Ivor Soans

  • BBM on Android, iOS versus WhatsApp: Why BBM has the advantage 19-09-2013 04:07 PM

    It's no secret that I prefer BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) over WhatsApp. My WhatsApp status says, "Prefer BBM." But perhaps some among you might think I prefer being a dinosaur and stick to BBM, even as the world takes to WhatsApp. So I decided to make a list of why I...
  • Will BBM beat WhatsApp on BB10? 09-01-2013 05:45 PM

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  • Review: BlackBerry Curve 9220 18-04-2012 03:44 PM

    One of the key reasons why BlackBerry rules the smartphone roost in India has been the entry-level Curve 8520, released way back in August 2009. A basic smartphone without 3G and specs like a 2 MP camera, the 8520 was a mega-success primarily because it was affordable and provided access...
  • PlayBook OS 2.0: Not too little, but likely too late 23-02-2012 11:14 AM

    New Delhi: After promising in April 2011 that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would receive an update featuring native e-mail and support for Android applications in 60 days, yesterday Research in Motion finally delivered the updated OS, instead of yet another extension. In the interim, the company's co-CEOs had to step...
  • Review: BlackBerry Bold 9780 best BlackBerry yet 17-12-2010 11:13 AM

    What do you say about a smartphone that's not radically different from a great predecessor, but comes with cosmetic changes, 256 MB of extra memory and a camera that can shoot larger pictures? As one smart aleck pointed out on Twitter and in far less than the 140 characters Twitter...
  • OS 6 on the BlackBerry Bold 9700, finally! 23-11-2010 10:28 AM

    The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was a disappointment for me because I felt it didn't live up to the launch hype. Besides, I'm not a touch screen devotee. The BlackBerry device I've been desperately waiting for has been the BlackBerry Bold 9780. The smartphone, aka Bold 3 is just out in...
  • Smart shortcuts to improve your BlackBerry experience 05-11-2010 04:05 PM

    One of the greatest joys of using a BlackBerry is the number of shortcuts that a power user can use to get tasks accomplished in double-quick time. Want a one-click shortcut to lock your BlackBerry or toggle between vibrate and normal profiles? Or want to go to the bottom of...
  • Review: BlackBerry Torch 9800 27-10-2010 04:22 PM

    Released in India a couple of months after its launch in BlackBerry's main North American markets, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 carries too many expectations on its rather broad shoulders. In status-conscious India that is also concerned about price, BlackBerry is the coolest smartphone brand to flaunt, unlike North America where...
  • Berry Talk: My favourite BlackBerry apps 22-10-2010 06:14 PM

    Lots of BlackBerry users ask for me tips on great apps. While people with specific interests, e.g. fitness - which as per the expert opinion of my weighing scale is clearly not my interest area, might be looking for niche features, I've attempted to put down a list of my...
  • Why the Indian government is wrong on BlackBerry 10-08-2010 01:27 PM

    Firstly, apologies for not dealing with favourite BlackBerry applications this week as promised earlier. However, over the last week or so, the BlackBerry ecosystem itself seems under threat in India, and that surely requires greater focus - what's the point of talking about favourite BlackBerry applications when every day media...