??
Dear Samsung: what the hell is wrong with you? The Duos Pro is very close to being the dream device that millions of disgruntled Blackberry users have been waiting for - and you're not gonna sell it in North America?? Are you completely out of touch? Your brand is red hot right now and you're passing up a potential gold mine! You can ditch the dual SIM ability, we don't care that much about it ...
You could, but you wouldn't get 3G on either one. This phone has no NA release planned, which means that neither AT&T nor T-Mo's 3G would work. Both carriers use proprietary 3G standards, although I've heard that AT&T phones can get low-end 3G in a few other countries (exactly which ones I can't recall).
Re: two SIM cards?
I'm reasonably sure that all of the carriers can set you up a second number that rings into your phone. How it alerts you as to which line is getting the call I don't know (distinctive ringtone, maybe).
Potential mega-success IF they can make money
More like, "help us escape from AT&T and Verizon". Sprint isn't so bad, but you have got to wonder how Republic will make money if they offer truly unlimited service for $20/mth. I just don't see them being able to hold that line. The funny thing is, they wouldn't need to. They could ask $40 a month for the same thing, and as long as it was contract-free, they would get a flood of customers. ...
Re: Almost good enough
Staggered rows aren't really that important on a keyboard that small. Its not like you can use anything but your thumbs. Even a shared number row doesn't bug me that much IF you have the SYM key on both sides - but like most QWERTYphones, it doesn't. This is like trying to use a typewriter that's missing one of the SHIFT keys. Nokia understood this a decade ago! If not for this failing I ...
Hear hear! These dirtbags have billions to throw at monopolizing GSM yet they can't hire some competent service reps or get some competitive phones? Laughable! No wonder their bleeding accounts and are always dead last in customer satisfaction. Gonna be a great year for Sprint!
Re: AT&T Wins Again
True, because the existing law clearly prohibits such a monopoly from being formed. There's no grey area here whatsoever. Why do we need a lawsuit or anything other than the FCC telling AT&T to take a hike? The only way this deal could ever legally be approved would be if T-Mo's spectrum were split up between multiple carriers or AT&T divested themselves of a good bit of their own spectrum or pulled out of a lot ...
Re: would have been a bad name for a smart phone....
Yeah, but I wish they'd make a smartphone with this form factor. Why is every QWERTYphone a low-end POS?
The "highest demand"
What's sad is that the areas that truly need effective wireless broadband are the ones that will never get it. Sprint would have a captive audience if it concentrated on getting service to rural areas. It wouldn't have to be full-speed 4G, either..they could deliver a fifth of that and they'd still get crazy business from those ignored by the telcos and cable companies. Sprint also needs to seriously expand their service footprint. AT&T and/or ...
The only thing missing:
A trackpad. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Moogle, you could steal RIM's entire customer base tomorrow if you just put in the missing piece. You cannot effectively edit text on a smartphone without a cursor controller. Slider QWERTY Android devices have either a d-button or arrow keys..and this is your BB killer? Even the D-button from the good ol' Moto Q would be sufficient! RIM will continue to own ...
Re: you dont need to be a genius
Ain't that the truth. Microsoft is as lost on UX as RIM is on price-to-performance.
Another limited "unlimited" plan
This is the kind of thing the FCC or the FTC should be coming down on hard. UNLIMITED is not a vague word! Either there are limits on how much and in what manner a service may be used or their aren't. This is esp. true with 4G starting to go mainstream. A 5gb cap is a joke on that kind of connection. Now, having stated these obvious truths...this is probably the best plan ...
And still no Bold 9000
:evil: AT&T apparently thinks that anyone who wants a good keyboard does nothing but text. That's he only conclusion I can draw from their steady flow of cheap QUERTY featurephones and total lack of high-end QUERTY smarthphones. Meanwhile, I can get a perfectly acceptable solution on every other carrier. AT&T: We Ain't Got An Effin' Clue(tm).
All it looks to me is ugly as hell. I really don't get it - since when did high contrast UIs for the visually impaired become mainstream? Also, what's innovative about little numbers overlaid on icons (tiles) showing you things like how many messages you have? Why isn't Apple suing Microsoft for that and the other things they stole from the iPhone (scroll bump, etc.)? How come only Android gets picked on? WP8 is ...
Another one AT&T won't get
Seriously, every other carrier has a plethora of nice-looking, decently spec'd Android QUERTYphones. WTH, AT&T? Are you sleeping with RIM or something??? You are really not giving your keyboard loving customer many reasons to stay!
..would release a 2G phone on contract in 2011. So glad they could find time for this waste of shelf space. Meanwhile the Bold 9900 has been on every other carrier for a month and still no date for AT&T. AT&T: boldly going nowhere.
Fight the Merger now or pay later
For the past five years, AT&T has steadily increased its prices while simultaneously cutting back on services. It has added capacity only to its largest markets, building towers in areas already saturated by its own service and that of other carriers. In the relatively small number of markets served by T-Mobile, AT&T's coverage area overlaps 99% of T-Mo's..yet AT&T claims it needs T-Mobile for extra network capacity..?? Anyone paying attention knows the truth: T-Mobile is a ...
Re: News Flash
Its the "big two" and the "little two", to be precise. And that's a heck of lot better than what we'll have if AT&T gets their way. Only someone with a lot of AT&T stock or who works for them wants this nightmare to come true.
Re: Oh please....
Nowhere has Verizon stated what the throttled speeds would be, so you have no f'ing clue what you're talking about. Who the hell are you to decide what "inconveniences" somebody, anyway? An LTE connection can burn through 2gb in no time at all and you know it. Go peddle your BS on Gizmodo or someplace that needs more trolls.
The name makes no sense
Why not Storm 3?? Or if not that, why not something completely new if their afraid that name has too much negative baggage. It makes no more sense to call this a Torch than it does to call it a Bold! Poor, confused RIM.
Ladies and gents, the AT&T Sidekick! If it had better specs I'd probably be all over it. Heck, I might be anyway..its still a step up from what I have now.
Another "almost" for portrait QUERTY joy on AT&T
The short version: 1. Add a trackpad like Blackberry. 2. Lose the stupid FaceBook button, shift keyboard downward and enlarge the screen. 3. ??? 4. Profit! The long version: Portrait QUERTY users are almost inevitably Blackberry users. Why? Because you can actually compose and edit messages on them quickly. BB has the winning combo of an ergonomically perfect keyboard and a cursor controller. The OS is also tailored to the relatively small screen. If HTC wanted to own RIM's consumer ...
Soooo close. Moto and carriers, take heed!
We need a new version of the Droid Pro/XPRT with slightly improved specs and a trackpad. The carrier that picks up such a device will get all the QUERTY addicts who are desperate to get away from Blackberry. And that's a lot, believe me. RIM has proven that is just doesn't get it and that its no longer able to compete in a meaningful way. Its devices are massively overpriced for what they deliver and ...
Re: The only sound they'll hear is crickets chirping...
Maybe a third party would put WebOS on a phone someone would actually want to use. The sad little girlyphones HP is offering sure aren't doing it any favors.
Re: Don't Back Down Nokia
I was afraid this might happen. Nokia's phone was probably ringing five minutes after that announcement, with a menacing mouthpiece from a major carrier on the other end. Sadly, they don't have a device anywhere near as compelling as the iPhone to let them assert their independence yet. That's what all these manufacturers don't seem to understand yet - its ALL about the power and usability now. People want a pocket computer that also makes ...
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