Verizon advert touts prowess of BlackBerry 6 on Curve 9330, Bold 9650

By on December 8, 2010 at 7:01 PM.

Verizon advert touts prowess of BlackBerry 6 on Curve 9330, Bold 9650

It’s no secret that BlackBerry 6 will be coming to the Bold 9650 and Curve 9330. RIM has publicly stated that the two devices are in line for the yet-to-be-release update and both sets are marketed as “BlackBerry 6 ready.” Exactly when the updates will start to roll-out is, however, still a mystery. Several unofficial builds of BB6 for both handsets have been circulating on the Internet for quite some time, but as with all handset updates, the code needs to be carrier tested and ultimately carrier approved — a process that has historically proven to be the opposite of swift.

Bureaucracy aside, blog CrackBerry has produced some hard intel that indicates — at minimum — Verizon is getting their proverbial ducks in a row for a BB6 release. An advertisement that shows the company’s Curve 9330 and Bold 9650 running the new code has surfaced. The advert dramatically proclaims RIM’s OS as “the ultimate blend of productivity and fun” and lists some of the new features the update packs: social feeds, new browser, universal search, better multimedia, etc.

Both the 9330 and 9650 are seen sporting their current price tags, $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 Pearl White hands-on

By on December 2, 2010 at 1:05 PM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 Pearl White hands-on

Our No. 1 UK ninja just hooked us up with an unbranded OEM BlackBerry Bold 9780 in Pearl White, and we wanted to give you guys a detailed look at it.

  • For starters, the device is visually identical to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white. While the black Bold 9780 traded in the chrome bezel for a glossy black bezel, the white version of the handset still sports the chrome bezel and metallic white paint job (Pearl White, as RIM likes to call it).
  • We would have loved a solid white finish on here, as it would look a bit more high-end as opposed to this glitter-laced white — oh well.
  • As far as the backlight is concerned, you might remember we had serious issues with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in Pure White — we couldn’t use the device as a daily driver due to the fact that the cutouts for the keyboard backlight made the passing light look “blurry” to us. Thankfully, the 9780 is better. There is still an issue, however, and that’s the fact that there does not seem to be a backing to the keyboard like the black version has. RIM opted to simply leave the cutout letters and symbols bare, and this makes for a really poor and uneven lighting situation. Is it usable? Definitely. It’s just not perfect, and we kind of feel like it should be.
  • The soft-touch mid-plate of the 9780 is a shade of medium gray as opposed to black on the  Pearl White version. You know what’s even better than medium grey on a white handset? White.

Head on over to our Pearl White BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands-on gallery for some more shots.

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Motorola DROID Pro first impressions

By on November 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM.

Motorola DROID Pro first impressions

Verizon Wireless shot us over a Motorola DROID Pro handset this weekend and after spending some time with it, here are our first impressions of the little bugger. For starters, the device looks better in person than it does in the press / online photos. It is a little awkward at first, being a vertically-oriented display as opposed to a horizontally-positioned screen on a traditional BlackBerry, but after you pick up the phone and start using it, you realize this is the only way the phone could work. As far as the screen goes, it’s probably our biggest disappointment — the resolution. We realize it’s not a huge screen but 480×320 pixels in a world of 960×640 and 800×480 isn’t doing the DROID Pro any favors. The display is also not terribly vivid or crisp, and it reduces the powerful impact the DROID Pro has. Besides the display, though, the Motorola DROID Pro continues to impress us. Not because it’s the greatest Android handset released, but because of the purpose it serves. We joked with someone that this is the RIM Antichrist on Verizon, and it is. It’s a direct assault on RIM, and as BlackBerry-loving individuals, we actually love this phone. The keyboard is almost identical to BlackBerry Bold keyboards, right down to the placement of each key (besides the ALT and Shift keys, which are swapped) and keys’ shape. The keyboard is pretty easy to type on, though the keys are a little bit firmer than we would have liked. Hopefully that changes a tad with continued use.

