Verizon's upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info

By on May 15, 2009 at 2:18 PM.

Verizon's upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info

So check it. We just got a tip from a new ninja but this information looks really credible so we’re running it… Here’s the random bits of info we received:

  • All Verizon BlackBerry handsets launched after the BlackBerry Tour will have Wi-Fi
  • The Storm 2′s screen does not press in like SurePress, rather it operates more like traditional capacitive touch screen panels. We’re not sure if the rumored TruePress is just localized haptic feedback or what, but we can’t imagine RIM abandoning their entire fucking selling point on the Storm.
  • We have no idea what to think of this part, but, our tipster said the BlackBerry Tour would be accompanied by a BlackBerry Atlas with the Atlas having Wi-Fi, not the Tour. Again, don’t flip out, but it’s just what was told to us by this particular tipster.
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 release is “imminent”. We’d say May release, June latest.
  • 8230 specs… EV-DO Rev. 0, 2.0 MP Camera, 3.5 ounces, Flash 128 MB, RAM 64 MB, SD Card – Expandable to 16GB, Usage/Standby – 220 min. / 216 hrs.

There you have it, guys!

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Samsung's 20-key T349 is T-Mobile bound; launches May 20th

By on April 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM.

Samsung's 20-key T349 is T-Mobile bound; launches May 20th

We’ve just received this little nugget from one of our ninjas about an upcoming handset for T-Mobile, the Samsung T349. While the device itself is nothing too fancy, it is nonetheless a pretty interesting device in that T-Mobile has describes it internally as a “20-key messaging phone.” Despite the blurriness of the image above, we are able to see that the entry-level T349 indeed features a keypad much like the SureType keypads found on the BlackBerry Pearl and Pearl Flip. Specs are as follows:

  • 20-key keypad
  • 1.3 megapixel camera w/ video capture
  • SMS, MMS, Email and IM
  • Bluetooth
  • Speakerphone
  • Photo caller ID, alarm clock, calculator,
  • Mobile backup
  • GPRS connectivity

Look for the Samsung T349 to make its retail debut to both pre and post-paid subscribers on May 20th. Believe it or not, this little guy is the first new handset added to T-Mobile’s pre-paid line-up in the past year. Yay?

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Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on March 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM.

Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

While this might come as a bit of a shock to some, there is a little known country just north of the good ‘ole US of A that just so happens to be home to the World’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. That country is of course Canada and the manufacturer is RIM. It used to be the case that BlackBerry fans in the US got the latest BlackBerry devices before Canada, but in recent times it seems that Canada has launched RIM’s latest devices long before its neighbors to the South — the exception to this being the Storm. Canadian carriers stuck it to the Americans once again however, when Bell was the first carrier to release the CDMA Pearl Flip 8230. Sure, a few hiccups six days after launch due to buggy software killed off a lot of the excitement, but thankfully for RIM, TELUS launched the Pearl Flip 11 days after Bell, a launch that went off without a hitch.

Now back in October we reviewed the GSM version of the Pearl Flip (the 8220) and found it to be a pretty decent device considering its affordability. However, we couldn’t help but feel let down by the build quality which made the device feel extremely cheap, and the ridiculously pixelated display. So does the CDMA Pearl Flip offer any notable improvements over its GSM cousin? Hit the jump to find out. More →

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Recap of Nokia’s day at MWC: four new phones, Ovi Store, N97 in June

By on February 16, 2009 at 11:09 AM.

Recap of Nokia’s day at MWC: four new phones, Ovi Store, N97 in June

A lot is always expected from Nokia seeing as it is still the number one handset manufacturer in the world, but this year has got to be its most stressful to date. A worldwide recession, ever increasing smartphone competition and lower prices combined with higher expectations across the board have surely been keeping the entire town of Espoo up late into the night. Sadly, the company’s day one MWC presentation wasn’t exactly what we’d call a shining example of Nokia at its finest. Beyond the E75, the highlight had to be Nokia’s official announcement of its App Store competitor, the Ovi Store, set to launch in May. Other than that, well, you tell us how the company fared. Hit up the break to see all that’s new in the world of Nokia (aside from the N86 of course).

