Exclusive Boy Genius interview! White Pearl, 8800, and 9XXX information


No dilly-dallying. We’re more than proud to bring you this EXCLUSIVE interview with Boy Genius. The mobile industry’s (supposed) worst enemy weighs in on more information than you can handle. He touches on information about the rumoured white Pearl, the BlackBerry 8800, and… the 9XXX series? You bet. We’ve got it all here for you and exclusively on BlackBerry Cool. Thanks again to Boy Genius for taking the time to talk with us.

Boy Genius, when I interview someone, I like to call them by their first name… so?

BG *wink*

Rats. Ok. So can you tell us how you got to where you are today with the status of Boy Genius, impressive wireless informant?

It all started out of a love for technology really…phones, computers, gadgets whatever it was. I started really getting involved in knowing when every new phone was coming out, and would buy them the first day they came out. Then my contacts grew and I started getting prototypes…thats when things changed.

What was your first device?

Startac - then it was the vader, V8160 or whatever it was.

What devices are you currently using? Which is your favourite?

I always have seperate phones. One dedicated voice, and a BlackBerry, then other devices just to mess around with. Right now I’m using a prototype Motorola phone (no, can’t tell you what it is yet) BlackBerry 8700 and a Treo 750. Shoutout to Cingular and the 850 band!

Speaking of Cingular, what happened with your Pearl release information? Your leaks in the past have been perfection. How’d you miss the mark?

I pride myself on accurate info or I won’t post it. Did I drop the ball on this one? No. The information I got was off an internal Cingular Pearl presentation which clearly stated the Pearl would start shipping November 21st, I believe it was, that was moved up from November 28th. As we all found out it looks like they went back to November 28th. We as journalist can only report what we feel is credible. If a major carrier has a screwed up launch it’s not our problem. People can whine about it but at the end of the day, we leaked something that was credible and Cingular dropped the ball - not us. All we do is bring people the news, and info. They can then make their own decision.

So it’s not the bloggers’ fault then for spreading it like wild fire?

No, of course it’s not the bloggers’ fault, we do what we do best. Blog. Put it like this: if there wasn’t a huge hype over the Cingy pearl would you have posted as many articles as you did? No. The people who frequent our sites drive the articles and we try and give them what they want.

Comments [30 Responses]

December 4th, 2006 at 1:00 pm

I personally will never go back to a qwerty bb. I wouldn’t mind purchasing a new 7100,8100,9100,etc every year, or other year. It is the perfect design for my needs. I am a bes admin.

Although wm5 or wm6 isn’t a bad os, i still have yet to find a decent form factor device

internally i think the blackberries will look great this coming year… but they will hit a road block like palm did with their os.

Will the blackberry or the os, be able to keep and handle “live meetings” or on the fly video conferencing?

the white pearl looks great… but also makes it stand out so much that i would get mugged on the subway.

December 4th, 2006 at 4:05 pm

BG, such an idiot. He’s no doubt open to a wealth of info but knows nothing at all about the industry. Leaks are interesting but not when they get people fired, and “companies better wath out” how chilish can you get, I hope someone sues your sorry ass BG.

December 4th, 2006 at 7:15 pm

First, congrats to Steve for a great victory in securing this interview!

Second, David, I don’t see how BG’s “breaking news” regarding the Pearl hurt his credibily…BG’s info regarding the Pearl if anything established his credibility. Of course, I’m talking about all of the reports of the Pearl prior to its initial release on T-Mo. If you mean the story about Cingular’s release…well, I really don’t think that has done anything to hurt BG’s credibility: he has too great of a track record for that one minor incident to take down his entire reputation.

December 4th, 2006 at 11:09 pm

I have the Blackberry 8700c. Was going to get the 8800. but now that there is a 9xxx coming out. I guess I should hold out.
Good work on your own website. Do you have any details about what the 9xxx will feature? And when it will be available? Keep up the good work.

