Excerpt: RIM has packed in a new operating system, an improved browser and a responsive touchscreen into the slim chassis of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but Julian Prokaza is still left wanting. Read our review to find out why.
Excerpt: When you’re under fire you have to make bold moves, like launching five new handsets, improving the hardware specs and ushering in a new operating system. With BlackBerry facing challenges from all sides, are RIMs efforts enough to lure customers to their smartphones, and perhaps more importantly, hold on to those existing users?
Pros: Keyboard, email, improved browser, great display
Cons: Battery not great, some signs of lag and loss of finger tracking, camera performance behind average, apps selection not as comprehensive as big rivals
Summary: The latest BlackBerry at first glance looks like a throwback to the first Bold. It’s noticeably wider than the most recent models - strange when compactness is valued so highly in a mobile. But RIM seems to have prioritised the new handset’s slimness and it’s noticeably thinner from front to back than any of its previous phones.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes as something of a shock. You see, for years, BlackBerry has, in a sense, been catching up. That's not a dig at its parent company – it's practically royalty in push email and corporate handset circles. But it has been rare for RIM to lead the way.
Summary: So, here we are at the end of another review and one I have really enjoyed doing. I have been using the Bold 9900 for three weeks upon finishing the review. If you saw our demo video of the device you would know that we were one of the first sites in the world to have the 9900 out in the wild. What this also meant was that the unit we had did not have the final ROM on it.