BlackBerry Bold 9000 Review in Malaysia

I have been using BlackBerry Bold for several weeks. Read on for my review of BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Blackberry Bold in hand

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Blackberry Bold sideBlackberry Bold side and portsBlackberry Bold bottomBlackberry Bold top and mute button
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First impression

When I first received the BlackBerry Bold, I was surprised by its size. It is wide, slim and light. My N-series phone immediately looks bulky beside BlackBerry Bold. I like the black and stylish look of BlackBerry Bold covered by silver border.

On the left side of BlackBerry Bold, there are: 3.5mm headset jack, mini USB port, and keypad lock button.

The mini USB port is used for data connection and battery charging. Very convenient. You can easily charge your BlackBerry Bold by connecting it to your computer.

On the right side of BlackBerry Bold there are volume control and camera button.

One major different between BlackBerry Bold and my N-series phone is SPEED. BlackBerry Bold is much faster on menu navigation, apps opening & running.. no waiting time at all!

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Review: Maxis BlackBerry Storm Smartphone

It’s my honor to be invited by Maxis to the BlackBerry Storm Preview. I got a chance to play BlackBerry Storm in my hands and it’s the 1st time I touched a BlackBerry phone. Is BlackBerry Storm for you?

Review BlackBerry Storm

BlackBerry Storm Smartphone

The BlackBerry Storm has a big display like Apple iPhone. The size is just nice to fit in my palm. It is heavier (155 grams) than my Nokia N95 but I like the sturdy-feeling of the phone. The display automatically changes to landscape when you rotate it.

The touch screen of Storm is “clickable”. You “touch” to select a menu on the display, then “press” to confirm/execute it. This is the world’s first “clickable” touch screen, which you can’t get on other touch screen phone.

I like the display clicking but it also means I will leave more noticeable fingerprints on it.

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The video playback on Storm is smooth. Volume is loud enough. It has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for your own headset.

BlackBerry Storm Smartphone Bug?!Somehow, I crashed the media player while testing it. The media player buttons just refused to get away from the bottom of the screen. The crew had to reset the device to get it work properly again.

BlackBerry Storm has 3.5G, bluetooth, GPS but does NOT support WiFi. That surprised me and feeling disappointed.

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Should You Buy Maxis iPhone?

maxis iphone 3gMaxis, one of the primary telco in Malaysia, launched Apple iPhone 3G for Malaysians at last Friday (March 20, 2009). Should you get an iPhone now? Let’s see.

Currently, Maxis is the only telco in Malaysia that offers iPhone but it might get other competitors after June 2009 (via twitter).

iValue Plans

Maxis created 8 iPhone 3G plans called iValue Plans which have a contract from 12 month to 24 month. The iPhone 3G phone (8GB) price is from FREE to RM1900.

All iValue Plans included data usage of 500MB to 3GB per month. iValue Plans have more expensive voice rate and SMS charge than Maxis Value Plus Plans. Value Plus Plan is 5 cents for a SMS while iValue Plans is 10 cents for each.

Is iPhone 3G for you?

Besides all the attracting features of Apple iPhone 3G, it also has some disadvantages and lacks of some features:

  • Cannot blind typing on iPhone because of its smooth touch screen surface.
  • Cannot type on iPhone with one hand because your thumb is not long enough.
  • Cannot forward funny/interesting SMS by friend to other friends, because iPhone does not support SMS forward.
  • Cannot transfer files via iPhone bluetooth because its bluetooth does not support it.
  • Cannot Copy & Paste text.
  • Does not support MMS.
  • Does not support Video Recording.
  • No flash on camera
  • Speaker is not loud enough.
  • Cannot replace build-in battery.
  • Does not support Flash animation on website.

iPhone OS 3.0

Don’t mind all these disadvantages and lacked functions? All right. But, you should wait a little while more before rushing to get your iPhone 3G now.

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