BlackBerry Should Have Made This Phone

The rumor mill is percolating with reports of a new superphone.

One insider at Australian telco Telstra calls it a "real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) ." Other insiders slather icing on the cake: "It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past."

Hold it right there. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) services? Yep. This supposed game changer is the Motorola X, the first Motorola smartphone to hit the market since Big G bought the company. Set to debut in July, this would be the next top-shelf Android to duke it out with Apple's brand new iPhone, currently expected to appear in June.

Why am I acting so surprised? Because this sounds like exactly the thing that BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) should have released last month, but didn't.

BlackBerry not only needs a totally amazing product that could turn raving Apple fans into CrackBerry addicts again. The company also had the perfect opportunity to deliver phones that break all the rules. Everybody knows that the BlackBerry 10 platform is based on an entirely new batch of code, and nobody wants a warmed-up version of BB7 or 8. This is where you go big, pull out all the stops, and play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor at 110 decibels for the world to hear.

It can be done -- even if you're protecting a large and growing Android market and can't afford to make the changes too drastic. The Motorola X is exactly what the BlackBerry Z10 should have been.

Instead, the Z10 has the innards of a Samsung Galaxy S III with a bit of software polish we hadn't seen before. The S III is still a fine phone, mind you, but it was released almost a year ago and is about to be made obsolete by Samsung's next generation.

Google is about to show us what the new BlackBerry could and should have been. BlackBerry has been missing boats regularly since 2007, and just waved goodbye to another potential life raft.

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  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2013, at 7:30 PM, mxh070 wrote:

    Fair enough but let be honest Google has been talking about the Google X phone for almost 3 years. The Z10 is a mid level phone not a flagship device, BlackBerry has 5 more devices for release that's including the Q10 for this year... Rumors on the net of a quad core 5" plus screen bb10 device in the works for late summer 2013.

  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2013, at 7:32 PM, crowbait51 wrote:

    Are you actually, seriously promoting a phone that does not exist on the basis of hearsay over one that is released and selling well? Another new low for MF. Where are you David and Tom?

  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2013, at 8:02 PM, noodleface wrote:

    Wow, Motley Fool should be paying me to read these articles. That's 3 min of my life i'll never get back + 1 for writing this review :(

  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2013, at 8:37 PM, jwyoungy wrote:

    The new blackberry is not built the same as the Samsung GS 3! Blackberry has 1.5Ghz processer to Samsungs 1.4Ghz, Blackberry has a 4.2" 1280 x 768 (356 ppi) to Samsungs 4.8" 1280 x 720 (306 ppi), Blackberrys 2 Gb of RAM to Samsungs 1 Gb. You make it sound like the phones are twins other than a minor difference in the OS and your wrong. Also, this new Motarola X, does it us Android OS ? I bet it is not a new OS but the same old one. Sure it pulls in everything from Google, It's a Google OS and a Google built phone! This site is all about bashing blackberry and I hope everyone sees that.

  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2013, at 11:25 PM, chuot wrote:

    Motley Fool ... it seems like all your contributing members are bias against one company (BBRY). I have not seen any positive article toward BBRY. Soon no one will come here to read anymore.

  • Report this Comment On February 15, 2013, at 8:08 AM, magnaman1969 wrote:

    And Apple should NOT have made this phone:

  • Report this Comment On February 15, 2013, at 8:36 AM, randomroyalty wrote:

    Please! More articles about vapourware and non-existent products.

    We need more cheap android phones!

    We need iWatches that nobody wants!

    Honestly, stop looking for the next big thing and realize we are in the second wave of this technology, which is optimization. Hardware is maturing and the average person could not give a damn about how many processor cores their phone has.

  • Report this Comment On February 15, 2013, at 8:40 AM, ZipXap wrote:

    Here we go again with another analyst thinking everybody wants exactly the same thing in a phone. Anders, I'm happy for you that you like your android, but it doesn't suit my needs.

    Maybe we should we all go count the number of apps available in the different app stores again. Maybe that will help us decide once and for all which is the best phone.

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