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BlackBerry Essex - the Tour with WiFi


The latest BlackBerry to surface has been named the Essex. The device is the next iteration of the BlackBerry Tour aka the BlackBerry Niagara aka the BlackBerry 9630.

The Essex looks just like the Tour in size and the major adjustments are in form factor, as well as a couple features such as WiFi will be added.

As with many BlackBerry devices, one of the first things you’ll notice is the keyboard. The Essex has opted out of the Bold style keyboard and chosen a chicklet style Curve keyboard. The BlackBerry community is fairly divided on Curve vs the Bold keyboards, so it makes sense for RIM to change it up and offer both alternatives.

The Essex will also come with the new trackpad, which at this point we have to assume will come standard with all BlackBerry devices that once had a trackball. Again, the device will be a World Phone, capable of roaming between CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS networks.

There is also a rumor that this device will be heading to Sprint, which was loosely confirmed when a Sprint exec said we will see a WiFi enabled Tour this year.

Tour owners, how do you feel about RIM launching this device so soon after you bought your 9630? Is WiFi, a trackpad and a new keyboard layout something you would have liked on your device?

UPDATE: I’m going to concede that the keyboard might actually be the same. When you put the two devices side by side, it looks like the keys are a little more separated in a Curve fashion, but it could easily just be the lighting. I’m sure we’ll see more pics coming soon which will clarify.



Six Weeks of BlackBerry Essentials: win a BlackBerry Curve case



Time for the next entry in our 6 week series of contests by Griffin Technology. For 6 weeks, we’ll be giving away prize packages and all you have to do is comment. Each week’s prize package will be different and on the 6th week we’re giving away a grand prize.

The winners from last week are:

  • Durbin007
  • Rey
  • Jim Balogh

This week, we’re giving away 3 iClears for the BlackBerry Curve.

To win, comment what you like about your BlackBerry Curve.

Feel free to participate on Twitter too. Just ReTweet this story.

Meet Griffin Technology on Twitter as well.

Next week, we’ll announce the winners and present that week’s prize package. Next week is for BlackBerry Pearl users.


BlackBerry Curve 8520 talking points: trackpad, flash and keys


The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a turning point for RIM. They have clearly realized that they have parts on their devices that can still remain perfectly functional while reducing their replacement and repair costs, as well as those of their customers. The 8520 is also a lower end device as noted by the cheap battery panel that pulls off without requiring a slider or a button. Since you’ve likely experienced the Curve 8900 at some point, I’ll use it as a point of reference.

Lets go through the new features with the BlackBerry 8520, and get a discussion going about the device. We want to hear your thoughts!
Click though for a breakdown of the major talking points surrounding the BlackBerry 8520