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We haven’t heard much about Blackberry lately. It was even absent in the recent Mobile World Congress so news about the brand is as sparse as it gets. But an apparition of what seems to be their latest entry has got us giddy. A new leak from Evan Blass (@evleaks) shows us the bezel-less profile of the premium Android handset: the Blackberry ‘Ghost’. Indeed, bezel-less is the trend but we were hoping for Blackberry, a brand known for its physical keyboard and solid security, to be a bit different. For now, without any information on specifications and price, it looks like any other Android phone. Will we be seeing a similar version in our shores? Don’t count on it. It’ll only be available in India, where Blackberry has an exclusive long-term deal to design and manufacture handsets for one of India’s telco giants.  If you’re in the hunt for Blackberry though, it is…

The Mobile World Congress 2015 was held last March 2 – 5, 2015 at Barcelona, Spain. The tech world welcomed new and exciting devices. Here are the most notable and top announcements during the event: 1. The Samsung S6 and S6 Edge Adopting a new design philosophy, which was stemmed from the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung released its newest flagship phone, the S6 and a variation of it, the S6 Edge in their Samsung Unpacked Event held during the MWC 2015. The new S6 series is a departure from the previous series, switching from an all-plastic shell to a dual-glass design enhanced with a metal frame. The Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the display glass…

YouPoundIt and Jun Sabayton have done it again! They finally released the much coveted unboxing of the recently launched Blackberry Passport. In the video above, you will see Jun Sabayton unbox the Passport while saying his funny antics and sometimes NSFW (if you’re too sensitive) comments. Officially launched today at Romulo Cafe, Makati, Blackberry Passport is Blackberry’s answer to the growing demand of consumers for devices that are ready for mobility  and robustness. Armed with 1:1 HD display (1440×1440) and full capacitive physical keyboard, Passport is expected to sell out pretty well especially for mobile business people. [button color=”green” link=”https://www.gadgetpilipinas.net/2014/11/blackberry-officially-launches-blackberry-passport-in-the-philippines/” align=”center” target=”_blank” icon=”brankic-icon-camera”]Click to Read Launch Coverage[/button]

Epicue’s healthy mix of epic app idea and exciting software features gained lots of praises from raters of Blackberry’s Dream App Factory, a contest where app ideas are conceptualized and shared with the BlackBerry 10 community. Pitched and created by Filipino Blackberry app developers, Epicue is a “social app that allows users post and share their thoughts about a restaurant and help other customers through reviews, ratings and more importantly, customer traffic and volume. It provides other information such as location, contact numbers and menu among others.” The Filipino app developers include: John G. Bibal II, Team Leader Oliver Martinez, Developer / Designer Allyson L. de Lumban, Developer Michael Donavan Lim Go, Developer Marc Anthony B. Reyman, Developer / Designer Pete Angelo Doligosa, UI and Usability Design Lead, Developer Show your support to these devs by rating their dream app on this link. For more info, see the dream app full description below. Its app name,…

If you’re a Blackberry fan, and have been been yearning to own a Blackberry Q10, well, you’re in pure luck as you can now get it from the leader in postpaid, Globe. Globe is first telco in the Philippines to launch the BlackBerry Q10 and will be the only operator offering the newest BlackBerry smartphone for the first thirty (30) days when it becomes officially available in the country on June 7. You can easily get a Q10 for as low as PhP1,499 monthly under the best-ever MySuperPlan 999. Effectively, with this plan, all you have to do is to dole out monthly cash-out of PhP500 plus the PhP999 service charge over a 2-year contract period. Of course, you can opt to get higher MySuperPlan variants at different contract period so you won’t have to worry about cash outs or up-front charges. The Blackberry Q10 features a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9, QWERTY…

Before 2009 ended, I gave you my impressions on Blackberry Curve 8520’s Operating System, Dashboard and Messaging. Generally, everything works pretty well but because the phone doesn’t have the power to take on too many opened applications, I’ve experienced several lags while using it.

This time, before I end my triparted impressions on this BB variant, let me give you my experiences on using the web browser and 3rd party applications. Then finally, I will my final verdict on this phone.

Merry Christmas everyone! Last December 24, I gave you my impressions on Blackberry Curve 8520 with special focus on its form and aesthetics. Today, I will give you my thoughts about its operating system. IMPRESSIONS (Part 2) OPERATING SYSTEM Blackberry Curve 8520 uses OS v.4.6.1.314. Like other Blackberries, the OS installed in this variant is built specially to put its signature input keys such as the trackball and the optical trackpad into maximum reliability. Amazingly, although its OS has its minimalistic theme, it certainly never fails to provide the necessary features its end users need. The OS performs quite fast with this phone. However, when I tried opening several applications like messaging, calendar, Mobipocket Reader and web and to my dismay, it failed to respond until I had to remove the battery to put it off. I realized then that I was using a low-end Blackberry variant. Let me give…

In the 2nd quarter of 2009, there was a rumor that RIM (Research in Motion) will be releasing a low-end Blackberry. So when I read about such rumors, I told myself, “Ano na namang kalokohan ‘to? ‘Di ba pang-executive lang ang Blackberry?! [Translation: WTF!?]” To my amazement, Blackberry indeed launched the said device in the 3rd quarter 2009 and changed the way how we think about Blackberries.

I was not a fan of blackberry then but when I saw it on sale in Greenhills (a popular shopping spot in the heart of the Philippines), I was stunned by its simple-yet-beautiful look and features. It doesn’t have a trackball, its operating system is similar to blackberries with physical keyboards and it performs almost equal to other Blackberries as well.

Since this Blackberry deviates from the usual norm in the Philippines (only for rich and the top-level company executives), its hardware specifications and features are quite low-end. Although it does have the necessary components a Blackberry should have, the lack of 3G and camera flash may really be a deal breaker for some.

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