After a long and delayed waiting, I finally got my hands on this so called “Monster Blackberry”. Yes, it’s the new Blackberry Bold 9000 from Rogers. Unfortunately this one is not mine, it’s my friend’s.
I’ve read so much about its new features. I know what to look into within limited couple hours review time.
Yes, it’s lighteng fast. It’s fast everywhere. Open a browser, web page viewing, go back to the home screen, go back to playlist while playing a video in media player and etc.
Very impressive hand held device LCD. It’s smaller compare to iphone, PSP but with resolution of 480×320, super bright LCD, I can watch some movies on a Blackberry!
Compare to my Blackberry Curve, Bold supports H264 at resolution 480×272 (only one I tested so far)! My Curve only supports H264@ 16x sth from the official spec. I did try H264 320×240 on Curve, only sound with no image.
Some WinMenc settings:
mencoder.exe “D:\Download\Video\169_diablo3_di_062908_hr.mp4″ -af volnorm -srate 48000 -vf-add scale=480:272,harddup -ofps 30000/1001 -oac faac -faacopts br=128:mpeg=4:object=2 -ovc x264 -ffourcc H264 -x264encopts bitrate=500:level_idc=13:nocabac -o “D:\Download\169_diablo3_di_062908_hr.x264.avi” 2> 2.txt
call “batch\mp4-avc.bat” “D:\Download\169_diablo3_di_062908_hr.x264.avi”
Fast again! It takes seconds to download google map application. I don’t see the progress bar stops at all.
Things I don’t like:
The earbud comes with the package. I like earbud, however I found it doesn’t work well with the Bold. Even it’s fully plugged into the bold, if I turn the plugged-in earphone, it effects the sound. Sometimes it becomes one channel of sound. It may be caused by bad contact or a defective earbud.
Before I can get my Bold (in one month or two, financial reasons), I will stick to my trusty Curve.
Hey, I just changed the theme on my Curve to Bold precision theme clone.
some images taken by using an iphone 3G. easy on the image quality