RIM’s BlackBerry 9000 Apple iPhone-lookalike: It’s no iPhone

“How’s RIM’s iPhone-killer BlackBerry 9000? Not bad! So says Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com, who managed to get his paws on a way-before-release test unit from eBay,” Dan Frommer reports in an article headlined, “RIM’s iPhone Killer: Not Terrible! But No iPhone” for Silicon Alley Insider.

“Obviously, the new BlackBerry is no iPhone — it lacks Apple’s powerful OS X, its multi-touch display (no touch screen, period) and its super-simple user interface,” Frommer reports.

“And that iPhone-lookalike silver band around the edges? Michaluk says it’s plastic, not metal,” Frommer reports. “Cheap-o!”

Frommer reports, “But that’s okay. From what we’ve seen so far, this is the best iPhone-wannabe yet.”

Full article here.

RiM must be very proud. smirk

You can judge the distance behind and overall cluelessness of iPhone’s future roadkill by the amount they copy the iPhone’s exterior… This ceaseless quest to dress up antiques in Apple veneer is pathetic and sad.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, March 29, 2008

RIM BlackBerry 9000 User Interface:

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  1. Surely they have more than that up their sleeve…is this a decoy?? If not, then I would do as said in Road House… “Dig a hole”.
    The fact that the silver outer edge is plastic makes me embarrassed. Only one product line and now this. Truly embarrased.

  2. A friend of mine has the HTC copy of the iPhone and it looks a lot like the iPhone exterior and the icons also looks like those on the iPhone. But it has a stylus because the screen is “pressure sensitive” (like the old pocket PCs) and the animations are very crappy, looks like you are seeing a power point presentation in every animation of the screen.

    Also, it lack of java does not allows to install anything (iPhone does not have java also, but you can install far more applications and far more better ones). They organize the SMS messages in the old fashion way, not like a chat conversation in the iPhone.

    I am telling you this because no matter how well they look the other “iPhone killers” or how much better hardware they have, as long as they do not have iPhone OS, they are just a bunch of crappy dumb devices from the past that are just well dressed.

  3. It really occurs to me that not one company has learned from Apple. Not one other electronics (or computer) company gets what customers want. They always play catch-up and, even then, still manage to get it wrong. Nokia had at least 10 years to come up with something and they kept producing the same crap with a new screen.

  4. I just think it’s funny that the main upgrade to the BB over the last few years has been a trackball. I was really excited about trackballs. Way back when I got my first powerbook in 1994.

  5. Why are the icons so old looking. Kinda like Black and White or monochrome like the old computers. Is that how they got the GUI to respond faster by dummying down the graphical elements of the UI? LOL

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