RIM has announced a new smartphone based on the BlackBerry 7 operating system, called BlackBerry Bold 9900, and its CMDA version 9930.
With these BlackBerry Bold models RIM plans to bring the "thinnest" smartphone to the consumer. These two smartphones feature iconic BlackBerry Bold design and NFC support, making them worth the wait. But the iconic design of BlackBerry may not remain competent for long as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG have also designed devices looking similar and running on Android OS.
Motorola XPRT has the form factor of BlackBerry Bold and others include HTC Status and LG Optimus Pro. All these phones are powered by Android operating system.
The latest review of Motorola XPRT by analysts suggest that it is an excellent BlackBerry alternative. The phone is priced $130 with a two-year contract from Sprint. The consumers who are familiar with Droid Pro know that Motorola XPRT looks identical. The XPRT model is mainly made focusing on business or IT professionals and the design is ideal for sending out e-mail and text messages quickly. Motorola XPRT is already available in the market.
Surprisingly, LG said in a release that its upcoming LG Optimus Pro smartphone, depending on carriers, may support Near Field Communication (NFC), useful for mobile payments. With NFC support for LG Optimus Pro, BlackBerry hopes to capture consumers in the US. But there is no word on pricing or when the phone will be released.
HTC Status is another Android-based smartphone with a dedicated Facebook share button that was made available on July 17 for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
Here is a comparison of all these smartphones:
LG Optimus Pro
BlackBerry Bold 9900
120.4 x 60.9 x 13 mm
119.5 x 59.7 x 12.9 mm
114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm
115 x 66 x 10.5 mm
3.1-inch 320 x 480 pixels TFT capacitive touchscreen
2.8-inch 240 x 320 pixels TFT capacitive touchscreen
2.6-inch 480 x 320 pixels TFT touchscreen
2.8-inch 640 x 480 pixels TFT capacitive touchscreen
2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
150 MB storage, 256 MB RAM
512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
8GB storage, 768 MB RAM
HSDPA 10.2 Mbps/ HSUPA 1.8 Mbps
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 384 Kbps
HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP, micro USB version 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3.0, micro USB version 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB version 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP, EDR, microUSB version 2.0
5-megapixel 2592?1944 pixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging
3.15-megapixel 2048x1536 pixels with geo tagging
5-megapixel 2592 x 1944 pixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection
5-megapixel 2592x1944 pixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization
Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
Android OS, v2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
BlackBerry OS 7.0
1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP3620-1000 chipset
800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227T chipset
Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz
Li-Ion 1860 mAh, up to 9 hours of talk time
Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Li-Ion 1250 mAh
Li-Ion 1230 mAh
Touch-sensitive controls, Multi-touch input method, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto- turn-off
QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
QWERTY keyboard, Gorilla Glass display, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
QWERTY keyboard, Touch-sensitive controls, Optical trackpad, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate