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Still on BlackBerry – Love my Z30

May 23, 2015 Comments off

Yup!

Still on BlackBerry Full Time … learning a LOT in the technical software and apps creation space. but I LOVE my Z30!

Birthday tomorrow hoping I win a Passport!

Post I made on Crackberry.

Since I work in I.T., my device is on BES10 as an EMM/MDM deployment, and I’ve been using it on/off as my primary device for 12mths now. I gotta say I’m pretty lucky to work for the enterprise I do, and my managers are the shiznit! Moreover I’m glad that this particular enterprise is smart enough to know the importance of security and collaboration on a global scale and has chosen BES5, BES10 and soon BES12.

I love this Z30 … I’ve tried using iOS/Android/Windows Phone 8.1, only the later comes close but the UI is a layout nightmare. This is what I LOVE about BB10 and why those other OS’ keep me running back.

Email:
– I’ve used mobile email since early EPOC, S60 (various apps, incl LonelyCatGames), UIQ, Windows SmartPhone Edition, iOS, Android, etc. All on Consumer or Corporate accessible/managed and the efficiency, layout, features is bar none! I’m preaching to the coire here but to remind you all what you’re going to miss when you leave.

Keyboard:
– First it was the physical ‘qwerty’. The Touch-based came along and changed the game yet again!
Touch typing, auto-complete, Auto-Text (which was ill renamed to Shortcuts, arrgh!) is incredible and BlackBerry NEEDS to showcase this as the industry innovator in this space. They should’ve patented this!

Keyboard is a Keyboard is a damn FINE keyboard! Physical or Touch, the BlackBerry keyboard remains the hallmark of the brand. There is a reason for it, it’s because save for the Passport irregardless of which model you use and what year you used it, then you’ll feel right at home. The functions and features are throughout the UI and the OS and made available to ALL third party applications including those in Android runtime. It’s a simple thing to choose to allow this, yet when you use different apps on Android (and not changing the keyboard or installing third party) the layout completely changes and you’ll need to adjust.

Native Apps: The power of Peek and Flow … the seemlessness and the power and efficiency still has me clinging and clutching my BlackBerry Z30. The Q10 I tried for a week was just too small a screen to really enjoy this, even on 10.3.1 that made space so efficient just isn’t enough.

With Qt/C++ applications on BB10 … I AM THE USER! I am in full control I choose what it has access to. In this day and age of such mature mobile and desktop OS’ I cannot believe how secondary the USER has become, no longer serving us but we serving them, developers of greed and immorale practices and corporations that rape our information, ahem Google.

My BIGGEST pet peeve is when I choose to launch an application, I already know what app I’m launching, so WHY in GOD’s name am I flashed a space screen of the app logo (company or app name) before the UI is loaded? And why for so long?! Bloomberg does this and since the Android port for all except the Passport it’s taking longer to load with each version for my more than capable Z30.

File Manager (Personal/Work Space):
Love the simplicity of the UI layout and the power! This software was able to handle 2 externally connected USB chips (via external non-powered hub), MicroSD, and Box.net, and I was able to file transfer WHILE viewing data from one of those sources! Powerful. No other file manager is this powerful … sure I’ve seen a few Android ones but man the UI is a crappy mess, un-necessary adds.

Why do I love BlackBerry?
– They have always had a vision and only once made the mistake to follow vs leading
– They take their time before releasing products so there are minimal if any flaws.
– This Z30 has dropped from 4′ serveral times with a VERY small dent on the corner.
– BB10 does what I needed 2yrs ago and what I want it to do now. I’m not consumed nor caught up in social media and trying to be the centre of everyone’s desires, dreams and social conversation. I do well on my own I don’t crave to be a social butterfly/****** lieing to the world about my own happiness or endeavors. I stop at Twitter to learn more or randomly post an opionion on technology or share music and FB to keep in touch with close and old friends and families when we don’t call one another every day!
– I get my job done and well without the need for a computer 40% of the time.

