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RIM Testing Touch-Based Slider

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Jun 14, 2010, 7:05 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 14, 2010, 7:50 PM

According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Research In Motion is currently testing a number of new devices, including at least one phone which has both a touch screen and a slide-out keyboard. The Journal's sources said of the device that it is similar to the iPhone, and supports swiping from screen to screen, pinch-to-zoom features, and a landscape software QWERTY keyboard. It will also have customizable home screens, which users can populate with the applications of their choosing. The phone also has a universal search feature, which will let users search for content or information on the device, the web, and even social networking sites. It will include the latest browser from RIM, which will be based on Apple's WebKit. The Journal's sources say that the browser is much faster than the current BlackBerry browser, and will support multiple open pages at a time. The phone will have 4GB of on-board storage and a five megapixel camera. The device in question runs BlackBerry 6, RIM's newest operating system that it plans to launch at some point later this year.



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Jun 14, 2010, 9:19 PM


muchdrama said:

http://crackberry.com/blackberry-9800-slider-photos< ... »

That would be it 😁
Best of both worlds if you have to have both, although there is mixed reactions on its looks at least from the cr ...

Jun 14, 2010, 10:33 PM


Its about time blackberry countered with something interesting for the social crave thats hit America.

I'm glad to see them not make the same mistake as palm by waiting too late to react the new craze.
How do you figure that?

Palm came out with WebOS over a year ago...
Umm "Facebook" isn't socializing!!! Actually hanging out
--in person--/--in the *real* world is socializing.

Gosh!!! I don't how people get the idea that the internet is somehow "socializing".

Jun 14, 2010, 10:51 PM

Similar to the iPhone....how?

Because it supports multitouch- which so many others do? Because it can swipe, like- you guessed it- so many other phones.
I swear these rags just put iPhone in there just to garner headlines. If it has the same features as every other phone, then I think it's safe to leave iPhone out of the article.
Agreed. That "similar to the iphone" blurb was the most unnecessary/stupid part of the description. I suppose my old Motorola Startac is similar to the iphone as well, since they can both make phone calls.
Chill out...

People mention the iphone because its an easy frame of reference. You have to remember, some of these articles are written for people that arent techies. The iphone gives people an easy comparrison point.
I'd venture to bet most people who READ the site arn't.

Iphone is like "kleenex" or "qtip" they're the names that people place with the product type, even if they only describe one brand.

In this case, Capacitive touch screen smartphones.

Probably because the article stated it was using the Apple WebKit ...

Jun 15, 2010, 1:17 AM


🤤 This sounds like a dream come true for me! I love my blackberry and I cannot imagine functioning without it as far as business goes. My only gripe with RIM is that they have the lamest browser in the wireless universe, it's worse with 5.0 on my Tour. I'm wondering how this being based on Apple's Webkit will make the end user experience like. I hope it's better looking than the prototypes on Crackberry.......
You can always change your default browser on your blackberry to either internet explorer or Firefox. You do have that option available. Do u know how to find it and change it???????
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