My nicknames for the black and white versions of the BlackBerry Z10...

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Feb 2013 09:41 am EST

In the spirit of the RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK, I bring you....

Darth Vader Stormtrooper

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper! 

Of course now that Research In Motion has been re-branded to BlackBerry the whole RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK thing doesn't really work, but I think the Star Wars inspired nicknames absolutely fit the bill. Just look at the phones! The first time I saw the white Z10 I instantly thought Stormtrooper!

Putting the nicknames to use while working our BlackBerry Z10 review, the Crack team already shortened them to just Vader for the black Z10 and Trooper for the white Z10. Will the nicknames stick? I'm thinking yes! 

And remember... in the movies the bad guys always lose. But in real life I'm pretty sure whoever owns the Death Star is going to kick the most ass.

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My nicknames for the black and white versions of the BlackBerry Z10...


sounds good.
still like 'the Gretzky' better, but they both got a nice ring to it.

and didn't I see you drunk tweeting on the bb10 last night lol? and then up to get some work done?


Kevin could you forward this idea to Blackberry. To allow integration between the native calendar and weather apps.

That way when people look at their appointments, they can see what the weather will be like and can make changes to their appointments if necessary.

If they have the calendar open (in month view) and they want to see what the weather will be like in 2 days, they select that date by tapping and holding for 1 second and swipe/pull down to view the weather, or swipe/pull up to see their appointments(something similar in the HUB). This would be considered "peeking" into what it will be like for that particular day. Once they lift off their thumb, it will sling away.

I can say more on its function but I'd prefer to PM you. I can make a picture to better explain it if you want.

Does anyone else see my idea?

I agree with you on this. It would be amazing if we could go into the native calendar app and be able to check the weather from there and make plans based on what the weather's going to be on any given day.

Thanks! Let's push for them to do this. I honestly think it would be an awesome feature for Blackberry. Especially since Blackberries are for people who DO and on the GO.

That way I don't have to open the weather app, and my calendar, and not have to toggle between active frames.

* BlackBerry by choice *
I hear that. It Better come to Sprint. If not I might have to switch carriers. And I've been with Sprint for over 10 years.

* BlackBerry by choice *
Great timing actually I just found this on my own and started a thread for it in the z10 forums lol. I didn't even see the post on the blog. Damn I need to pay better attention.
Thanks though.

So stoked to pick my trooper up Tuesday. Been fondling Vader daily since discovering the demo unit at Rogers. What a slick device!

Kevin........I think we have to re-think this! Remember Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers represent the Evil Empire. When I think the Evil Empire, I think Apple and the iPhone. My son and daughter have already gone over to the "dark side". I am not. I will be waiting till April, when the Q10 comes out.

"The Force is strong with this one."

I did rethink it... and remember, Star Wars is a movie, where the bad guys have to lose.

In real life it's the guy who owns the Death Star that's gonna kick the most ass. Vader and Trooper it is! 

Apple and Android shouldn't be too proud of this technological terror they've constructed. The ability to control a planet is insignificant next to the power of the BlackBerry.

Remember at the end of star wars er vi vader saves luke and the republic... Vader fits fine sa as the z10 will save the RIMPIRE :)

Well, Apple with there millions of white clone phones are perfect for Stormtroopers and the late Darth Jobs with his black jeans and polo neck fit perfectly the role of the Galactic Empire.

Haha, Stormtrooper was the first thing I thought of too when I saw the white Z10. I know atleast one ofhter person who thought the same thing, but didn't relize it was so comon....guess their's a lot of us StarWars fans here :)

Not sure i agree these are fitting names. Just doesn't feel right. Star wars was great, fan of episodes 4,5,6. Not so much the rest and feels kinda dated. Z10 is new and ecxiting, just doesn't fit. But just go with the flow i guess, see where it takes us.

I'm going to blog this right now like we did the Sprint one so you quit posting it on every single thread here, ok?  We get it! I want it to come to the USA sooner too.