 

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Categories: BB10 Platform, QNX

Car-to-X-Communication – vs QNX – Copy or Standard by 2015

May 3, 2013 19 comments

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Welcome back everyone.

UPDATE: I’ve added an entry to this post at the bottom. Enjoy.

I figured I’d go back into technical gear once again and bring to you something related to  the QNX Neutrino kernel. However this is a post more focused on your cars … something that should be using QNX yet a drive towards to the future that may not use QNX.

Is QNX been sleeping? Too focused on NASA implementations and BB10 (or training BlackBerry employee SME’s to be proficient internal experts on BB10)? Have QNX as a company been sleeping at the wheel (pun intended, respectfully)?

First, lets undesrtand what the Car-to-X-Communication is shall we? The CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) is a nonprofit, industry driven organisation that consists of the following automotive manufacturers: Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, Fiat, Honda, Opel, Renault, Volvo Truck and Volkswagen – each offering their hardware and software suppliers and research institute knowledge.

In their own words the goal is …

The CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) is a nonprofit, industry driven organisation initiated by European vehicle manufacturers and supported by equipment suppliers, research organisations and other partners.

The C2C-CC is dedicated to the objective of further increasing road traffic safety and efficiency by means of cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V) supported by Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I).

In the back of your minds while you continue to read on, keep what I’ve bolded in the quote above, please.

Interesting … yet what does this mean to you a car owner and driver? What would this mean to non government controlled car insurance plans and legislation? In the words of the drivers.com site  …

We’re looking at a future filled with information bearing wireless waves, a world in which vehicles will exchange all kinds of information with one another and in which information will also be exchanged with infrastructure items such as bridges, traffic lights, signs and road curves.

Now we’re getting somewhere, yet this all sounds a bit familiar … a paragraph of words that just highlights on a concept already brought to us roughly 3 years ago, yet I can’t put my finger on it … oh yes now I recall – QNX – Imagined: Your car in the not-so-distant future.

Take a gander over here regarding what the ‘mission and objectives of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium are‘.

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The driver is provided with early information on traffic holdups or possible hitches
Communication with traffic infrastructure
Communication with other road users
Improved navigation
Downloading of information processed to suit the driver

There are two different scenarios for the establishment of Car-to-X technology, which Audi is helping to promote. One such scenario involves anonymized vehicle data being sent over the wireless network to a central backend. At this point the data is individually processed and the results sent to the individual cars.

The second solution involves data being transmitted from one car to another directly via Automotive WLAN, a special WLAN variant, which is used on a cross-manufacturer basis. Direct communication with the infrastructure, such as traffic lights, can also be set up. The new technology supports the use of a form of collective intelligence. In other words, vehicles and the infrastructure quickly, spontaneously and remotely set up a network. The issue with this is that a local WLAN is only useful in the real world with a range of 100-150meters in ideal conditions, add storm (thunder, heavy down pour of rain, snow storm, etc) this no longer reaches beyond 30 meters. We need a proven network with far greater range – something that can tell you a stop sign is hidden, a major construction project accidentally opened a city main gas line, sewer pipe in which a city block has been quarantined or blocked off; before getting within 100 meters (so another route can be calculated in time).

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The issue with this is that a local WLAN is only useful in the real world with a range of 100-150meters in ideal conditions, add storm (thunder, heavy down pour of rain, snow storm, etc) this no longer reaches beyond 30 meters. We need a proven network with far greater range – something that can tell you a stop sign is hidden, a major construction project accidentally opened a city main gas line, sewer pipe in which a city block has been quarantined or blocked off; before getting within 100 meters (so another route can be calculated in time).

Currently the WLAN technology will be using something from Cisco NXP

Does this mean that we’ll be in cars that will be completely autonomous?

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“Look mama, no hands” … no brains either! Completely autonomous driving is not the answer. Its great for public transportation, or for those that failed blood alcohol and still require a car to and from work for their families livelihood, but not for the average driver.

