Summary: The design of the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 sees it pick up pieces from previous Bold handsets. It’s larger than the previous 9700 family returning more to the form of the original 9000. It’s broader in the hand and neatly bordered by a classy metal band. It measures 115 x 66 x 10.5mm; it’s only the thickness that really differs from the original, RIM shaving an impressive 4mm off previous handsets.
Pros: 1.2 GHz processor is FAST, Much improved web browser, Welcome return to the “wide body” design, Best keyboard ever!, Touchscreen adds to the usability of the iconic BlackBerry form factor, Luxurious use of materials, Excellent build quality, HD Video Recording finally here!, NFC support is nerdy cool, even if we don’t know what to do with it right now
Cons: Smaller battery than on previous Bolds, No autofocus on the camera, More RAM but less usable memory
Excerpt: RIM’s newest flagship smartphone is the BlackBerry Bold 9900 , sometimes also referred to as the BlackBerry Bold Touch. RIM’s back with a fresh new Bold that’s undoubtedly the best BlackBerry RIM has ever made. Read on and see our full review of the Bold 9900 after the jump.
Excerpt: BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was unveiled by RIM executives here in the Philippines last September with an SRP of Php31,690. We’ve been using a demo unit for the last week and we’ve had enough time with RIM’s latest flagship product to write a fair and comprehensive review for everyone here at […]
Summary: Sporting a price tag of Rs. 32,490, the Bold 4 does look like it has come nicely dressed in a suit with a crisply pressed shirt. However, beyond the looks, there is a bit of familiarity to the entire package. OS7 looks a lot like the OS6, and the age-old problem of not enough apps just persists. The touchscreen plus QWERTY combo works well. However, we would recommend the latest Bold just for its superb display and the fantastic keypad.
Pros: Brilliant bright and vivid display, Touchscreen capability is a value add, QWERTY keypad is the best we have seen so far, Elegant looks and sleek form factor
Cons: Still not enough apps, Battery life isn't as good as the Bold 3, Pricey
Conclusion: More screen resolution and power than BlackBerry owners know what to do with? Certainly not. It’s more than they’re used to though and that makes the Bold Touch 9900 a very attractive upgrade option. More touchscreen than the typical business user needs? Negative. Touchscreen and QWERTY work together, not against each other, in the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900. And just to be clear – we’re not questioning the latest of the Bolds.
Pros: Enhanced email and data security, 2.8" 16M-color TFT touchscreen of VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels), QWERTY keyboard, Quad-band GSM support and quad-band 3G with HSDPA, Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, NFC capabilities, GPS receiver and BlackBerry maps preloaded, digital compass, 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera, LED flash, HD video, 720p@30fps, 1.2GHz QC8655 processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of inbuilt storage, BlackBerry OS v7, Trackpad, microSD card slot (up to 16GB), D...
Cons: BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to enjoy all phone features, Fixed focus camera of outdated and unintuitive interface, No video-call camera, No Flash support, Non-hot-swappable memory card, No FM radio, No haptic feedback
Summary: While very elegant, the $299 BlackBerry Bold 9900 suffers from the same affliction as its Verizon cousin, the $249 Bold 9930. Both represent the ultimate in messaging devices, but the tiny displays and lackluster app selection leave us wanting more. For $100 less, the myTouch 4G Slide boasts a great keyboard, a superb 8-MP camera, true 4G data, and a much bigger 3.7-inch display.
Pros: Luxurious design, Fast dual-core performance, Excellent physical keyboard, Loud speaker, Long battery life
Cons: Display too small, Slow web surfing, Skimpy app selection, Very expensive