BlackBerry Bold v4.6.0.162

Last night I read on several mobile blogs that a OS update for the BlackBerry Bold was available for those on the Rogers Wireless network, such as yours truly. So I went ahead and downloaded the latest OS v4.6.0.162 and installed it on my computer, connected my Bold, and fired up BlackBerry Desktop Manager. 

Desktop Manager alerted me that an update for my device was available so I followed the on-screen instructions and in a few clicks the upgrade was in progress. The process took around 30 minutes.

After the upgrade was successfully completed I played around with the device to see if everything was ok but unfortunately I had a couple of minor issues. Clicking on the Browser icon always took me to the Rogers Mall site as well as Facebook and Windows Live Messenger refused to connect.

After Googling for a bit, I found a simple fix that solved all the issues mentioned above. I had to go to Options -> Advanced Options -> Host Routing Table -> Highlight first row -> Press the BB button -> click on Register Now.

After that is done I did a hard reboot (took out the battery and placed it back in) and everything was back to normal.

There is definitely a lot of improvements in this version. The browser is faster when navigating or loading sites and the overall responsiveness of the OS got better.

This upgrade should also address the memory leak problem a lot of Bold users were facing as well.

In general, this is an essential upgrade for all BlackBerry Bold owners out there.

Hello BlackBerry Bold

After using a Nokia E61 for many years, then switching to an iPhone for a long time now, I somewhat felt the need (or could be desire) to try something totally different. And that’s when I went for a visit to the mall and got myself a brand new BlackBerry Bold.

As you may know, the Bold isn’t using Windows Mobile, Symbian or a Mac OS X. It’s using BlackBerry’s own operating system. And that’s what I meant by completely different.

So far I can honestly say that I am impressed by the phone’s form factor, design and the comfortable keyboard which I am using to type out this blog post. The thing that impressed me the most is its home screen. It’s not just beautiful, but it also has all the information you need right of the home screen. And the scroll wheel does an incredible job navigating through the phone’s menu, applications and web browser.

I was surprised by how amazing the sound and video quality was on the BlackBerry Bold. The sound is crystal clear and the video is crisp and vivid. It definitely makes me want to watch some high quality video clips or movies on this phone.

So as you can tell, I am obviously loving the BlackBerry Bold and this is just day one!

I will certainly continue to blog about my experience using the Bold and hopefully I get to experiment soon with new software.