BlackBerry Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Your RIM Smartphone--and PlayBook Tablet

From keyboard shortcuts and tricks from mobile experts, to free software downloads, battery life tips, device reviews and insider commentary, we offer you our expert guide to help you master your smartphone and earn a BlackBerry black belt.

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15 Hot Smartphone Accessories and Add-Ons's mobile guru Al Sacco scoured the Web for the best and most affordable stocking stuffers sure to bring joy to the hearts of smartphone-lovers this holiday season - iPhone, BlackBerry, Window Mobile, Palm and Android users alike. With our smartphone accessory gift guide, you can quickly please every handset hound on your list.

RIM Unveils New "BlackBerry Presenter" for PowerPoint Presos

BlackBerry-maker RIM this morning announced its latest smartphone accessory, the BlackBerry Presenter. The new gadget lets users project PowerPoint presentations stored on their BlackBerry smartphones to projectors or monitors, eliminating the need for a bulky laptop.

Google Voice for BlackBerry "Thumbs-On" Review

The brand new--and free--Google Voice app for BlackBerry just hit the Web yesterday, but's Al Sacco stayed up way past his bedtime last night tinkering with the software and associated service. Sacco's conclusion: The app's still rough around the edges but it adds invaluable functionality: the ability to "dial-out" and send text from your Google Voice number.

BlackBerry Curve 8520: How to Tell if New Curve's Right for You

The BlackBerry Curve 8520, RIM's latest addition to the BlackBerry family, hit U.S. shelves yesterday. But with so many smartphone options--Pre, iPhone, myTouch 3G--it's getting harder to determine which device is best for you.'s Al Sacco breaks down the key factors to consider in your BlackBerry Curve 8520 buying decision.

T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve Family: Curve 8900, Curve 8520 and Curve 8320
T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve Family: Curve 8900, Curve 8520 and Curve 8320

RIM's New Curve 8520 Has Nine Unique BlackBerry Features

Research In Motion's (RIM) brand new BlackBerry Curve 8520, while a low-end to mid-range device aimed at first-time smartphone owners or beginners, packs a surprising number of BlackBerry features not found in any other RIM handheld. Here's a look at nine examples--some compelling and some less-than-perfect.

RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon, Sprint): How to Tell if the Tour's for You

The BlackBerry Tour 9630, RIM's newest BlackBerry, is now available in the United States. But with so many smartphone options--Pre, iPhone, myTouch 3G, etc.--it can be difficult to determine which device is best for you. Here's a breakdown of the BlackBerry Tour to help inform your buying decision.

BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 Review: Elegant and a Bit Expensive

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) plans to soon release its latest smartphone accessory, the BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone, and it's a must-have for BlackBerry purists--though the price tag might be a turnoff from some. Here's my hands-on review.

ColorWare for BlackBerry Bold Review: Beautiful, Pricey...Not Quite Perfect

If you seek the very best in BlackBerry customization, ColorWare and its vast array of housing colors and color-combinations should be near the top of your list of choices. Check out our review for details on why ColorWare might be a perfect fit for you and your Bold--and why it might not.

BlackBerry Bold 9000 with ColorWare Treatment
BlackBerry Bold 9000 with ColorWare Treatment, a.k.a., the HULK BOLD (via @NanPalmero )

Six Best BlackBerry Accessories and Add-Ons for $100 TOTAL

Buying a new BlackBerry smartphone? Looking to spruce up an old Pearl or Curve 83xx? You've come to the right place. Our list of the top six best BlackBerry accessories will have your device, old or new, outfitted and up to snuff in no time. Best of all, the half dozen of them can be had for $100 total.

BlackBerry Bling: The Hottest--and Priciest--Pimped-Out BlackBerrys

For the CrackBerry addict who has it all: These 10 BlackBerry smartphones and related accessories will break the bank--some cost tens of thousands of dollars! But if only the best will do, check out these swanky handhelds and accessories, from diamond-studded cases to custom BlackBerry purses in python.

The $660 BlackBerry Bold Case in Crocodile, Python and Ostrich: Recession be Damned...

Alexander Amosu's latest creations will blanket your BlackBerry Bold with lavish leather in just about any color you could desire...but like everything Amosu, they don't come cheap at $660.

Amosu Wants to "Colour" Your BlackBerry, iPhone, Wii...Whatever

Designer Alexander Amosu has launched the Colour Couture service for BlackBerry, iPhone, computers and Nintendo and PlayStation gaming consoles...but it sure ain't cheap.

