Top 5 small improvements on the Storm 2 versus Storm 9530

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Yes, the biggest improvement in the Storm 2 is the typing technology and the ease at which you can type on the touchscreen. Typing on the Storm 2 is a more reassuring feeling versus the 9530, and it is far easier than typing on other touchscreen devices such as the iPhone. Another huge improvement is the addition of WiFi.

But what about everything else? There are a host of small improvements on the Storm 2 that don’t get as much exposure but will provide you with a little added comfort.
Click through for our Top 5 small improvements to the Storm product line

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BlackBerry Cool social media roundup

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Windows 7 Ultimate Theme available and on sale

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This Windows 7 Ultimate theme is available for every device, except those running 5.0 software. Like we’ve said before, there are bugs in OS 5 themes and we’ve heard they will be corrected by Dev Con on November 9th, 2009.

Every other BlackBerry gets support on this theme, and it’s one that everyone can enjoy. The Windows 7 Ultimate theme features a fully functional Start Menu, which allows you to access your media center, music, settings, connection manager, sound profiles and application screen. Also, just like the real Start Menu, there is a shut down button as well.

Purchase the Windows 7 Ultimate theme, on sale now for $2.49 until November 1st (regularly $3.49).

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ChangeWave survey validity should be questioned

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When we wrote about ChangeWave’s most recent survey, we tried to make it very obvious that the survey was in no way indicative of any statistically accurate trends, and that it was to be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, the exact wording was:

“Since the survey sample is so small, and we can’t be sure of how representative the sample is of the total North American market, we should obviously take these results with a grain of salt.”

What should have been included in the post, was a better explanation of why the ChangeWave survey isn’t accurate.
Click through for more about surveys from ChangeWave and AdMob

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Co-CEO of RIM Jim Balsillie talks about the year in review

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As we approach the end of 2009, it was, to say the least, an interesting year for Research in Motion. The National Post recently wrote an article with some quotes from the co-CEO Jim Balsillie that show he and Mike Lazaridis are pleased with progress and very optimistic moving forward.
Continue reading about the year in review and comments from Balsillie

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SmrtGuard available on Indosat as white labeled solution i-Guard

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Founder of SmrtGuard Robert Kao and the Indosat team.

SmrtGuard and the Indonesian carrier Indosat, have announced the launch of the i-Guard service, a white label version of SmrtGuard. With this white labeled version of the service, users can wirelessly backup and restore personal data, as well as personally track and remotely wipe their smartphone in the event of theft or loss.

Personally, I would love to see North Americans getting a white labeled version of SmrtGuard as well. There are a ton of BlackBerry consumers that would benefit from this service, but aren’t in the know when it comes to purchasing applications. Relationships with carriers can go a long way to bringing these great apps to people who don’t know about them.

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Fixes for the BlackBerry OS 5 themes bug

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We had some great responses from our post regarding the BlackBerry OS 5 themes bug. There are a couple of fixes that were provided in the comments that are worth reposting.
Click through for fixes for the OS 5 themes bug

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What do you think of your new Storm2?

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This is an open thread for anyone who owns a BlackBerry Storm2 to comment what they think of the device so far. Are you happy with the device? Do you have any gripes with the Storm2?

Here are a few pros and cons to get the discussion started:

Pros

  • It has WiFi! My wallet really appreciates it.
  • Multitouch has big implications for not only the device, but for upcoming software.
  • The typing experience is definitely improved. While it’s hard to say whether it’s faster, it definitely feels better.

Cons

  • After the OS 5 update to the Storm 1, the typing experience on the Storm2 isn’t a huge leap forward.
  • The screen has been sticking for me every now and then.
  • The vibrate feature could be a little less intense.

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New animated BlackBerry theme Waterfall

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The latest theme from Bplay is looking very nice. It’s an animated theme called Waterfall that features running water and a tropical bird flying around your homescreen.

Also, remember how we posted saying that OS 5 is breaking themes? Well Bplay are now including a warning message on their themes saying: “IMPORTANT NOTICE: Themes may not function properly on BlackBerry Storm 9500 and 9530 devices that have upgraded to BlackBerry OS 5.0.”

Hopefully this gets resolved soon.

Purchase the animated theme Waterfall for $5.99.

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SmrtGuard updated to version 2.01 with new features

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We have written about SmrtGuard extensively on BlackBerry Cool because it’s a solid product we feel comfortable promoting. The software helps you find a lost BlackBerry as well as keep your data safe and secure.

SmrtGuard have updated their application to version 2.01 with some new features as well as support for Android.

New to the latest build of SmrtGuard:

  • Added New ‘Where I’ve Been’ Feature on BlackBerry.
  • Personal Guardian Updated! Now using Left Convenience Key with configurable trigger time.
  • SIM Guardian now can configure Email and SMS Alert Recipients.
  • New and Improved Your Data Count Screen.
  • SmrtGuard Web Dashboard improved sorting and export to CSV.

SmrtGuard is available on a subscription basis for a variety of terms including monthly ($3.99) and yearly ($44.99).

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