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.
Conclusion: The best BlackBerry Bold ever? Perhaps it is. The core features of BlackBerry are still compelling, the keyboard will let you skip over keys rattling out messages, with a rock of the thumb here and a glancing prod there, in ways that only BlackBerry users understand. The addition of a touchscreen does make a difference, but the overall experience isn’t a huge evolution from BB6.
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: Another BlackBerry out of RIM? We might as well consider them done and finished. Or should we? With a brand new take on BlackBerry hardware and an improved and enhanced operating system in BlackBerry 7, RIM hasn’t been sitting still. I have been using a BlackBerry 9900 for over a week, and as a reformed BlackBerry addict, I have some thoughts on this latest flagship smartphone out of Waterloo. Is this the device that’s going to save RIM?
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.
Excerpt: RIM, and its BlackBerry phones, have always been a big hit with the corporate contingent, stringing together countless handsets which appeal to the heavy business user - thanks in part to its excellent QWERTY setup and reliable push email. So it was with an air of anticipation and excitement that we got hands-on with the new Bold of the five-handset lineup - its largest global handset launch ever - to see whether it carries on that fine business BlackBerry tradition.
Conclusion: There is no doubt that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the best BlackBerry yet. It’s stylish in its design, it’s fast to use and the new operating system enhancements are more than welcomed - you’ll actually be able to surf the web now. Current BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve fans will be desperate to get this new handset when it comes out in the summer, while BlackBerry Torch owners will wish that they had waited.