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BlackBerry Tour 9630 User Guide!

BlackBerry Tour 9630 User Guide!

Jonesing for the BlackBerry Tour 9630? Looking for some light reading to do this Memorial Day? Well good news! I just err.. uhh.. came across this User Guide for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 up on MegaUpload. You can click the image above to jump on over and grab it. I know you won't actually read the manual once you get your hands on the device, so you might as well kill the time in an educational and productive manner.

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Magnum, Onyx, Pearl 3G and Gemini Headed To ATT?

Magnum, Onyx, Pearl 3G and Gemini Headed To ATT?

Let some of the speculation come to an end, the slew of new devices we have been seeing (and going hands on with) now has some carriers behind them and AT&T customers you should be pleased with the following images. While timeframes/release dates are still unknown at this point, it does give great insight as to what to expect in the coming months and from who.

Magnum, Onyx, Pearl 3G and Gemini are all slated for release on AT&T according to the images which also include some specifications while device images except for the Onyx which we know is not 100% correct are not present in the slides, if I was an AT&T customer I'd sure be excited just by the fact they are showing up at all, and the fact a new 3G Pearl which has been rumored for a while is once again showing up is big news for anyone who was not interested in the 82XX series devices.

This is not to say other carriers will not be picking up the devices as well, we all know how some devices get exclusive carrier deals for a while but this is the first time we have seen any carrier names associated with said devices.  Read on to get a look at the full specification sheets direct from AT&T courtesy of Engadget Mobile.

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Best of SPE, 24 May 2009

Best of SPE, 24 May 2009

Wondering what you may have missed this week in the smartphone world? The Best of SPE is here to ease your mind and get you caught up.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

A CrackBerry.com Pre-Release, Hands-On Look at the BlackBerry Bold 9700, formerly codenamed Onyx

 

* Update 2: October 21st, 2009 - Research in Motion officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700:

* Update 1: August 12th, 2009 - Since this review first when live in late May, a few things have changed in regards to this review. First, the "onyx" became branded with a 9020 device model, which recently changed again to become the BlackBerry 9700 and now for sure will be labeled as the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Hardware-wise, compared to unit featured in this review, a few other things have changed, namely the device will feature a touch sensitive trackpad (as seen on the Curve 8520) instead of the trackball, and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will also feature a leather back on it. And above the battery door, engraved into the rubber will be the word "Bold". Keep in mind the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will come in two versions - one for AT&T/Rogers/Europe and another version specificially built for T-Mobile in the USA, which features T-Mobiles 1700Mhz HSPA bands. Below is a picture of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the optical trackpad:

The changes made since this initial review to the Bold 9700 really make this is the ultimate "traditional" BlackBerry. It beats the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 in every respect, and does it in a smaller package.

Original BlackBerry Onyx (BlackBerry Bold 9700) Review

Pre-release review time! Rumors of the BlackBerry device model with the codename "Onyx" have been floating around for a while now and were proven legit when the first photos of it surfaced here at CrackBerry back on May 10th. After going hands-on with the Onyx, I think it's safe to say THIS IS the traditional (no touchscreen) BlackBerry smartphone so many of us have been waiting for. It always seems that every new BlackBerry smartphone makes a compromise somewhere on its specifications and feature sheet - be it the Bold's camera, or the Curve 8900's lack of 3G, or the Tour 9630's lack of WiFi, or the Storm's lack of memory and snappy OS.

RIM has finally packed it ALL into one device with the Onyx -- 3G, WiFi, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera - and they've done it in a tight form factor. If you put the Onyx side by side with the BlackBerry Bold and compare the specs, you realize the triumph in engineering RIM has accomplished here. The Onyx is basically better in every way but has a much smaller footprint (though arguably the Bold's extra width makes for a better keyboard and physically wider display that some users may prefer). So if you're relaxing this Memorial Day weekend, grab a bevvie, sit back and read on to see tons of photos, a video and some first impressions of the BlackBerry Onyx.