People love to drive and have control over their devices – I don’t foresee a major push for the car of the future that drives itself, however public transportation in terms of subway cars, buses, and streetcars this makes perfect sense. Then again the streetcar which is hugely a topic of debate in Toronto is completely stupid in a modern city: the current design used in Toronto doesn’t allow for those in wheelchairs or with walkers, like the elderly, ability to board them, and their tracks are in the middle of the street, with many service routes having stops at the edge of the road where you need to past car lanes to get to. Completely asinine in my mind.

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The future of mobile transportation needs to keep our drivers, riders, and pedestrians safe while increasing traffic efficiency. Traffic efficiency is important and critical, not just for the sake of reducing traffic congestion, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, or as a selling point for mayors to invite business and people to live in an ever growing metropolis … but to be able to manage all of this in a secure manner while delivering efficiencies in a UI that offers LESS distraction to drivers. THAT is the key power to this drive to mobile transportation automation.

Did you remember to keep “Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I)” in the back of your mind while reading thus far? You may recall another post of mine, RIM – BB10 True End-Game is QNX & NOC, specifically mentioning BlackBerry (RIM at the time of that article) looking towards the Machine-to-Machine business. Think of cars already enabled with QNX kernel, existing models for the past 15yrs could be retro upgraded with new sensors at a very cheap cost in order to provide local wireless communications with our smartphones, then through an existing, secure and proven global network (BlackBerry’s NOC combined with over 208 cellular wireless networks). Of course these vehicles already out number new cars in every country worldwide and can provide much more accurate data to an infrastructure than what Car-To-X (or Car-to-Car & Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication) can offer in just 2 years.

Has QNX been sleeping at the wheel? I don’t think so … I believe their ahead of the game and have much more experience in this field and may indeed work with the new entrance to establish working standards, leverage BlackBerry’s infrastructure and business contacts with wireless providers to properly implement this End Game Goal – Machine to Machine business, by BlackBerry. A key point to remember is everything QNX does with respect to car MMI enhancements, respects the brand!

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UPDATE:

Ladies and gentleman …

I’m about 5 months late on this particular finding … I blame the popularity of CrackBerry.com showing of their specific interview with Dan Dodge for this. There is another, more in-depth QNX Car 2 CES 2012 presentation … with a unique surprise for BB10 device users. Check out the timeline beginning at 4:12 be ready.

During the 4:12 timeline till almost the end of the video … take note of what the QNX team have done, serving up HTML5 web app (runs in the browser on any smartphone) in the cloud connected to this car.

It can do the following:

control windows, lock the doors, honk the horn, tire pressure, view media player, stats on: tire pressure, fluid levels, etc.

Plot a route directly from the phone and it integrates on the cars Maps system in its MMI. (think about presenting a location from a meeting, then when you get to the car you’re ready to go – especially with Police directing traffic rushing you out of road parking).

As a bonus here is the making of the Bentley Continental QNX Car 2 Concept shown at CES 2013. And for the finally … QNX and Crank: Creating a digital light projection (DLP) HMI used in the center console within the Bentley. I’m VERY interested which software on OSX they where using, considering the heavy use of Apple Mac laptops and Mac Mini shown in both these videos. BlackBerry is not new at their employees using Mac’s either … which perplexes me about they firmwares for legacy and BB10 devices cannot be downloaded and locally installed using OSX without the need for Windows (Boot Camp or a VM) ?!

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Sources:

Car-to-Car Org

http://car-to-car.org/

Cisco NXP

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4404231/Cisco–NXP-push-commercialization-of-Car-to-X-communication

Crackberry youtube “The QNX Bentley at CES 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv-WKw2KBaE&feature=youtu.be

Drivers.com “What is Car to X Communication?”

http://www.drivers.com/article/1038/

Enterprising Minds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TQtrXyeIhY

QNX  “Imagined: Your car in the not-so-distant future”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY9AzUfSdKU

Serious Mobile “RIM – BB10 True End-Game is QNX & NOC!”

https://seriousmobile.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/rim-bb10-true-end-game-is-qnx-noc/

Volkswagen “Car-to-X”

http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/innovation/communication_and_networking/connected_world/car_to_x.html

