You got the annoucement and now you have the first carrier to get a hold of the Bold 9650. For $199 on contract with $100 mail-in rebate, you’d get a smartphone with the outdated BB OS 5.0, 480 x 360 resolution display, Wi-Fi module and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It ships out May 23rd, on Sprint. Expect any moment now VZW will make their announcement, but we’re not going to cover that, because you know, it’s just the same phone on another network. Next news story please.
The Blackberry Tour just got the boot by its new cousin (or brother, sister, or whatever. Phones don’t have family!). Starting off with extra RAM for a total of 512MB, and is a CDMA EV-DO world phone with support for HSPA and UTMS (2100 MHz) networks, Wi-Fi b/g, optical trackpad (that’s new), GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, the same 4.4” x 2.4” x .56” and 4.8 oz. footprint, microSDHC card support up to 32 GB, a 1400 mAhr battery, and the oldie BlackBerry OS 5 (hopefully an update to 6.0 is in the works). The 9650 also has CDMA and GSM technologies, so it’s a global phone, (as said before) something not unusual to Blackberries, and their only real purpose left as the competition rises. It’ll be in the U.S. in May, on CDMA-based carriers, meaning Sprint and Verizon. My take on this little guy is that I may have considered it over a Bold 9700, but at this point I’ll never consider a Blackberry if it doesn’t pack in OS 6.0. Get workin’ on it RIM! PR is in its usual place, meaning that you know where it is.
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So here’s the Blackberry Pearl 3G, the latest outing by Research In Motion, for the upcoming WES (Wireless Enterprise Symposium) which is in Orlando and I have a desire to instead call it Blackberry Land, much like Disney Land. Packing in 3G wireless, a tracpad, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, and access to the App World and such. Interestingly though, the Pearl 3G will have two keyboard options: the 9100 using RIM’s exclusive SureType keyboard, and the second (the 9105) using the 14-key T9 phone keyboard. Press release and photo of the Pearl 3G 9105 after the cut. My take on this handset is: I won’t need it. It’s just an update to the crummy Pearl line, thank you very much. Oh, and it comes out in May on multiple carriers.
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After that ever-so-leaky evening at Engadget, where the Dell Lightning, Thunder, and Smoke made their Windows Phone 7 and Android 2.2 debuts, a fresh leaky faucet at Dell has let out this new roadmap found by AndroidCentral, showcasing the Dell Looking Glass Pro (the un-pro version found by Engadget that same evening), the “Sparta” netbook/tablet combo with a unique hinge design, an “Athens” true netbook, along with the Dell Streak (the Mini 5), which will have a US model based on T-Mobile USA, a European model on Vodafone, and a Chinese model, possibly unlocked. More good stuff from the Texans at Dell you could say. Now, about those release dates…
This Week On LaptopMemo: a new comment system powered by DISQUS, our first giveaway (please enter, ’cause it’s free stuff), an iPad hands-on, the Samsung Omnia II review, and more important stuff from the week….
The first LaptopMemo Giveaway is not very extravagant by any means but it’s free (yes!), and who doesn’t like free stuff? Up for grabs is a $10 iTunes Gift Card, to splurge on a few songs or some apps for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. And there are rules. Yup, there’s rules, and here they are:
- The giveaway is for one (1) $10 iTunes Gift Card.
- It’ll run for a week from now (Saturday, April 24).
- You have to leave a comment with a valid email address, telling us why you think you should get the gift card.
- One entry per person, multiple entries will disqualify you.
- Your email address will be used to contact you with the card details, so you can start shopping. If you entered the wrong email address, well, too bad.
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It’s been rumored for longer that you can even remember, but an iPod Touch with a camera is probably something that will eventually happen. Some folks who previously bought these Touches at an auction (some story, huh?) posted both of them up on eBay; one doesn’t boot at all, and the other uses an iPhone OS test system, meaning that neither iPod is actually functional, and the cameras can’t be tested (or trusted). The eBay listing has ended prematurely though, which only leaves suspicion if they were actually real, or to bring some excitement for an upcoming iPod Touch with camera launch. At least 9to5Mac snapped up all of the images.
Hmph. So the Sirius XM app that iPhone and iPod Touch owners have probably had for a year is finally coming to Android. I’d like to make something clear with the developers making apps. When you say “it’s coming to Android”, just say it’s coming to Android 2.1 phones with fast processors, otherwise, you’ll break my heart, and probably a lot of other people’s. So yeah, that’s the requirements to run the Sirius XM app (along with either Wi-Fi or 3G data connections), which will be released on the Android Market, as Sirius puts it, “coming soon”. Strangely the press release after the cut mentions that the app will only work on the Nexus One and Droid, leaving me puzzled as to how they could leave out the EVO 4G, Droid Incredible, and other phones with 1Ghz Snapdragon processors coupled with Android 2.1. It’s a strange world.
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Man, does Android move fast! Google has released more versions flavors of Android than anyone can remember (1.6, 2.0, and 2.1) and now while they’re cleaning things up to make sure all Androids have version 2.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo” starts to make the rounds. And in the meantime, the Android Market has approached the 50,000 app mark. Keep in minds fellas that this doesn’t mean if I jump in the Market now I’ll find 50,000 apps I can download from the U.S; what it really means is that all Markets total bring up 50,000 apps. Kudos to AndroidLib, once again, for keeping this LaptopMemo evening exciting (and keeping tabs on the Android Market).