The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2013

Mixed reviews for BlackBerry, diehard fans rejoice


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The new BlackBerry got mixed reviews as the Canadian-based smartphone maker launched its bid for a comeback, while diehard Crackberry addicts cheered the new lineup.

Forums devoted to BlackBerry were abuzz after the launch of two sleek new handsets for the Canadian-based firm which at the same time rebranded itself as just BlackBerry, shedding its old name of Research in Motion.

The company, which inspired a cadre of loyal followers addicted to their smartphones long before Apple or Android devices, hoped to build confidence in the future of a company which some analysts said was on the brink of collapse.

But the touchscreen Z10 and its keyboard-equipped sibling dubbed Q10, the first phones operating on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, generated little enthusiasm from early reviewers.