It looks like Verizon wasn’t the only one with new BlackBerry news to share today, and if you’re on Sprint and anxiously waiting for that awesome new Bold 9930 or Torch 9850 you’re wait for both is almost over. Sprint has today confirmed that both the new Bold and the new Torch will be launching next Sunday, August 21st, for the expected prices of $250 (Bold) and $150 (Torch) with a new 2 year contract and data plan. Everything else on these new BlackBerrys is pretty much the same as we heard two weeks ago, and for those looking for the full breakdown of what’s new in these new Sprint BlackBerry’s see our previous post here.
So Sprint users what’s it gonna be: new Bold or new Torch for back-to-school?
Verizon BlackBerry users here is the news you’ve been waiting for: the Bold 9930 (aka the Bold Touch) is now finally available for you to order from Verizon for $250 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.
Specs wise the Verizon Bold 9930 comes with pretty much everything we expected: a 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so everything from BBMing to browsing the web is much faster), 5 megapixel back camera with the ability to take 720p HD video (there is no front camera for video chat), the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and that awesome BlackBerry keyboard underneath that 2.8 inch multi-touch screen. Unfortunately, like Sprint’s Bold 9930 this Verizon Bold 9930 is also 3G-only which means you can’t use it on Verizon’s superfast 4G LTE network (something we were hoping Verizon would sneak in particularly since it’s a pretty expensive $250 on 2 year contract). For the full recap of what’s in this new Bold see our previous post here.
Basically, if you’re on Verizon and looking for a new BlackBerry for school this year, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
More info: Verizon
We know a lot of you have waited for this day to come, and you can now rest assured– it’s now finally almost here. We just got an invite from Samsung to an event in New York at the end of the month for a “major product announcement,” with the Galaxy S II’s little “II” logo of course hanging out in the bottom left. And that means just one thing– Samsung’s next generation of the hit Galaxy S line (aka the T-Mobile Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G and AT&T Captivate) is now only a couple of weeks away from making its official arrival into the US. If you’re looking for a super-powerful, insanely thin phone with a large and incredible screen you’re gonna want to wait for this.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S II is one of the top Android phones available today, with its European version (which was released a few months back and is shown above) packing all the top of the line features you’d expect in a superphone today like a fast 1 GHZ dual core processor, 8 megapixel back camera with second 2 megapixel front camera for video chat, gorgeous 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 16 GB of built-in storage and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Now the like the original US version of the Galaxy S, we expect the US carriers to customize their versions of the Galaxy S II to differentiate from the others (with different names, designs and even some feature changes like a slightly larger screen, slide-out keyboard, 4G support etc.), but seeing as Samsung’s running this event and not a particular carrier we also expect to see all 4 carriers’ versions on the 29th with releases coming hopefully not too long after that.
We’ll of course have everything you need to know about everything Samsung announces covered for you back here, so stay tuned!
Release Dates and Prices For Sprint’s BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 Leak– Are Both Coming Out On The 21st?
While T-Mobile and AT&T haven’t given any word on when their new BlackBerrys will be launching (and Verizon hasn’t even officially confirmed which new BlackBerrys they’ll be getting– though we think we know one of them), it looks like Sprint will be the first to launch their new BlackBerry 7 phones. And just in time for you to get it before school starts too.
According to this latest leaked Sprint document on BGR (a site that we all know knows their BlackBerry leaks), Sprint will be releasing both their new Torch 9850 and Bold 9930 in about nine days, August 21st, for $149 and $249 respectively (with the usual new 2 year contract and data plan). If true– and we believe it very well may be as the release dates line up with some earlier rumors about the new BlackBerrys’ launch dates– this is pretty solid news for Sprint users.
Sure we think the 3G-only Bold 9930 is a bit expensive at $249 (even if it otherwise looks to be the best BlackBerry yet), and we’re not sure the Torch is worth nearly the same price as the more powerful and 4G capable Motorola Photon or HTC EVO 3D, but who knows– since Sprint or RIM haven’t actually confirmed any of this maybe they’ll bring the price down to the much more tempting $200 and $100 respectively (and if they don’t, maybe someone like Amazon or Best Buy will do it instead).
We’re obviously gonna keep searching for more on this, but if you’re on Sprint and want a new BlackBerry for the upcoming school year we really think you’re gonna want to wait a few more days to see if this becomes official.
As important as it is to have a good laptop for school, it’s almost as important to have a good phone. We need them to text, check Facebook, go online, set alarms and reminders– heck, most of us could probably take better notes on our phones than on a laptop (if we were allowed)!
So in this issue of our back-to-school series we’re gonna take a look at some of the best cell phones available now on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon that you should definitely consider when you’re looking for a new phone for this upcoming school year.
