Posts tagged ‘RIM’

September 24, 2011

Blackberry Playbook for $249 next week


While many Canadian Playbook vendors have cut prices, Blackberry Playbook price cuts might be coming to the US next week. Crackberry’s tip indicated that a 16 GB Playbook would be on sale between 9/25 and 10/1 at Staples for $349 with a further $99 mail in rebate. This is not comparable to the HP Touchpad ($99) fire sale but I would think a living Playbook is better than a dead TouchPad!

September 5, 2011

Cheapest Tablets and Deals


If you missed out on HP’s blow out $99 sale for the Touch Pad, nothing to fret! Touch Pad is making a come back one last time (or so HP claims. After all their wishy washy announcements, I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce the resurrection of WebOS soon after). We don’t know how much HP would price the next round of tablets, but let’s hope it’s close to that smashing $99 price range.Here are some other options if you don’t really care for the OS.

RIM announced a $50 discount on Play Book for the Labor day weekend at Best Buy. A 16GB Play Book would cost $449.99 at a $50 discount. Not a huge deal, but clearly Playbooks are not selling.

Amazon’s yet to be released Amazon Kindle running Android with Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon App Store is expected to be priced at $250. I would be interested to see the market dynamics when this one comes out.

The low priced entrants in the Indian tablet market will undercut almost all tablets in the US. Reliance’s 3G Tab at $285, Bharti’s Beetle Magiq at $220, LACS’s $99 tablets and the best priced of all is OLPC’s $35 tablet.

All in all, small gross margins, stiff competition and a lot of blood shed to come.

I can’t end a blog without talking about Apple, right? 🙂 Apple iPad 2s are starting to peek into the refurbished inventory. Currently, they have the fully loaded 3G AT&T and Verizon iPad 2 at $779 after having shed $50 from its original $829.



Right now Verizon is running a pretty sweet deal on certified pre-owned Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab. With a 2 yr contract you can get the XOOM for $299.99 and the Tab for just $69.99.

For just $100 more compared to the discounted XOOM price, you can get an Acer Iconia or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for $399. Not willing to spend that much, get  a Dell Streak 7 for $279, although you won’t get Honeycomb on that :P.

There’s a lot of good tablets out there. If you’re looking for one hopefully you end up on this side of the fence instead of Apple’s 😉

November 16, 2010

Nexus S


Just a couple of weeks back, AppleGirl was saying how NFC technology will lead us out of the technological stone-age and that Apple will lead the way.

Well eat your heart out AppleGirl, Eric Schmidt announced today at the Web 2.0 summit that the Nexus S (Google’s 2nd phone) will have NFC technology. Not only that, Schmidt announced that Gingerbread (Android 2.3) will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Check out the pics of the Nexus S. The phone looks super sleek and thin! I guess I know what my Christmas present will be 😉

P.S The Nexus S is produced by Samsung, of course not officially announced.

source: engadget


GoogleChic, I am certainly interested in the concept of NFC but not psyched about the fact that it is tied with Google. With all the user privacy debacles that Google has been having recently, I would be scared to use the phone as a credit card. You would not want a Google employee vacationing in the Bahamas using your credit card information, would you? 🙂

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have joined hands to form a national payment network, called Isis which is expected to roll out in the next 18 months. It’s essentially a mobile commerce network which will create a more convenient shopping experience for customers. Other phone manufacturers like Blackberry and Nokia are getting ready to jump with both feet into the NFC puddle as well.

GoogleChic, you might be able to get NFC on your phone this Christmas, but I doubt you would use it much until next year, when iPhone 5 is expected to be launched.  Doing things at the right time in the right way is important for a business and that’s what Apple does best 😀

October 20, 2010

Epic Steve Jobs’ rant!


Unless you have been living under the rock for the past couple of days, you should have heard of Steve Jobs’ comments at Apple’s 2010 last quarter earnings call. A $20 billion cash rush prompted Steve to stop by and talk about his competitor’s products.

Apple surpassed RIM in smart phone activations and as Steve pointed out, RIM better move its lazy bottom and get to work on turning into a good software company. If you  compare the iPhone to a Blackberry, you will know what Steve was talking about!

Steve Jobs addressed the 7 inch tablet which he referred to as, wait for it .. “DOA -Dead On Arrival”. I’m glad he took the high road and kicked the 7 inch tablet in the gut, and I totally agree with Steve that the 7 inch tablet is just a tweener – too big to compete with a smart phone and too small to compete with the iPad. RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie responded to Jobs saying that 7 inch tablets will be a big portion of the market (a market they haven’t seen much of) and used the “Flash” card to claim they have something that Apple doesn’t. Don’t we all know that’s the card competitors use when they have nothing to show off? GoogleChic, sound familiar 🙂

Android’s claim on open being better than closed seems to have touched a raw nerve on Steve. According to Jobs, Android is a highly fractured, fragmented confusing array of products with varying features and sizes. GoogleChic, this is what you love to call the Android ecosystem.  A software which Google says is not ready for Tablets, but manufacturers go ahead and use it anyway, a platform on which developers have to create multiple versions of their Apps to cater to so many sizes and configurations, and a bevy of carriers who want to jump on the phone with their own customizations or lockdowns. It sounds more like a mess, than the beautiful eco-system  picture that GoogleChic had painted for us.

