The upcoming BlackBerry OS version brings lots of novelty features, none of them grounbreaking

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The upcoming BlackBerry OS version brings lots of novelty features, none of them grounbreaking
We have said many times in reviews of handsets like the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 that OS version 4.6 looks nice and appealing, but you can still find less eye-catchy things such as colorless menus, so we have been waiting for a new version that will update the interface of the popular business oriented handsets and lend color to it. It seems this is not just our opinion and it also seems someone has been listening intently. Version 5.0 has somehow managed to find its way out of the manufacturer´s labs, so we can find out more about it and take a closer look at what´s new in advance. It´s designed for Curve Series handsets, but we won´t be surprised to see a version for popular models like the Bold roll out as well. According to our source, spotting the differences is not as easy as it may seem, because there are quite a few changes in many elements, but none of them is really ground-breaking. The list of all improvements is long indeed and includes alterations in the home screen, GPS functionality, improved deletion of information, better voice dialing, easier searching, jazzed up audio player with more space to visualize album art, better browser etc. You can find a huge gallery with tons of pics of the new OS version via the link below. Please, sound off your opinion in the comment below and tell us what you think and what you would like to see in the upcoming BlackBerry OS version.


source: ZDNet, Gallery



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7 Comments

1. basschica

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Does the 4th picture indicate you can possibly have more options for icons? I mean having 5 icons on the "main screen" not the app screen is majorly annoying and I'd like to be able to choose to have 5, 10, or all on that for example. It shouldn't require a new "theme" to do so. I am certainly a fan of better browsing (flash, java, youtube, etc) as so many sites you just have to give up on if you can't get what you need. Often password protected stuff just ends up failing miserably. I honestly could care less about candy coating and color menus....give me stability and functionality. I'd like to better tweak things too.... the sound profiles are annoying. Why is it such a pain to make a custom one? As far as I can tell, you can't copy an existing one and edit from it. That would have been handy last weekend when I wanted to make a vibrate version of my custom profile. I basically have it set for light indicators for everything but calls, where I have a tone and I wanted that to be vibrate. Yes, I could change it from ring to vibrate and back, but the point is, I'll need it more than once and I'd like a separate profile for that. I have to say overall I was pleasantly surprised by *most* things on my Blackberry Curve. It is a work provided phone, so it wasn't something I "chose" but it has for the most part been a pretty good phone and data device. I had many complaints about my old Treo at a previous employer, that was a LOT more buggy. I know people love touch screens, but honestly a good trackball does better for me. Sure you can't "flip" through things, but then again you don't smudges, a hot screen on your face or heaven forbid like the old Treo, the touch going crazy and making calls to other people when you're in a call. Navigation wise and keyboard wise, I've found my old Sidekick 3 and my Blackberry Curve to be better than the Treo (winmo) or Iphones. I like a full qwerty keyboard and not one that is too small that the tactile does no good. It's just a preference and plenty of people like the on screen ones, but for me, I like to type quickly and for me that is the best way. Just an opinon, plenty of non tactile kb phones out there selling like hot cakes.

2. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Sounds like you might want to look into a different phone, maybe BB isnt for you....just an opinion

4. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

what are you tslking about jmill75 he said, " I have to say overall I was pleasantly surprised by *most* things on my Blackberry Curve. It is a work provided phone, so it wasn't something I "chose" but it has for the most part been a pretty good phone and data device. I had many complaints about my old Treo at a previous employer, that was a LOT more buggy. I know people love touch screens, but honestly a good trackball does better for me" so why would you think he needs to look into another phone???? you just wanted to reply to something no matter if it made since or not.

3. snakemann

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 17, 2008

i can't wait to get this OS

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

me too :-).

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

best onscreen keyboard still belongs to the storm's suretype. one handed and fast as hell. i dont see what the "need" of a more colorful set of icons is. it doesnt help you find them any better. i prefer the way it looks atm, its retro yet easy to find things. the iphone is not the worlds best phone, and not every phone needs to look like a damn iphone.. get over it.. ugh.

7. MTLance unregistered

Wow, when I look at the BB OS I was like WUT?!? I mean it is basically a phone in the business world because of no fancy icons, etc. Who said iPhone ain't the best phone? Well I've seen phones that supported Flash but YoutuTe only, which kinda makes it even with YouTube app on the iPhone. Anyway BB browsing is a real pain might as well get the iPhone.

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