Mommy, mommy, mommy mommy mommymommymommymommymommy . . . . . Lois!

Yep - gets irritating. You and Ms CrackBerry will have kids someday and then you'll REALLY see.

Oh... He's not gonna stop. That's a pretty good executive decision though. It'll surely help it past the 20 people a day rate it's been going at.

Anything that can draw attention to the unbelievable TWO MONTH DELAY for US customers is a good thing. So far, it's basically just been dismissed as "no big deal". It's really deflated the excitement for us!

Kevin, just to let you know, when the touch model was presented on Wed someone named the phones by color in the exactly same way (especially with the white model, stormtrooper was a success when he/she called them like that and everyone loved it)... so, let's try to find the user name and honor him/her in the article title... it would be nice for that person (except that i didn't realize and was you the one that actually said it in the first place hahaha)

Hahaha, nice! What other phones out there where you can actually give it a fitting nickname? I like this!

~I am BlackBerry by choice~

Im far from a Star Wars fan, but these nicknames are actually pretty slick.

It's just too bad I like the nickname "Trooper" the best but I like the black version a lot more

When can I get one in "Imperial Guard" red or "Yoda" green? Get me Disney ...

I would settle for a "Chewie" brown

I would to see those wallys reversed for the contrast. Bet it would look very cool. One of you PhotoShop gurus post a swapped up pic in the forums?

LOL! Nice nicknames Kevin! I was seriously about to start a thread in the forum to call you out and see what we can call it instead of Rimpire... But I really dig it and adam hit it on the head with "this is not the droid you are looking for"... I LOL!'D at wendys. Is the Q10 the "imperial pilot"? Get at me!

Well done Kevin. I will be getting a Vader (after along consideration of going with the stormtrooper). At the end of the day, I'd get a white one too dirty.

Stormtrooper cool. Love it. And yes, "this is not the 'droid' you're looking for..." very funny. I hope to have mine next week! !GoBB10Go!

When you think about it the Storm Trooper really is White with Black Bezels !! Perfect Naming !

This would make the PlayBook more like an X-Wing stuck in the swamp getting no BB 10 love at the moment.

Mind you, it reminds me more like the Millenium Falcon shape wise, except the PlayBook's that case it's kind of like a Tie-Fighter. Might as well make it Vader's Tie Fighter...

Sigh! I need to get out more...

I cannot wait until I get my very own Stormtrooper. My PB can be the Death Star since I can bridge them.

Darth Vader is fine and dandy, but Stormtroopers are notorious at being unable to shoot targets and generally do anything right. Might want to check if there's a Jedi that wears white clothing

Meh....I'm not a huge fan of Star Wars, like the movies but wouldn't be naming my phones that.

I'm going with......THE YING YANG TWINS! LOL!

“Think highly of yourself, because the world will take you at your own estimate.”

When Rogers first asked me if I wanted to switch my pre-order to a white one I replied out loud (in spite of being by myself at the time)

"No, I do not want an iBerry."

Not to say the BB10 is anything like an iphone, but just that the last thing I need is someone else glancing over and thinking it is one.

Although I suppose that would be a good opportunity to start talking about WHY it's better, er, different.

Can anybody please tell me where to get Darth Vader wallpaper fo my Z10. It just looks to good not to have. I have to join the darkside. Please anybody know?

Hi guys!!!! I can bet you guys a million bucks no one love's the blackberry z10 more than myself and I wanna let you all know one little thing if you have not updated to the latest software you'll really regret it I have the latest software, portable battery pack, extra charger, up right holster, screen protector and many more cool unique devices & accessories to my blackberry z10 if you folks aren't thrilled with your blackberry z10 phone well then your not a real phone person or just don't appreciate good quality when you have it in the palms of your hand!!!!!!! Thanks guys for bringing out the blackberry z10 have a great month