RIM Releases BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac (Preview); More Mac Tools for BlackBerry Due in '09

Macintosh users with BlackBerry smartphones just got one step closer to being able to use theirs Mac to fully manage RIM devices. That's because RIM has quietly released a "preview" version of its BlackBerry Media Sync software for Mac, which lets BlackBerry owners sync their non-DRM protected iTunes music files to their smartphones.

screen shot of BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac
BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac

BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headset Review: RIM's Best Headphones Yet

RIM's new Premium Multimedia Headset, boasting in-ear, noise-blocking gels, intuitive multimedia and volume controls and impressive audio quality, will please BlackBerry purists in need of hybrid headphones. However, its steep price tag and lack of compatibility options may be a turn off.

BlackBerry Bluetooth Vehicle Visor Mount: First Look

I just returned from a tour of Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry booth at CES 2009, and though there were lots of noteworthy devices, applications and services on displaystay tuned to the Mobile WorkHorse blog for more details--one product in particular caught my eye: The as-of-yet unreleased "Blackberry Bluetooth Visor Mount."

BlackBerry Storm Accessories: 10 Must-Have Add-Ons for $10 to $100

RIM's BlackBerry Storm 9530, the first touch screen BlackBerry, hits U.S. retail shelves today, and with it will come a veritable storm of related add-ons. We've hand-picked 10 of the best BlackBerry Storm accessories, so you don't have to mess with the rest.

BlackBerry Storm Video: BlackBerry Application Center Walkthrough ( Hands-On)

RIM's answer to Apple's iPhone App Store, the BlackBerry Application Center, debuted on the touch screen BlackBerry Storm last week. Take this video walkthrough with's Al Sacco to get a hands-on look at the new BlackBerry software distribution channel--and see why it still needs work.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager v. PocketMac: Macs and BlackBerrys, Part I

RIM currently builds its BlackBerry Desktop Manager software only for Windows machines, often leaving Mac users out in the cold. Here we list a number of important features available to PC users in desktop manager, as well as those lacking in PocketMac, a BlackBerry desktop software alternative.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager v. Missing Sync: BlackBerrys and Macs, Part II

This second installment in's three-part series examining the relationship between BlackBerry smartphones and Apple Mac computers lists a handful of device management features available to Mac users via Missing Sync, a BlackBerry Desktop Manager for PC alternative.

BlackBerry Bold Skin Review: OEM Skin vs. OtterBox Impact for Bold

In this comparative review, we pit RIM's own BlackBerry Bold 9000 skin against the new OtterBox Impact Series for Bold to see how the two measure up. Both offer unique and valuable features, but there's a clear winner in this matchup.

image of RIM OEM Bold Skin and OtterBox Impact Series
RIM OEM Bold Skin and OtterBox Impact Series

BlackBerry Desktop Charging Pod Review: Power Up Your RIM Smartphone in Style

Your BlackBerry device deserves better than the standard charging cables with which it ships. Research In Motion's chic desktop Charging Pod is the perfect power-up partner--though it's only available for Pearl and Curve devices.

Review: RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Smartphone

BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is RIM's first Pearl with Wi-Fi. Here's's take on the device.

The Business-Savvy Smartphone Review: Nokia E62, BlackBerry Pearl, T-Mobile Dash, Palm Treo 750

CIO compares four of the hottest smartphones available, from the perspective of four experienced IT executives.

Review: Keep Tabs on Your Mobile Workforce via BlackBerry With TeleNav Track

TeleNav Track is a cell phone-based GPS tracking service that can help manage your mobile workers. Read on for a list of reasons why you might love it--and why you might not.

Analysis and Insider Commentary

10 Things to Know About RIM's New CEO, Thorsten Heins

RIM has named its former COO and SVP, Thorsten Heins, as its new president and chief executive officer.'s BlackBerry watcher Al Sacco shares 10 interesting facts about the new BlackBerry CEO.

RIM's New President and CEO Thorsten Heins
RIM's New President and CEO Thorsten Heins

BlackBerry 10 OS to Support Microsoft ActiveSync, No BES: What It Means for IT

IT administrators will be able to connect new BlackBerry smartphones running RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS directly to Microsoft Exchange corporate servers using Microsoft's ActiveSync technology, eliminating the need for a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). However, RIM VP Alan Panezic explains what Mobile Fusion will mean to BlackBerry admins and why it's not time to ditch BES just yet.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: Four Things IT Needs to Know

RIM this week rolled out a major software update for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC, with new native e-mail and PIM apps, a number of cool new productivity features and corporate server support that's sure to have significant IT implications.'s Al Sacco details four things IT managers should know about PlayBook OS 2.0.

