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BlackBerry Thunder Leads To A Nerd Fight

If you're a smartphone fiend, then you should be familiar with the BlackBerry Thunder and the recent reports that its virtual keyboard will either be the bee's knees or an epic fail. But,
If you're a smartphone fiend, then you should be familiar with the BlackBerry Thunder and the recent reports that its virtual keyboard will either be the bee's knees or an epic fail. But, it looks like RIM's device has been the source of a little Internet feuding. That's right, it's a full-blown nerd fight.The brouhaha began once CrackBerry.com quoted an inside source saying that the BlackBerry Thunder's virtual QWERTY keyboard would be amazing. This post said the screen would have haptic technology, and its virtual keyboard "makes the iPhone's keyboard look like a chump."

But wait a minute, said the Boy Genius Report, one of its BlackBerry ninjas said "Most of the people who have handled it thinks it's a joke." Among other things, this report said the keyboard is "incredibly annoying" and that the accelerometer goes "bonkers."

Then CrackBerry shot back this morning that the Boy Genius' "description of how the Thunder's haptics work doesn't make any sense for a smartphone, never mind a company like RIM that puts a premium on keyboard functionality." They also said that the Thunder will have a glass screen and feature multi-touch.

Finally, the BG went off today in a response. With an iconic image of Muhammad Ali in tow, BGR ripped into CrackBerry saying "I didn't want to get into this, but if you'd really like to, go add up all your 'exclusive' BlackBerry stories and let's see how many were correct. Then add up mine. Go ring-a-ling that bell somewhere else, because I don't play games. I bring factual heat."

This childish bickering just reeks of people who take themselves way too seriously. Yes, yes, the Boy Genius has undoubtedly been scoop-tastic, and for that, I commend him/them/the ninjas. But, while these types of entries do provide some entertainment, these immature, muscle-flexing posts just seem very silly. More importantly, these posts also bring down the good work that both sites do.

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