* Disclaimer: Like all of our pre-release reviews, please note that this is non-commercially available device which means things will change by the time it comes to market. *

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Sneak Peek: Facebook Version 1.6 for BlackBerry

Second from the bottom... Facebook 1.6

* UPDATE 2: JUST ADDED a BUNCH of official info on the Facebook 1.6 updates below. Be sure to check these out if you're looking for the detailed goods on what's new in 1.6! *

* UPDATE: OOOPS, My bad. I was a bit distracted when making this post and forgot to include screencaps of the most exciting part of the update - improved in-app profile and photo viewing!! Screencaps below. *

Facebook version 1.5 has barely been out for a month now, and already there's word of version 1.6 being released before May is done. You can refer to our first post for what's coming in 1.6 and check out some screen captures of it in action below. Mainly incremental feature improvements and tweaks, but it's getting there and I'm sure hardcore facebook users will appreciate it.

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Premium Blossom Theme From Elecite

Premium Blossom Theme From Elecite

Ok. So maybe I'm not the best person to give their opinion on this theme but I can't lie - for the sake of CrackBerry Nation I downloaded and installed it just to find out how well it functions on my devices.

Elecite has released this very pink theme for all the BlackBerry lovin' ladies out there, and while it's not my pick of themes, Blossom does flow very nicely and shows no sign of causing lag on the supported devices which include the BlackBerry Bold, Storm and Curve 8900. Be sure to check out the screenshots over at Elecite for a better look at how it will look on each device model.

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First Look: Aries is the BlackBerry Curve 8530!

It's seems there's never a shortage of codenames for upcoming BlackBerry devices floating around. Heck, I follow this stuff religiously and can barely keep up with it. One such codename you may not have heard of yet but shouldn't be too surprised to learn of its existence is Aries

Aries is a sibling to the BlackBerry Curve 8520, aka Gemini, and is really the same device but with CDMA guts (for deployment by carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, Telus, Bell, Virgin, etc.). Following the naming conventions found in the BlackBerry Curve 83xx series, it's pretty safe to assume that Aries will ultimately go to market as the BlackBerry Curve 8530. Two more photos and more info below!

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Facebook 1.6 Launching On May 28th?

Facebook 1.6 Launching On May 28th?

* Update: See screen captures of Facebook version 1.6 in action. *

FaceBook 1.6 has been popping up lately, most recently over at BerryReview where Ronen has posted some information regarding the upcoming release date for it. May 28th is  being tossed around as the official launch date for it, but as we all are more then fully aware RIM could change this at any given time so we'll just have to wait it out and see what happens. There are some changes that are said to be coming with FaceBook 1.6 as well, as outlined below:

  • Feed support - view and comment on friends status updates and highlights
  • Profile and wall viewing- view and comment on friends’ profiles and wall updates
  • Improved photo viewing - view and comment on pictures
  • Additional language support 

I just hope this time around RIM has the kinks worked out before the actual launch. FaceBook 1.5 was delayed numerous times and then at launch people still had issues with it. It seems a little weird that they're even going to release a version 1.6, and not just roll back the upgrades and improved featureset into a bigger 2.0 launch. I guess they want to move on from 1.5 as soon as possible.

[ BerryReview ]

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 22nd, 2009!

Another great week come and gone. Here's to a great weekend to everyone out there... before you head off for the weekend, why not check out some new and cool BlackBerry apps? Covered this week in the roundup:

New This Week: Cowbell, Ever Light, Berry Strip Poker, Babe Blocks, Tripometer Voice Edition

Apps on Sale: BerryDialer, Young Folks' Library, TapOMania, MorningNews, EmailAlert, BlackBerry Process Viewer, WhereRYu?, SearchCraig, Evil House, Bartender Pro, Call Blocker

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Civilization IV: War of Two Cities

Freebie of the Week: Bluff My Call Mobile

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RIM Instant Messaging Clients See An Update

RIM Instant Messaging Clients See An Update

That time again, for some what appears to be random IM client updates for BlackBerry devices. RIM and their track record of never issuing a change log for their own applications still stands strong this time around as well. The above RIM-built applications are all now sitting at version 2.1.45 after having recieved their 2.1.44 status not too long ago now. Be sure to grab the updates direct from your BlackBerry browser at the RIM download site. And for the love of all things BlackBerry, if you find something new in them please share it with the rest of us in the comments.

PS: Storm users, you all should find the updates as well although the version numbers will be slightly higher.

