Can new Blackberry compete with iPhone?

Research In Motion Ltd has risen to the Apple challenge with the recent release of three new Blackberrys. The unveiling of the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm, Bold 9000 and Pearl Flip 8220 addressing the touch screen market, business and consumer sectors respectively was seen as essential for a company which has recently sold 6.1 million handsets compared to Apple's recently reported sales figures of the iPhone of 6.9 million units. But will the recent moves by RIM be enough?


For example, the Storm's on screen text entry is easier to use than the iPhone's basic, featured, text entry system (not including any new Apps). However, there have been reports that Storm icons can be hard to access, according to the Associated Press website - performing the wrong command (zooming in rather than accessing it). There was also a suggestion of slowdown during multiple operations too.


The Bold appears well suited for business use with its QWERTY keyboard and high resolution screen, although internal memory is low and requires use of the microSD slot.  


The Pearl features a lower performance when compared to the Bold and Storm and does without the friendly QWERTY keyboard. It is of use, however, if you don't want to push its limited features too far.


Click to read the Associated Press story


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