As a huge BlackBerry fan, I was quick to jump on the 7100 when it came out, and the Pearl as soon as it was launched. Having gotten used to OS X’s iSync capabilities, I wasn’t too upset to see that the 7100 didn’t sync w/ my Macs anymore, but the added BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) connectivity pretty much offset my syncing concerns. It sure was nice to do it over Bluetooth on an hourly schedule though, and I didn’t like giving that up.
What I really missed was having OS X’s other Bluetooth/phone integration. When calls came in, OS X would display the caller’s number (and name? I don’t remember; it’s been a LONG time). If I were in Address Book.app, I could right click someone’s number and have my phone automatically dial for me. Since I was using a BT headset, the call would connect flawlessly and my phone could stay in my pocket. Alternately, I could easily send and receive SMS messages w/ my Mac, which was REALLY cool. Lastly, Bluetooth file exchange was VERY convenient. I couldn’t do any of these things w/ the 7100, and the same goes for the Pearl (8100).
I’m glad to see RIM opening back up and allowing more Bluetooth interoperability; now we just need Apple to support the Curve.
Ever since Bluetooth debuted in the BlackBerry 7100T going on three years ago, the profile has been crippled for “securities sake”. Way back then you could do nothing more than pair a Bluetooth headset with your BlackBerry. Every BlackBerry OS release would see a new Bluetooth profile that was a bit less restrictive, but, still crippled, not supporting the golden goose for Bluetooth protocols, OBEX support.
Well, that’s all changed now. According to BlackBerry Cool insider RogersDude69 the BlackBerry Curve has an open OBEX protocol allowing you to send and receive files to and from other devices on your device and that’s not all.
Just look at some of the BlackBerry Curve’s Bluetooth services:
* Desktop Connectivity
* Wireless Bypass
* Dial-Up Networking
* Audio Source
* A/V Remote Control Target
As you can see, there’s more services for the Curve. The Audio Source Services is definitely for the Stereo Bluetooth. The A/V Remote Control Target is for using your Curve as.. A Remote Control. This has the potential to be used for your Laptop and your Presentations, and to control your home theater system in your house or in your car.