The touch-screen mobile is available on two -year contracts costing £35 per month. The device boasts a “springy” feeling 3.25-inch screen, can handle email, the internet and music and video.
Naturally it’s winning some praise, partially ‘cuz it has a QWERTY keyboard. See images of the gadget right here.
A built-in media player handles a number of music formats and can synchronise with iTunes. There’s social networking and an array of other features which exemplify just how much attention RIM has given the iPhone when developing the device.
Is it an iPhone-killer? We must wait and see, but you may want to ponder these various reports from the analysts at Needham while you make up your mind.
The key challenge for Research In Motion – and for other smartphone makers is in the question, “just how smart are these iPhone alternatives?”
As Needham’s analyst Charles Wolf noted recently: “Most of the iPhone’s competitors run on relatively primitive operating systems,” Wolf notes. “These systems are simply incapable of supporting the development of software applications that match the ingenuity of those written for the iPhone. In the app store, Apple has reinvented the PC maxim that software drives hardware, in this case iPhone sales.”
We’ll leave you with this Lewis Hamilton-led promo video for the new BlackBerry.