RIM Developer Chief on the Future of BlackBerry, BBX's Al Sacco chats with RIM's new VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, about the new BlackBerry platform, BBX, the future of the existing BlackBerry OS, what this software split means to BlackBerry--and Android--developers, and more.

Why RIM Should Not Sell the BlackBerry Brand--and Why It Should

Recent rumors suggest tech heavies including Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon have all been courting RIM and considering a BlackBerry buyout.'s Al Sacco offers up two simple reasons why RIM would be wise to resist such a takeover, as well as two more reasons the BlackBerry maker might be ripe for a sale.

BlackBerry in 2012: More Trouble in Store for RIM

RIM and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets could take some strides in the right direction in the coming year, but the outlook is mostly grim, writes's Al Sacco.

Why iPhone, Android Won't "Replace" BlackBerry on Wall St. Anytime Soon

Wall St. bank JPMorgan is security testing iPhones and Android devices. But it's not time to say Bye-Bye, BlackBerry just yet.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 with Padlock (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)
BlackBerry Torch 9800 with Padlock (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

Why I Switched to Android: 7 BlackBerry Geeks Speak

Why are so many gadget enthusiasts abandoning RIM's ship to go Google?'s Al Sacco chats with seven formerly loyal BlackBerry users who've recently switched to Google's Android platform for some straight talk on the big shift.

BlackBerry Developer Conference Wrap-Up: Top 5 Stories at DevCon 2010's Al Sacco highlights the top five BlackBerry-related announcements made by RIM at its third annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, including the unveiling of the much-hyped BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

RIM on the Future of BlackBerry Software: App World 2.1, Malware and More's Al Sacco sat down with RIM's BlackBerry App World senior product manager for the scoop on what mobile application developers and BlackBerry smartphone users have to look forward to from the company's app store in the future, as well as how RIM's working to keep malware out of App World.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Super Guide: Free Apps, Reviews, Video, Images and More

Got a brand new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone--or wish you did? Here's a pile of resources related to RIM's latest BlackBerry, including Al Sacco's in-depth review, free applications, images, video and much more.

Future of Wireless: It's a BlackBerry AND iPhone World--and That's a Good Thing writer Tom Kaneshige says Apple's revolutionary iPhone will spell the end for RIM and its BlackBerry in the coming years. CrackBerry addict and pundit Al Sacco says the idea is laughable. Here's why.

BlackBerry Slider, aka "Mr. T," aka "Talladega," to Launch in April? Don't Hold Your Breath...

A new rumor suggests the BlackBerry slider could become available in April. But's Al Sacco thinks that's highly unlikely.

purported image of RIM's BlackBerry Slider
Is This Device RIM's New BlackBerry Slider?

The BlackBerry-to-iPhone Switch: Converts Speak's smartphone-watcher Al Sacco found six gadget-geeks who recently made the switch from BlackBerry to iPhone--and two more who went from BlackBerry to iPhone and back again. Their stories shed light on reasons why you might want to switch from a BlackBerry to the iPhone...and why you might not.

BlackBerry Pearl 9100 to Get Full QWERTY Keyboard??

Recently discovered images suggest RIM's new BlackBerry Pearl 9100 may become available with a full QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Touch-Screen/QWERTY Hybrid Spotted; Sign of Good Things to Come from RIM?

A number of images of a never-before-seen BlackBerry smartphone with what looks to be both a touch-screen and full QWERTY "physical" keypad have surfaced on the Web, suggesting RIM may soon release its first handheld with a touch-sensitive display and the iconic BlackBerry keyboard.

BlackBerry Curve 8910 Gets FCC Cert; U.S.-Bound After All?

The recently uncovered BlackBerry Curve 8910, previously thought to be destined for shores outside North America, has popped up in an FCC wireless certification, suggesting the 3G-less device may be bound for the United States after all.

New BlackBerrys on the Horizon: "Tour2" 9650; "Pearl2" 9100; and "Curve 8910"

Anxious for a peek at the next BlackBerry smartphones? We've got images and details on three of RIM's upcoming handhelds: the second version of RIM's BlackBerry Tour, the "Tour2" 9650; the BlackBerry "Pearl2" 9100, a revamped Pearl 8100; and the "Curve 8910," which is reportedly destined for markets outside North America.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 with padlock on its display

The Latest BlackBerry Spyware Scare: Don't Worry, Yet

Boo! New BlackBerry spyware can supposedly steal all your e-mail, listen in on voicemail messages and even wipe your smartphone clean. But's BlackBerry guru Al Sacco isn't too worried. Here's why.

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