I've never really been a fan of slider or flip phones. Im sure RIM will do the right thing and not release a clunker. From the pics it looks as though it doesnt fit together very well. I would say that if you want to slide in todays market, it had better 'slide as if from nowhere'. This should be mistaken for a Storm until the physical keyboard makes its appearance. It needs to be seemless and tight. What it needs to do is auto release when you activate a text entry field. Of course, we will want this to be a toggleable feature. So, for someone like me who may not want to slide it all the time but needs to have the latest OS and other goodies, the last two options would seal the deal.
Additions to the rumour mill, everyone may know this, but i read that the slider may be introduced in a month??
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at first I think the slider looks really weird for me since it's the first time we've seen, or I've seen, a portrait slider.. but if everything will turn out great; the specs, the os, the battery life and everything else, I might buy this :) but I'm really hoping for another bold though. lol.
The keypad on the 9700 is near enough flat while on the 8900 and other Curve models its keys are more rounded. This could bring the 9700 keys into the slider a lot easier than the keys from the 8900 or any other previous BB's.
I am personally waiting for this. The wifey got a 9700 today and its super cool, if the slider fails for me I'm going Bold...
just my 2 cents?
Instead of the hardware you guys should be lookin at the OS!! This would definitly be something different thanks to the two different types of text entry this OS is going to have to process. Rumored to have the 6.0 too, I CANT WAIT to get 6.0 on my 8900 (hopefully thats possible) and surf the web with a webkit! I can care less about the slide, there is a reason Palm is going in the hole. JUST GIVE US OS 6.0!!!!