WowWee Rovio unboxing / first impressions

By on October 15, 2008 at 12:59 PM.

WowWee Rovio unboxing / first impressions

Yeah, yeah, we’re a little late on this one, but what can we say? We’re in love. For anyone that gets a kick out of remote viewing, this little thing is bound to mess up your head. You probably know all about it by now, but it’s a fully mobile 3-wheeled robot that houses a webcam, speaker, mic, and more. It effectively let’s you roam to any part of your office or home while streaming the video for your live, anywhere you are. Want to check up on that shady maid you found on Craigslist? Maybe you want to make sure the Time Warner guys aren’t playing Madden ’09 in your TV room but actually working. Either way, this thing lets you be there when you’re not, and that’s pretty damn cool.

The packaging is a standard affair with the actual unit, battery, A/C adapter, USB cable, software CD, and charging base all included. Rovio is decently heavy and at first handle, it looks to be extremely well manufactured. Setup is dead simple, too. If you’re on a PC, just insert the setup CD and it will run through the configuration options. If you’re on a Mac, you can simply set it up by accessing the robot through a web interface. When controlling it remotely, you’ve got a lot of options including creating a path for the robot to follow, snapping pictures, recording movies, talking and listening to the surroundings, and even sending that little bugger back to its charging base. We’re happy to report that browser compatibility is not an issue here. On Internet Explorer you get the most options when remote viewing, but you can also work it reasonably well over an iPod Touch or iPhone. The BlackBerry Bold did not perform well in that regards. Make sure you show our unboxing photos to your girlfriends/wives so they don’t order you the wrong gift this Christmas Kwanzaa Hanukkah holiday.

Click on over to our WowWee Rovio unboxing gallery!

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BlackBerry Bold nearing release on AT&T?

By on October 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM.

BlackBerry Bold nearing release on AT&T?

If you have a BlackBerry Bold operating on AT&T, this morning you would have woke to a few new icons and service books for YellowPages.com Mobile and TeleNav AT&T Navigator. In fact, some of us have had those icons for a couple days now. Given the name of the YellowPages.com Mobile service book, we’re wondering if this is a good indicator that AT&T may very well be getting ready to finally launch the BlackBerry Bold. That or they’re just getting their ducks in a row, and you’ll have to wait until 2009 to get a Bold, which is entirely possible. Couple more shots of the service books after the break if you’re really interested.

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AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?

By on September 18, 2008 at 4:32 AM.

AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?

Bear with us folks. We’ve just got ahold of an AT&T product sheet dated September 17th. Also known as “the most up to date doc you’ve seen”. Before we get into the BlackBerry Bold nonsense, here’s a break down on what the sheet says:

  • HTC Fuze will launch on October 23nd
  • Motorola V9x (new V9 with GPS) launches on October 2nd
  • Samsung Mirage i907 (basically our version of the Omnia) launches on October 21st
  • Pantech C740 in red, navy, and green launches on October 14th
  • Nokia 6650 launches in red and silver on October 23rd
  • BlackBerry 8320 in that totally cool color launches on October 21st
  • BlackBerry Pearl in pink launches on October 2nd
  • The BlackBerry Curve in “burnt orange” is pushed to “2009”.
  • The regular BlackBerry Curve is discontinued
  • The Palm Treo 680s are discontinued

Now for the weird stuff… this sheet lists the BlackBerry Bold with a November ETA. We’re not so sure what’s going on, but we’re sticking very firm to our October 2nd launch date on AT&T. There you have it, guys! Larger image after the jump.

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BlackBerry Bold giveaway winners!

By on September 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM.

BlackBerry Bold giveaway winners!

It’s certainly been a long time coming, but it took us forever to sit down, scroll through over 500 photos, and the finally choose some winners. Here we go! Stephen Birdsong is the winner of the AT&T Bold, Richard Baker is the winner of the Orange UK Bold, Andrei Clark for Rogers, Georg Sisow for T-Mobile Germany, and Ho Gao for PCCW. Congrats guys, emails are going out soon to arrange shipping. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold press release: confirms October launch, announcement soon

By on September 9, 2008 at 1:54 PM.

AT&T BlackBerry Bold press release: confirms October launch, announcement soon

We just got our hands on an internal draft of the press release AT&T is going to run with to announce availability of the BlackBerry Bold. There’s an October XX release date (wtf?) and the usual corporate spin saying how this phone, not all the other phones that came before it is the best and most exciting. Add in a quote from RIM, and you’ve got yourself a press release! It’s dated for release today, but for some reason, we don’t see that happening. They’ll most likely wait until Jim’s keynote to announce this along with the other goodies at CTIA. Catch it in all its glory after the break, fellas!

Thanks, JP!

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BlackBerry Bold / AT&T update!

By on September 5, 2008 at 5:21 PM.

BlackBerry Bold / AT&T update!

While our predicted national launch date of October 2nd still looks to be holding true, we’ve had a flurry of tips from many different people regarding the BlackBerry Bold release on AT&T. What we’ve heard, is that stores will be allowed to start ordering the BlackBerry Bold on September 24th. That gives them plenty of time to get units in stock and ready to go. No telling if stores will be allowed to sell the units the moment they come in, or if they will have to hold them until the 2nd. Then again, when do AT&T stores actually follow launch instructions?

Thanks to all our ninjas and tipsters!

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Blackberry Bolds hit New York, sell out

By on September 3, 2008 at 6:15 PM.

