Review: BlackBerry 9670 Style
The media player was improved by RIM with the introduction of BB6, and the Style carries over the same new player as seen on the Torch. Now, when viewing artist, album or song lists, album art is displayed next to the file or folder in question. The result is a more visually pleasing experience.
Once you've chosen to listen to a song, the Style automatically displays cover art in a coverflow appearance for the current playlist. This means that while you're listening to the music, you can scroll through your library visually via album cover art. It's neat, and I like that it is built directly into the player, and not just the outer music menus.
The music player can be sent to the background and users may listen while doing other things, such as browsing the web. Incoming calls pause music, which resumes once the call is disconnected.
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There are some advanced options, but not too many. There is an audio boost; captions can be turned on/off; and music can be "enhanced" (RIM parlance for adjusting the sound with its own pre-set EQ curve) when the Style is used with headphones.
The Sprint Music Store and Slacker are preinstalled so that users may seek out new tunes rather than listen to those they preloaded.
Review: BlackBerry Priv for AT&T
The Priv is the first BlackBerry to ship with Google's Android operating system rather than BlackBerry's own BBOS. BlackBerry opted for Android in order to expand the number of apps available to the phone, but it was sure to install its key messaging and security services to make the Priv more attractive to potential business users.
TCL Teases Its Next BlackBerry Phone
TCL today offered a sneak peak of a new BlackBerry smartphone in a short video. TCL is the parent company behind Alcatel and recently struck an agreement to design and manufacture smartphone hardware for BlackBerry.
Review: Kyocera DuraXE for AT&T
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Review: BlackBerry DTEK50
The DTEK50 runs BlackBerry's apps and services on Google's operating system and Alcatel's hardware. It's a curious collaboration of sorts that adds up to a better 'Berry.
Hands On with TCL's New BlackBerry Smartphone
TCL today showed off a unique BlackBerry smartphone that includes both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen. This large slab is meant to help reinvigorate sales of BlackBerry smartphones to businesses.