-It syncs automatically with your iTunes library (unlocked songs only).
- You can finally play YouTube movies on www.m.youtube.com
w It organizes information better, with more folders, and my growing list of bookmarks is manageable again.
- A faster processor quickens functions and searches e-mails in less time.
- Third-party programs like the excellent and free Poynt from www.mypoynt.com
, work seamlessly with your address list and GPS, adding services from built-in Yellow Page searches or the closest theatre for the movie you want to see, to a map on how to get there.
- BlackBerry Messenger is included for chatting with other BlackBerry users anywhere, regardless of their cellco provider.
- The BlackBerry Desktop program does a good job of organizing and getting media files, especially video, on the Bold.
- Going back to the older Curve felt like switching to a cheap BlackBerry knockoff! What I don't like w It comes loaded with a Documents to Go viewer only for Office files, but you need to fork out $60 for the editable version. Mobile 6 phones can do that out of the box.
- It's still a proprietary operating system with tightly organized phone, e-mail, calendaring and task functions. When used in an office environment your vital information is usually backed up and synchronized at work, but when using it as a single consumer at home, you have to back up your BlackBerry data with the included BlackBerry Desktop program on your PC. The backup file cannot be read unless it goes back in the device. (Hint: In a pinch, after keeping an original copy, changing the last three letters of the backup file from .ipd to .xls lets the file open in Excel. It results in a lot of weird characters, but you can search contacts, notes and e-mail.) IT managers take note: You can open password-protected backup files.
- The Bold has a new version 9x platform, and I found a number of third-party programs for older, 8x BlackBerrys that haven't been upgraded yet.
- The two-megapixel digital camera is too small for the money.
-A case would have been nice.
(published Steve Makris )