BlackBerry 6 Appeals to Business Users, Media Junkies

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BlackBerry 6 Appeals to Business Users, Media Junkies

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Home Screen

RIM wanted to retain the BlackBerry home screens familiar look, but also update it with sleeker-looking icons and a somewhat more streamlined interface.

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Interface

The BlackBerry 6 interface has been designed for easy access to the Connections, Alarm and Options screens.

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Notification Bar

In that "easy access" theme, BlackBerry 6 allows you to tap the home pages Notification Bar to see your most recent e-mails, phone calls and calendar updates.

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Universal Search

BlackBerrys Universal Search application not only hunts through your smartphone, but also Web resources such as Google and YouTube.

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Multimedia

BlackBerry 6 takes a multimedia-centric approach, in a bid to compete more heartily against Google Android and the Apple iPhone.

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Customization

BlackBerry 6 allows users to customize their home screens.

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Loading Music

Music can be loaded onto the device via BlackBerry Media Sync.

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Organizing Photos

Photos can be organized by event or date, viewed as a slide show, shared and explored via "pinch-to-zoom."

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Managing Videos

Videos in BlackBerry 6 can be played in three sizes (original, fit to screen, full screen), and shared via the YouTube video uploader.

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Camera Mode

The BlackBerry 6 camera mode offers a variety of scene modes, including "Sports" and "Party."

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App Search

Users can search for new multimedia apps via BlackBerry App World.

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