We love the weight of the device and the entire experience of using a candy bar Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard. We even like how there is a programmable application key (in BlackBerry terms a right convenience key) on the right side. Something we can’t move past, though? The ear speaker. Talking on the phone with the DROID Pro is probably the worst of any handset we can remember. The ear speaker crackles, is distorted, and it sounds like there is some weird noise cancellation going on. Sometimes, audio doesn’t even come through. We have to believe this is an issue with our specific unit — we can’t imagine they are all like this, though we did confirm with someone else in possession of a DROID Pro that they have noticed some weird ear speakers issues as well. We’ll let you know in our review how it turns out as Verizon is swapping our unit with a different handset. Check out the photos in our gallery below, including some shots with a BlackBerry Bold 9780 — it’s on!

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BlackBerry OS 6 for BlackBerry Bold 9700 leaks

By on November 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM.

BlackBerry OS 6 for BlackBerry Bold 9700 leaks

We normally don’t cover BlackBerry operating system leaks, but we figured we’d make an exception. Why? Well, since we showed the world BlackBerry 6 on our 9700, people have been begging, emailing, and stalking us for it. The OS that just leaked is newer than the one we have been running on our Bold, and we have not yet downloaded and installed it, but this time, you can let us know what you think of it, and we’ll be the ones on the sidelines waiting. Sound good? More →

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Nielsen: smartphones now 28% of U.S. cell phone market

By on November 2, 2010 at 1:23 AM.

Nielsen: smartphones now 28% of U.S. cell phone market

The Nielsen Company reported Monday that smartphones now account for 28% of the cell phone market in the United States. Nielsen’s report also states that 41% of cell phones purchased in the U.S. over the past six months were smartphones. In terms of smartphone OS share, Nielsen paints a very different picture compared to earlier data presented by the NPD Group and Canalys. Nielsen’s data shows RIM still at the top of the U.S. smartphone market with a 30% share. Apple sits at number 2 with 28% and Android follows with only 19% of the market. Reports from NPD and Canalys released just this morning, however, show Android passing BlackBerry OS and attaining a commanding lead in the U.S. while iOS and BlackBerry OS battle for the two and three slots. Both firms claim that Android now holds a massive 44% of the U.S. smartphone market, while iOS is number 2 with 23% – 26% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS is number 3 with 22% – 24%. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official, November release globally

By on October 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official, November release globally

Just minutes ago, Research In Motion finally made the BlackBerry Bold 9780 official. You can pick up RIM’s “boldest BlackBerry” starting in November, like had been rumored. It will launch globally next month and we’d bet that every carrier that offers the Bold 9700 will carry the refreshed model.  The specifications are just as had been reported: same basic handset as the Bold 9700, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel and BlackBerry OS 6 are the upgrades. We’ve been using a 9780 for a couple months and we definitely think the added RAM coupled with RIM’s latest operating system works well, but we can’t notice many differences from our 9700 running BlackBerry OS 6. Full press release after the break.

UPDATE: T-Mobile has announced pricing and availability — the Bold 9780 will launch on November 12th for $129.99 with a new 2-year contract. More →

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Bell Mobility launching BlackBerry Bold 9780 November 2

By on October 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM.

Bell Mobility launching BlackBerry Bold 9780 November 2

The release of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is right around the corner, officially. Canada’s Bell Mobility has announced that they will be offering the Bold 9780 beginning on November 2, 2010. The handset, which will be available in both black and white, packs a 2.44-inch HVGA display with 480 x 360 resolution, BlackBerry 6, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 512 MB of RAM, tri-band UMTS radio 850/1900/2100MHz, and a quad-band GSM radio 850/900/1800/1900MHz. Subsidized pricing was not disclosed in the memo obtained by BGR; the device will retail for $499.99.

Now… when will this bad-boy show up Stateside?

Thanks, Brendan!

