The Blackberry Gateway is the latest offering from RIM to anyone owning a Blackberry smartphone, such as the Blackberry Curve or Bold. But, what is it, and why do you need one?
The Gateway allows you to stream music from your phone to anywhere there’s a compatible stereo. You could use it at home, work or even in your car! The device is tiny and lightweight, weighing just 28g – light enough for even the smallest purse.
The Gateway uses NFC (Near Field Technology), which is the technology responsible for contactless payment. To use it, simply connect the Gateway to your device’s headphone socket using the 3.5mm cable (which is supplied.) You then just tap the 2 devices together to connect. Once your device has been paired, you are able to walk or even dance within a range of about 30 feet, without missing a single beat!
With a touch sensitive screen that allows you to put the Gateway to sleep, or bring it to life, it is very easily controlled. You can play, pause, skip tunes and adjust the volume with remote controlled operation. Better still, the music will automatically fade if you receive a call.
It doesn’t need a battery and is powered by the Blackberry travel charger. The audio quality is good; with reports from users claiming it can be improved further by turning the volume up to loud on your phone.
Despite it’s easy to learn features, there are several step-by-step guides for using your Gateway available online. Blackberry themselves have also recently released an online video guide, showing you how to use your newest accessory.
The Gateway is reasonably priced and will undoubtedly become an affordable new ‘toy’ for all Blackberry smartphone users.
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson. Kathryn is an experienced tech blogger who has written about subjects from GPS trackers to the latest in mobile phone technology.