New Blackberry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G announced early

According to Engadget, Research in Motion (RIM) was set to announce two new phones today. The two handsets were supposed to be the big announcement WES 2010, RIM's Blackberry expo.

The two leaked handsets are the Blackberry Bold 9650 and the Blackberry Pearl 3G. The Bold has 802.11 b/g WIFI capabilities, a 3.2 megapixel camera and operates on CDMA networks in the US with capabilities to work on UMTS/HSPDA while abroad. The Pearl has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 802.11n WIFI, GPS and triband HSDPA data with quadband GSM / EDGE.

The Bold looks to be replacing the Tour line of phones which allowed you to use your phone outside of the United States. They've also eliminated the trackball on their phones which seems to be the trend on the new Blackberry devices.

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blackberry's browsers are sub-sub-par by today's smart phone standard. without a great multimedia browser they don't benefit from 3G speed. emails works as fast on 2g data.

From my experience, blackberry's are an OK personal phone due to their size and ease of use. However, for business use, if your company uses Exchange and you don't have Blackberry Enterprise Server, then the phone is all but useless. You'll have to resort to email provided by your cell provider which will cost around $10/month and will be unpredictable with a tiny fraction of exchange features.

What really sucks, is that when you go to buy the devices, they proclaim that the email is the best ever and integrates into everything out of the box.

I'm not a fan of a gazillion apps, but blackberry's offering is pretty unsubstantial.

The big news about phones for me will be when they start making them able to software define the radio from GSM to CDMA. Although outside of the US nobody cares much, this functionality has been popping up in Enterprise Devices (Intermec CN50, new Motorola device coming out) and gives you complete freedom of which carrier you want.

I have a Curve for work, and for all its "issues" it is still the best phone I've ever had. Then again, my phone use is mostly email/twitter/web browsing. The default BB browser is pretty crappy, but BOLT makes it 100x better. Heck, 95% of my posts on Neowin are on my BB. A touchscreen, like the iPhone, simply isn't condusive to the type of user I am. Even if I was in the market for a personal phone, I'd probably be looking at the HTC Evo 4G over the iPhone.

Blackberrys are becoming very very common here in the UK, amongst all types of consumers. Even more common than the iPhone, which I own.

I reckon its popularity might be linked to the fact you can pick up 'cheap' BBs, such as the 8250. If you want a cheap iPhone you have to buy second hand.

Having never really used a Blackberry I find it hard to comment on them. I mean they are a revolutionary device but they seem fairly dated to your average user. In the hands of a businessman they seem the bee's knees. Anyone who has owned both an iPhone and a BB care to comment?

someone at work has a blackberry, think its the previous model to the one on the left of the pic. shes not the brightest person around when it come to technology so i guess that means blackberrys are pretty easy to use!

I love my Bold 9700 but I would admit they aren't for everybody. I like having all my email sent to my phone instantly and I prefer the hardware keyboard any day of the week, but for people who prefer their phones to be entertaining, there is a severe shortage of games or other 'fun' apps. It's a much more mature range of phones - you need to have a proper reason to get one.

dave164 said,
I would never use my iPhone for business, the mail on it just doesn't work well enough to be well productive.

Really? I use my iPhone all the time for business. In fact I know longer use the Blackberry bold I have setting on my desk as my work phone. I just forward my work number to my personal phone(iPhone) and have my iPhone setup to work with exchange. Only time I use my Blackberry is when I need to check the BES server in work is working or fixed when I've been working on it.

iPhones E-Mail displays a lot clearer than that of the Blackberries. Althou I have to admit I still love blackberrys. If the iPhone didn't exist the Blackberry would be my next choice. That is why I'm pushing the place I work for to move everyone to Blackberrys and not just a select few.

dave164 said,
I would never use my iPhone for business, the mail on it just doesn't work well enough to be well productive.

I had my iPhone setup for Exchange but since I have a Google Apps account at home I changed work to be IMAP and the home mail to use the iPhones Exchange profile. I know in the new firmware they add capabilities for multiple Exchange accounts which will be nice to fix my issue.
For mail though I find it does everything I need it to do without having to invest in more software/hardware (BES) to get full contact, calendar and mail push syncing. I know BES is one solid piece of technology but for the small time user like us in the office here the iPhone offers exactly what we need. Blackberry really need to start support for using Activecync.

SK[ said,]Having never really used a Blackberry I find it hard to comment on them. I mean they are a revolutionary device but they seem fairly dated to your average user. In the hands of a businessman they seem the bee's knees. Anyone who has owned both an iPhone and a BB care to comment?

I have both the 3GS and Bold 9700. The Bold being a work phone, they just don't compare. I use my Bold for the unlimited talking and i do all my data and texts on the iPhone. Comparing a few things, the browser has not tabs, it's slow even on 3G, zooming is a manual process, and you have to go through menus to do simple things. The apps suck...