Blackberry 10: Unboxing, First Impressions & Technical Review (Video)

BlackBerry Unboxing

The new BlackBerry 10 has arrived!

Because Softchoice is part of the BlackBerry Technical Preview Program, we had exclusive access to the technology (handset and server software) before its official release, and I was able to spend a couple of weeks using the device. During that time, I had a chance to form some pretty strong impressions about the new smartphone.

Read on for my thoughts, as well as a bit of a technical deep-dive into the latest offering from Research In Motion. Watch my exclusive unboxing and hands-on review, and then read on for a bit of a deep dive into technical details that business users in particular will care about.

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5 Reasons Why Businesses Need To Look Seriously At BES 10

BES 10

Considering BlackBerry out of the game is like saying you won’t drink water out of your tap now knowing that Coke exists. If you are interested in securely managing data on your smartphones and tablets you should at least look at Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) and BlackBerry 10 (BB 10). While the competition is definitely popular, there is no question that the original is still best for business.

No question Android and Apple devices have come out with new sexy hardware, operating systems, apps and ecosystems of services. BlackBerry has had basically the same hardware, OS, and apps (actually even less apps than before) for several years now. One thing that has remained constant is that businesses love the management infrastructure and reliable security of BlackBerry.

We’ve  taken approximately 1,000 client calls in the past year asking how to manage Android and Apple devices in the same way you manage BlackBerrys. While there are definitely some slick solutions and products out there, none of them really measure up quite the same way.

What’s worse is that while all of these businesses are looking at MDM, they have been doing a lot more looking than buying. And every time RIM makes an announcement about the new BES 10 or (BB 10) devices, the calls slow down in anticipation of launch. Most of said launches either fell short or never happened at all.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting out to the RIM campus in Waterloo, Ontario over the last few weeks for a couple of deep dives into both BB 10 and BES 10. Here are the 5 reasons I think they’re both game changers. [Read more…]

In a Mobile Organization,There’s No Room For Mobile Chaos (UPDATED Nov 2012) [RIM]

Blackberry® Mobile Fusion unifies and simplifies mobile device management.

For a little while there it looked like the soup of mobile devices whirling around the average office — personal and corporate smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, even gaming devices – might push IT over the edge. After all if the folks in IT can’t effectively ensure the devices employees are using are safe and if they can’t manage those devices on their organization’s network with relative ease, there’s a good chance any semblance of order might quickly turn to chaos.

Luckily a hero has arrived to help save the day – or least help IT bolster its organizations’ mobile device strategy – in a secure and cost-effective way. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is a new generation of universal mobile device management that enables IT to provision, audit and protect BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, as well as Apple iOS and Google Android devices all from a single, unified web-based interface. Think of it as the flexible backbone of an organization’s mobility management strategy.

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