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BlackBerry orlando - A Curve Touch with a physical keyboard?!

By Bla1ze on 8 Apr 2011 01:36 pm EDT
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BlackBerry orlando - A Curve Touch with a physical keyboard?! 

Is that a BlackBerry sedona / apollo? Not exactly -- it may look similar, but what you're seeing above is reportedly a new device now running under the codename orlando. From the information gathered, this device keeps the best of everything we have seen in the past from the sedona / apollo but adds a touchscreen to the mix. With the BlackBerry orlando not making an appearance on the leaked 2011 roadmap we're left wondering if this device -- the orlando, actually evolved from the sedona / apollo and those devices have now been scrapped, only to be replaced by this one.

When looking at the upcoming BlackBerry line-up, all of the devices are touch based, to round out the line-up and make it complete putting out the sedona / apollo as a touch screen device makes sense. Although, it does take away from those not wanting a touch screen device but with a keyboard and trackpad, if you don't like it then -- don't use it. In any event, this device is still lacking a lot of information behind it beyond a name and a picture that gives no signs of it actually being a different device then what we've already seen of sedona / apollo. For now, take it with a grain of salt -- more info to come as we get it.

Source: N4_BB

28 comments

JustinGTP

Wow! They have some neat stuff coming out.

salamahoy

Not a huge fan of the Curve series, but R.I.M. is really getting serious about 2011 and their line-up of devices. Congrats.

www.roflmaocopter.com

marker580

So what you're saying is this is a non-fugly Bold Touch.

Kennedy.L

Nothing about the Bold Touch is F-Ugly! That will be a hot item my friend.

marker580

It may be a hot item, but both the Bold 9000 and the Bold Touch are F-U-G-L-Y. Just sayin'.

visualpurple

I am so into this - I love the curve form factor and keyboard. I was hesitant about the Bold Touch because of the size, but I would definitely pick this up!

3Dee

That is a nice looking phone - if this is still entry level in price but not in the specs dept (eg screen res), this could be the hotcake of 2011.

Barredbard

For all those who will inevitably criticize my observation, you should note that I am currently using a Blackberry Bold 9650, so I can't be dismissed as a 'Rim-basher.'

RIM is missing the point. Completely. It is not the touchscreen that make their devices less appealing, at least to the North American consumer. It is the size of their screens. Slice it any way you want, all functions on the phone, especially browsing and media functions are made more pleasant with a bigger screen real estate.

A touchscreen on a phone with the same screen size as my 9650 is almost as useless as a mole on a nose. It gives more options, but doesn't necessarily make the user experience any more pleasant.

Kennedy.L

The 3.7 inch screen should satisfy demands for a larger screen - the iPhone 4 is 3.5 inch. So if North American consumers are looking for a larger screen it looks like they have an option.

MikeGomez

Not into little touch screen that`s why a love my torch and getting the T2

privax

from the visuals this phone looks WAY better than the new bold but it won't come close in specs... and I can't justify buying a cheaper version of a phone when I know there is something way better out... SMH idk what to do

rtk777

The BOLD TOUCH is a 1000% more attractive than this curve. Obviously, some people have questionable taste.

Kennedy.L

I second that rtk777.

mrtouchedme

Third...bold touch looks way nicer than this

MousePad

I totally agree with Barredbard... What's the point of giving a touchscreen to a phone that already has a keyboard/trackpad?

Not much...

I know the Torch also has a keyboard and a trackpad, but can we agree that the phone was designed from the beginning with a touchscreen in mind?

So, as Barredbard said: it all comes down to screen size...

I wasn't too thrilled with the Torch when it came out, but chose to get one anyway, and I have to say that this form-factor is interesting... I think it's the way to go for RIM on their future phones, while still keeping the "old school" format around for those that prefer it...

mrtouchedme

Some people prefer the candybar style phones, I personally don't like sliders or full touchscreen....I'll give up some screen size for a decent "old school" format non sliding blackberry keyboard! Besides, can you imagine how big the phone would be in the candybar style with a 4" screen, if I wanted a obnoxiously huge phone to carry around, I'd just get an android

Skeevecr

This pic could easily just be the apollo or sedona again and to be honest it seems quite unlikely that they would release another phone that was exactly the same as those except for the touchscreen.

When we first heard leaks about orlando it sounded more like it would be a cutprice storm model rather than a curve version of the bold touch.

GingerSnapsBack

Is it a half touch screen/half physical keyboard phone? I just can't see myself using something like this. I'm a chick and have small hands but with just a half touch screen phone like that, what can you do other than click icons?

bulls2213

you don't have to use the touch screen...it still has a trackpad

bulls2213

you don't have to use the touch screen...it still has a trackpad

Kennedy.L

Pinch to zoom, copy and paste, and other screen functions. Oh and probably the ability to play a few new/different games.

the brother

Please enter me in the contest for a Curve Touch (Orlando, GSM).

JustinGTP

I have a Torch and to those users asking "what is the point of a touch screen and trackpad/keyboard", I say it's actually quite nice. I use my torch with the keyboard out all the time. In fact, it is sitting on my desk right now with it's keyboard hanging out (teehee).

The experience of using my phone with the combination of the screen and keyboard is just great. I touch an icon and then start typing on the keyboard. Or, I use the trackpad in those sticky places where the writing is small, because it's accurate.

Barredbard

No one is asking "what is the point of a touch screen and trackpad/keyboard?" Everyone is asking "what is the point of a touchscreen and trackpad/keypad on a small screen like the curve?"

Of course you enjoy using your keyboard on the Torch. Afterall, it has a sizeable screen that dwarfs that of the curve.

experiment 626

Now for the BIG question: Camera with a flash?

zensen

I don't subscribe to the don't want it don't use it. It gets in the way sometimes. Hope non touchscreen devices are in still projected in the long run

tayor618

That screen is pretty big though

Tecklop

Looking at the Picture, It has quite a Small screen and I think it's not gonna have a Touch Screen.

Is it 480x360?