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New BlackBerry Phones: The Hardware is Meaningless

Jan 14 2011, 1:30pm CST | by , in Rumors | Mobile Phones

New BlackBerry Phones: The Hardware is Meaningless
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The OS is what needs to Step Up

Well, RIM's new line of BlackBerry smartphones has leaked. On paper, the Torch 2, Curve and Dakota all look like a step forward. The BlackBerry line has had a lot of trouble modernizing, but these new devices have all stepped up in terms of RAM and processor speed, and actually having freaking touchscreens. But will it be enough?

...No.

Sorry to be a bit abrupt there, but the sad fact is that all of these new "smart"phones will run OS 6.1. And while BlackBerry 6-on has fixed several issues, the platform is still old as dirt. Media consumption and Internet browsing will always be secondary or tertiary apps on BlackBerry devices. Which is one reason Android and iOS are eating them alive.

RIM has been steadily losing market share since Android rolled onto the scene. BlackBerry 6 did nothing to reverse those losses, and a new line of slightly less behind-the-curve phones won't swing things around. No, the only hope RIM has right now is in the tablet sphere.

The Playbook is a wonderful device with a perfect next-gen mobile OS. A candybar (or sliding QWERTY) smartphone running the Playbook OS would have a real shot at pulling Android users away. But, for some reason, RIM has their gaze fixed on the past. Maybe a million Playbook sales will change their attitude.

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