Interesting Research Reading: BlackBerry M2M articles

Connected World Magazine

http://www.connectedworldmag.com/blog/?p=1187

Canadian Business

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/industries/technology-industry/rim-m2m-technology-may-help-save-company/

The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/rogers-rides-the-m2m-wave/article7913607/

BB10 Enterprising Mobility: Possible Future

January 20, 2013 24 comments

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Empowering mobile employees, we’ve all seen the incredible viral marketing ad about a potential future of mobile BB users by Enterprising Minds. This video was well done and very inspiring, but it was uploaded on Oct 28, 2011 to you tube – at least in the above link by Hans Hanraths.

Both Enterprising Minds (RIM) and Corning have envisioned the future of technology using desks that extend our view of connected devices as a display surface, going as far as using full glass windows (courtesy of Corning’s , Architectural Display Glass ).

So we know the future will have a huge push towards glass for many reasons:
Best for recyclable
Best for maximum sunlight in
– allows for less heating costs (greenhousing)
Best for Touch Sensitive interactive displays
Best for internet/data connectivity (fibre optics)
Photvoltaic Glass
(shading, opposite of greenhousing)
Best material for cleaning
Best material against acids/electrical current/etc.
(every chem lab has a beaker made of … glass! This is NOT a coincidence)

Most of these technologies are already in practice, even the Photvoltaic Glass in upscale hotels and condominiums.

The obviousness most likely hasn’t escaped all of us because of how slow implementing technology happens. I then challenge just how RIM only began showing QNX in early 2011 (fiscal Q2 2012) with the PlayBook yet only highlighted how its security worked in 2012. Did anyone notice watching this video by Enterprising Minds that QNX’s kernel for security was actually featured?! Separating Work from Personal just like BB Balance in BB10?

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But there is something more here than the obvious.

Phablets are becoming popular in sales for Samsung, with LG making a slight effort in this field as well. Time will tell that phablets are a trend, and that users will want the larger 5″ screens but all new smartphones by top manufacturers will use 1080P displays on 5″ screen. This means a phablet having 5.5″ display no longer has an appeal > Samsung’s Note II should not exist – they’ve already confirmed its unique dual application display feature will be coming to the SGS III. Keep this in mind as i’ll reflect back upon this shortly.

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Tablets … they’ve served us well and are no longer a trend nor a niche – yet the kind of tablet’s, Apple’s iPad(s), are mostly used in board rooms, universities and 70% of the time on the couch as a 2nd screen or a companion to the family TV! This is not an advance in technology. Then I saw the Microsoft Surface, no not the RT, but the full Win8 Pro unit.

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Tablets, should be our PC laptop replacements – and the Surface Win8 Pro clearly serves this purpose a real computer as a tablet without being crippled for data input like traditional tablets have been for years. The industry is picking up on this slowly giving us ultrabooks, and transitioning to PC Tablets, basically ultrabooks in a tablet form factor.

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Microsoft with Mr. Gates tried this with horrible hardware 7 yrs ago and failed. Too advanced for the technology at the time. But … what if this is also a trend, an interim stop gate to what SHOULD be available to mobile professionals and consumers.

You have a smartphone – hopefully an advanced BB10 device with a full 1080P, 4.5-5.5″ IPS+ display, and running an incredibly efficient sub-20nm quad-core or 8-core cpu & mobile gpu processing. Now think of NFC along with conductive charging.

Remember I talked about phablets being a trend, while newer smartphones using 5″ 1080P displays?! Smartphones have always been mobile and truly personal. Laptops/Desktops failed at physical security and have been more prone to OS corruption, failure, and each OS is slowly more complex and not user friendly (OSX has been while Win8 is making strides to fix this). Smartphones are always easily transportable and its the only computer we NEVER forget, less prone to theft.

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Now … with mobile applications, HTML5, NFC, multicore processors, LCD’s and Corning glass surface desks … its only right to envision the future of computing to solely be our smartphones. BB10 with QNX kernel, NFC (not just secure transactions), WiFi Direct, dual-display, etc is best prized for this kind of future.

