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sh0n
06-08-2008, 11:17 AM
BlackBerry Thunder live shot, damn we’re good! : Boy Genius Report (http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/06/08/blackberry-thunder-live-shot-damn-were-good/#more-3860)

Boy Genius has got the scoop. Check it out, whats your thoughts????

I think theres no way that will get me to go to VZW, but hey, it is sexy.

rambo47
06-08-2008, 12:42 PM
Meh. The reason I'm not using an iPhone is the lack of physical keyboard. Thunder does nothing for me, and the fact that it's a Verizon exclusive just solidifies things even more. I'll be going with the Bold and the KickStart, thank you very much!

sh0n
06-08-2008, 01:13 PM
Agreed. The VZW is a killer for me. The fact that Apple made the iphone exclusive to ATT seemed so shady to me. I never thought RIM would be so lame as to make a exclusive carrier contract.

dwp1975
06-08-2008, 02:43 PM
Wirelessly posted

I definitely have to see the UI on it. But on looks alone I give it a thumbs up.

Papa-Pompous
06-08-2008, 03:17 PM
Well I've got to say that I DO NOT like it. BlackBerry is BlackBerry for there physical keyboards and without that then they are basically an iPhone and there is a good reason I don't want an iPhone and its that dang on screen keyboard! Hate it hate hate it. Verizon can have it, just as long as nothing like it gets released for US Cellular. I really do like the Bold however!

BeefyBeefo
06-08-2008, 03:25 PM
No keyboard = no thanks for me.

-Jeff-

rachamphetamine
06-08-2008, 03:57 PM
Wirelessly posted (via telepathy)

Eh, I'm not impressed with only that photo. It'd be cool to see more from a hands-on review, though.

dwp1975
06-08-2008, 04:56 PM
The lack of a keyboard will not kill the device, what will kill it is if the UI isn't intuitive and the OS they code for it is clunky and is unstable. The iPhone was quirky at 1.0, but now at 1.1.4 it is very fluid and very user-friendly. But RIM may have been better off developing BB-connect for the iPhone instead of developing a whole new device to compete. But only time will tell if they are making a move in the right direction all though all devices may start to head this way and physical keyboards may slowly go by the way of cassette tapes.

n3kuh
06-08-2008, 07:45 PM
Not a fan of touch screens but it would depend on the user interface as dwp1975 stated. I'd give it a shot. but then again I don't like VZW. =P

LunkHead
06-08-2008, 07:47 PM
Perhaps we will get lucky and it will get struck by thunder and go bye-bye....

Touch screen = barf!

davidlw
06-08-2008, 08:15 PM
i will buy it the day that it is released.

michael_h
06-09-2008, 06:50 AM
It just shows RIM is trying to get a much bigger share of the Consumer market, for large operations this just won't cut it.

wunderbar
06-09-2008, 09:49 AM
the blackberry thunder is going to be marketed directly at the consumers. You're going to see devices like the 88x0 and Bolds, and even pearls somewhat marketed towards corporations, and then devices like the Kickstart, THunder, and Pearls marketed mostly towards consumers.

RIM knows that they need to expand to the consumer space, and the pearl was the first step in that, then the curve, and now they are really hitting their stride.

Sith_Apprentice
06-09-2008, 09:51 AM
Pearls - Consumer
Curves - Both
88xx - Business
9000 - Business
9500 - Consumer (direct competition to the iPhone and on the largest carrier in the US with the largest number of BB subscribers world wide)

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 10:00 AM
9500 - Consumer (direct competition to the iPhone and on the largest carrier in the US with the largest number of BB subscribers world wide)



I thought it was understood ATT and Tmobile had way mor BB subscribers then verizon. Is that wrong? do you have info to back your statement?

Sith_Apprentice
06-09-2008, 10:02 AM
yes i have the info but cant release the source. Vzw just secured 3 government contracts for well over 100k BlackBerry subscribers. AT&T has been losing ground to VZW since the pearl launch, and the curve put VZW over the top. This info is current as of 6/1

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 10:07 AM
Wow. I still would like to see hard proof no offense to you. It would be interesting to know how they pulled that off.

Dawg
06-09-2008, 10:08 AM
knowing what I know about sith its very credible!

