BlackBerry Battery Cover Review: Bold vs Tour vs Curve vs Storm and more

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Over the years RIM has been continually changing the BlackBerry battery cover. Some covers have been better than others, and I thought I’d put together a review post including new and older devices. The devices included in this review are:

BlackBerry Bold 9700
BlackBerry Curve 8530
BlackBerry Bold 9000
BlackBerry Storm 9550
BlackBerry Storm 9530
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
BlackBerry Tour 9630

Generally, I’m looking for a battery cover to be solid, sturdy, easy to remove and put back on, and have an element of fashionable design.

Click through for a full review of the various BlackBerry battery covers we have seen to date

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Microsoft Office Ad Uses BlackBerrys Not WinMo

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I realize this is a bit of a fluff piece post but Microsoft’s latest attempt at a viral video has the actors using BlackBerrys and not Windows Mobile devices. It’s very subtle but I think we can all agree that it’s still good product placement for RIM. The ad is pretty funny and probably does a good job of promoting Office, but it also inadvertently positions BlackBerry as the device of choice for professionals/secret agents. Microsoft’s ad agency Traffik/@radical.media was more focused on getting the fighter jet scene, than promoting every aspect of Microsoft’s business. Please RIM, don’t hire a corny ad agency to do stuff like this, stick to whoever is doing the Love What You Do campaign.

Video after the jump

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New Elecite Theme Ace with Coverflow UI

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Ace is the latest theme from Elecite and it’s got a coverflow style UI called “app card.” The theme comes with 5-6 customizable icons at the top, a weather Icon, 10-11 (locked) quick access app card icons and a Today style preview area so you don’t have to open your messages and calendar apps to see what’s inside.

Head on over to Elecite.com for more information about their latest theme.

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Xobni for BlackBerry - CES 2010

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Xobni (inbox backwards) is getting closer to having their application prepared for BlackBerry goodness. If you’re unfamiliar, Xobni is currently an add-on for Outlook that makes searching a snap. It indexes your emails, then allows you to search them all with keywords, names or just about anything else you can throw at it. From there, it sorts out contact information with their social network information, files that you’ve exchanged and it makes it easy to email those folks that you’ve previously corresponded with but weren’t important enough to make your contact list. Okay, so you got lazy and you forgot. Nonetheless, the goodness that is Xobni in Outlook is coming to BlackBerry. Check out the video above and get more information on the upcoming release.

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LinkedIn for BlackBerry - CES 2010

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With BlackBerry being historically such a business device, it’s only fitting that there be a proper LinkedIn application - the social network defined specifically for business. With the upcoming LinkedIn app you’ll be able to review profiles before a meeting, integrate LinkedIn contacts into your BlackBerry contacts and know when you’re receiving LinkedIn messages via a hip new icon. Hit up the video for more details.

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Slacker 3.0 Video Hands On

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Slacker Radio sat us down at CES to show us their new Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry. They’ve showed up with a new, clean interface. One of the most compelling updates, though, is the ability to wirelessly cache your stations. With Slacker 3.0 and wireless caching enabled, your device will search first for wifi, then 3G if wifi isn’t available, late at night. It will also confirm that you have your phone plugged in, so your phone doesn’t cache the stations and you wake up with a dead battery. Once the cache is done, you wake up to fresh coffee and a some steaming goodness of new music. Check out the video for more details. You can expect Slacker 3.0 very soon.

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Spracht Aura EQ Bluetooth Headset - 8 Band EQ

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Spracht, a little company from Mountain View, California, made a new and cool Bluetooth headset. Sure, everyone has noise cancellation and wind protection and full duplex. Blah blah blah. Spracht’s new Aura EQ launches with a few cool features. First, it is capacitive, so you slide your finger up the headset to raise the volume or slide it down to lower it, all the way to mute. Next, you have the ability to adjust the audio with an 8 Band EQ. Finally, in true Whisper 2000 fashion, you can turn the headset into an audio booster so you can hear better in noisy situations, like CES. Expect the Spracht Audio EQ in March with pricing around $79.

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BlackBerry Presenter - Leave Your Laptop at the Hotel

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The BlackBerry Presenter is BlackBerry’s newest announcement that has been over a year in the making. At an initial price of $199, it truly was designed for the road warrior in mind. The BlackBerry Presenter is a device that connects your OS 4.6+ device to a projector to present your most beautiful PowerPoint presentations. It is able to display about 90 to 95% of the transitions from PowerPoint. If it can’t it’ll substitute it with “fade in/out” with the same timing to not throw you off. Additionally, if you’re on a BES you can stream your presentation off your server. They’ve made the setup drop dead simple and it’ll auto-configure the resolution. Additionally, the pairing is done for you via a piece of software and you can have numerous Presenters set up campus wide and select the one you’d like to use. It’s powered by Micro USB and outputs via VGA or S-Video to a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). How many of your PowerPoint ninjas are interested?

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Cyber Clean Makes You Less Disgusting

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How many times have you been eating a pastry as you realize that your BlackBerry is below, getting covered in crumbs…and maybe a little saliva? Now, I’m not judging you, but you might want to check out Cyber Clean which helps you become a less disgusting slob with their magical compounds that pick up the crumbs and grime and traps it. Honestly, the stuff reminds me of Nickelodeon Gak, just not as runny.

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BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of January 4th

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This is the first week after the holidays and there were some great apps launched as well as some awesome apps such as UberTwitter have been updated. We’re also expecting big updates from Slacker and Poynt in the near future so keep an eye out for them. Stay tuned for some CES 2010 coverage, with BlackBerry Cool correspondent and power user Nan Palmero.

Click through for a full recap of what you may have missed this week

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