 

[ BerryReview ]

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How One BlackBerry Survived A Dunk In The Water!

How One BlackBerry Survived  A Dunk In The Water!

Acck! Every BlackBerry owner has had bad thoughts of this happening or maybe you even had it happen! Dropping your BlackBerry in the toilet is never a good thing to do. Actually forget the toilet, just simply liquid period is never a good thing but over at CNET writer Ina Fried tells us her tale of the brave little BlackBerry that just would not quit, even after a a dip in the proverbial pool.

I saw signs of life, but it was clearly not working properly. Sometimes the power light would go on and nothing else. Other times it would show the rotating hourglass, but the screen was not back-lit.

The time without my BlackBerry was unsettling. To be away from the computer is one thing, but to not check my e-mail every few minutes was unnatural.

On the bus ride home, I occupied myself with Yahtzee Adventure on my iPod Touch. As soon as I got home, I quickly logged into Outlook Web Access to see what vital messages I had missed on that 30-minute commute home.

I tried to pretend it was no big deal.

To get the full story you'll have to head on over to CNET and read it all, it's a touching story and shows that just when you think your BlackBerry is down and out, there's still hope it can come back kicking and screaming!

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CrackBerry SmartAlerts and SimpleLeap Contest Winners

We've had a load of contests in the last few weeks, and here are the results of our latest for SmartAlerts and SimpleLeap. If you entered, be sure to take a look below and see if you are one of the lucky winners. And if you didn't win, check out the original contests posts to purchase the applications (and don't worry...another CrackBerry contest is always just around the corner). Congrats to all the winners, and big thanks to our prize sponsors. 

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T-Mobile Releases OS4.5 for the BlackBerry 8700

One of the questions I get asked on a fairly regular basis is What BlackBerry do you use? I rotate up devices fairly often and for the most part like to stay cutting edge, but ask me the question today and my answer is the T-Mobile BlackBerry 8700! T-Mobile just officially released OS4.5 for the 8700, so how could I not get my 8700 on?

Seriously, while trackballs and touchscreens and optical trackpads are all fine and dandy, trackwheels are still where it's at! I love this device. The battery lasts forever, it's built like a brick and it just feels good in the hand. Whenever I pick up my 8700 I can't help but think of that scene in Crocodile Dundee...  That's Not a Knife. THIS is a knife! If smartphones could fight, I'm pretty sure the 8700 could kick the $#!t out of the rest of them. If you have a T-Mobile 8700, do yourself a favor and go upgrade now at tmobile.com/bbupgrade.

Can I get a boooyaaah! from all the BlackBerry 8700 owners past and present out there? 

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Hands-On!

BlackBerry Storm 2 Hands-On!

SWEEET!!!! Engadget got their hands on a BlackBerry Storm 2 ("Odin") and has given it a great unofficial first hands-on look. You can click the image above to jump over for lots of photos, a video and some initial impressions. The unit they have isn't quite fully functional (apparently the first batch of Storm 2s floating in the wild are running the Storm 1 OS so the display isn't registering input so well, hence it won't let them click OK to the user agreement and they can't get into the OS), but they still do a great job going over some of the things we can expect in this next-generation touchscreen from RIM.

Gone is SurePress (so much for that Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough award?!) and according to Engadget "it is a leap from the previous Storm incarnation with sleeker style, more heft, and a click-free display that doesn't rattle about, all of which collaborate to make the Storm 2 feel a wee bit higher end." There's been lots of talk that the Storm 2 will still feature a form of tactile feedback (True Press), but they couldn't quite put that to the test just yet.

Be sure to sound off in the comments here and let us know what you think!

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Dog or Cat Lover? This is the BlackBerry Theme for You!

Our friends at Bplay just released two new themes which are sure to be a big hit among the animal loving crowd. The Cats theme and Dogs theme both feature 15 wallpapers that automatically rotate every 15 minutes through various pictures of of top breed cats and dogs. With these themes, whenever you reach for your BlackBerry you'll have a different feline or canine companion looking back to you that'll make you say Awwwww.

