BlackBerry Torch Leather Holster Review

BlackBerry Torch Leather Holster Review
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If you follow me on twitter (@crackberrykevin), you'll know that last week I broke my Torch. I had in my front right jeans pocket, and somehow on the car ride between my home and office it died. It won't power up, swapping batteries doesn't help, it won't take a charge (the red light won't even come on when plugged in) and it won't connect to USB. The thing is D E A D. 

Now, this shouldn't have happened - AT&T doesn't include any kind of case in the box so you know the sturdy-built Torch should be able to take at least some abuse, but I do know that if I had been using a case or holster with my Torch it would still be working right now. And if you're looking for an all-business carrying solution for the Torch, I'd recommend the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Leather Holster

As far as OEM BlackBerry holsters go, the Torch holster is definitely among the best I have seen. The leather is nice, the look is nice, and the ratcheting locking holster seems pretty strong and durable. Of course it features a built-in magnet, so it works with In / Out of Holster profile settings. It retails for $29.99, but you can get it for less at ShopCrackBerry.com. The user reviews on this one have been nothing but positive as well, so if you want a straight up quality holster for your BlackBerry Torch this is definitely one to check out. Watch the video above for a good look at and you can check out more photos below. For more info and to purchase, click here.

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White BlackBerry Bold 9780 spotted on eBay!

White BlackBerry Bold 9780 spotted on eBay!

After playing around with the Torch for a few weeks now and really getting a feel for BlackBerry 6, I can honestly say I'm super excited to get a hold of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. Having BlackBerry 6 running on an updated version of what is possibly my favorite device (Bold 9700) will be killer. Today a white BlackBerry Bold 9780 was spotted on eBay and I'm almost tempted to bid on it -- you know how much I love white BB's. This one even has the factory stickers on the back and is oh so tempting (it's taunting me). As we know, the Bold 9780 is a 9700 refresh and will ship with BlackBerry 6 (w/ WebKit browser), a 5MP camera and boosted 512MB of memory. No official word on when/where this one will land but we're all hoping it's not too far down the road. You can check out more on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on our rumored device page or swing by eBay if you're feeling bold and want to bid (it's already over $1000 US!). The seller is actually in our CrackBerry forums too, so you can also check out this forum thread for more details.

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Feeds - Google Reader client for BlackBerry now available in BlackBerry App World

Always in pursuit of the perfect RSS app to integrate with Google Reader, I can't help but get excited when a new application pops up. Feeds is the latest and I have to say it does not disappoint. It is in fact one of the best RSS apps for BlackBerry I have used to date. The simple interface provides only 4 options (download limit, image display, clear cahce and logout) and has a super clean interface. Enter your Google credentials and Feeds grabs your RSS items in a few seconds -- it even tells you how long it took to get them. Everything is spread out in an easy to read manner and all of your folders can be quickly accessed. In only the few short hours I've been using Feeds it has easily become my favorite RSS reader as it has a very low footprint, doesn't eat much memory and is dead simple to use. Check out more at the link below.

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A new BlackBerry Torch commercial has hit the airwaves. This one focuses on the media capabilities as it features DJ Cassidy. As well, it highlights the newly introduced WebKit browser by showing off how the tabs feature works. Considering this was posted to the BlackBerry Youtube account, I'm taking that as a sure sign that Research In Motion is still going to be hitting hard when it comes to advertising over the next little while. What do you all think of the new commerical? And most importantly, RIMs efforts these days with their marketing?

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Official OS 5.0.0.886 now available for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 from Verizon Wireless

The latest official OS comes from Verizon for the BlackBerry Curve 8530. OS 5.0.0.886 was made available yesterday and is ready to roll. Hopefully some new fixes to tweak up the remaining bugs and get things running smooth. As usual, use caution when installing even though this is an official OS. If you get it up and running, be sure to leave a comment letting us know how it is. Verizon users can head to the link below to download.

