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Cherry on the blackberry cake
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo BlackBerry Torch 9800

Blackberry has always made it a point to come up with nice business phones. In line with its reputation, the new addition to the family is the Blackberry torch 9800. This 3G phone helps you access internet at high speeds and also make video calls this reducing the distance between your dear ones.

The storage is huge – 4 GB with 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM. There is a micro SD memory card slot that would help you increase up to 32 GB.  With such a huge space at your disposal, you can stop worrying about the space your song downloads are going to take!

The 5 MP in built camera comes with features like auto focus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, continuous auto focus and image stabilization. The operating system is Blackberry OS 6.0 with 624 MHz processor making it more advanced than the most. All this and more makes it a phone worthy a peek.

You can shop this and more at http://www.orangemobileshop.co.uk. Orange has come up with attractive deals for a contract of 24 months. Do stay glued to the mobile hub to know this and lot more!

BlackBerry PlayBook to arrive in Q2 2011
Nov 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo PlayBook

RIM has now confirmed the expected dates for arrival of the BlackBerry PlayBook in United States as well as the UK. While the US could get the tablet in Q1 of 2011, the UK could get the tablet in mid-summer.

Many of RIM executives have confirmed the dates as per reports and the BlackBerry PlayBook will be priced at £499 or around £315.

The much-rumoured upcoming Blackberry tablet from Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerrys, Research in Motion (RIM) is said to be powered by the real-time OS, QNX rather than the BlackBerry OS 6 as per three separate sources close to RIM.

Bloomberg reports that BlackPad will be built using the embedded RTOS platform of QNS Software Systems, a company bought by RIM for $200 million from Harman International Industries in April 2010.

Coming to QNX, it is a microkernel-based OS supporting various platforms like ARM, X86, MIPS, PowerPC and shares common roots with Unix. By using QNX OS, RIM intends to differentiate itself from the iPad and keep the selling price as well as resource utilisation low.

A dual-core 1GHz processor and twin cameras front and back helps the iPad target more of business users. RIM which has already registered the Blackpad name acquired the domain name Blackpad.com.

Pre-orders for Blackberry Torch 9800 at £479.99
Oct 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo BlackBerry Torch 9800

Play.com is offering the much awaited offering from RIM, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for £480 on pre-order. The web-based retailer expects the sale to start as early as 18th October 2010. Amazon on the other hand claims the Torch 9800 to become available from 4th of October at a cost of £499.99.

RIM said that the BlackBerry Torch was its ‘best BlackBerry ever’. The Torch 9800 which is the RIM’s latest device to hit the smartphone market sports a full touch screen along with QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. The phone also boasts a 5 MP camera with autofocus & flash.

Other specs of the gadget are a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 4GB internal memory, 624MHz processor, microSD card reader and Wi-Fi. Above all, the Torch 9800 is the first device to run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6.

RIM hopes that the BlackBerry 9800 Torch which will run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6 will rival Apple’s iPhone 4 which has already sold millions of units in just first month of its launch.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 has already created a niche for itself by joining the top 30 Smartphones listed on Amazon where it pipped another much awaited Smartphone the HTC Desire Z which costs just £430. The HTC Desire Z has a bigger screen, a processor with considerably more power, and better specs but it runs on Android 2.2 instead of BlackBerry OS 6.0.

RIM to launch BlackPad to rival Apple iPad
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

RIM Logo BlackPad

Apple is set to find another competitor in RIM with the handset maker poised to launch its BlackPad as early as next week, reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest.

The rival tablet styled computer from RIM which some employees are calling the BlackPad will make its first public appearance in San Francisco at a Developers’ Conference. The Wall Street Journal claims that the report is based on information from people familiar with RIM’s plan and claims that the BlackPad launch is imminent at the end of this year.

Contrary to what you might have assumed, the tablet computer from RIM is going to be powered by QNX Software Systems, the company which RIM acquired this year instead of the new Blackberry 6 OS.

It will sport a 7-inch touch screen and will come with an in-built camera. Microsoft is also contemplating its options to make competitors to Apple iPad.

Blackberry lost a percentage point when its share of world-wide Smartphone sales was assessed at 18% for the Q2 of 2010 by a Gartner report. Apple and Android powered Smartphones are providing stiff competition to BlackBerry phones and hence the result.

Developer toolkit for Windows Phone 7 released
Sep 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Microsoft Windows7

Microsoft has released the final version of its developers’ toolkit and thus launched another campaign to drum up support for its forthcoming Smartphone platform, Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 was released to mobile phone makers earlier this month and now it hopes to pull developers to its side so that they create all sorts of apps and help the platform become all the more popular.

Windows Phone Emulator, Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone are a part of the toolkit. As is the buzz on the marketplace, the software giant is desperate to get all kinds of publicity for its much touted mobile platform, the Windows Phone 7.

