Conclusion: The Bold 9700 feels much more like a consumer product than its predecessors, once you get past all the menus. Sure, it doesn’t yet offer the range of apps and the media features aren’t as honed as other devices out there, but it’s a great all-rounder for someone who wants a handset for playing as well as working hard.
Summary: 2008 has been a definitive year for the Canadian company, Research in Motion (RIM). RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9000 came out tops as one of the most-liked and user-friendly device amongst not only RIM's lineup, but also across its competition including Nokia, HTC and Samsung. And like most devices, a successor is always in the making.
Excerpt: It might have been called the Bold Mini had it been born in Cupertino, but those logical Canucks at RIM stuck to numbers. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 takes the stylistic cues and capabilities of its flagship Bold 9000 , and scales them down to a more pocket-friendly form factor. The result: BlackBerry bliss. The Bold 9700 and one of BlackBerry’s most petite handsets, the Curve 8900 , look and feel practically as if they were stamped from the same die.
Pros: Optical trackpad, Solid build quality, Landline-like voice quality, Tack-sharp screen, Longest battery life of all BlackBerrys
Cons: Keyboard potentially too small for larger fingers, Slow browser
Conclusion: The BlackBerry 9700 isn't an earth-shattering upgrade from the original Bold. But for T-Mobile customers it's an excellent upgrade since it's the first 3G 'Berry on T-Mobile as well as the first Bold. Fit and finish are Bold-level good, the keyboard is excellent (though not quite as good as the bigger Bold's) and call quality is excellent.
Pros: Good multimedia features and great messaging experience. UMA Wi-Fi calling is a big plus on T-Mobile version., Good multimedia features and great messaging experience. UMA Wi-Fi calling is a big plus on T-Mobile version.
Cons: Slow web surfing even with 3G., Slow web surfing even with 3G.
Summary: It's not a leap forward for BlackBerrys, but the Bold 9700 is a killer e-mail and messaging device wrapped in a much sleeker package than its predecessor. T-Mobile customers will appreciate that their carrier now offers a 3G BlackBerry, and its Wi-Fi calling feature can help save on phone bills. Social networking fiends are better off with the Motorola Cliq , which syncs with Twitter and Facebook and has a better browser.
RIM's latest flagship BlackBerry Bold is a sleeker, more compact version of the original, but will users be disappointed with the smaller size?
Good Gear Guide.au
30 July 2010
Summary: RIM's latest BlackBerry Bold remains a great business smartphone and is a sleeker and more compact device than the original Bold. The compact size results in a smaller keyboard and display, though, which power users may not appreciate. There is plenty to like about the BlackBerry Bold 9700, but RIM hasn't offered anything innovative in this release.
Pros: Sleek, compact design, bright and vivid display, comfortable keyboard, 3.5mm headphone jack, great integration of Facebook, trackpad works well
Cons: Smaller display and keypad than its predecessor, sluggish scrolling, Web browser remains inferior to alternatives