Competition between manufacturers of smartphones like the iPhone and the G1 Google phone is tough. BlackBerry, the market leader, is responding to this challenge to its market position by introducing three very different new BlackBerry models. The first is the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. The second is the beautifully designed BlackBerry Bold 9000 and finally there is the Blackberry Storm, with touch screen. This third phone is not yet available for review.
New software allows for fully formatted e-mail. In addition, Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments can be opened up, to enable editing. There is also an improved web browser with a ‘trackball’ which can be clicked to zoom in. Both phones also have a two-megapixel camera, with a tiny flash, that can also record video. In addition, they are both quad band.
The Flip model is intended for the consumer market and is half the price of the Bold. The price differential is justified in terms of functionality and sleek looks. The Bold is a very fast minature computer and has a gigabyte of storage built in.