Michael Kerfeld, an enthusiastic reader of BBCool, has submitted a great head-to-head review of Empower versus BBSmart HTML e-mail viewers. Head-to-head will be a new BBCool feature where we make two competing products slug it out until one emerges the victor. If you’d like to review for BlackBerry Cool, contact us.
We all know that the Blackberry Bold is coming, and with it RIM’s new, highly anticipated OS 4.6. A sneak peek of the features have been revealed, as well as to those using beta copies of the OS 4.5 on their current devices. RIM has given everything a touch up with fresher fonts, a more pleasant browsing experience, and snappier performance. OS 4.5 even brings a facelifted email viewer, but HTML email viewing still remains a thing of the future for those of us without an Enterprise Service activation or a carrier with BIS version 2.5. The days of endless URL strings continue.
This is an area where $30 can go a long way to make email viewing much more efficient and less frustrating – and here I will tell you which program is the best choice.
First, I will go over what email looks like in RIM’s new OS 4.5. While the beta version on my device is certainly not a final product, I believe that the visual aspect of email will remain the same in the final release, so its presentation here is relevant as a comparison.
Worth noting is the new ‘bubble’ format that the emails take on, which certainly brings new appeal to the look. Automatic bolding of the subject is a nice touch as well, which is a recurring theme throughout OS 4.5. Overall a very attractive upgrade to email viewing.
Upgrade, yes. Total fix? Hardly. Image support and hyperlink integration still remain as two glaring omissions from RIM’s latest operating offering, and I fail to understand why their development has not been pushed to the forefront.
Not to worry – Empower and BBSmart are two worthy programs that can feed your need for images, links, smilies, and even marbleized backgrounds in your Blackberry emails that would rival the Meat Packing District’s finest.