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Place your BB10.x device on a table at a meeting, a video conference or your desk in a lecture/lab at university. NFC enables the WiFi Direct display function, enables a surface keyboard (can easily be resized for your needs), and you can display your content to colleagues.

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QNX security kernel comes in where colleagues can be shown your content, they cannot copy it! Imagine such a room where the NFC is also setup to disable cameras of all smartphones connected, disabling social sharing features of apps/os of others’ smartphones until YOU specifically share that content. All the while your device is being conductivity charged while resting on the glass table’s surface.

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Conductive Charging
WiFi Direct switching displays
powerful multi-core cpu+gpu
extended battery life
auto switching from LTE to WiFi based on NFC connections
NFC to enable it all.

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st

November 15, 2012 10 comments

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st!

Just received an email for another seminar/forum hosted by RIM

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st

Thank you for your interest in the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum 2012. For those of you who were unable to join us at our first event in Toronto on October 11th, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a second event in TORONTO on Wednesday, November 21st.

To register, please visit: http://www.blackberryenterpriseforum.com/

Please find below important information about the venue and our agenda. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agenda:
8:00AM – Registration & Breakfast
8:30AM – Presentation – A vision for the future of the mobile enterprise. And a roadmap to get there
10:30AM – Break
10:45AM – Live Demo: Sneak Peek at BlackBerry 10
11:15 AM – Closing Remarks and Draw

Location: Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
Directions/Map to Hotel & Parking Information: Parking will not be validated. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/yyzot-toronto-airport-marriott-hotel/

Dress: Business Casual

Details: http://www.blackberryenterpriseforum.com/

I think I just may attend.

BB10 A Bold New Direction – How do we get there?!

October 28, 2012 2 comments

BB10 A Bold New Direction – How do we get there?!

After all the beauty that is, and the engineering behind BB10, BES10, and the NOC, as far as I can tell nobody has posted about “How Do We Get There?!”

Sure you’ll here the naysayers  pundits, and haters complain saying “Are we there yet?!” and already thinking of something new to hate on RIM for after launch.

Infrastructure:

Let’s look at the existing infrastructure … NOC, provider APN, BES and services.

NOC will remain and perform as it should, yet I’m unsure with RIM running as lean as it is currently are prepared to handle a massive sales spike should the BB10 platform become successful right after launch (I give 1 full quarter after launch to see that success tally in sales numbers and subscriber growth) – #BB10Believe. Will RIM re-hire those esteemed technicians/engineers it previously laid off (will they return on such short notice; incentives incentives). For the most part it should remain highly stable and efficient as ever, yet RIM cannot afford a long outage after BB10 deploys officially.

Mobile Fusion/BES 10 (BES 10 launches officially as a full replacement to both BES 5.04 and Mobile Fusion) … RIM has this covered like BES on a nest! There is nothing to worry from deployment, implementation, documentation, use cases, hosting solutions, nadda! Nothing to worry about all things are considered.

BB10 the platform has 2 real question marks to consider – of which I’m RIM is working on internally. Marketing & Pricing. How will RIM market BB10 as a platform? Globally and per region/country? How will RIM play its strengths, the benefits of BB10, and how will they dispel that “RIM is dead there is nothing to see” myths publicly and openly outside of developer meets?! Most importantly how will the pricing, both the product and services offered by providers in each country, be done? Are we talking Add-On plans, A La Carte, or All-In-One bundles (all you can eat)? Will the pricing also be apart of their marketing strategy against entrenched strongholds by the competition?

We’ll have to wait and see, but I for one am salivating for shipping launch!

I previously mentioned that BB10 has only 2 things to consider … I was partially right if we consider that from RIM’s perspective. What about the end user perspective?

Migration/Transition:

Now lets consider the things that will affect migration from previous handheld OS’ (4/5/6/7) & Services for BIS during transitioning.

As and end user you’re already familiar with RIM’s current BB OS has stood the test of time with regards to full database backup of your data within the handheld. This includes Emails (all accounts), Call logs, SMS, MMS, Auto-complete entries, word substitution  preferences within applications & the data they hold (sign-on, settings, content from sharing etc), and finally the system settings!

