RIM's answer to iPhone?

Research In Motion has announced
the pending release of the
BlackBerry Bold smart phone, a
product that seems designed to
compete with Apple's slick iPhone.
RIM has opted to put more emphasis
on styling with the BlackBerry
Bold. The slim black device sports a
satin chrome finish and leather-like
back plate that can be swapped out
for custom colors.

According to RIM, the phone's
480 x 320 pixel color LCD is fused
to the lens, giving the display
greater clarity and vibrancy.

The Bold is also packed with power
features. For starters, it is the first
BlackBerry smart phone to support
tri-band High-Speed Downlink
Packet Access networks worldwide,
and it is equipped with with an integrated
Global Positioning System
receiver and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g. It
comes with 128M of flash memory
and 1G of onboard storage memory
in addition to a micro Secure
Digital/SD High-Capacity memory
card slot.

And the BlackBerry Bold has the
e-mail capabilities that have made
the family of devices ubiquitous in
many agencies and departments.

One possible snag for federal
users, however, is the device's
2 megapixel camera, a feature many
organizations consider a security
risk. RIM, however, said system
administrators will be able to disable
the camera if they choose.

The BlackBerry Bold smart phone
is expected to be available from
wireless carriers this summer. http://www.rim.com

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