RIM trying hard with The Bold Team!

RIM is not doing very good right now. In fact, it is not doing good at all. They are losing market share everywhere. Once giant in the smartphone industry, no one expected the company to be in it’s position today (Okay, we might be a little bit exaggerating here but it is kinda bad) . But it is not the end yet, with the new CEO of RIM, Thorsten Heins, RIM tries to make the company or their smartphones more consumer friendly by creating THE BOLD TEAM consisting 4 fictional characters.

We think this move is down right desperate. But who knows, this might actually work and save RIM from all of this.

If you are interested, learn more about these characters below:

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Maxis Blackberry Promo: Blackberry Curves for 50% off!

Maxis is now offering the Maxis Double Prosperity offer on Blackberry devices. Simple! Buy a Blackberry Bold 9900 under 24 months contract of BIS Plan and get to buy a Blackberry Curve 9300 (RRP: RM868) or 8520 (RRP: RM599) for RM434 and Rm299 respectively. That is a 50% off for the Curve and it comes contract free.

You only need to sign up for a 24 months BIS plan contract for the Bold 9900 (RRP: RM2099) where you can get a reduced price of Bold 9900 for RM1630 (BIS 55) or RM1390 (BIS 90).

BIS 55: RM50/Month (1GB Data)
BIS 90: RM90/Month (3GB Data)

Head over to Maxis page for more information on the offer.

Blackberry is struggling to retain market share in the smartphone market but if you are a fan, this is a good offer for you. Happy Chinese New Year in advance!

Windows Phone Marketplace 50,000 app-submission milestone reached

The Windows Phone Marketplace reaches the 50,000 apps mark very soon after it hits the 40,000 mark. Just more than a month ago (17th Nov, 2011), Windows Phone Marketplace hits the 40,000 mark and in a very short amount of time, All About Windows Phone reported that it hits the 50,ooo milestone. This milestone was reached sooner than it is expected with an incredible average of 265 submission per day for the recent months as below:

This figure is just negligible to all the Androids and iOS fans out there but with this kind of rate, WP7 is on the right track. But it is still a long track to catch up with Apple Appstore and Android Market having around 500,000 and 300,000 apps respectively. But bear in mind that the Android Market takes 19 months to reach the 50,000 mark which Windows Phone Marketplace only take 14 months to reach (iOS takes only 12 months to reach that mark). Check the chart below:

The Windows Phone Marketplace also have a fair share of paid and unpaid applications with 58% free apps. More apps will be coming to the WP7 platform and expect it to close up the gap with the two app store giant very quickly and leaving behind the Blackberry App World.

Will the Windows Phone Marketplace stand a chance in taking over Android Market or Apple App Store?

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Blackberry Playbook as low as RM1088…without contract

Blackberry Playbook gets as low as RM1088 without contract from Celcom.

The price is as below:

BlackBerry Playbook 16GB – RM1,088
BlackBerry Playbook 32GB – RM1,388
BlackBerry Playbook 64GB – RM1,688

This is suppose to be the price when you are tied to a 24 months contract with Celcom but apparently it is now available contract free. Head over to the Celcom’s Playbook page for more info. There is a technical error on the page stating that the offer valid until 31st November 2011. This should be an error or Celcom is playing a fool with us upon Christmas and New Year!

If you are a fan of the Playbook…this is a great offer!

P.S. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all our dearest readers!

Blackberry Bold 9790 lands first on Indonesia

For the first time, a south east asian country will get a smartphone the earliest in the world. And that country will be Indonesia. Indonesia will be getting the Blackberry Bold 9790 this 25th November 2011 and that will be the smartphone’s earliest launch. Malaysian will be expecting it very soon around early December 2011. We don’t really know why this phone will be launch first in Indonesia yet.

The Bold 9790 is a higher end Blackberry device spotted with 2.45” touch screen display with 246 ppi resolution, trademark Blackberry physical QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor and Blackberry 7 OS. In Indonesia, the Bold 9790 will get the estimated retail price of RM1638 (Rp. 4.599.000).

Full specifications below:

  • 110 x 2.36 x 11.4 mm, approximately 107g
  • 2.45″ capacitive touch screen display – VGA (640×480), 246 ppi resolution
  • QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • BlackBerry 7 OS
  • 1GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor
  • 768 MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
  • 5.0 MP camera, supports VGA video recording, Continuous auto focus
  • Accelerometer/Magnetometer     Proximity Sensor, Ambiant light sensor
  • Built-in GPS / aGPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support
  • Wi-Fi: Supports UMA 802.11
  • UMTS: 2100/1700/900 MHz 2100/1900/850/800 MHz
  • GSM / GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps, HSDPA: 7.2 Mbps
  • 1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery

Physical keyboard lovers, this phone is the phone for you!

 

iPhone: No.1 in Business, passing the Mighty Blackberries

Blackberry or RIM is the king of the enterprise market and the business market. There are once where every enterprise worker and businessman out on the streets are using a Blackberry. Blackberry symbolized elegance and professionalism. It still does possess those qualities but a survey from iPass shows that the king of business market is now, the iPhones.

From the graph, of all enterprise workers carrying a smartphone, 45% owns a iPhone where 32.2% owns a Blackberry. This shows that Blackberry no longer dominates the market. Android devices are also very close 3rd in the market with 21.3%. And with Apple deciding on focusing more on enterprise market recently, this percentage might just go up in the coming years.

Blackberry users out there, did you move to iPhone? If you did not, do you plan to? Or you think Blackberry is still the best in Business?

Blackberry 9900 and 9360: RIM is doing it right!

With the smartphone war getting more and more competitive, the like of Apple and Android are predicted to dominate the market with RIM, Palm, Nokia and Microsoft all falling one by one. But currently, there are signs of Nokia and Microsoft fighting back hard and RIM is also not in a position to give up. With the new devices announced by RIM, it is certain that they will give a good fight to the big shots. These devices, especially the Bold 9900 (high end device) and Curve 9360 (budget device) looks very promising.

Highlights:

Bold 9900
-640 x 480 pixels, 2.8 inches (~286 ppi pixel density)
-Touch-sensitive controls
-8GB storage, 768 MB RAM
-5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, LED flash
-BlackBerry OS 7.0
-1.2 GHz QC 8655 processor
-NFC support


Curve 9360
-480 x 360 pixels, 2.44 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)
-Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
-512 MB storage, 512 MB RAM
-5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, LED flash
-BlackBerry OS 7.0
-800MHz processor
-NFC support

As you can see, the Curve 9360, being a budget smartphone, does not seem “budget” at all. It has most of the things it’s big brother has only losing out on a touch screen and processor speed. The Curve is definitely a very good value for money. I would recommend the Curve more than the Bold.

These are the reviews (Bold 9900 and Curve 9360) from tech radar for those who are interested for more details on these devices.