Despite the fact that the Windows Phone 7 seems to have the capability and worth, Microsoft has a herculean task at hand as it tries to regain the lost market share. RIM announced this week that it has had an exceptional quarter and Comscore provided numbers that Android’s Smartphone share is on the rise.

Microsoft has shown its desperation in making statements about the alleged cost of Android. Microsoft opines that Android just looks free, but is tied by patents and other secondary costs to be borne by mobile phone manufacturers whereas it charges license fees upfront. Microsoft could rather focus on building software that delivers value for money and leave the rest to the public.

The latest and arguably the most important platform in the last decade is all set to go live on some phones next month and if it fails to impress the world and reverse the current trends, Microsoft is going to be in real trouble.

BlackBerry Bold R020 details leaked
Aug 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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BlackBerry is a well known mobile phone brand with great industry reputation. Canadian manufacturer of Blackberry, Research in Motion is said to come up with a new handset, the BlackBerry Bold R020, a sequel to one of its widely popular handsets, the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

The handset which is said to be almost identical to the Bold 9700 will feature a 624 MHz processor, 512MB of flash memory  and 512MB of RAM with a microSD card slot to support additional storage up to 32GB.

The handset which will arrive in charcoal and white colour flavours is expected to sport a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus along with a 2.4 inch display having a 480 x 360 pixel resolution.

BlackBerry Bold R020 should also provide 3G connectivity support options, micro USB port, a 3.5mm headset jack along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity options. Also, the device is expected to boast a 1500mAh battery, QWERTY keyboard coupled by a track pad.

The Smartphone which will be powered by RIM’s latest BlackBerry 6 operating system is expected to hit the store shelves during the later part of this year. However, no specific details regarding this have been unveiled at the moment.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 to hit UK from 1st of October
Aug 24th, 2010 by Andy Miles

RIM Logo BlackBerry Torch 9800

The UK customers can now avail the BlackBerry Torch 9800, a touch-screen smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard October 1st onwards. The British online retailer expansys has listed the smartphone on its website.

RIM hopes that the Torch which will run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6 will rival Apple’s iPhone. You can grab the SIM-free BlackBerry Torch via expansys.com for £570 and the shipping date would be from October 1.

RIM said that the BlackBerry Torch was its ‘best BlackBerry ever’. The Torch 9800 which is the RIM’s latest device to hit the smartphone market sports a full touch screen along with QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. The phone also boasts a 5 MP camera with autofocus & flash.

Other specs of the gadget are a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 4GB internal memory, 624MHz processor, microSD card reader and Wi-Fi. Above all, the Torch 9800 is the first device to run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6.

The handset is available in the US via AT&T network. Details regarding pricing and availability of the phone in the UK will be revealed in the weeks ahead. However, Vodafone is said to be the leading carrier to offer the Torch in the UK. The handset is also said to be available via Three UK, the smallest mobile carrier in the UK.

RIM unveils BlackBerry App World 2.0
Aug 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Blackberry app world 2.0

RIM has launched a new version of its mobile application portal, BlackBerry App World 2.0, which provides improved & easier payment options, faster search and a customisable user experience.

RIM has taken this step to establish itself as a solid player against Apple’s App Store and the Android Market. Apart from PayPal, customers can also buy apps using their credit cards. Also, with the improved UI, users will have easier access to the top 25 lists, both free and paid, for better app discovery.

User IDs are supported by BB App World 2.0, which can be worked across any device. BB App World 2.0 will also support QR barcode scanning that has already been used on Google’s Android Market.

Most importantly, with the app purchase system, users are allowed to have a dedicated credit card or PayPal account set up with RIM. Then just by entering a password, new applications can be downloaded which makes the complete process even simpler.

The latest iteration of BlackBerry App World has been made available from BlackBerry Beta Zone to the users for beta preview in the United Kingdom. So, just go and check it out.

RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unveiled
Aug 5th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo BlackBerry Torch 9800

Research in Motion (RIM) has released the BlackBerry Torch 9800, a touch-screen smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard. RIM hopes that the Torch which will run on the latest BlackBerry OS 6 will rival Apple’s iPhone.

RIM said that the BlackBerry Torch was its ‘best BlackBerry ever’. The Torch 9800 which is the RIM’s latest device to hit the smartphone market sports a full touch screen along with QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. The phone also boasts a 5 MP camera with flash.

The handset will be available in the US via AT&T network. Details regarding pricing and availability of the phone in Europe will be revealed in the weeks ahead. However, Vodafone is said to be the leading carrier to offer the Torch in the UK.

You can avail the Torch 9800 on contract initially. However, the choice is left to the individual operators to sell it SIM free if desired. The handset runs the BlackBerry 6 that delivers improved web browsing experience as well as integrated social features.

Also, a new browser has been announced by RIM in particular for the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6. This supports CSS and JavaScript standards, HTML 5, tabbed browsing usage and an auto text-wrap function.

