Sorry for the late updates today, but there was a reason: I spent the morning at the local Rogers Wireless getting some hands-on time with the new pink Rogers BlackBerry 8310 we told you about last week. And despite recent confirmation that the ladies (and stylish gentlemen) love themselves a pink smartphone, I’d have to recommend another method than the 8310.
Why is that? For starters, the device doesn’t come shipped with OS 4.5 as originally hoped, or even OS 4.3, but clunky old 126.96.36.199 (see after the jump). Very disappointing. Also, while the BlackBerry 8310 comes with GPS, it also costs CDN$199 with a 3 year contract (or $150 if you can convince a Rogers manager to give you the new customer discount), pretty expensive considering our friends at Rogers were expecting the upcoming Bold to be released at CDN$299 with a 3 year contract. The Bold, remember, is rocking GPS, 3G and WiFi (don’t expect the WiFi equipped BlackBerry 8320 to be out on Rogers anytime before Christmas, either).
BlackBerry Cool recommends that you hold out for the Bold, or if you really need a pink BB, choose a lovely skin from our friends at DecalGirl and do it yourself. Would you rather have an EDGE BlackBerry 8310 on Rogers for way too much, or a sweet 3G BlackBerry 8330 from Telus customized to perfection (shown above)? We thought so, too.