There comes a time in every gadgets life when its ball drops and a more mature model comes to market. Never has this been truer than with the Blackberry Curve 8520 which is now available on T-Mobile. The new Curve looks similar to the other phones in the Curve lineup and shares many of the same features but its optical trackpad is what makes it stand out and say, "Look at me."
By ditching the traditional rollerball for a smooth trackpad and throwing in a 2G radio RIM was able to create a very functional phone at an attractive price point; $50 at Walmart with a 2 year agreement.
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook! Things are really heating up for the social network especially on the news that it acquired Friendfeed which could provide it a leg up on its competitor Twitter. Why am I starting out a phone review with a news update for Facebook? Well because the Sony Ericsson W518a, which runs on AT&Tâ€™s network, is all but called a Facebook phone.
Here's a quick demo of Motorola's ROKR E8, which was announced at CES 2008. The ROKR E8 uses 'morphing' technology to switch its user interface between phone, music and camera modes. The slick glass plate display features haptic touch, which means it vibrates to simulate the experience of touching a physical keypad.
3M is working on bringing miniature projectors to mobile devices. I love small devices, but watching movies and other multimedia content on small screens isn't very satisfying. 3M claims their compact LED projector can produce 40-inch images.
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson said a 3G Version of the Apple iPhone will be available next year during a Chruchill Club dinner in Silicon Valley. He said Apple will "dictate what the price of the phone is."
Google's Maps for Mobile has a new feature called "my location" that pinpoints your location via GPS, or approximates it using cell towers if your phone doesn't have GPS. This solves the dreaded problem of not knowing where to start your driving directions or where to search for a nearby cafe.
Some Verizon customers are complaining about an audible alarm that sounds when they dial 911. I guess someone thought this would be a useful feature useful feature, but do you really want a siren sounding when you're hiding from a burglar in your closet?
The second coming of the BlackJack will be available from AT&T starting on Black Friday. The BlackJack II is a huge improvement over the original BlackJack according to Samsung. The BlackJack II will cost $149.99 after rebates with a two-year contract.
T-Mobile will start selling unlocked iPhones for nearly $1,500 in Germany after a court spat with rival Vodaphone. T-Moblile is the exclusive iPhone reseller in Germany, and sells it for 399 euros with a two-year contract.
T-Mobile's offering free roundtrip flights to new 'myFaves' customers from November 23 to 25. Existing customers can switch to or renew their myFaves contracts can 'Fly Free' to 10 U.S. destinations. This is a great Black Friday deal, but customers will have to jump through a few hoops to actually get their tickets.