BlackBerry 6 OS bundled with Multimedia Capabilities
Jul 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

RIM Logo Blackberry6 OS

Research in Motion (RIM) is all set to release its new BlackBerry 6 operating system which will feature amazing multimedia capabilities. RIM has taken this step of adding more multimedia functionality tools to the BlackBerry 6 OS so as to give cutting edge competition to Apple’s iPhone.

Both a power user and a new BlackBerry user can benefit from the enhanced features. The added functions feature improved video playing and camera controls, new podcast apps, image organisation, music album art discovery along with apps to download images, music and videos.

Video search is made easy, thanks to the new thumbnail view. You can not only play videos in your desired size but also share them with others using integrated YouTube video uploader. When using Wi-Fi, you can even search video sites like YouTube to enjoy YouTube videos of your choice.

Additionally, with the new podcast service the users can search, subscribe as well as play podcasts directly on their BlackBerry devices. The updated image organiser tool enables the users to categorise photos by date or event and also add new transitions. You can now capture superior quality images quickly as well as videos with the camera, thanks to the new features in BlackBerry 6.

RIM is putting all its efforts to gain the market share in the corporate space by adding new features to BlackBerry 6 OS.

A review on Blackberry Pearl 3G
Jul 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo Blackberry Pearl 3G

An updated version of RIM’s smallest handset, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G also supports dual-band UMTS. Though the highly upgraded handset offers fast wireless and data connectivity, its small screen with a numeric keypad let it down.

Lot many new features have been added to the device such as Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo audio and support to 802.11n wireless for speedy Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even connect the handset to your computer via USB and use it as a modem.

The new Pearl 3G comes with an optical trackpad and a 3.5mm headphone socket. Though BlackBerry Maps pre-installed in the handset gives you clear directions, it is not that easy to read as Google Maps has also been installed.

Powered by an ARM-based 624 MHz processor, the Pearl 3G handset with a 360 x 400 pixels screen and 238 PPI resolution is quite good. Inspite of the cramped screen, browsing over the web is quite good. The SureType word prediction technology of the device speeds up the text typing. The numeric keypad is a drawback of the handset whose plus point lies in email.

The App World of the BlackBerry does not constitute as good a selection as Apple’s App Store or Android’s Market. However, Pearl 3G would be the right choice if you are looking for budget smartphone with high end email features. The Bold 9700 is a better option for those with larger budget.

Free BlackBerry Protect security app from RIM
Jul 13th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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BlackBerry maker RIM has come with an amazing service, the BlackBerry Protect which allows the users to back up, restore and even locate their lost devices via internet.

BlackBerry Protect is a free service which initially creates a back up of the data and then we can set it to perform the tasks at daily, weekly or monthly intervals automatically.  The app has the ability to back up contacts, memos/tasks, calendars, text messages and browser bookmarks.

The app can also locate the much-loved smartphones of their users in case they are lost, stolen or just misplaced round about using GPS. Users can log in to Protect web portal and activate the ‘loud ring’ feature if it is close by. They can also lock the phone or change the password. A ‘lost and found’ message can be remotely displayed so that people who find the device return it.

You can clean all the phone data including the microSD card content remotely using the app if the phone is not found. The app can restore the data of an old or lost BlackBerry to a new BlackBerry easily.

The BlackBerry Protect runs independently and you can associate up to 5 phones with a BlackBerry account although the app is compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Beta Zone members can avail the app’s pre-release version from this week through invite codes. For all other Blackberry users, the service will be released in the autumn in multiple languages.

Blackberry Storm vs Blackberry Storm 2
Oct 29th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

Blackberry Storm 1(vs) Blackberry Storm 2

The Blackberry Storm that was launched by Research In Motion (RIM), an year ago, was plagued with problems post release. The Storm was launched in a rush and hence the problems. The interface didn’t work as it should, the touch screen left a lot to be desired and the phone auto-rotate feature was too slow to respond.

The Storm 2 basically fixes all that. Technically Storm 2 is called the 9520 (The Strom 1 was a 9500). However its not just the look and feel that have been upgraded. The Storm 2 has loads of new features built in, which were not previously in the Storm 1. Looks wise, both of them have the exact same dimensions and weigh nearly the same.

For starters, the Storm 2 has a ‘flashlight’. Well that is called progress. What would one do without the flashlight feature on the phone.

The major new features are:

  • Flashlight
  • The camera on the Storm 2 has a led flash.
  • A new upgraded sensor for the auto-rotate
  • The new Blackberry messenger
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Additional WAP support
  • Higher 2GB memory

Essentially the Smart 2 fixes all the issues with the usability aspect of the Storm 1 plus adds in loads of new features.

If you are thinking of getting the Storm 1 (9500), don’t, get the Strom 2 instead.

Also interesting is the fact that, at the moment the Storm 1’s are more expensive to buy, compared to the Storm 2. (Source: www.obil.co.uk)

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