Last but not the least Andy Rubin, the creator of Android responded to Jobs with a twitter message. Is Schmidt hiding under his table, that he had to send his clever Android developer to write a string of shell commands on Twitter as Android’s response to Apple 🙂

“mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make”

GoogleChic, you should translate this for our readers, since you seem to understand Android’s unnecessary complicated language 🙂 After all, conveying  a concise, comprehend-able message is as hard as building an integrated, easy to use device. Right?


What a suprise, Steve Jobs is yet again alienating the world. Steve Jobs should be coined as the Apple bubble boy, to him everything outside of the bubble is flawed.

If Apple was doing so well, why would they need their CEO to go on a rant to point out everyone’s so called “flaws”  in a earnings call. Isn’t that the time to let your stockholders know how well your company is doing? I guess when you’re so insecure about yourself you have to  snoop to that level.

Technically, Apple surpassed RIM in phone activations, but if you look closely at the facts, according to the Niels reported Apple didn’t surpass RIM until June of this year when the iPhone 4 was released. What’s also interesting is that RIM’s quarter ended in August compared to Apple’s ending in September. Are we really comparing apples to apples (no pun intended) or is Jobs being a drama queen yet again? With that said, of course I have to point out that Android clearly rains supreme in this category 🙂

If Android was so fragmented, why are the so many people interested in it? Hello world, earth to Steve, maybe there are actually options out there, a choice for everyone instead of one phone, one OS (technically two, the latest and the predecessor right?) 😉 There’s “integrated vs fragmented”, looks like people are choosing the so called “fragmented” cause it’s not a once size fits all world!

As for the 7 inch tablet comment that Jobs made, RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie nicely puts it into context. “For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.” , “We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple”.

Another comical topic which probably has Jobs red in the face is  that he referred to  TweetDeck as TwitterDeck (LOL I guess Jobs is still confused about the whole tweet versus twitter terminology). He used TweetDeck to illustrate what he perceives as fragmentation with Android. Looks like you hit a nerve yet again, TweetDeck’s CEO Iaian Dodsworth came back with this comment. “we only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is.”

As for you AppleGirl, I’ll create you an AppleGirl custom rom this weekend

“mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make”

P.S On a side note, I think RIM and Samsung should send over some sandpaper to Jobs so he can use it as toilet paper! (Jobs made a comment on the call that for people to use 7-inch tablets they would need to sandpaper their fingers :P)

October 10, 2010

Enterprises love Apple!


RIM is getting some stiff competition from Apple these days. RIM’s Playbook needs to play catch up and gather some enterprise customers before they all go for the iPad. A mobile activation report by Good Technology for May to September 2010 shows that Apple iOS devices, garnered upto 50% of the net new activations while Android, even with a huge army of devices is lagging at 30% of the net new activations.

It just makes sense to combine both form and function into one device. If you own an iPhone as a personal device, why would you want a lug around a Blackberry or Android, when you can do the same work calls and email on the iPhone.

Recently iPads have been spotted on high profile movie sets such as the Transformers, in the hands of a Saudi Arabian king and they just turned Government worthy as well. iPads are now at work in the Canadian Government and the German Parliament as a paper replacement strategy.  GoogleChic, let’s hear all the important faces and places that Android has seen! Or are you going to say its only the geek boys and girls who use Android devices? 😉


AppleGirl, I’m confused.  You think that RIM needs to play catch up and gather enterprise customers, but how do you know they’re not doing that? It is pretty interesting that  Good Technology is reporting that Apple iOS devices is the most used amongst enterprise customers yet RIM is not included in the study. Since RIM is notoriously known for its support of enterprise customers I say you can throw that study out the window; it’s only a little skewed 😉

Check out the report that the Nielsen Company released several days ago. In the overall market (not just Enterprise), Android devices are leading the race.

As for Android devices being spotted, it’s been spotted on Top Chef, Project Runway, Entourage, Lie to Me just to name a few. Most importantly, the US Army is looking into using Android devices for solders in the field. What’s interesting is that Android pretty much clean sweep the Army’s “App for Army” competition with 10 Android winning apps out of the 15 that were chosen.

September 27, 2010

Blackberry joins the tablet run!


RIM announced its new tablet PC, called Blackberry Playbook today. The 7-inch Tablet geared at the business folks is called the Playbook (I am not sure when and how play and business would meet in the blackberry world!). The operating system, is based on QNX and if RIM wants to be a player in the tablet market, it better outdo its crappy phone OS Blackberry 6. Playbook comes with a front and back cameras and will initially be available only on Wi-Fi, with the company planning 3G and 4G models in the future.

Here are the specs; Looks like Blackberry has loaded the tablet with anything it could get its hands on. RIM has not yet released the price on this iPad wannabe. What do you think? Does Blackberry have another loser in the market?

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM

Blackberry Playbook, SEXY! Do y’all detect the jealousy in AppleGirl’s voice? The device is just unreal, it’s the first dual-core process and it’s 9.7mm thin!

This is a perfect device for people on the go that travel a lot, Blackberry is notoriously know for business users who hack out their work emails on their phone. Think about this, you’re waiting at the airport and want to check your emails, you can easily check on your Playbook thanks to the device paring. Or you can enjoy the latest episode of your favorite TV show thanks to the Adobe Flash support (craving for Flash yet AppleGirl? ;)) Not to mention, it supports multitasking. I do have to say the “cards” concept sure looks a lot like webOS.

I can’t wait to see a full hands on review on this device. Finally, RIM came up with something that’s a breathe of fresh air, they’re hopefully going to be able to push the Blackberry brand beyond the office feel and give it a “playful” feel.

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