SolSie.com / Mobile Experience & Entertainment » Blog Archive » White Pearl for Valentine’07
December 5th, 2006 at 9:13 am

[...] Blackberrycool.com published an interview with Boy Genius. He spilled the beans about the upcoming T-Mobile “White-berry”. Apparently T-Mobile will release the white pearl be first before the possible black version.(The picture is a mock-up just to give you an idea hoe it would look like).  Share:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...]

December 5th, 2006 at 10:41 am

Just to correct one point:

“I bought 7 of them for family and friends. All 7 either broke, or they gave it away.”

…I’m still using mine (one of those 7 family/friends devices) with no issues… teehee :)

qwert mcnugget
December 5th, 2006 at 1:51 pm

nice pics .

still no support for captruring video , eh ? that means that rim staill hasnt caught up to 2004 .

now when you delete this comment , everyone will know, .

December 5th, 2006 at 4:40 pm

You guys are a bunch of haters.

BlackBerryCool » Curse of the White Pearl
December 6th, 2006 at 9:23 am

[...] That post title was bound to be made by someone, glad I could be the first. Looking at our artist’s great mock-up of the Pearl, I can’t help but be reminded of Motorola’s ill-fated ROKR phone (at least aesthetically) - great in concept, poor in theory. In our (plug) interview with Boy Genius (/plug), he commented on how he likes colour options when it comes to phones, but really, should RIM start with the Pearl? [...]

December 11th, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Boy Genius isn’t feeling the love on BlackBerry Forums

I was just reading a thread over on BlackBerry Forums started by Steve from BlackBerry Cool about his interview last week with Boy Genius.
A few people liked the interview. A few people didn’t. One thing for sure, at least in this …

December 20th, 2006 at 11:12 am

While this guy may get the “scoop” he sounds like a pretentious person!

BlackBerryCool » Possible white Pearl casing shot
January 4th, 2007 at 9:15 am

[...] As usual with things like this, I have my doubts with validity. Orjana, one of the few folks who broke new of the white Pearl on the forums, was able to scrape up a picture of the back casing of the rumoured (not yet confirmed despite the talked-about release date of “before Valentine’s Day”) white BlackBerry Pearl. Sort of looks like a skin - doesn’t really look legit to these eyes, but they’re red-rimmed and still waking up. Weigh in, folks. [...]

BlackBerryCool » Boy Genius Interviewed: Round 2
January 10th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

[...] Just before the lunch hour, famed leaker and wireless lover Boy Genius and I got together for a little chit chat about Apple’s bombshell from yesterday, and also for some back and forth on where the BlackBerry world is at. We were able to get BG’s (and my) unabashed thoughts on the iPhone, as well as some scoops on possible 8800 delays (and changed specs?!), and a little more info on the aforementioned “perfect” device from RIM. Enjoy the read. [...]

BlackBerryCool » BBCool vs. Boy Genius - round 3
March 20th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

[...] The first round went to us, I think. The second, I think Boy Genius edged us out. But tune in later this afternoon as Boy Genius and I will go “tête à tête” for round 3. We’ll talk about the 8300, various carriers, Palm’s rumoured buyout, and anything else that comes to mind during the course of conversation. Got a question for him? Hurry up and toss it in the comment section and we’ll get it in there. [...]

BlackBerryCool » WES 2007 Rumors: The Next-Gen Pearl
May 8th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

[...] This means a couple of things. The 9xxx Pearl will be significantly thinner than the current model, if we can believe Boy Genius (which we can). It also means that, for the first time in awhile, we’ll get a resolution upgrade to the screen. Jibi told us that the 9900 device will feature a resolution of 384×288, which means that it’s not the Pearl (the screen ratio doesn’t match up with the current Pearl or any of the other x1xx BlackBerrys, so I’d be hard pressed to believe that they’d change it now), but does make it very likely that the 9100 device would receive a screen bump as well (especially if they’re looking to significantly upgrade the Pearl’s multimedia capabilities). [...]

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