My fantasy BlackBerry

By Yale Holder

With all the recent talk about the premature death of the BlackBerry and in the wake of their recent AGM, what would your ideal blackberry cell phone look, and feel like.

I’ll be interested in your thoughts, but let me start things off, as a BlackBerry fan myself and what I would like to see in the next BlackBerry is…

Improved Hardware

I don’t like it when the BlackBerry sticks or freezes. So I would like a BlackBerry with at least 768 MB of RAM, A dual core processor and kick ass graphics not the 480 x 360 pixels standard more inline with the industry best, 960-by-640-pixels.

Where are the Apps?

My colleague uses a term over and over again, “infinite discovery”, I want to wake up every morning with a new way to use my BlackBerry – I need an app for everything. The best way to do this, is to adopt Android as an app platform.

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Lose the Keyboard

In my perfect BlackBerry there is no keyboard, more like the Torch without the slide out keyboard. Is the keyboard dead? Let me know what you think about this.

BBM for Android and iPhone

I know this is a bit off, but I would like to BBM my friends who have Android and who have the iPhone. So let’s create a BBM app for both platforms so I can communicate with everyone else out there.

Related story – BBM for iPhone? Yup –it’s called iMessage

A cooler OS with more Sizzle

My BlackBerry must work and feel like the Playbook. Have some sizzle in the OS, move smoothly, and a better browser experience. I feel the PlayBook is one of the best experiences I’ve seen on a BlackBerry ever. I would like a similar experience, its much smoother, better multitasking and HD video, nice swiping features and it just seems more intuitive.

A Better Camera

The camera’s on the BlackBerry hasn’t been bad but it hasn’t been the best. I would like HD Video, 780p with a front facing camera, 8 MP with an HDMI video out port for connections to my HDTV.

I’m not going to sing goodbye to the BlackBerry just yet, as I’m sure my ideal BlackBerry is on the drawing board somewhere at RIM and hopefully will be released very soon.
Let’s help RIM get it right. What would your ideal BlackBerry look like?

Yale Holder is co-founder of myCELLmyTERMS, a Toronto-based company that helps cell phone users negotiate wireless plans with independent dealers.


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