If you were looking forward to picking Sony’s super-powered next-gen PSP, the PlayStation Vita, this holiday season we’ve got some bad news for you. Sony has announced that unless you live in Japan you won’t be able to pick up the Vita this year. In other words, all of us here in the US or in Europe will have to wait until “early next year” (when exactly is this “early next year” Sony didn’t say).
For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next-gen PSP that looks to let you take all the power of the PS3 and take it wherever you go. It’s got some of the most insane specs we’ve seen on a portable device yet, with its 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a crazy 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (think of this as all the power of your computer in your pocket, or games that look like you were playing them at home on your PS3), full array of buttons with dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go along with those PS3-like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games and video chat), and a touch sensitive pad on the front and back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). Yeah, we wish it was coming this year too.
Sony also said that there would be no price cuts on the Vita’s $249 price (or the $299 AT&T 3G version), but who knows, maybe the delay will change their minds.
Following AT&T’s kickoff announcement earlier today of new BlackBerrys coming to their network this year, Sprint has decided to join in the new BlackBerry fun as well. That’s right, new BlackBerrys are also coming to Sprint later this year– or to be more specific, the Bold 9930 (aka Bold Touch) and Torch 9850 (the Sprint version of the all touchscreen Torch 9860) are on their ways to Sprint.
The specs of both the Bold 9930 and Torch 9860 are pretty much the same as the AT&T versions. Both have 1.2 GHZ processors with 768 MB of RAM (for speed), 5 megapixel back cameras with the ability to take 720p HD video (neither have front cameras for video chat), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and both have support for Sprint’s 3G network (sorry, no 4G here. On the bright side they both have SIM card slots for use whenever you take that semester abroad). The main differences between the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 are that the Bold Touch has a 2.8 inch touchscreen with full BlackBerry keyboard underneath (and support for NFC, or the ability to use your phone as your credit card), while the Torch replaces that bottom keyboard for an all touchscreen design with a much larger 3.7 inch screen.
Like AT&T, Sprint sadly hasn’t said anything about price or an exact release, instead saying those details will be announced “closer to availability.”
So, Sprint BlackBerry users, which new BlackBerry are you gonna get?
AT&T Goes BlackBerry Crazy: Bold 9900, Torch 4G 9810 and Torch 9860 All Coming To AT&T Later This Year
Well it’s about time. Remember that Torch 4G 9810 that leaked on AT&T’s site earlier this morning? Well, it’s now officially official and it’s just one of three 4G BlackBerrys AT&T is planning on launching over the rest of the year (spoiler: the Bold Touch 9900 is one of them!).
So what are you waiting for? Read on!
It’s not the Bold Touch 9900, but it finally looks like some of those once rumored new BlackBerrys are finally on their way to being released. The pic you see above is the next generation of the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Torch 4G 9810, taken from AT&T’s site.
Since AT&T or RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) haven’t officially announced this yet we’re not 100% sure on all the new improvements the Torch 4G will have over the original Torch. We do though know that it will be much faster (thanks to a much more powerful 1.2 GHZ processor), record 720p HD video with its back camera (which means that it’s at least 5 megapixels), have 8 GB of built-in storage (with support for another 32 GB through microSD), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS (like on the Bold Touch 9900. BlackBerry 7 features a ton of improvements like the latest BBM 6, better graphics and browser, and an improved touchscreen keyboard for when you don’t want to use that slide-out BlackBerry keyboard), and pack support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.
No word on price or an exact release date, but with BlackBerry hosting their Fan Night event in Toronto tonight (an event which was teased to be bringing new BlackBerrys last week), let’s hope that we’ll finally find out more very soon.
More pix of the Torch 4G 9810 after the break.
Info via AT&T
We know, we know– it feels like summer is only just beginning why are we starting to think about the next school year? Unfortunately as we all know all good things like summer must eventually come to an end and we have to return back to our regular ways of life and school– which we all know comes back way too quickly. As the back-to-school sales really begin over the next few weeks we want to help make sure you go back fully prepared, well, gadgets wise at least.
One of the toughest things today in back-to-school shopping is finding a new computer/tablet/phone that isn’t just cheap or good, but right for you and what you want and need it to do. We want to try to make this easier for you, and over the course of the rest of the summer we plan to have a whole bunch of posts and guides on good deals we see, some of our recommendations for a new computer, tablet or phone etc. In short, we’re here to help.
So with all that in mind we’re gonna kick off this back-to-school “series” with some tips on what you should look for when your out shopping for a new laptop for school and what are the basic specs that any 2011 computer you buy should have.