Reqwireless For Blackberry Reviewed

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Webviewer
Anyone that has tried the WAP browser on their Blackberry would know the feeling. You spend $20 to $40 a month on a data plan but your browser on your Blackberry is only as good as the one on your friend’s cell phone. Those who are on a BES get the Blackberry browser which displays for the most part proper HTML, but most WAP users are stuck. Reqwireless does provide a solution in the way of Webviewer, a 3rd party HTML browser for your Blackberry. Read what we have to say about it below …


Install

Blackberry’s Desktop Manager Application Loader 4.0.1.10 (no OTA install available at time of review). The install was straight forward and easy. Add it in the Application Loader and off it went with no issues. Very tight install at 51KB.

Setting up

Pretty much set up is only deciding what you want to see. Enabling image viewing, allowing cookies and how the browser is identified when going to a website IE as Internet Explorer. You also have the ability to change the font size, enable Java Script and to use fewer colors which can help with speed. Images won’t look as sharp but sometimes speed is all you need.

Browsing

We begin by launching the browser which brings you to the Reqwireless Webviewer start-up page, for lack of a better description, as your first stop. Clicking the track wheel will give a menu to enter a “URL” or to go to bookmarks. Chose your bookmark or enter your “URL” and you off. Now depending on the settings you have decided on speed will vary. With images things are a bit slow so the browser can handle the images on the page. Without images I didn’t feel the advantage was worth it on some pages. I was willing, in most cases, to wait the extra few seconds to see that daily Google image. Even browsing an image loaded sight like My Yahoo didn’t seem like a big difference between image VS no image. Now when you put a clock to hit and here some numbers the My Yahoo page actually does take the extra time one would expect. When going to www.google.com/ncr (NCR for no country redirection) it takes nine seconds to load the page without images. After clearing the cache and enabling images and going to the page it took 14 seconds. When going to My Yahoo without images it takes 20 seconds to load. Once images are enabled and the cache is cleared it took 36 seconds to load the page. The actual time surprised me because it didn’t seem that long while just waiting for it. I just got the Blackberry HTML browser pushed out by Nextel and I compared a few site to the Webviewer and Webviewer, hands down, just looks better. Without really digging into it I can’t say why but that is just the way it is. I saw no point in comparing it to a WAP browser (NOL from Nextel in this case).

  • Pete

    Hi nice article, a couple of comments :-

    Webviewer (and in fact other reqwireless products) can be installed OTA on BB’s that support it via hxxp://www.reqwireless.com/wap_bb. my only other quibble would be the fact that as mentioned OTA downloads via webviewer do not appear to be supported, this may not be the end of the world as even the basic browser on the BB will now do this with most carriers, when it could be a issue (I guess) is if the site which you wish to dl from can only be accessed on webviewer and not the basic browser.

    Also as yet it does not appear to display svg (the blackberry demo portal is only show in the plain vanilla version!, thus missing out on the free games!!).

    However it’s great for online banking, ebay etc, and well worth the price if you need regular access to these sorts of sites but currently dont have this on your BB!!

  • Pete

    Hi nice article, a couple of comments :-

    Webviewer (and in fact other reqwireless products) can be installed OTA on BB’s that support it via hxxp://www.reqwireless.com/wap_bb. my only other quibble would be the fact that as mentioned OTA downloads via webviewer do not appear to be supported, this may not be the end of the world as even the basic browser on the BB will now do this with most carriers, when it could be a issue (I guess) is if the site which you wish to dl from can only be accessed on webviewer and not the basic browser.

    Also as yet it does not appear to display svg (the blackberry demo portal is only show in the plain vanilla version!, thus missing out on the free games!!).

    However it’s great for online banking, ebay etc, and well worth the price if you need regular access to these sorts of sites but currently dont have this on your BB!!

  • http://www.abidia.com/ Mike

    It would be nice to have OTA support.

  • http://www.abidia.com Mike

    It would be nice to have OTA support.

  • Babeth

    I have the reqwireless webviewer on my Nextel’s 7520 and it works very nicely, WHEN it does. The problem I’m having is that it continuously gives me the “max page opened” or “bad DNS Address” every now and then, usually when I need it the most. I usually have to turn off the device, REMOVE the battery for a couple of minutes, and then it works. But this technique does not always reset it to work either. Any advice about that?

  • Babeth

    I have the reqwireless webviewer on my Nextel’s 7520 and it works very nicely, WHEN it does. The problem I’m having is that it continuously gives me the “max page opened” or “bad DNS Address” every now and then, usually when I need it the most. I usually have to turn off the device, REMOVE the battery for a couple of minutes, and then it works. But this technique does not always reset it to work either. Any advice about that?