If you love the extensibility of Windows Mobile but are tied to a CrackBerry environment at work and are sick of carrying dual phones, then the BlackBerry Application Suite may entice you. The BlackBerry Application suite differs from BlackBerry Connect in that it actually runs the BlackBerry OS on your phone and you will actually have access to programs and BlackBerry Messenger, a key BlackBerry feature that BlackBerry Connect was missing.
According to CrackBerry, Dieter had a chance to play with the newest BB Application Suite and it is more refined this time around than in previous versions. Here’s what Dieter had to say:
In all, I was very impressed with BB Application Application Suite. It ran remarkably well — certainly better than the janky pre-release beta videos I’d seen to date. I tried to pin them down on a release date (they clammed up a bit when I said “CrackBerry.com”) and the best I could manage was “in the coming months.” One interesting note: BB Messenger does work and it does have a PIN. What RIM does is run some sort of fancy algorithm on your IMEI number and then creates the PIN off of that. So the bad news (or good news, depending your openness:security stance) is that PINs are still tied to specific pieces of hardware.
I do have to say that the BlackBerry experience is significantly hampered without a trackball — having to use the physical d-pad to click click click was a major pain. Otherwise, as I said, the thing ran relatively snappily and also didn’t seem to hamper Windows Mobile much at all. And get this: it seems to start from a cold launch in just under a minute, much faster than your average BlackBerry cold boot. :p
It looks like the Touch Pro may be just the most powerful BlackBerry to date. It looks like this time around, though, Research in Motion is actually helping to make the BlackBerry Clone.