Saturday, 22 September 2018

Friday Review: Last tango in Ontario

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 20 September 13

BlackBerry unveils new smartphone as job cut rumours swirl, meanwhile the iPhone 5s shuffles onto the shelves and Nokia busts out the robot.

Contrary to what the headline might suggest, nothing unspeakable involving Marlon Brando and a stick of butter is about to befall BlackBerry. Nonetheless, the troubled Canadian smartphone maker's latest model – the 5-inch Z30 unveiled on Wednesday – suggests that the last dance has long since drawn to a close, the band is packing up to go home and all the cool kids have gone on to the after party. A headline by Gadget blog TechHive summed it up thusly: "New 5-inch BlackBerry Z30 still carries the same old stench of death". Crude? Yes. Valid? Sadly, probably yes. BlackBerry's strategic review could see a sale of all or various bits of the company. Any devices unveiled between now and the completion of said review will smack of a backlog of projects that were too far along to postpone or cancel…

Contrary to what the headline might suggest, nothing unspeakable involving Marlon Brando and a stick of butter is about to befall BlackBerry. Nonetheless, the troubled Canadian smartphone maker's latest model – the 5-inch Z30 unveiled on Wednesday – suggests that the last dance has long since drawn to a close, the band is packing up to go home and all the cool kids have gone on to the after party. A headline by Gadget blog TechHive summed it up thusly: "New 5-inch BlackBerry Z30 still carries the same old stench of death". Crude? Yes. Valid? Sadly, probably yes. BlackBerry's strategic review could see a sale of all or various bits of the company. Any devices unveiled between now and the completion of said review will smack of a backlog of projects that were too far along to postpone or cancel…

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