BlackBerry 9000 - a 4.6 New Look!

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Another Look at the BlackBerry Bold 9000 

Just as I was about to wind down the BlackBerry 9000 Review series, BOOM... I stumble upon a gem (at 1:00am I might add). It seems there's more to the 9000 and OS4.6 than originally met my eye, and I just couldn't wait to show it to you.

While all of the new Precision themes we have seen to date thus far have had the same basic 'look', it turns out 4.6 also has another personality tucked up its sleeve. Check out the eye candy screenshots after the jump. This new theme adds some more color to mix, and organizes the ribbon more cleanly with folders, including default ones for Applications, Games, Downloads and Setup. Word To Go and Slide Show To Go get native icons, and within the Applications folder there is also Sheet To Go. It gives the 9000 a Bold look, very BlackBerry Bold you might say.

NOW, I'm going to go out on a limb here and make an educated guess... When the BlackBerry 9000 gets announced on Monday (WES Kick Off!) I am almost certain it will be packing a GIG of onboard memory. The 9000 I bought off eBay might not have that, but with such a focus being placed on Docs / Games / Downloads / Media on the 9000, I cannot for the life of me believe RIM would release it with anything less than that. Unless they ship each device with a microSD card (which I can't see them doing), there's just too much going on here to sell the device without ample onboard storage space. I hope I'm right. And I guess we'll find out soon.

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[ Disclaimer: Changes to the Hardware and upgrades to the Software will likely be made before the BlackBerry 9000 is officially released ] 

BlackBerry 9000 OS4.6 Screenshots 

BlackBerry 9000 Zen Homescreen BlackBerry 9000 New Ribbon

New Media Icon Shows it All Native Downloads Folder - We'll Need More Memory to Use This!

Moving a Shortcut into the Applications Folder Word To Go included, New Native Shortcut

Inside the Apps Folder - Note Sheet To Go. I installed FlipSide, TwitterBerry, and the CrackBerry Shortcut The New Menu Look - Blue it Back!

Some More BlackBerry 9000 Thoughts

I need to get to bed, but for all you BlackBerry Addicts out there I do plan on putting together another 9000 overview video that goes through the OS in more detail (though the current BlackBerry 9000 Quick Tour movie is getting some serious views on YouTube and if you also check out Reviews Part I, II and III you should have a pretty good idea of what the 9000 and OS4.6 is all about).

But before I adjourn for some zzzz's...I thought I'd leave you all with my current reasoning as to why I'll be buying this device again when it comes out, even though I love my 8320 Curve so much:

  • The Speed - Once you feel the increased speed, you don't want to use anything slower. Even transfering files between your computer and device via USB is MUCH faster.
  • The Display - It's so bright and crisp!
  • The Triple Threat - GPS/WiFi/3G All in One
  • The Sound - Improved Speakers/Speakerphone
  • OS Refinements - Though OS4.6 isn't revolutionary, it's execution from what I have experienced so far on the 9000 is solid and aside from the good looks there are little things about it that I'm liking (see part III for most). And beyond what I have seen, I think when the 9000 gets released there will be even more reasons to like it (ie. new web browser will make the final cut).

As for the 9000 form factor, it has grown on me a LOT. Unlike the reasons listed above, the form factor would never be one of the compelling reasons for me to buy the 9000, but it is very usable. It's a tad wide, but it feels thin in the hand and I *think* that extra width is what makes the keyboard so much better than the 88xx's despite looking much the same. And though it's heavier than the Curve, it doesn't feel heavy. If you're used to the Pearl you might not be able to make the jump, but I think any full QWERTY user (even Curve diehards) will find they can easily get comfortable on the 9000 within a few days as I have. Hopefully we'll see some good BlackBerry 9000 cases and accessories follow suit - I sooo need a holster for this thing!

That's it for now, I'm off to bed!

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