Cats theme includes: British Short Hair, Chartreux, Siamese, Russian Blue, Maine Coon, Abyssinian, Siberian, Scottish Fold, Persian, Bengal, Sphynx, Himalayan, Oriental Short Hair and Ragdoll

Dogs theme includes: Beagle, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Golden Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Dachshund, Boston Terrier, Standard Poodle, Rottweiler, Shih Tzu, German Shepherd, Pomeranian, English Bulldog and Schnauzer.

The Cats and Dogs themes sell for $5.99 and you can pick them up by clicking the appropriate image above! Meeeowwww. Ruff Ruff!!

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Warning: This Picture May Make You Drool.... Tour 9630s!

A picture that is worth a thousand words.... aren't they beautiful?! If you haven't read our BlackBerry Tour 9630 review yet, be sure to check out Part I and Part II.

Man oh man I can't wait for this device to get released. Yeah, I *wish* it had WiFi and the optical trackpad that the Curve 8520 features (wouldn't it be sweet if they added it in last minute?!), but regardless it is definitely going to be a hit with the CDMA carriers out there. When the Storm 9530 went on sale, there were lineups at Verizon stores across the USA. Think we'll see the same excitement for the Tour? Anybody reading this planning to stand in line to grab one on day one?

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Good Times with Babe Blocks for BlackBerry

Last week it was Sexy Dice. This week it's Babe Blocks. Am I sensing a trend here? Not available for the BlackBerry Storm just yet, this fun little game is ready to rock (err.. block?!!) for the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve and is a solid time waster.

Babe Blocks is simple. Pictures of babes are hidden beneath a wall of bricks. All you need to do is click on groups of three or more adjacent blocks to make them disappear. You need to be quick though... as you clear out the blocks more rows continue to appear. If they're faster than you and the blocks reach the top then the game is over. There are five levels to the game, which get increasingly difficult as you progress through them. And as you may have guessed, the babes do get hotter as the difficulty increases. It's good times. There is some bad news though. AIM Productions currently is selling Babe Blocks for $9.95 and no free trial is available. It's on the steep side of game app pricing these days, but I guess sex sells right? The same developer is also responsible for Berry Strip Poker... which I'm going to download next! :-)

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PhoneFace Updated - Now Better Search Integration!

One of my favorite apps for my BlackBerry was updated recently, PhoneFace, which now includes a more extensive search function where you can start typing a contact's name and it will start to automatically bring up the listing of all your contacts which allows for faster location of the contact you are trying to reach out to.

The feature, while integrated before, has been revamped and users should find it much more functional over previous versions. If you are a PhoneFace user, you are probably already aware of the upgrade. But for new users, this is a great time to to introduce yourself to the application. Be sure to check out our previous review of PhoneFace for a closer look. PhoneFace normally sells for $9.95 but is currently on sale for $7.95 until June 1st (no coupon code required). A free trial is available. For more info, screencaps and a video, follow the link below.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 Appears on AT&Ts Website

That didn't take long. After their announcement earlier today stating that it would be available in stores this Friday, the AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 is already up on AT&T's website. You can click the image above to learn more, and follow the links below to read some of CrackBerry.com's past reviews on the 8900. Hard to believe how long it took for AT&T to get this rolled out... it's actually 8 months to the day that we brought you our first hands-on look at the 8900... Crazy.

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Review: QuickLaunch for BlackBerry Smartphones

Last month, we had a look at an application called Intelliberry. While it failed to make me any smarter, I did find myself accessing contacts, files and applications in an arguably smarter way. Some may disagree, but there are users and abusers out there who, despite the amazing, personalized organizational options that your BlackBerry device allows, look to be more efficient (or lazy as some have pointed out). I find this type of application beneficial, especially to the less experienced owners, who may find themselves forgetful or overwhelmed.

Of course, it's always good to have options. One option is BBSmart Shortcuts, which was also previously reviewed. Another option available is the aptly named QuickLaunch. The name QuickLaunch has been mentioned a few times in the blogs since the beginning of 2009, so you may not be a stranger to it.

For BlackBerry Storm users, it was the first app to really be optimized to allow you to get more out of the device, and in recent months has been expanded to support non-touch device models. The application allows you to access sites, applications, contacts and more from any screen, any application, you might be on. Your convenience keys never had the opportunity to wield such power and control before. Lets read on and see why this mashup of features, including a different take on Switching Applications and Searches, has made it to the CrackBerry App Store's best seller list!

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