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BlackBerry Torch 9800

September 9th, 2010 Comments off

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 has recently been released and I am really excited about getting my hands on it. I never really liked the Storm that much as I found typing my blog posts was pretty tricky, but, I think the blend of touch screen and keyboard present in the torch 9800 will be pretty powerful.

Also the blackberry torch 9800 will run BlackBerry OS 6 which is supposed to give significant improvements over older operating systems.

Software 6 has new software for working online, such as RSS and social feeds in addition to Facebook etc. It also has Universal search. It features a “launch pad” touch icon to launch into applications, instead of needint to hit the launch key and nagivate to applicatoins, very convenient!

The Browser is also much improved, based on WebKit, and has an acellerometer that will rotate the screen if you flip your phone on its side. It is a very different animal from previous BlackBerries and is a much smarter kind of smart phone!

Its really geared toward those that spend time online using their phones (as I of course do) and I think its really going to help me.

Of course, there are other phones on the market that are argually better, the HTC Desire springs to mind, however, I have always been a BlackBerry girl and am not about to abandon ship now, not with a product like the Torch 9800 on the market!

I found this coold video you can watch if you want to see my latest (nearly… soon to be) toy :-D


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BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 Smartphone

September 1st, 2010 Comments off

The Pearl 3G phone is designed in the same frame as the popular Bold 9700 phone, which was touted by BlackBerry as an all in one model for work and personal needs.  The Pearl, however, has dropped the QWERTY style keyboard and only has standard ABC texting capacity.  For those who need the keyboard shortcut to use their favorite Internet or texting routines, the Pearl 3G may be a frustrating choice.  For others who only need a simple option, the Pearl delivers all the regular functions they are accustomed to from BlackBerry’s standard laundry list with a powerful three gigabyte processor.

Pearl BlackBerry phones are relatively new to the market and boast some of the best specs and capabilities available from any mobile phone company.  Weighing only a tenth of a kilogram and coming in at ten by five centimeters, it is a compact and smaller phone than some of the more powerful and bulkier designs.  What the Pearl lacks in size, however, makes up in speed.  With a 256 megabyte memory slot, it can hold almost unlimited contact information and can be upgraded with new memory cards if more space for photos or songs are needed.  Running WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB ports means the Pearl can hold and transfer information from any source.  The full color screen and camera run off a 5 hour battery.

Email has always been the hallmark of BlackBerry phones, and setting up an online account with the Pearl 3G is no different.  Even with a relatively small screen space, the phone’s automated email inbox is large enough to hold dozens of messages.  BlackBerry uses different color and fonts for emails, so specific messages from sites like Facebook, eBay, Twitter, and Amazon come in easy to recognize formats.

Full media capability is standard in the 3G phone.  Users can skip through music and video libraries with play, pause, and skip buttons at the top of their screen without needing to drop out of other windows.  The basic camera provides 3.2 megapixel pictures, which most customers claim is high quality enough for their needs; phones with higher grade cameras are also available.

Though customers say the calls are clear and there are few drops, the calling interface is frustrating.  BlackBerry’s network is considered by some to be difficult to navigate than their competitors; the sixth version is being released in a matter of months and will hopefully streamline the bugs and lag of the current operating system.  Most applications for the phone are free, and the most often used apps — such as MySpace and Facebook — are not only free but constantly updated.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 deals can be found from any major mobile phone retailer, in store or online.  BlackBerry deals are often featured from phone retailers with either cash back incentives or bonus minutes on calling plans.  300 or 500 minute monthly plans can cost anywhere from five to twenty pounds less each month than direct orders; check out wireless outlets like T-Mobile or Vodafone for smart phone payment plans, financingarraignments, and terms of lease duration.

Although I love the look of the Pearl 3G, I would not really want to give up my Qwerty to own one, but I think its a greaty “candy bar” style phone.

I could not find any formal review videos of the Pearl 3G 9105 that were really worth posting, so I settled on the one below instead. It does not really go through all the features as thoroughly as some of the others but it gives a clear view of the phone and I quite like the soundtrack :-D


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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Silver

June 27th, 2010 Comments off

Blackberry’s latest offering- the Blackberry Curve 8520 Silver- is cheaper than the Curve 8900 by almost $20 and for the price is an excellent phone.

On of the most significant features of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is its optical touchpad, which is a smart and clever revision of the trackball navigator of the previous BlackBerry phones and represents a marked improvement in terms of usability. The sensitivity of the touchpad is adjustable in the Settings menu as well.

Another welcome change is the presence of media keys on the top of the phone. The keys work for both music and videos and make the media player very convenient and easy to access and operate. Another good thing about this mobile phone is the presence of a 3.55mm headphone jack. Included on the left side of the phone, this audio jack really enhances the overall multimedia experience of the phone.

Other positive aspects of this phone include an expandable memory of up to 16 GB, the 512 MHz CPU, the more compact but still easy to use QWERTY keyboard, the Office document editor and its solid and sturdy build.

Let us now discuss the negative things of the Curve 8520 Silver. While the touchpad and the new media keys are a welcome change from the Curve 8900, the change in the screen, that is located between these two new features, is a major drawback in this BlackBerry mobile phone. The 2.4 inches TFT display is a bad 320X240 resolution showing only 65000 colors. As a result, the text and pictures are not clear enough and if you have seen the display of the Curve 8900, you would look at the poor display of 8520 with great surprise and greater disappointment.

The camera is also an average 2 megapixels and does not offer many options. There is no FM radio, no 3G support and no TV-out functionality. On top of all this, this phone also lacks GPS and does not even come with BlackBerry App World. In addition to this, without BlackBerry Internet Service, one will not be able to use many features of the Curve 8520.

Some good Blackberry Curve 8520 Silver deals can be found online with other BlackBerry deals. For Curve 8520, these deals and discounts are more important since on the current market price, this phone seems to be a bit expensive considering all the qualities that it lacks. Our advice to you would be: go for this phone only if you find it with a good discount.

If you are interested to learn more about this phone the folowing video is helpful. Interestingly they say that the “silver” is in fact more of a “baby blue” coulour. So, if you are interested in ordering a blackberry curve 8520 Silver you may want to check this out so you know what you will be getting!


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