On this Christmas Eve version of "This Week In BlackBerry," there's quite a bit of BlackBerry news to cover. Let's get to it!
Optical trackpad vs. trackball?
BBerryDog's newest writer, Taylor, wrote a great opinion piece about the debate between the optical trackpad and the trackball. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the trackpad over the trackball (dust, grease, and problems no more), but to each their own. He makes some great points regarding benefits to both, all of which can be found here.
Fandango application arrives on the BlackBerry platform
Stay tuned for a full review at BBerryDog in the coming days, but the Fandango application is finally available for download. Offering the ability to check showtimes, theaters, and purchase tickets, it's a handy application to have installed. Go here for the details.
BlackBerry Messenger 126.96.36.199 available
Hit www.blackberry.com/messenger for all of the details and to download.
AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets updated to 188.8.131.525
AT&T launched OS 184.108.40.2065 earlier in the week for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Though there's no clear benefit to upgrading to it from the .296 build that shipped at launch, I will say that battery life is slightly worse as a result of upgrading. Check it out here.
Sprint and RIM launch the BlackBerry Curve 8530
Though the device has been available on Verizon for quite some time, Sprint customers can now pick up the BlackBerry Curve 8530 from the carrier's website. Offering 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and a 2.0-megapixel camera, it is priced at $49.99 after mail-in rebate. Check it out here.