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BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an entry level device, which are popular in emerging markets. RIM lacks anything particularly interesting in the top-end segment, but its Curve family has been successful in many emerging markets.

Display

The Curve 9320 is equipped with a 2.44” (320 x 240) TFT display. It’s decent for a low-end handset, but certainly not impressive due to its small display size and resolution. The display is not protected by scratch resistant layer, you should purchase a sperate screen protector immeditaly.

Software

The Curve 9320 uses BlackBerry OS 7.1, which brings all the usual features. The homescreen looks ordinary with navigation bar above and shortcuts at the bottom. Users can open recent apps by pressing the BlackBerry key for a few seconds. The phone comes with a few built-in apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Maps, YouTube, Documents To Go, Calculator, Password Keeper and BlackBerry Protect.

Camera

The phone uses 3.2Mp rear-facing camera with Extended Depth of Field Technology. It snaps decent shots for a low-end device and the LED flash can help to remove some of the graininess when taking picture in dim places. The camera has fixed focus and close up shots may end-up blurry. You can only record VGA videos and the stabilization feature should make videos look less shaky.

Messaging

BlackBerry Messaging is often the sole reason for buying a BlackBerry device. In the BlackBerry 9320, users can easily enable the feature using the physical BBM button.

Connectivity

Cnnectivity options include WiFi, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps and Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, while the A-GPS is usable for the navigational feature and location-based apps.

Other features

The 806MHz processor and 512MB of RAM are adequate for running a number of apps simultabeously. The 512MB of onboard storage is inadequate in many cases, but the external memory slot supports up to 32GB of microSD card.

Verdict

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an attractive handset in the entry-level category due to its dedicated BBM key, good loudspeaker, decent battery life, 3G connection and FM radio, although the small screen size and display resolution are small.

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review

BlackBerry Curve 9220

The Canadian phone maker has been in the limelight with its struggle in regaining the lost market share. RIM lacks anything particularly interesting in the top-end segment, but its Curve family has been successful in many emerging markets.

Design

The Curve 9220 comes with a 3–row QWERTY keyboard, while an additional row contains some useful shortcuts. The smartphone feels generally solid when used, although it reeks of plastic. Dedicated camera and video keys are found on the sides, but they can be used only when the phone is unlocked.

Display

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 has a 2.44” QVGA display; while passable in the low-end category, it is nothing to write home about. The screen is bright and nice, although visibility is slightly impaired when used outdoor. This could be caused by the high gloss finish.

Processor

The device runs an 800MHz single-core chip, which is supported by 512MB of RAM. The arrangement is generally adequate for running most BlackBerry apps.

Software

The BlackBerry OS 7.1 is running the show and it adds a number of new capabilities over the proven OS 7.0. While the OS 7.1 supports the NFC functionality, you can’t use this feature on the Curve 9220 due to the absence of hardware support. FM Radio is another important enhancement of the OS 7.1, which is useful in areas where streaming radio is not available. The Auto Suggest feature helps users to look up relevant keywords when they use the Internet.

Camera

The Curve 9220 has a 2Mp camera module with fixed focus. The EDoF technology allows users to capture photos instantly, but images taken are somewhat blurry even in bright sunlight. Graininess and dim colors are further amplified on photos taken in low light conditions and indoor

Verdict

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 may disappoint you with its lackluster camera performance and poor choice of materials, but the phone is still attractive for some due to its solid battery life, proven software platform and low price tag.

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RIM Will Release No Phone in BlackBerry World

If you’re eager to see RIM’s next hottest smartphone at BlackBerry World, just prepare to be disappointed. Next week, the Canadian phone maker may focus more on software instead of hardware. A company representative revealed that RIM will not unveil any hardware based on BlackBery 10.

This year’s BlackBerry World could be the most crucial ever. It would be RIM’s latest stem to at least stem the declining market share. It will also be an opportunity for business partners, product enthusiasts, developers and more importantly, consumers to take in RIM’s future offerings.

This year, RIM will be hard at work convincing consumers that their products are still worth spending their money.