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New RIM keypad patent; RIM looking for parts more breakable than its trackball?

By on December 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM.

New RIM keypad patent; RIM looking for parts more breakable than its trackball?

If you think the trackballs on RIM’s popular BlackBerry handsets are prone to breaking, just wait until the keypad described in one of RIM’s latest patents is realized – if it is ever realized. While a design of this nature would allow RIM to build a significantly more narrow handset, it would also seemingly be infinitely less usable and fragile. Three rows of the device’s keypad would be positioned on the face of the handset beneath the display. Standard 0-9 keys would be present an accessible at all times to allow standard usage. When used for messaging however, keys located on the devices side panels fold open to provide a full QWERTY or SureType keypad. Yes, trying to use a BlackBerry with a jumpy trackball can be pretty annoying but try using a BlackBerry after half the keys snap off…

[Via Cellpassion]

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Bell launches the BlackBerry Storm

By on December 10, 2008 at 8:48 PM.

Bell launches the BlackBerry Storm

Not wanting to be left out of the party, Bell has followed Telus’ lead and announced that it too has released the BlackBerry 9530 Storm in Canada. Available today in the Greater Toronto Area, the Storm will be “widely available at stores” across Canada tomorrow. If you live in a more rural area and prefer to order your phones online, then bell.ca won’t be listing the Storm until tomorrow. As for the cost of the phone, Bell is asking for 3-years and $249.99 in conjunction with a minimum of $45 of voice and data per month. ($5 more per month than Telus requires.) As for the levels of stock that each store will receive, we’re afraid that it’s not a whole lot because Bell has been emailing their most valued customers $50-off coupons for the Storm that are valid for all of January. All things lead us to believe that Bell is doing what Telus is doing — only offering the device to new customers until adequate levels of stock arrive.

Thanks, to everyone that sent this in!

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Sony Ericsson Paris gets reviewed on film despite being killed pre-production

By on November 24, 2008 at 4:54 PM.

Sony Ericsson Paris gets reviewed on film despite being killed pre-production

Call it the Paris, call it the P5 or call it the ghost of Sony Ericsson past – the bottom line is that this handset will likely never see the light of day. Those of you Sony Ericsson or UIQ die-hards out there will still be interested what we’ve got here though. We’re not sure who M. Kurowski is but he managed to get his hands on a Paris prototype and gave it some serious face time in a two-part video review for the ages. We have to say, this guy has got to be one of our favorite video reviewers of all time. Arguably even better than the Storm unboxing guy. Everything about this review is awesome – from the reviewer himself, to the fact that he shot the video in the dark, to the soothing sounds of what is either bacon sizzling or a fish tank bubbling in the background. It all combines to create a masterpiece. Amazing. Do yourself a favor and hit the jump for part two.

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Rogers 8220 Pearl Flip to ship on October 29th

By on October 26, 2008 at 10:12 AM.

Rogers 8220 Pearl Flip to ship on October 29th

Canadian SureType fans won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on the BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip. Word came down today from the very top of Rogers that the device is going to start shipping to all retail channels on Wednesday, October 29th. Customers who sign up for a 3-year death sentence contract in combination with a voice and data combo of $35 and up will be able to walk away with the Pearl Flip for $49.99, which isn’t a bad price at all in Canada. In terms of release date, unfortunately there isn’t one set in stone. There is however, a lot of speculation that Rogers will do something out of character and release the phone on Friday, a day that happens to be Halloween. If that doesn’t happen it’s pretty safe to assume that by Tuesday, November 4th the Pearl Flip will be officially available in it’s native land.

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HP unveils two new iPaq smartphones

By on October 21, 2008 at 12:42 PM.

