Reviews and Problems with BlackBerry Bold 9700 / Bold 2
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BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T)
30 July 2010
Summary: Though Web browsing is not its forte, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 is one of the most powerful and best messaging smartphones in AT&T's lineup.
Pros: The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 features a sleeker design than its predecessor and adds a 3.5mm headphone jack, a responsive optical trackpad, and an extra-sharp display. The smartphone is fast and offers the full range of wireless options and robust messaging capabilities.
Cons: The BlackBerry browser lags behind the competition in terms of usability and features. You can only download apps to the phone's main memory.
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.
Excerpt: BlackBerry has just launched their new Bold 9700, which is every bit as elegant as the original, the Bold 9000 , with a few alterations to keep up with the times. Retaining RIM’s business like functionality the 9700 is also loaded with BlackBerry’s version 5.0 OS that promised to knock your socks off. If you’re considering switching over from whatever BlackBerry or other handset you’re using to the new Bold, here’s a closer look to help you decide.
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.