RIM’s biggest hope could be the BlackBerry 10, which represents a break from the aging BlackBerry OS. Thorsten Heins, RIM’s CEO, said that the BlackBerry 10 will emerge on devices other smartphones, which isn’t exactly a unique approach. Android has been deployed on smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smartTVs and others. The lack of hardware release may disappoint many BlackBerry supporters who are expecting a strong showing. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 was released in the same event, last year.

Source: CNet

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New Images of BlackBerry Curve 9320 Are Leaked

Images for the new BlackBerry Curve model surfaced recently and it is rumored to be announced at the BlackBerry World event. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is expected to arrive in India and perhaps T-Mobile UK. These are not the first images of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 leaked, but they are the clearest ones yet.

The Curve 9320 is likely to run BlackBerry OS 7.1 and considering it is a budget handset, the specs will be fairly mediocre. It will have a single-core CPU, 2.44” display (320×240 pixels), 512MB of RAM, 3.2Mp rear-facing camera, 1450 mAh battery and HSPA connectivity. Also, just like many BlackBerry handsets, it will employ a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Previous images showed that the Curve 9320 will have a dedicated, physical BBM key, but the new images don’t detail that so it is quite unclear if the final product will have the key. It isn’t clear how many handsets RIM will launch throughout the year, but at the very least, budget-conscious consumers will find the BlackBerry Curve 9320 on the shelves later this year.

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The End of RIM Is A Near Certainty


In 1999, RIM (Research In Motion Ltd.) revolutionized the mobile industry by introducing smartphones. Ten years later in 2009, RIM’s stock was soaring and the company sold 50 million units of BlackBerry phones. Fast forward three years later to 2012, its shares are dwindling to less than 10% of the 2008’s highs and that’s for a good reason. The once mighty phone maker fails to adapt to the ever-changing industry and paired with a string of poor moves by its top executives, the company is spiraling out of control. Major shareholders who were once eager to tag along for the joyful ride lost billions of cash in the process.
Many experts believe that RIM has a slim chance to make full recovery. Some loyal customers want to believe in the company, but RIM is making it impossible for fans to maintain trust and loyalty. Until it makes a significant innovation, the company will continue to lose sizable market share to Android, Apple and to a lesser extent Windows Phone. Android is currently the global leader in the industry and it offers more options to consumers in terms of brands, hardware configuration and prices, while Apple’s iPhone now outsells BlackBerry phones in RIM’s home turf, Canada.
No one would disagree to the fact that RIM would eventually see its demise if it maintains current pace and stance. In recent years, it only managed to drive millions of loyal customers to competitors. Both RIM and Nokia seem to share the same experience, as they became complacent during the height of their fame, ignoring the emergence of new mobile platforms that prove to be more than strong competitors.

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Porsche Design P’9981 Will Be Available Soon


Research In Motion (RIM) and Porsche Design recently unveiled the svelte Porsche Design P’9981. In collaboration with RIM, Porsche Design drew the blueprint for the phone as an attempt to create a sport car version of smartphone that prioritizes on performance and engineered luxury.

Although, it’s based on BlackBerry technologies, the phone is officially identified as a product from Porsche Design. It features exclusive material choices, such as crystal clear touch display, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, hand wrapped leather back cover and stainless steel frame. The phone also comes with a highly customized Porsche Design UI. Porsche Design claimed that the phone is a pure and distinctive design, coupled with an emphasis on the robust manufacturing process, which perfectly matches with their philosophy.

Those who hold the Porsche Design P’9981 phone for the first time will quickly realize that it is a modern luxury phone where BlackBerry’s superb mobile experience meets the elegant style of Porsche Design.

The phone is developed on a performance-driven platform, with a 1.2GHz CPU, 24bit high resolution display, HD recording capability, 8GB of internal storage, NFC and advanced sensors for augmented reality apps.

The Porsche Design P’9981 runs the BlackBerry 7 OS, which includes a snappy BlackBerry web browser. It also has Liquid Graphics technology, which can deliver smooth graphics and highly-responsive touch experience.

