And there was a Sound of THUNDER!!!

I just wanted to give a quick update on the newest Blackberry getting ready to hit the block..  While I have said before the IPHONE isnt for me it has however prompted other phone makers to “step there game up”  I have been tracking the progress of one such unit as it is slated to be a Verizon only model and being that I am on “the network”   and have replaced my Ipod with my Blackberry as my media player of choice a large touchscreen blackberry is appealing both in design and the fact that I can watch a movie in widescreen and not have to carry anything else.. 

 

Here’s a quick recap of the details we brought you last week on the Thunder’s touchscreen display:

  • Tactile Response – when you press on the Thunder’s screen, it pushes in “just” a little bit (the whole screen is sort of like a big button) and you get immediate “real” feedback – you hear an audible clickety sound, and can feel a buzz in your finger where you actually pressed on the display.
  • Full QWERTY and SureType entry – hold the phone in landscape mode and you can take advantage of a full-qwerty keypad. Use the phone in portrait mode and you can enter data on a SureType keyboard. You will be able to choose/change your screen/keyboard orientation at anytime. 
  • Screen is made of glass and will feature multi-touch – the Thunder is said to be utilizing WebKit for it’s browser engine (same as the iPhone), so hopefully that means a solid web browsing experience for the Thunder.

I’m not sure whether these exact keyboard skins will make the Thunder’s final release version of OS 4.7, but from the images you can tell the user-experience RIM is going after here… they want typing on the Thunder to be EASY. That means a lot of screen real estate dedicated to the keyboard, which makes room for big keys that are easy to locate and tap. RIM is famous for the ‘BlackBerry Prayer’ position users assume when typing messages on their devices and it looks like that won’t change with the introduction of the touchscreen Thunder… you should be able to grip the device with both hands and pound out emails with both thumbs blazing.

The images also provide further confirmation that the Thunder’s operating system will still rely heavily on the BlackBerry menu button for key functions and advanced options vs putting all options on the main screen as the iPhone does. I’d assume hitting the menu key while on the Compose Message screens shown in these images should provide the standard BlackBerry menu options such as Send, Copy/Paste, Save Draft, Check Spelling, Attach file, etc.

After using an iPhone 3G for a couple of days, I’ll say this: while it’s pretty, it’s not very efficient at getting stuff done (ahem) lighting-quick. A touchscreen BlackBerry like this may just one-up the iPhone in that department because it’s based on the speedy and efficient BlackBerry OS while also getting the benefits of a gigantic touchscreen for browsing, reading and viewing media.

What do you think, does RIM have another winner on their hands?

So direct from the Folks at WWW.Crackberry.com  (shout out to kevin) comes live images of the Thunder..  Stevie fan boys eat your apple out!

much berry looking keyboard then the Iphone, almost looks real
much berry looking keyboard then the Iphone, almost looks real

 

Does suretype when you flip it..
Does suretype when you flip it..

 

Here’s a quick recap of the  Blackberry Thunder’s touch screen display:

*       Tactile Response – when you press on the Thunder’s screen, it pushes in “just” a little bit (the whole screen is sort of like a big button) and you get immediate “real” feedback – you hear an audible clickety sound, and can feel a buzz in your finger where you actually pressed on the display.

*       Full QWERTY and SureType entry – hold the phone in landscape mode and you can take advantage of a full-qwerty keypad. Use the phone in portrait mode and you can enter data on a SureType keyboard. You will be able to choose/change your screen/keyboard orientation at anytime. 

*       Screen is made of glass and will feature multi-touch – the Thunder is said to be utilizing WebKit for its browser engine (same as the iPhone), so hopefully that means a solid web browsing experience for the Thunder.

I’m not sure whether these exact keyboard skins will make the Thunder’s final release version of OS 4.7, but from the images you can tell the user-experience RIM is going after here… they want typing on the Thunder to be EASY. That means a lot of screen real estate dedicated to the keyboard, which makes room for big keys that are easy to locate and tap. RIM is famous for the ‘BlackBerry Prayer’ position users assume when typing messages on their devices and it looks like that won’t change with the introduction of the touchscreen Thunder… you should be able to grip the device with both hands and pound out emails with both thumbs blazing.

The images also provide further confirmation that the Thunder’s operating system will still rely heavily on the BlackBerry menu button for key functions and advanced options vs putting all options on the main screen as the iPhone does. I’d assume hitting the menu key while on the Compose Message screens shown in these images should provide the standard BlackBerry menu options such as Send, Copy/Paste, Save Draft, Check Spelling, Attach file, etc.

After using an iPhone 3G for a couple of days, I’ll say this: while it’s pretty, it’s not very efficient at getting stuff done quick. A touchscreen BlackBerry like this may just one-up the iPhone in that department because it’s based on the speedy and efficient BlackBerry OS while also getting the benefits of a gigantic touchscreen for browsing, reading and viewing media.

 

And as for media what will that look like??? 

 

Ummm Bigger screen and better resolution the the Iphone... CHECK!
Ummm Bigger screen and better resolution the the Iphone... CHECK!

 

Not Coverflow but still passable to listen to music...
Not Coverflow but still passable to listen to music...

What do you think; does RIM have another winner on their hands?

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