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Old 12-27-2007, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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These are my impressions of 4.3 beta in the 10 hours or so i have been using it.
Innovations: Rebooting is faster ( about 20 seconds for me).
Home screen
-the time is now bigger font, displayed top left corner.
-the L zen theme is easy to use i love it


general GUI is alot easier to use and more practical. everybox that has text and info in the OS, is nice and bordered
-Voice note recorder is very good. you can pause recording and and continue and save in 1 file.

-Typing
Like with other motorola phones, for example, there is word prediction enabled, suggesting words to type. the suggested words are now top to bottom, not left to right, there is also spellcheck.

-when looking through your address book, you can use an "activity log" which will find all activity between you and said contact, including SMS, email, and phone calls. it will categorize it by date.

-MEDIA, the real innovation is with the media, with which, from my opinion, is a huge step forward for the blackberry. notice the nice UI with you press "media"

-Videos. it lists all your videos.


the media player looks alot better too. there is now previous and next track buttons. this is the video player playing "3:10 to Yuma"


full screen video is now enabled as well
When you play a video, it will brighten the screen and turn off the keypad backlight, and switch to fullscreen automatically.

Music- the music is where there is amazing innovations.
First off, with 4.3 beta, the sound quality is greatly improved. the sound is much louder and fuller and clearer when coming from the speakers, then with 4.2.
They have redone the the layout of the music. It is now arranged like an Ipod. Arists, Albums, etc

yes, there is a shuffle feature which works amazingly well.
when going through "all songs" you can start typing the name of the song and it will filter in real time

You can also create your own playlists on the fly.


-Pictures
the pictures system is redone as well. it splits the screen in two, horizontally. on top, showing folder directories, on bottom showing images in folders as small thumbs.



CONS: the only problem i ran into was that i cant save pictures when i take them with the camera. Also, as i do not have a data plan at the moment, i was unable to test certain things such as Email and Web apps.

All in all, this OS is an amazing innovation for RIM, cant wait to see the final product. I hope this thread was coherent lol. please do not reproduce this review without my permission.

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Old 12-27-2007, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you try the video recorder?
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No video recorder on the 8100 version of 4.3.1.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the stupid media player bug wasn't there I would have kept it on my pearl. I hope they release it soon which they might be as they haven't released any new updates for the pearl lately.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i didnt have any bugs with my media player.....
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you for the great review! The screenshots really whetted my appetite. I'm looking forward to having this software on the 83x0 series.

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It still has many issues. I hope they fix them before release.
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yeah it has some kinks.... but its usable for me... i might switch back to 4.2 soon though
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what version of the beta are you using?

have you tried the media player with headphones... for more than one song?
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Come on and and release for the 8800 already!
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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what version of the beta are you using?

have you tried the media player with headphones... for more than one song?
version is 4.3.1.14
i dont have a pair of headphones to test with...
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A lot of this stuff I already see on my Curve. There must be more to the update, right?
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There is more. Some of the media features are already available in the 4.2.2 software from the 83x0 devices.

I'm playing with this new beta now and will post later on what else I've found new beyond 4.2.2.

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A lot of this stuff I already see on my Curve. There must be more to the update, right?
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version is 4.3.1.14
i dont have a pair of headphones to test with...
okay... ya, pretty major bug (amongst others... though this is the only one that really affects me at all). it switches to the phones external speaker after every song. you have to unplug and re-plugin the headphones for each song. very annoying.

that said, i'll likely be pleased with just the next beta as i'm sure this is a major enough bug to fix in the next beta release... unless they're planning on waiting until the final to fix this just so folks like us don't use the betas in the first place! LOL

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what version of the beta are you using?

have you tried the media player with headphones... for more than one song?
this is the bug I'm talking about and videos the sound goes out of sync
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There is more. Some of the media features are already available in the 4.2.2 software from the X devices.

I'm playing with this new beta now and will post later on what else I've found new beyond 4.2.2.

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Yes Please let us know what you find different with 4.3. I have the curve 8310 and from what I have heard in the rumor mills I cant wait until it comes out.
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this is the bug I'm talking about and videos the sound goes out of sync
my video only went out of sync once...... its fine though
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There is more. Some of the media features are already available in the 4.2.2 software from the 83x0 devices.

I'm playing with this new beta now and will post later on what else I've found new beyond 4.2.2.

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