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 10:12 AM
knowing what I know about sith its very credible!

thats Understandable. I would still like to see it in black and white. If they have moved ahead of ATT and Tmobile then Kudos to them. Thats impressive to say the least. I wonder how much those numbers go back and forth depending on unti releases.

Dawg
06-09-2008, 10:15 AM
yeah that would be interesting. I am wondering what kinda goverment contracts these are (like departments)

Sith_Apprentice
06-09-2008, 10:18 AM
Tmobile has been behind AT&T and VZW for a while now, over a year. and the contracts were DoD, FBI and NSA

Dawg
06-09-2008, 10:33 AM
interesting. thanks sith

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 10:36 AM
I know this is a little off topic but it amazes me how some schools don’t have enough books and computers but the government sure finds a way to put blackberry’s in everyone’s hands. SMH Rant Off sorry.

I want a thunder but again refuse to go to Verizon or ATT It’s the reason I don’t have an iphone.

Sith_Apprentice
06-09-2008, 10:37 AM
I know this is a little off topic but it amazes me how some schools don’t have enough books and computers but the government sure finds a way to put blackberry’s in everyone’s hands. SMH Rant Off sorry.

I want a thunder but again refuse to go to Verizon. It’s the reason I don’t have an iphone.

while I agree with the first part of your post... this last part just makes no sense at all

JGBerry
06-09-2008, 10:38 AM
i am anxious to see how blackberry handles its touch screen typing operations. will it vibrate with each "contact" like the verizon voyager? i'm sure blackberry did much market research and has picked the best typing arrangement on the device. they had to design this device not just for the consumer, but for the business person who wants the full functionality and easy of use of a blackberry, along with the cutting edge technology.

i know that everyone is against a touch screen, but i'm almost positive that blackberry will make it great. have faith! ha ha

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 10:41 AM
while I agree with the first part of your post... this last part just makes no sense at all

I fixed it. I wont go to Verizon or ATT. So i wont have a thunder or an IPhone until they come to tmobile.

Dawg
06-09-2008, 10:42 AM
i get enough crap on my screen I cant imagine having finger prints all the time. thats my only draw back to the touch screen. I cant keep what i have clean much less something I have touch with my hands when I am eating or working.

Sith_Apprentice
06-09-2008, 10:42 AM
iPhone can easily be unlocked at this point. If that is all that is holding you back, go for it

teamcrn
06-09-2008, 11:06 AM
iPhone can easily be unlocked at this point. If that is all that is holding you back, go for it

NAh i am not that Cutting Edge i would rather have the phone come from My carrier. Less hassle IMO

nancytice
06-09-2008, 12:56 PM
you really need a keyboard. I reviewed the htc touch, i have an itouch, I hate the 'keyboard' !!!
a blackberry with no physical keyboard???? I'm already on verizon so I could try it out, but I'm not sure I want to.
Apple didn't get it right with the iPhone keyboard, so I'm not sure blackberry will.
they couldn't make it a slider? sigh.

rorozco
06-09-2008, 03:33 PM
The Clean look is cool but I also would like to have a physical keyboard.

Why has RIM not looked at a design that has a fold out keyboard? There are many devices out there that do that but none work well as real Blackberrys. Why not have a unit that has both a touch screen and a real fold out keyboard?
:idea:

rachamphetamine
06-09-2008, 04:17 PM
There's always the possibility that they will branch out into having a fold out or slide out keyboard next!

doe4040
06-10-2008, 05:07 AM
Thats actually pretty good looking.
And to rachamphetamine - the fold/slide keyboard is a good idea, that would put it into rivalry with the HTC TyTN and the Sidekick

david_uk
07-15-2008, 01:21 AM
UK users can now form an orderly queue here

RIM® BlackBerry 9500 Smartphone Description - eXpansys UK (http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=171156)

xkylar
07-15-2008, 01:56 AM
It looks good but the virtual keyboard design kinda looks ugly. Hopefully when it's release they'll have different "skins" for it.

takeshi
07-15-2008, 09:31 AM
Why has RIM not looked at a design that has a fold out keyboard?
How do you know that they haven't? All we know is that they haven't released a fold out. I'm sure you could ask the same of sliders, etc etc.

As for the touch screens, I'm not a fan of them but I'd give the iPhone 3G and the Thunder (just not on VZW) a shot.

The BlackBerry Kid
07-15-2008, 02:36 PM
i think the thunder is pretty cool.