New Blackberry Browser on the Horizon

Posted by David Chism | Fri, Jul 31, 2009

There is a beta ver­sion of a new third-par­ty brows­er for Black­ber­ry users called Bolt.” One of my biggest prob­lems with the Black­ber­ry is that it is rather dif­fi­cult to use the default brows­er when brows­ing web­sites. I use the web all the time on my Black­ber­ry and spend half my time wait­ing for pages to load or not load at all (caus­ing me to restart). The only oth­er brows­er I know that works rea­son­ably well is called Opera”, but I always revert back to the default BB edi­tion. The Bolt is not a bad lit­tle brows­er. It loads the entire web page on your Black­ber­ry, sim­i­lar to the iPhone. How­ev­er, the iPhone does a fab­u­lous job siz­ing the web­pages to fit onto your screen. The Black­ber­ry brows­er on the mar­ket just can’t do it…yet. You have to scroll side to side, up and down to see the whole site. There are a few nice fea­tures on the Bolt brows­er, but I still feel that it is a waste of time build­ing this pro­gram until it can be more like the iPhone brow­er. There is still lots of time wait­ing only to get a HUGE web­site that does not fit your screen well. I had prob­lems with the mobile” ver­sion too, which sup­pos­ed­ly does resize the pages. So, all in all, I’m not impressed with Bolt just yet. It is still in the test­ing stages. There is quite a bit more fea­tures I would add before mak­ing it avail­able to all of us. I will still keep Bolt on my device to play around with it. Some­times it just takes time!

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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