Special thanks to Kevin at CrackBerry.com as he captured this video of what is called the “BlackBerry Matrix” from the BlackBerry Developer Conference last week. From watching the video it shows a monitor with all the apps being downloaded from the BlackBerry AppWorld (one-minute delay).
It’s pretty cool, but we’ve seen something similar at Apple’s Developer conference. On the left is the BlackBerry version and the right is Apple’s version.
TELUS has put a new contest together that could see $2,000 in your pocket. The contest goes until December 31, 2009 and all you have to do is “Share a tip on how you make your workday more efficient”. TELUS states that “One entrant will be selected to win a grand prize of $2000 Amex travel card”.
They have made this video in hopes to get more people to submit their tips. Check it out (more…)
Hopefully Apple comes out with another theme to their commercials as the original Apple iPhone commercials continue to be replicated by advertisers and mobile enthusiasts. Here’s another one that compares the iPhone and BlackBerry, specifically the e-mail and running multiple applications at the same time (more…)
Apple has filed another patent that is getting a great deal of people talking. This one is called “enforcement routine” and the premise behind this is that in order for you to use your device, computer, iPod etc you will need to watch or click on the advertisement. Sounds a bit controlling and reads:
“Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn’t simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad — it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing.
The system also has a version for music players, inserting commercials that come with an audible prompt to press a particular button to verify the listener’s attentiveness.” (more…)
There has been a number of rumours of when RIM is going to release a device that has a full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen capabilities. This has been labeled with the name “Pluto” and model number 9900.
We’ve written about this many times but Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu has written a report that it’s in the prototype stage and likely to ship in 2010. Wu says it’s the “best of both worlds” and that “contacts in the industry and parts suppliers who say the touchscreen slider phone is in development and resembles a cross between the Storm2 and one of RIM’s non-touch QWERTY devices. (more…)
Virgin Mobile has once again dropped their prices for all of their BlackBerry devices. You can now get the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, Flip 8230 and the Curve 8330 for $0.00 on a 3-year contract. These all have to be on Virgin’s BlackBerry Bundle monthly plan and make sure you read all the fine print before signing.
One good move Virgin did was add the “30-day You’ll Love Us Guarantee”… so if you don’t “love” your device you can return it after 30-days. (more…)
Canadians are one of the countries that use Facebook the most, and for those who have a Palm Pre (soon the Pixi) an official Facebook app has been released. Apparently it’s a basic first run at the real deal and for it to operate you have to have WebOS 1.3.1.
The features include the ability to update your status and upload photos, but can’t search the app for any info within Facebook such as events… when a video is shown you can click to play but it takes you out of the Facebook app and into the YouTube app. In addition, when clicking on a friends name or photo brings up their contact info, not what they are up to.
You would think Palm/Facebook would release a better first version, especially with the integration of Facebook with their Universal Search. (more…)
The one consistent theme with RIM’s BlackBerry devices is that they keep improving. Even with the new Storm2 9550 that’s coming up, they listened to their clients issues regarding the Storm 9530 faults and fixed them.
Regarding the overall design of the Bold 9700, there are many great additions and in an odd way this new smartphone looks more like the Curve 8900 or the Tour than from it’s previous model, the Bold 9000. The classy elegant feeling from the original 9000 with its chrome casing, leather backing and overall larger size has been somewhat replaced with the 9700 feeling like it’s just one notch up from the Tour.
The reason it feels like this is because the 9700 is smaller than the original, which makes the QWERTY keyboard smaller and a bit cramped in. However, if this is going to be an upgrade from an 8900, Tour etc then this will be a natural progression. If this is coming from a 9000 you’ll dramatically feel the space issue on the keyboard as the overall dimensions are 109 x 60 x 14.1mm. The previous Bold 9000 came in at 114 x 66 x 15mm. The Bold 9700 weighs in at 89 grams, while the Bold 9000 weighs in a 136 grams.
When comparing to the Bold 9000, it was a mixed bag. We heard that people loved and hated the size. However, you can rest assured that the fake leather backing is still part of this device as it’s a signature accents and that the quality of speakers is still one of the best around. The resolution of the screen has been improved to 480 x 360 display on the 9700, up from the 480 x 320 of the original Bold.
Enough with comparing to an older device as this is a new product that should be reviewed separately. By far the best addition on the 9700 is the trackpad. No more trackball which has made the BlackBerry experience such a more pleasurable one. In addition the camera is a 3.2-megapixel and has auto-focus, flash and video recording. We took some pics and shot a video so you can see the quality (check out the video).
RIM has also made the speed and performance of the device faster by upgrading to 256MB of RAM and has BlackBerry OS 5.0. Other features are WiFi and GPS plus as usual this will do all your contacts, calendar and of course your e-mails and IM.
This is available through Bell, Rogers and TELUS. For our Review we used the Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 model, this also comes with Unlimited NHL which is a great addition for any hockey fan. Plus, the Bell version once again has no Bell logo slapped anywhere on the outside.
The Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 is available on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $229.95
2-year contract: $449.95
1-year contract: $549.95
No contract: $599.95
This TELUS BlackBerry Bold 9700is available on the following price plans:
Month-to-Month/No Contract: $649.99
1-year contract: $599.99
2-year contract: $549.99
3-year contract: $249.99
This is available on Rogers on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $299.99
2-year contract: $499.99
1-year contract/Monthly: $549.99
No Contract: $599.99
Start lining up Canadians because the demand for the hottest selling device of 2007 just landed at Fido in a stunning holiday Red!
That’s right, you can now get the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 in Red. The good news for this outdated BlackBerry is that it’s priced at $0.00… the bad news is that it’s on a 3-year contract. If that’s not appetizing for you, perhaps these shocking rate plans are:
$350 with a 2 year Fido Agreement
$400 with Fido Prepaid Service
$400 with a Phone purchase only (more…)
This was bound to happen but we didn’t think the once $199.95 Palm Pre would sink to an all-time low of $49.95 at WirelessWave!
It was only a couple weeks ago that we saw Bell drop the price of the Pre to the $99.95 mark, but if you have ever wanted to jump on the popular new webOS platform and get this touchscreen/full QWERTY keyboard device it’s certainly worth $49.95 on a 3-year contract.
Or you can test your luck possibly for another couple weeks and see if it hits rock bottom at $0.00.