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CrackBerry guide to CrackBerry apps

CrackBerry guide to CrackBerry apps

Keep on Crackin' with these CrackBerry apps!

Hello. Welcome to CrackBerry.com and thanks for stopping by. We may not say it often, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t care. If you’re reading this, chances are you have finally checked “get a BlackBerry’ off of your bucket list. Let me guess, you begged and pleaded with your parents to get one? No wait, you cashed in enough brownie points and convinced your significant other that you do need it. Ah, who am I kidding? It doesn’t matter how you got your BlackBerry (unless you stole it), I’m just happy you have one…took you long enough.

I want you to take some time and have a look around CrackBerry.com. The moment you wonder what kind of CrackBerry goodness you can load your BlackBerry up on, come back to this article. Don’t dawdle! Why you ask? This so happens to be the CrackBerry Guide to CrackBerry Apps. You can show off your love for all things BlackBerry AND CrackBerry; stopping short of giving your smartphone a CrackBerry orange colorware treatment. Jeez, how many more times can I say CrackBerry? CrackBerry, CrackBerry, CrackBerr…

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Wrath, one of the favorite games of the Crack Team has just been updated with support for more devices. The game now runs on everything except the good ol' Pearl and Pearl Flip (it works on the Pearl 3G). Wrath is a flashback shooter game that plain and simple lets you fly around and shoot stuff up. There are power-ups, bombs, multiple fire modes and much more. Wrath is super easy to play and gives you 6 different enemies, 3 bosses and 7 types of power-ups to rock your way through fantasy battles and feel like you're wasting the day in the arcade. You can even add your own soundtrack with music stored on your device. Check out Wrath for just $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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ProOnGo expense app for BlackBerry adds AmEx integration

One of the leading expense apps for BlackBerry, ProOnGo has announced that they have added AmEx integration into the latest build. This means that things just got easier for business travelers on the road. With the new feature, you simply add your AmEx card information directly into ProOnGo and from then on any transactions on the card will be stored in both the app itself and the ProOnGo web portal. Now you can completely eliminate manual entries when using ProOnGo's custom spreadsheet package for businesses. ProOnGo is available as a free download from the CrackBerry App Store.

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LittleBrother GPS utility updated with bug fixes

LittleBrother GPS utility updated with bug fixes

Matthias let us know that his GPS utility LittleBrother has been updated to fix a recently discovered bug within the app. LittleBrother is a handy app that lets you keep family and friends informed of your location while using very few resources on your device. The current version of the application did not notify users about an accidental expiration, however a new version has since fixed the issue and things are back to normal. Users can download the latest version OTA or use the "Check for Update" function within the app.

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WordBldr game for BlackBerry - 100 copies to be won

WordBldr for BlackBerry

I'm always in pursuit of new "time killer" games to play on my BlackBerry for when I have some downtime. I often have short spurts where I just need to keep busy for a few minutes and want something to do, and having a cool game at the ready is a great thing. WordBldr is one of those games that is quick and easy to play, yet still challenging enough to keep you occupied for a good amount of time. The object of the game is to beat the clock making as many words you can from the given letter set each round - it's as simple as that. With custom color schemes and round lengths, WordBldr is available for all devices.

Contest: We have 100 copies of WordBldr to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept 8th, 2010 - 25 copies of Stealth 2.0 up for grabs!

Contest: 25 Copies of Stealth 2.0 to be won. Leave a comment!

Hey theme junkies, I've been on a short hiatus over the last week, but I'm back and in full swing after this past Labour Day. Hope everyone had a great long weekend, and I've got some great themes to show you this week in the roundup. DevCon is coming up in a few short weeks, let's keep fingers crossed that we can see some 9800 themes shortly after! Hit the jump and we'll get down to it.

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BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from T-Mobile

BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from T-Mobile

As announced previously, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is now available via T-Mobile. You can place your order for one right now for only $79.99 with a new 2 year contract. If you fancy learning more about the BlackBerry Curve 3G you can check out the unboxing video Kevin did up as well, the full review of the Rogers branded version I have the privilege of doing up. Anyone on T-Mobile gonna be picking this one up? Better yet, anyone still upset that T-Mobile hasn't gotten around to picking up the BlackBerry Pearl 3G?