Consumers can get the phone for $2000. Of course many phones are both cheaper and offer far more powerful hardware specs, but they may lack the style and elegance of Porsche Design P’9981.

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Android Apps Will Run on BlackBerry Soon

After the serious humiliation received when its service accidentally stopped around the world, the company seeks to reveal things that can turn people’s head. It appears that Android integration will be available on upcoming Android devices. It is due soon in PlayBook OS 2.0 and the promised feature has been a long time coming.

RIM recently posted a video how an Android .apk file is repackaged into a .bar file. Repackaged Android apps can be signed and posted in AppWorld. RIM also released a special plugin for the Android Developer Toolkit and it allows developers to easily and quickly disable features that are compatible with BlackBerry.

However, the video only reveals basic conversion process on a very simple Android app that merely display, “Hello, Android”. Even so, whether the conversion process can work well on more complex Android applications remain to be seen.

To keep developers and users interested, RIM is now leaning more on Android, as this will improve the versatility and usefulness of future BlackBerry devices. To bring Android apps into BlackBerry environment, RIM released run-time and packager for Android apps.

The runtime was introduced last April when RIM released a 7” tablet. While a PlayBook Simulator allows developers to test and debug recently repackaged apps. PlayBook OS 2 Beta supports WebGL, Adobe Flash 11 and Adobe Air 3.0.  To return the favor, RIM will release BBM for Android and the service will cost $4/month in US.

Although some experts criticized that the move will hurt RIM’s sales, subscription charges gathered from millions of Android users will be enormous.

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BlackBerry users will get $100-worth of applications after the outage

The recent BlackBerry outage was the longest in many years and it has left many loyal customers enraged. The incident may cost RIM more business when it is already struggling to shore up its dwindling market share in the increasingly competitive marketshare. The three-day blackout prevented users from accessing the Internet and email services, which damaged the already tarnished brand.

As an attempt to win back consumers’ trust, RIM pledged to give away $100-worth of apps to those affected by the outages. The Canadian phone maker offered twelve premium apps that will be available for download free of charge at the BlackBerry App World. These apps include Photo editor Ultimate, Blackberry photo editor, Vlingo Plus and some games. BlackBerry has worked hard to earn customers’ trust over the past twelve years and its achievements are partially negated by the three-day debacle.

The outage primarily affected users in Europe and also some in the Americas, Africa and Middle East. It was determined that a switch failure brought down RIM’s datacenter at Slough. Although the interrupted service occurred mostly in Europe, backlog of messages developed in other countries as well. RIM’s CEO apologized personally; he admitted RIM had responded far too slowly and it failed to properly keep its loyal consumers informed. While RIM’s decision to share free apps is welcomed, it may not be enough to reverse the increasingly hostile attitude among customers.

A recent research revealed that one-fifth of current BlackBerry customers are planning to move to another vendor in the near future. Also, almost half decided to move when they change the handset. iPhone is a popular choice among RIM users.

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Blackberry Torch 9850: RIM’s step to conquer the touchscreen world

As the market for touchscreen phones keeps growing, Blackberry introduces the all touch Blackberry Torch 9850. This smartphone is the third Blackberry phone that features full touchscreen technology. It is RIM’s attempt to capture the eyes of most Android users out there.

Design

The phone has a dimension of 120 x 62 x 11.5 mm and weighs 135g. Compared to the other two Blackberry phones released, Blackberry Torch 9850 has a sleeker design with smooth curves and soft lines. Its 3.7-inche touchscreen is the largest yet of all Blackberry smartphones. It boasts 16M color, surrounded with glossy black bezel and below displays familiar buttons such a send, menu, optical track pad, escape, and power button.  The screen features include multi-touch input method, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, and accelerator sensor for auto rotate.

Capacity

This smartphone is powered by Blackberry 7 OS which offers a wide variety of enhancements and optimizes its smooth touch experience. The OS features a premium version of the Documents to Go application, latest version of BBM, updated Social Feeds application, supports voice activated search capability, and Blackberry Balance Administrator.

Under the hood consists of 1.2GHz processor and Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon.  The internal memory includes 768 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage which is expandable to up to 32GB microSD card.