How will RIM deliver a solution for existing BB users to migrate that content in their existing devices to the new platform? Will it be smooth and worry free? Will a new (BBDM) BlackBerry Desktop Manager be created to handle this?

I sincerely hope that if BBDM is used to migration from previous BB OS to BB10 that its lean and not bug riddled, and has options in clear description of what it will and will not transfer up to the end user. I also hope that is NOT coded using IntelliSync; time to stop paying Nokia for that RIM build it from the ground up its a bold new world!

Now there is the other end of the spectrum that will affect end users. If there is a change in the APN used by providers or in how BIS is used … users will have issues.

Ever order a new BB in the USA that was marketed as a Consumer device when you’re on BES only to find out BES Activation & data would not be available?! Arrgh! (AT&T I’m hating on your for this!!) Has anyone enjoyed the annoyance of not getting BIS emails when you switch providers and have to have the previous carrier remove connection to your email address so that the new carrier can now provision connection?!! What about ordering a new BB10 device on the same carrier, and service plan changes while you wait 5-12 days for that product to arrive and go through headaches of no emails/BBM/browsing?!!

Again I’m sure RIM and carriers are WELL aware of these potential issues before they occur … yet its something nobody is talking about.

PS: BBDM is used vs BDM because BlackBerry is two uppercase B’s not one.

FACT: Did you know BB10’s Browser is coded entirely in HTML5?!

Bold 9900 – QNX Hold outs?

August 14, 2011 1 comment

Some thoughts about the early reviews of the Bold 9900.

“The 9900 is the next BlackBerry, but how long will this unit be relevant? My fears are that many developers simply won’t develop for the OS7 platform when RIM’s new QNX platform is on the horizon. As a Developer would you code your app for OS7 when QNX is approximately 6 months to 1-year out? With the Rumored QNX Colt coming first quarter of 2012 we’re not that far off.”

I believe that developers WILL code/re-code their applications for the BB7. The reasoning is this is the TRUE Bold … there are no gaurantees that the BB Colt rumoured, yes rumoured, for Q1 2012 will NOT be in this form-factor. Should you think about the QNX-based PlayBook, and add Mr. Lazaridis’ comments that “If you look at half the PlayBook, that is QNX for the smartphone platform”, you’ll see that this form-factor will NOT be the first implementation for QNX based BlackBerry. In my mind the TrackPad would fade away with hot-capacitive edges with the touch screen becoming the main roll – only the Call/End buttons would remain – to weigh the importance of assurance that THESE are paramount to avoid software issues.

Battery Life:

The Bold 9900 has a 1230mAh battery, a whole 270mAh less than what the 9780/9700/9000 all share. Those of you that stocked on spare battery’s for these models and are dead-set on upgrading to the 9900 must be feeling a bit of neglect from RIM. All manufacturers do this so don’t feel left out. To my recollection ONLY Nokia’s E71/E72/E6/N97 all share the same battery and no other manufacturer has done this beyond 2 models.

If battery life is a concern – and will be for those getting massive emails (200-300/day in business hours) in the office over WLAN to avoid carrier charges – you’ll need to turn off Bluetooth and NFC.

NFC:

I’m not sure that Visa in Canada fully supports this yet, MasterCard is the leader in NFC or tap-paying in North America and Western Europe. I still hope that RIM will make a HUGE leap forward working with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, TTC and other Canadian/USA/European Transit commissions, Esso Ltd, Texaco, Airports and airlines like Air Canada, American Airlines, WestJet, etc etc to push for wallet-less and credit based marketplace. RIM should be pushing for this kind of implementation, this not only can increase sales in both the consumer and business market but also their brand.

First we’ll see business cards featuring NFC … small, and 1 person business will only need to purchase a small handful of business cards and usually keep 1 on hand just for that simple “tap” for business contact information to be transferred on Bold 9900, Nokia C7, and Nexus S.

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