With the new handsets coming on to the market from Apple and Android this Autumn, Blackberry is facing some uncertainty about its future as a company. Both individual customers and companies who use Blackberry for corporate deals are holding off on upgrading their phones amid doubt as to whether the manufacturer will still be around to support the devices.
Despite this, Blackberry has just revealed their plans to launch a new flagship smartphone, the new Z30.
The new phone is a five inch touchscreen device with a 1.7 gigabyte processor and stereo speakers. One of its most exciting features is its ability to learn the user’s most important contacts and conversations and bring them together in one place so that they can be easily found.
The new phone will be released in the UK. The new phone holds itself up as the natural choice for people looking for a smartphone that is excellent at messaging, communications and productivity.
Other Blackberry 10 devices
The Z10 was released in the UK at the end of January 2013. Unlike traditional Blackberry phones, it offers a touch screen which allows it to compete in the same area of the market as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. It can support up to 32GB in memory through its Micro SD card slot.
The Q10 was released later in the year to upgrade the traditional Blackberry with a qwerty keyboard. It is very similar in design to its predecessor, although the keyboard is no longer curved. The budget offering this year has been the Q5. While it makes the Blackberry 10 range slightly more affordable, it still doesn’t carry a low price tag.
With the fourth version of the Blackberry 10 devices due to come out by the end of the year, it is likely that we’ll see an influx of Blackberry phones on the second-hand market as people sell their old Blackberry’s as they upgrade – another option for those looking for something a bit more at the budget end of the market.
Blackberry Curve 9320
Alternatively, as a budget phone for a festival present this year, the blackberry Curve 9320 seems to be a sensible option. Available at around the £100 mark SIM free, this little phone is simple to use and fits comfortably in your pocket. It is a sleek device with a curved back that is easy and comfortable to hold. It is a little bit larger, rounder and heavier than its predecessor. However, it is perfect for people who are new to the smartphone experience.
The screen is fairly basic, mainly due to its size after the majority of the front of the phone has been taken up with the QWERTY keyboard. It isn’t a touch screen, with the phone being operated entirely from the keyboard, optical trackpad and the four standard buttons allowing you to call, hang up, go to the menu and go back.
Despite the seemingly uncertain future of Blackberry, they are still releasing some functional phones for every market from budget to high-end. When it comes to a new phone , you certainly can’t rule them out.