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Blackberry Torch: Innovative or Disposable?

RIM last week unveiled a new handset: the Torch, alongside with BlackBerry “OS 6”. Will the phone keep RIM in the smartphone race? Or will it fizzle out in a few months, much like the Palm Pre?

Hardware Packs a Punch

161.59 g / 5.7 oz (includes battery)
Operating System BlackBerry 6
CPU Speed 624 MHz
Memory
– 512 MB internal flash memory
– 4GB built-in storage memory
Expandable Memory
– 4GB microSD card included
– Supports up to 32GB microSD card
Battery
1270 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Battery Life
GSM Talk Time: 5.5 hours; GSM Standby Time: 17 days
UMTS Talk Time: 5.8 hours; UMTS Standby Time: 13 days
Audio Playback: 29.8 hrs
Video Playback: 6 hrs
Keyboard
Physical keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY
Touchscreen keyboards: portrait/landscape full qwerty, condensed portrait
Display
High resolution touch scree
Half-VGA+ display (360 x 480 at 188ppi)
3.2″ (diagonally measured)
Navigation – Capacitive traditional touch screen (no SurePress)
– Optical trackpad
Camera
5.0 MP camera, flash, auto focus, face detection, image stabilization, scene modes, 2X zoom, video recording
Video Camera
Normal Mode: 640 x 480 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
Voice Input/Output
Integrated speaker and microphone, hands-free headset
capable, Bluetooth headset capable, integrated hands-free speakerphone
GPS
Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready
Media Player
Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV
Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Ringtone format support: 32 polyphonic – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
WiFi Wi-Fi Band: 802.11b/g/n, support for UMA (carrier-dependent)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported
Headset
3.5mm stereo headset capable
Network
SKU1 UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6)
SKU2 UMTS: 2100/1900/900 MHz (Bands 1,2,8)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks

OK, so hardware is good? And a new OS? Great. But here’s the problem:

The Good:

It’s much improved. The Torch brings a sleek hardware design, without sacrificing a keyboard. Also, OS 6 brings tons of new features, like a WebKit based browser, a sleek interface, newer email code, and less bugs.

The Bad:

It’s more of the same. It’s the same BlackBerry, and even if it’s OS is greatly fixed, there’s not much new to look at. The hardware makes no major leaps, and we wonder if RIM has lost it’s grip on the market.

Verdict: If you use Blackberrys, BUY.

RIM Announces OS 6 for Blackberry

Blackberry users should be excited.

The BlackBerry Storm 2: Businessmen Rejoice?

blackberry-storm-2-1.jpgYea, it happened, it’s real, and you might hear the faint relief of Verizon. The Blackberry Storm 2 has officially been leaked to the interwebs, even though there is no specs to report as of now. However, one thing is for sure: SurePress is GONE.

If you don’t know, SurePress is the technology that gave the first BlackBerry Storm a “clickable” in which you had to actually press down on the screen to activate something.

Well, turns out it wasn’t the best. Even so, it’s gone now, and the new Storm is reported to have a touch screen meaning a touch sensitive and super responsive screen just like it rival, or sibling (what ever side your on) the iPhone.

Obviously thanks to CrackBerry for the pic!

BlackBerry Curve 8520 reviewed already!

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Although it is not as good as the Curve 8900, BlackBerry Cruve 8520 does have something that no other BlackBerry does. It has an optical trackball instead of the spinner. Besides that, the phone is not that special. It runs EDGE and does not have 3G. It will most likely be a Pay-As-You-Go phone. For a full review, visit CrackBerry, whose editors got hands on this early and got it reviewd already. 

[via Engadget]

BlackBerry Storm 2 Confirmed, Curve Surpasses iPhone

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Research in Motion (RIM) just confirmed the second Storm to come out, but it may not necessarily be called “Storm 2.” This seems like an early confirmation considering Storm has been only in the market for about six months. RIM says the Storm is doing great in sales, and they hope to do it again with its “Sequel.” 

RIM has been dominating the smartphone market. In Q1 of 2009, BlackBerry Curve 8300 series surpassed the iPhone 3G in sales. The Storm came third, which is followed by the Pearl.

1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)

2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)

3. RIM BlackBerry Storm

4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)

5. T-Mobile G1

 

According to NPD, a lot of the BlackBerry sales came from the “Buy one get one free” deal from Verizon. I wonder what Verizon is going to do with the Storm, when or if they are able to have the so called “iPhone Lite.”

[Thanks to CNET and CNET]

Facebook v1.5 for BlackBerry Out in the Open!

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Hooked on Facebook®? Now you can take Facebook with you on your BlackBerry® smartphone wherever you go and stay logged in as long as you want. Download this free application today and take connecting with your friends to a whole new level.

With Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, you can:

  • Receive instant notifications on your BlackBerry smartphones home screen.
  • Send/receive message or wall posts, pokes and friend requests.
  • Update your status, view and comment on your friends’ status.
  • Share photos from your BlackBerry smartphone with tags/comments and post to Facebook with just one click.
  • Connect your Facebook friends with your BlackBerry Address Book – including profile picture integration which brings a whole new meaning to caller ID.
  • Stay on top of your life with birthday reminders and event integration into your BlackBerry Calendar.

Take Facebook® with you wherever you go – now with even more integration with your BlackBerry® smartphone.

[via BlackBerry]

Blackberry App World Tour

You can see a full gallery of the Blackberry’s new app store at

http://i.gizmodo.com/5196062/blackberry-app-world-tour-and-impressions