To top it off, the handset is supplied with a powerful 1230 mAh Li-Ion battery that would last up to 320 hours of standby mode, 6 hours and 50 minutes of talk time mode, and 50 hours of non-stop music playing.

Camera

Taking photos with its 5-MP camera is a blast with the highest resolution of 2592×1944 pixels and allows continuous autofocus. Other camera features include geo-tagging, image stabilization, and face detection. The camera also supports HD video recording at 720p.

The camera shows decent photos, although some advice to switch to night mode setting specifically in low-light situations to get better images. The photos can be directly uploaded to Facebook with just a few clicks.

Internet and Connectivity

Blackberry Torch 9850 supports 2G and 3G networks but not the 4G which can be a disadvantage compared to other released smartphones in the market. As for the phone connectivity it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS.

The newest version of Blackberry browser allows the user to browse online pages smoothly and speedily. It supports HTML5 video streaming, seamless scrolling, and zooming in and out of web pages. Tab navigation is also available at the top right corner where users can easily switch from one tab to another.  Even with up to 8 window tabs opened, browsing navigation is still smooth with no interruptions.

Other Features

Other features include digital compass, Blackberry maps, social feeds, organizer, and voice memo/dial.

Blackberry Torch 9850 is RIM’s step to conquer the touchscreen world. Though the screen is relatively big but many had complained about the keypads being too small and difficult to type on. A touchscreen phone must really have a good keyboard quality because it’s the only way of inputting messages. To summarize it all, the Blackberry handset can be appealing to Blackberry die-hards, but to some, there are better touchscreen handsets available in the market.

Video Showcase: BlackBerry Torch 9850 (Verizon) Unboxing

In this video, Wirefly’s Bob Kovacs unboxes the Verizon version of the BlackBerry Torch 9850.

The new BlackBerry Torch 9850 is among the first phones to use the BlackBerry 7 operating system. That’s just a hint of what’s new about the Torch 9850, as this is the first phone from BlackBerry to not have a physical keyboard. Sproting a 3.7-inch touch screen, the Torch 9850 brings a new operational model to BlackBerry’s popular line of business-oriented phones.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930 – Professional Mobile Phone

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930

Rim Blackberry Bold 9930 is a CDMA terminal with a large, bright displays. Through practical and comfortable keyboard that made famous the RIM phones at home, you can easily insert information and data.

Easy to use, the Blackberry Bold 9930 proves to be a valuable tool for everyday productivity and keep in touch with friends and colleagues.

Design

Blackberry Bold 9930 measuring 115 mm in height, 66 mm in width and 10.5 mm in thickness to a total weight that is around 130 grams.

The design, clean and refined, is confused with that of other phones in the same series and is characterized by an excellent screen-paired keyboard.

Equipped with lithium-ion battery 1,230 mAh and proprietary operating system, specializing in email management and user information, the Bold manages to be operative 9930 for a full day of work.

Features

Rim Blackberry Bold 9930, as anticipated, supports CDMA networks and features a large, bright display that can display up to 262,000 colors with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (VGA).

The terminal has an excellent 5.0 megapixel camera equipped with auto focus, 2x zoom and flash that can also record video in 720p HD.

The 8 GB internal memory is expandable via microSD up to 32GB so that it can accommodate a large number of multimedia content and not.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 has, among other things, a speakerphone, voice recorder, pocket office, instant messaging, polyphonic and mp3 player. Regarding connectivity, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB.

To note the presence of a handy GPS receiver with support for a GPS accompanied by BlackBerry Maps for satellite-assisted navigation.

Advantages

autonomy, QWERTY keyboard, connectivity, versatile operating system

Defects

price slightly higher

Conclusions

BlackBerry Bold 9930 is substantially identical to the 9900 European version but supports CDMA networks. This is more of a dedicated terminal for professionals who require a reliable, efficient and with a self important.

Lightweight and compact, the QWERTY keyboard that provides an added value in the configuration. RIM OS operating system, also relies entirely on efficiency to make the work less stressful every day.