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T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 review, pics and comparisons

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The T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 is slated as a low-end BlackBerry Curve, and it will definitely suit the intended market. While Power Users are going to yawn, early Pearl owners are going to want to upgrade to this device, especially because we’ve heard it’s going to come in some beautiful colors.

Before reading this review, as usual it’s not a commercially available device and therefore may not be the device you pick up from T-Mobile.

The 85xx Series Devices

The BlackBerry 8520 is a new-generation Curve and while the xx20 is the only device in the series so far, it surely won’t be the last. In the coming months (year), we can expect a rollout similar to that of other BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry 8510 will have GPS and the 8530 will be CDMA.

About the OS

The 8520 that I’m using is running OS 4.6.1.227, which seems to be the consensus around other sites who have got their hands on the device. While OS 4.6.1 is decent, it isn’t the OS 5 that we’ve all been waiting to use. Because this is a pre-release device, it could possibly ship with OS 5, which would be a dream come true.
Click through to continue reading a review of the BlackBerry Gemini 8520

New email and SMS preview app BerryPopup discount and giveaways

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BerryPopup

BerryPopup is a new applilcation available in the BlackBerry Cool Store. The app gives you previews of incoming email and SMS messages the moment they arrive. Much like Aerize and PeekaWho, BerryPopup allows you to reply, forward, mark as read or delete messages right from the preview window without having to switch to the messaging application.

Features:

* – Preview incoming e-mails/alerts
* – Open inbox, reply, forward, mark as read and delete e-mails right from the popup
* – Open inbox, reply and forward SMS right from the popup
* – Disable popups until backlight dims or for a certain time right from the popup
* – Customize order of messages (Oldest first, Newest first)
* – Only show popups for messages from contacts you have in your phonebook
* – Customize positioning of the popup (“System Default”, “Bottom of screen” or “Stretch to the borders of the screen”)
* – Customize position of the button bar (left, right, top, bottom)
* – Automatically turn on backlight when a message comes in
* – Auto-dismiss popup after specified time
* – Disable popups while in the messaging application
* – Disable while device is locked so you will not be flooded with popups after unlocking
* – Disable popups while backlight is on
* – Show contact photo and customize its size
* – Customize font sizes
* – Integrates with SmartAlerts (coming May 2009) for absolute control which messages trigger popups and which don’t

BerryPopup is available for $6.95 from the BlackBerryCool store or $4.95 until May 6th.

We’re also giving away 25 free copies for the first 25 people to enter the code ‘coolpopup‘. So go!

[ED NOTE: Just to be clear, it's a promo code that you enter at the purchase link]