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 artifacts appear on RIM's website

By on October 18, 2010 at 7:18 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 artifacts appear on RIM's website

If you’re one of those people who still prefer the brutal, sometimes primitive, efficiency of a BlackBerry device, listen up. It looks like RIM is starting to get their proverbial ducks in a row for a 9780 launch in the near future. One of our readers was kind enough to point out the mention of the Bold 9780 on RIM’s official website. Links to a “9780 Demo” and “9780 Announcement” are visible on the 9700′s support page… for the time being. The links don’t yield any interesting results, but it certainly is a good sign for those waiting for the handsets release. T-Mobile launched the 9700 ahead of AT&T earlier this year, which carrier do we think is getting the device first this time?

Thanks, T.D.! More →

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Blackberry Bold 9780 pricing revealed in the UK

By on October 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM.

Blackberry Bold 9780 pricing revealed in the UK

T-Mobile UK has jumped the gun and revealed pricing for the, BlackBerry OS 6-toting Bold 9780. The  Bold 9780 is the successor to the aging, but wildly popular Bold 9700. According to Electricpig, the new BlackBerry will be available before Christmas. The handset will be available for £0 ($0, if you convert) if you sign 2 years of your life away for a £30/month. Reasonable, no? However, we still don’t have any info on tariff details.

The three other major carriers in Blighty – O2, Orange and 3, have remained tight-lipped on availability. With the festive shopping season around the corner, you can expect all the major carriers to jump on-board

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

By on September 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

Our friendly FedEx guy just dropped off a present for us — the BlackBerry Bold 9780, replacing the Bold 9700 sometime in the next month or so. As far as the physical changes, well, the device features a glossy jet black bezel, with everything else outside staying the same. We leaked an internal document highlighting the changes in the Bold 9780, and we can confirm that the device seems to be using an updated CPU, even if the clock speed is around 624MHz. The phone boots up very fast, even faster than our regular 9700 with OS 6. The 512MB of RAM in the handset leaves around 300MB free at device start up, and like we said before, OS 6 really works great on a non-touch device overall. We have a boot up comparison video of the current BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780 side by side as well as photos if you want to get your viewing on. It’s all past the break, folks! More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 breaks cover in Vietnam

By on September 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 breaks cover in Vietnam

It seems like Vietnam is the new hotbed for cell phone activity these days. Today, site mainguyen.vn has published an extensive gallery of BlackBerry Bold 9780 images along with one 10-minute video. The site doesn’t really provide us with any additional details on the handset, but if you are anxiously awaiting its release, 17 hi-res images and a video can’t hurt your cause. Hit the jump to check out the video and hit the read link to see all the images. More →

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BlackBerry OS 6 for BlackBerry Bold 9700 video walkthrough

By on August 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM.

BlackBerry OS 6 for BlackBerry Bold 9700 video walkthrough

We have been working this one for a while, and we finally got BlackBerry OS 6 for our BlackBerry 9700. Here’s a short walkthrough video we put together. Comparing BlackBerry 6 on the 9700 to BlackBerry 6 on the 9800, we feel that the 9700 runs it better. It is less complicated to use, more functional (at least for us), and above all, faster. It even boots up in around a minute. For some reason, even though this build is not a final build, the phone feels snappy and doesn’t seem to get bogged down like our BlackBerry Torch did. All the great features of BlackBerry 6 are obviously here — WebKit browser, Universal Search, and more — and it’s nice to be able to pamper your beloved aging 9700 sometimes, isn’t it? More →

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BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

By on August 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM.

BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

You’d think that RIM would be replacing highest-end product with a brand new device, right? Well, previous rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would get nothing more than a simple refresh, and we’re able to confirm those rumors. We have a leaked internal document detailing all sorts of fun stuff. Market positioning, technical overviews, and a bunch more. The big picture view? The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9020? 9750? 9780? We’re just guessing) will be practically identical to the 9700 visually. Internal changes include a 5 megapixel camera sensor, and 512MB of RAM up from 256MB. It will also launch with BlackBerry 6 — obviously. We’d love to say there is more, but there isn’t, so check out the leaked document and let us know your thoughts, ok?

Click on over to our BlackBerry Bold R020 overview gallery!

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