The OS 5 Boot Test: Storm2 vs Storm 9530 vs Bold 9700 vs Bold 9000


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Booting up a BlackBerry is incredibly frustrating and slow. Usually it’s best to take the old proverb “a watched pot never boils” and just leave it in your pocket for a of couple minutes and check back. At least with OS 5 we get a status bar showing relatively how long it will be until you can get busy on your BlackBerry again.

Here I have 4 BlackBerrys, all with OS 5 loaded. Two are official OS 5 builds, and 2 are leaks. We’re going to put in the battery at the same time (or as close to the same as possible), and see which one loads first. Here are the contestants:

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 OS (this is what it came shipped with)
TELUS Storm 9530 OS (I think this is the latest leaked)
T-Mobile Bold 9700 OS (out of the box OS)
Rogers Bold 9000 OS (I believe this is the latest leak)

The winner? Check out the video after the jump.
See the Storm2 vs the Storm 9530 vs the 9000 vs 9700 all running OS 5

The BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605


BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 from QuicklyBored on Vimeo

We’ve been playing with the VM605 for some time now. While it’s fun making calls from the Visor Mount Speakerphone, it’s more fun while driving an M3 BMW. I feel the two products go nicely together.

Stay tuned for a full review when it becomes available in the BlackBerryCool store.

RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 - great pics included



Engadget got their hands on the new BlackBerry Storm 2 codenamed the BlackBerry Odin. The device that they did the hands-on with had the OS locked down so they couldn’t give us a real insight into the software side of the device, or much about the new touchscreen features.

The big news that has been confirmed, is that RIM has abandoned the original Storm’s SurePress click-screen and gone with a traditional fixed capacitive display for the sequel. The new screen is rumored to include haptic feedback as well, but the locked device couldn’t be tested.
Click through for video, hardware details and a gallery of great Storm 2 pics

CTIA 2009: I Heart Radio


If you’re a terrestrial radio gal or guy, you might recognize Clear Channel - owners of the radio airwaves in the United States.  If you’ve fallen in love with one of Clear Channel’s many stations from across the USA and find yourself unable to hear your favorite stations or on-air personality, don’t fret, I Heart Radio is here!  You can still listen to your favorite station via your BlackBerry now.  The I Heart Radio application is available for free via the BlackBerry App World.


CTIA 2009: LIVESTRONG Application


Are you finding that you’re getting a little soft around the mid-section from reading too many blogs and eating more than your body intended? Lance Armstrong‘s foundation, LIVESTRONG is here to save you from yourself. The BlackBerry LIVESTRONG application, available now for $2.99 from the BlackBerry App World, helps you set goals for your physical fitness, including caloric intake and exercise. Check out the video above for more details.


CTIA 2009: Movela Netflix Manager


Pyxis Mobile, better known for delivering financial applications, created something a bit more fun.  Movela Netflix Manager for BlackBerry allow you to control your queue of dvd and instant video streaming.  The changes made on your BlackBerry typically take about 14 seconds to be applied to your Netflix account.  Check out the video for more information on the Movela Netflix Manager and Pyxis.  You can pick up the app on the BlackBerry App World for $2.99