Blackberry Bolds hit New York, sell out

Dear New Yorkers,

It has come to our attention that you lucky bastards are able to purchase pre-release Blackberry Bolds for a mere $1,300 right there in Manhattan. While this price is nothing short of egregious, we’re a little jealous that you can walk to your local mom and pop Blackberry shop and pick one up (sort of). BlackberryBusiness.com is selling pre-release Bolds at a “special offer” of $1,299.99 on their web site. According to Joe at Blackberry Business, who was holding the last one in his hand to make a sale as I spoke with him, “We got five a couple days ago, but we’re all sold out now.” Joe must be happy to have made some big money on pre-release 9000s.

Looks like you’re too late. Tsk tsk. Of note, even though the site shows pictures of an AT&T branded Bold, the ones available were unbranded.

Thanks, Robby!

Via [BBC]

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Colorware does BlackBerry Bold, ours is on the way

By on September 1, 2008 at 4:02 PM.

Colorware does BlackBerry Bold, ours is on the way

Without Colorware we’d be drowning in a sea of boring and dull run-of-the-mill devices. Yeah, we said it! Always one to let you express your inner creativity, Colorware has finally added the BlackBerry Bold to its arsenal of devices, computers, and gadgets. Never one to pass on the opportunity, we’ve got on Bold on the way and we’ll be sure to give you a first look at it when we get it. The only problem? Well, the BlackBerry Bold as you all know isn’t quite available in the USA yet, so the only ones that are using Bolds in the country (for the most part) are people that have unlocked Rogers units. While that’s fine, Colorware currently doesn’t ship to Canada. That leaves you legit Canadians in the dust for now. But look on the bright side, you have Rogers as a best friend. Just don’t let us catch you with our patented BGR color combo, ok?

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BlackBerry Bold set to be released on AT&T on October 2nd?

By on August 29, 2008 at 4:40 AM.

BlackBerry Bold set to be released on AT&T on October 2nd?

Consider this a pretty solid bit of info, though it has not been double or triple confirmed like we normally like to do, and well, we saw what happened with Rogers. We’ve heard from pretty high up source at AT&T that they’re aiming to have the BlackBerry Bold in stores on October 2nd. That’s a Thursday, so we’re assuming the full launch would be on the following Monday, the 6th. Let’s see how this pans out…

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Who wants to take on the champs?

By on August 28, 2008 at 5:52 AM.

Who wants to take on the champs?

Now that the Bold is released, a lot more people can feel the pain of being savegly beaten in a game of Word Mole. Our whole team is rockin’ Bolds courtesy of BGR, so who’s up for some multi-player Word Mole action? Yes, you must have a Bold to play. Totally informal, but we think it would be fun. Who’s up for it? If you can manage to beat one of us, we’ll hook you up with some BGR gear. But you gone’ have to fightz for it!

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BlackBerry Bold giveaway gallery!

By on August 25, 2008 at 3:10 PM.

BlackBerry Bold giveaway gallery!

Our contest has officially ended, and we’ll need a bit to pick the winners. In the meantime though, take a gander at some of the photos people sent in. Some of them are priceless! We’re going to be continually adding pictures to the gallery, so definitely refresh it throughout the rest of the day. Thanks to everyone that sent some of pictures in!

UPDATE: All the pictures have been added in.

Click on over to our BlackBerry Bold contest gallery!

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Ooopsie! Blackberry Bold suffers from iPhoneitis?

By on August 25, 2008 at 8:42 AM.

Ooopsie! Blackberry Bold suffers from iPhoneitis?

Apparently the iPhone 3G isn’t the only hot new data device that is suffering some 3G issues. The Blackberry Bold, which has not yet been released in the United States, is reportedly losing its 3G signal and falling back to technology from the days of yore EDGE in lots of places. That’s a little better than the iPhone is faring, which according to the report stays in 3G with very low signal strength. Can you hear us now? Well, so much for everyone thinking it was an AT&T network problem.

Note from BG: I’ve been saying this forever! Anyone out there getting the “Searching for Network…” issues?

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BlackBerry Bold giveaway! Get one for your hood!

By on August 21, 2008 at 9:50 AM.

BlackBerry Bold giveaway! Get one for your hood!

Since RIM completely screwed the pooch on this one (you know, like, delays for seven years?), we’re going to try and make it up to you! We’re giving away 5 BlackBerry Bolds for your local service provider. The 5 we are giving away are: AT&T, T-Mobile Germany, Rogers, Orange UK, and PCCW HK. The winner of the AT&T Bold won’t get their unit until launch since all devices we’re giving away are purchased from the respective carriers. You’ve got to play to win they say. Not so much when you’re dealing with a BGR giveaway, though. To enter, just email us a photo of your current BlackBerry. The more damaged the BlackBerry is, the higher chance you have of winning. Get it? Also drop in a comment from the same email with what carrier you’d like. RIM made you mad by making you wait, they might have even had you think impure thoughts. Now you can lay back and relax, ’cause your good friend Boy Geezie and the rest of the folks at BGR are going to hook you up!

  • Send pictures to blackberrycontest at boygeniusreport dot com
  • Make sure you comment here in addition to sending in the picture. Also specify what carrier you want!
  • You can enter as many times are you like, just make sure they are different BlackBerrys
  • *Highly damaged BlackBerrys are a plus*
  • We’re going to add all pictures to our world-famous gallery. If you don’t want your picture included (freak) don’t enter.
  • We’ll run this until this Sunday, August 24th at 11:59PM ET
  • The BlackBerry Bolds in the photo are not the units you will be receiving. You will be receiving a brand new Bold in box that is locked to the requested carrier.

UPDATE: Wow, we’ve got almost 200 entries already! But! You need to comment also, people.

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