Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed

By on January 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed

Research In Motion’s “best BlackBerry ever” — the BlackBerry Torch — definitely wasn’t the most competitive device to hit the smartphone market place. But it looks like RIM is trying to change all that with a new take on its QWERTY, horizontal-slider: the BlackBerry Torch 2. BGR has exclusively obtained a photo of the BlackBerry Torch 2 along with the device’s full specifications. Was the Torch’s 600MHz CPU a bit too underpowered for you? You’re in luck, as we can now confirm that the BlackBerry Torch 2 will feature a 1.2GHz CPU with hardware acceleration. Full specifications after the break! More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for

By on January 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for

We just got our hands on a crystal clear photo of the BlackBerry Dakota — you know, the device that’s going to sit right at the head of the BlackBerry family dinner table. What about the specifications for the BlackBerry Dakota? What, you thought we’d skimp out on you? How about the famous original Bold styling, HD video recording, NFC, 3G Mobile hotspot, magnetometer and much, much more! Full specs after the break! More →

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More white iPhone 4 details…

By on July 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM.

More white iPhone 4 details…

After posting pictures of our self-assembled white iPhone 4, we received more information on some of the manufacturing challenges Apple is facing with the albino iPhone model. For starters, just as we saw, Apple is having trouble getting the paint thick enough on the front display to be perfectly white while not having any light bleed — or transparency — without affecting the proximity sensor. There is also reportedly an issue with the actual paint itself, which we’re told is silkscreened on the front glass. Apple has had to come up with a paint mix that will stay white and won’t discolor, flake, etc. However, the back panels are totally fine (and we can confirm that), as there is no need for portions to remain clear for the LCD display. Lastly, we are told the reason the device isn’t perfectly white and is slightly discolored is that the binder Apple is/was using causes a slight off-color tint. In closing, our source let us know that Apple might have actually worked through these issues and that white iPhone 4s might not be so far away from shipping in the near future. Apple just probably left it open-ended so they wouldn’t crush expectations again. And again.

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Apple iPhone 4 available now in white… if you're up for the challenge

By on July 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM.

Apple iPhone 4 available now in white… if you're up for the challenge

While it seems Apple isn’t able to manufacture enough of the white iPhone 4 model, white iPhone 4 parts have started to become available. In fact, you’ll actually remember that there were white parts before the phone was even announced. Recently, however, the white iPhone 4 front and rear case pieces have been harder and harder to come by giving credibility that there actually is some sort of manufacturing problem Apple needs to overcome with the white variant. We hit up our friends at CNN.cn, and they have come through for us, but in our first go-around, we witnessed first hand one possible issue Apple might be facing with the front white display assembly. In our second go-around, we realized even more manufacturing/production problems.

After disassembling our black iPhone 4 oh-so-carefully, and then putting everything back together with the new white front LCD and powering it up, we noticed something… odd. The LCD itself looked fine (beautiful as ever) but the screen was kind of transparent. Not transparent like you could see the phone’s internal components through the display, but there wasn’t a proper backing it seemed. Yet when we disassembled the phone again to switch back to the black display, we compared both and they looked identical.

Round 2… After CNN.cn sent us another white LCD to try, we noticed a couple things. First off, those whispers of Apple not being happy with the exact color or tint of white are probably true. There’s a noticeable difference between the actual white glass LCD front and the white plastic home button. Second, the white LCD front display is a tad thicker (the glass it seems), and when the phone was assembled, this made the home button feel very out of place. It didn’t feel right because it was sunk in a little bit. Lastly, the proximity sensor didn’t work at all. We’ll be trying Round 3 pretty soon when our package from China arrives.

We’re not sure what’s going on with the white models, but once we have a fully working white unit, we’ll care a little less. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of the fully assembled white unit, but will do so when it’s up and running.

Thanks to Richard Lai for the emotional support!

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iPhone 4 proximity sensors not functioning properly?

By on June 25, 2010 at 7:08 PM.

iPhone 4 proximity sensors not functioning properly?

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Another day, another problem for the iPhone 4. Today’s hot topic issue deals with its proximity sensor. According to a group of concerned iPhone owners on 9to5mac, the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4 isn’t quite sensitive enough and carriers a large potential for in-call issues. Users are reporting that the sensor has a tendency to think the phone is away from one’s face when it is in fact not. This can lead to user’s cheeks doing everything from muting calls to hitting the end button. Our devices aren’t suffering from this issue, but based upon what we’ve read there are quite a lot that are. How is your proximity sensor working out? More →

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