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BlackBerry App World surpasses 10,000 apps as we head into DevCon

As we gear up to head to San Franciso for the BlackBerry Developers Conference there, Alex Kinsella, Senior Product Manager for BlackBerry App World at Research In Motion tweeted out some news for us all. BlackBerry App World has surpassed the 10,000 available application mark. This years BlackBerry Developer Conference is shaping up to be quite the event and hopefully, with all the great things happening within the BlackBerry platofrm it won't be long now before BlackBerry App World passes its next 10,000 applications.

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Poynt updated with some new tweaks and BlackBerry 6 support

Poynt has been updated to version 1.6 and includes some minor tweaks/fixes as well as support for BlackBerry 6. Updates mostly include fixes for the Torch version to keep things running smooth like trackpad and touchscreen problems. New updates in this version come in the form of Universal Search integration, weather improvements and more that make it spiffy as always and available on all devices. The new version is available for download from BlackBerry App World.

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If you've been following CrackBerry Idol you know THIS IS IT. The final vote. Your chance to decide who CrackBerry.com's next blogger will be. The final five are Joseph, Brittany, Dave, Kerri and Aloha Joe. You've seen their videos and reviews up on the site for nearly three months now. You've read the CrackBerry Idol finalist Q & A. You know who your favorite is. So now it's time to vote. The poll is below (comments disabled for the final vote - if you want to root for your favorite do it on the Q & A thread). Voting ends this Thursday night at midnight PST. We'll announce the CrackBerry Idol 2010 winner on the blogs on Friday. That's it. VOTE NOW!!!!!

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CrackBerry Idol Questions and Answers - before you vote, get to know the finalists!


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Brittany

Dave

Kerri

Aloha Joe

When we announced CrackBerry Idol back on June 3rd, we knew it would be an event that would take a while to complete. In a summer that was fairly quiet for BlackBerry news, the regular CrackBerry Idol posts definitely helped keep the blogs full. Now September is here, everybody is back to school, and it's time for us to crown the CrackBerry Idol 2010 winner and put them to work on the blogs.

Your chance to vote for your favorite contestant is coming up in just a few minutes, but before you cast your vote we wanted to give you all a chance to get to know the finalists a little bit better. Keep reading for some CrackBerry Idol Q & A and stay tuned for the final vote!

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Contest Winners - Rendezvous, SmartSig and more!

Contest Winners - Rendezvous, SmartSig and more!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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As we saw with the BlackBerry Torch release (and leaked videos before that) Research In Motion has been putting together some rather detailed OS tutorial videos on devices when shipping them to retailers. The following videos are from the upcoming BlackBerry Style (9670) and show off some of the core functionality of the device. You'll find more after the break folks. Big shout out to Lucky45 for sending them in!

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Hey RIM, can we have the B/W and Sepia camera options back?

A lot of new changes came with BlackBerry 6. One of the most significant was the upgrade to the camera options. Research In Motion introduced "Scenes" to the camera setting, they even highlighted the new multimedia experience on their official blogs. One thing they forgot to mention though was that, with the addition of the new camera options they also removed some features.

The ability to take pictures in black and white as well as sepia is no longer present. Least, not on the BlackBerry Torch anyways. Granted, those options may have been obscure and not used by many but, they are so simple to implement one has to wonder why they even bothered with the removal in the first place. Personally, I used to use those settings quite frequently and was rather disturbed to find them no longer available.

Now, we did get some good scenes to go along with the new options such as Sports which offers a zero shutter lag experience. That said, rather then having a scene called Snow; I think I'd rather have my black and white as well as sepia capabilities back. I'm Canadian, taking pictures of snow doesn't exactly rank high on my scale of things to do ya know? Anyone else missing those options and want them back or am I just crazy? 

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