RIM will be launching their first BlackBerry flip phone known as KickStart. And being a different form factor from the existing BlackBerries, RIM has taken extra care not to lose the BlackBerry magic.
Messaging – Matching BlackBerry “Holster” Experience
Extends to Email, IM, SMS, MMS,
Opening the flip auto-opens an incoming message
The external LCD lets the user know WHO messaged them and provides a brief preview of the content (if enabled) – allows the user to decide if the wish to open the flip to deal with the message
Opening the flip allows the user to deal with the message – just like retrieving a Candy-Bar BlackBerry from its holster
BlackBerry Address Book provides Sender Picture, Name, etc… if available
Closing flip will be extended to also close/mark read any open messages (same as the BlackBerry when holstered)