HP unveils two new iPaq smartphones

HP added two new Windows Mobile handsets, the Data Messenger and Voice Messenger, to its enterprise messenger line of smartphones on Monday. The Data Messenger is a touchscreen slider while the Voice messenger is non-touchscreen candy bar with a Blackberry Pearl-style SureType keyboard. The two phones are business oriented and lack some of the high end features normally found on consumer-oriented phones. The touchscreen Data Messenger has a plain Jane touchscreen that is not multi-touch and does not support gestures. It also ships with an unmodified version of Windows Mobile Professional 6.1. No TouchWiz or TouchFlo-like interface for this baby. Both the Data Messenger and the Voice Messenger also have QVGA resolution screens which is fine for email and texting but not for multimedia or web browsing. HP does step out of box by dropping the traditional D-pad navigation and replacing it with an optical mouse pointer, similar to what is seen on many Samsung phones. They had to add something to the phone to give it just a smidgen of “coolness”. HP did not slack on connectivity either as both phones are quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/1900/2100 MHz). The Data Messenger and Voice Messenger are expected to retail for €499 ($665) and €399 ($532), respectively and are expected to launch in November on Vodafone. Hit the jump for the specs on each handset.

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Future Shops sells BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip for $49.99

By on October 20, 2008 at 7:40 AM.

Future Shops sells BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip for $49.99

Looks like the rumor of a dirt cheap Rogers BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip from a few months ago was true after all. Despite no official announcement of pricing or release, Canada’s Future Shop has listed the device as for sale “in-store only” for $49 on a 3-year contract. While stores across Canada are reporting that no 8220s are in stock, it is expected that the official go head from Rogers will come soon, possibly as early as Tuesday. At the same time, the recently rumored pink Pearl Flip was also confirmed making the device available in both pink and black. The only question left is whether or not some people at Future Shop are going to lose their job for the continuous stream of pre-announcement sales and leaks they’ve been having over the past year.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 unboxing

By on October 5, 2008 at 9:04 AM.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 unboxing

Alright, these aren’t the first live in-hand shots of the BlackBerry 8220, but it is the first unboxing. And it’s a damn good looking box! There’s actually very little that comes in the T-Mobile box, just the device, battery, charger, headphones, and a USB cable. We thought it would have been loaded with goodies like a really nice headset, wack cool carrying case, lanyard, decals, and other nonsensical things, but that’s what the accessory market is for, we guess. As far as the device goes, we’re pretty disappointed. Not so much because it’s absolutely terrible, just because the Pearl Flip feels like a prototype and not a final build. Even though this is a retail unit. The displays are a complete letdown, and that’s not because we’ve been spoiled by the Bold. It’s because they are really bad. For some reason the outer and inner screens are pixelated beyond anything we’ve seen recently, and they are probably the worst displays we’ve seen on a BlackBerry since… well, a long time. We understand it’s not a high end device, but is there any reason this thing should be looking like it came out of 2001? The feel of the Flip is fine — it’s a little light actually — and when opened, it’s perfectly weighted. The keyboard isn’t that great, but who are we fooling. This is a phone for your niece, baby mama, sister, or Sarah Palin hockey mom. And for that friends, we give it a B+. What are you still doing here? The gallery is where it’s at, son.

Click on over to our T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 unboxing gallery!

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8220 Pearl Available from Italy’s TIM

By on October 3, 2008 at 2:47 PM.

8220 Pearl Available from Italy’s TIM

Break out the champagne because the BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip has officially gone on sale in Italy. The first clamshell device from Waterloo is being sold for relatively competitive price of 269 € ($372 USD). It’s also currently offered in any color you want as long as it’s black. The only question now is what self-respecting Italian would buy such a device? It’s certainly not those hipsters who wear Diesel jeans, D&G shirts, drive tricked-out Fiat Punto’s, and listen to Duran Duran.

Here’s a breakdown of the specs from TIM’s website.

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • 128MB internal flash memory, 1GB microSD card
  • OS 4.6
  • 900 mAh battery w/ 240 minute talk-time and 336 hours of stand-by
  • 240 x 320 internal display, 128 x 160 external display
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with flash, zoom, and viedo recording
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP/AVCRP , microUSB
  • Integrated modem for tethering
  • 100 x 50 x 17.5 mm, 102g

Thanks, Joe!

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