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Old 10-09-2007, 08:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Didn't T-Mo have a Samsung flip a year or so ago that had a suretype keyboard and supported BB E-Mail?
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:34 AM   #22 (permalink)
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The SGH-t719 Samsung SGH-T719 Specs & Features (Phone Scoop)

It was not a very good phone. Slow and unstable with poor sound quality.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:44 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It was not a very good phone. Slow and unstable with poor sound quality.
And that my friend is why a BlackBerry flip phone might be a hot seller assuming it is of quality. I know quite a few people who cuss their cell phones due to instability and poor voice quality. Most of them are amazed at my 8830. They don't like the size of the 8830 or the Curve for that matter.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:22 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I dont know if a good 'flipberry' would be a good seller since we havnt seen one yet, however if someone cant handle the size of a pearl or a curve then perhapse they should reconsider their need for a pdaphone.

Personally I dont think a pdaphone can be made much smaller then the pearl without sacrificing far too much in the way of screen and keyboard size to be usable. Thinner maybe, but no smaller.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:26 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I personaly think they'll never come out with a flip phone, it just doesn't sound like something RIM would do. They made a huge progress by scaling down their devices to 8100's size, more and more people are getting the smaller BlackBerry's, and it's not "only" limited to business oriented crowd. Small is good, but not flip phone small. (I really hate flip phones.)
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:38 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I suggest a completely new rehauled image of the BB if they do venture into the flip-phone category. The reason I say this is because so many of the BB users tend to prefer it because of the sleek QWERTY keypad and the email/business solutions for people on the go.

At the same time, a smaller phone is great because the business user can easily conceal and have access to their phone without it being "bulky" (the Curve is NOT bulky, but it may seem like it to people who have been using smaller phones religiously).

An option would be to look into concept designs that would integrate the QWERTY board without compromising the size (small) and the "flip" (any sort of flip can count here).

They might even consider putting the screen on a pivot that would flip it up, then horizontally over the bottom on top of the bottom-half of the "flip" type phone so that the screen looks wide and email-friendly and the buttons on the BB "flip" phone can be assembled in such a way as to be much flatter, so less width in the phone.

They could also incorporate a number pad directly onto the screen and the letter pad on the actual half of the phone.

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The concept sounds intriguing, there could be so much done with the BB, but I really feel RIM is being held back because they have the design and the idea down they just need to open up their market to both common users and business friendly.
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MMCPHR has the right idea, as does the samsung model. Imagine a black berry pear sized flip phone. The screen could be as as big as the screen plus keyboard on the pearl, and also have a full keyboard. Now just make it as thin or thiner, with the pivot screen, add a small external display for time and incoming email and messages, and gps and/or wifi, you'd have a winner.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Why not? I am not a fan of the Pearl but some people are and more power to them. Main issue is can RIM provide desirable products that people will buy now and in the future. If that includes a flip phone why not? I think my wife would be seriously interested. She likes my 8830 but does not like the size.

So for a homework assignment redesign the Pearl into a flip phone. First prize is Lunk buying the beer.
Mine too. I could finally get her out of the garbage she's been using for the last few years.
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