It’s got everything that the original phone had but it’s offered in a better package with some new bonus features.

- Kathryn Vercillo , Dial-a-Phone 

Specs summary

Screen
2.44"

The BlackBerry Bold 9700's screen is 2.44 inches with 480 x 360 pixels resolution.

Processor
624MHz

There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 5.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G), 300 minutes (3G).


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Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Superior screen, high-res screen, almost perfect keyboard

from What Mobile ( )

The first Bold was big and had a battery that needed daily charges, but it was still the best BlackBerry model in the range; thanks to the beautiful high-res screen and an almost perfect keyboard. It didn’t have the best camera and the 3-megapixel camera here isn’t much better, but the new Bold has... More

The first Bold was big and had a battery that needed daily charges, but it was still the best BlackBerry model in the range; thanks to the beautiful high-res screen and an almost perfect keyboard. It didn’t have the best camera and the 3-megapixel camera here isn’t much better, but the new Bold has solved everything else. It’s smaller, yet the keyboard hasn’t been compromised for usability, and the battery life is vastly improved. It looks nicer, has a nippy 624MHz processor, BlackBerry OS 5.0 and all this adds up to the ultimate email device. RIM, we love what you do!

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10/10

Keyboard works well despite smaller footprint

from Digital Versus ( )

The Blackberry 9700 represents more of an evolution of the BlackBerry Bold than a revolution, but RIM has still brought a lot of updates to this ultra-professional smartphone, including several innovations found on its more mass-market handsets. As a result, RIM remains the reference for business sm... More

The Blackberry 9700 represents more of an evolution of the BlackBerry Bold than a revolution, but RIM has still brought a lot of updates to this ultra-professional smartphone, including several innovations found on its more mass-market handsets. As a result, RIM remains the reference for business smarphones and has given its competitors yet another challenge.

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8/10

Good improvement - an optical trackpad

from CrackBerry ( )

After testing out numerous different Blackberry devices over the past few years, I always find myself with "one more thing" i wish the device would have included. With the Tour it was Wi-Fi, with the CDMA Curve 2 it was a higher resolution camera, and with the 8900 or Pearl Flip it was 3G. Finally,... More

After testing out numerous different Blackberry devices over the past few years, I always find myself with "one more thing" i wish the device would have included. With the Tour it was Wi-Fi, with the CDMA Curve 2 it was a higher resolution camera, and with the 8900 or Pearl Flip it was 3G. Finally, I can say that RIM has "checked all the boxes" with the introduction of the Blackberry Bold 9700, AKA the Bold 2. Add in the change from the trackball to an optical trackpad, and the Bold 9700 has been the Blackberry I've been waiting for. The Bold 9700 used in this review was provided by RIM, and has service with AT&T. It is available for $99 with a 2 year contract after mail in rebate.
The Blackberry Bold 9700 on AT&T is arguably the best Blackberry currently available on its network here in the US. With great specifications and nice look hardware, RIM has placed themselves in a nice position in the smartphone game that not only will appease the toughest Blackberry addict, but also turn some heads along the way.

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This new handset is lighter, thinner and offers a better display

from Dial-a-Phone ( )

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a great smartphone for those people who are already fans of the original BlackBerry Bold. It’s got everything that the original phone had but it’s offered in a better package with some new bonus features. This may not be the smartphone for everyone since, let&... More

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a great smartphone for those people who are already fans of the original BlackBerry Bold. It’s got everything that the original phone had but it’s offered in a better package with some new bonus features. This may not be the smartphone for everyone since, let’s face it; not everyone is a BlackBerry fan. However it’s a great phone that stands out as one of the better smartphone releases of 2009.

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6/10

Doesn't break much new ground

from CNET ( )

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers refinement of a well-loved format, but it doesn't break much new ground. We can't fault its zippy performance, vivid screen or reliable email service, and its optical trackpad and 3.2-megapixel camera are useful improvements. For BlackBerry fans, and people who want t... More

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers refinement of a well-loved format, but it doesn't break much new ground. We can't fault its zippy performance, vivid screen or reliable email service, and its optical trackpad and 3.2-megapixel camera are useful improvements. For BlackBerry fans, and people who want to do some serious emailing, the 9700 is the pick of the bunch. But the 9700 just doesn't offer the thrills that some of its rivals do.

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8.8/10

Sleek and user-friendly smartphone with full access to T-Mobile's zippy 3G network

from MobileBurn ( )

One of the main differences with this device, as compared to the Tour and the original Bold, was the use of a trackpad for navigation. Some people simply prefer a trackpad over a trackball, and some vice versa. Both will feel a bit strange to the uninitiated, but with a little time spent, the trackp... More

One of the main differences with this device, as compared to the Tour and the original Bold, was the use of a trackpad for navigation. Some people simply prefer a trackpad over a trackball, and some vice versa. Both will feel a bit strange to the uninitiated, but with a little time spent, the trackpad seems to be the smoother of the two options. We also appreciate the upgraded 3.2MP camera, with auto-focus, that replaced the dated 2MP unit on the original Bold.

At $199, T-Mobile's BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a sleek and user-friendly smartphone with full access to T-Mobile's zippy 3G network. On the other hand, RIM is still running a bit behind in the applications race (Apple's iPhone has over 100,000, RIM offers just over 3,000). Those who are looking primarily for a device with a robust app store may not find the Bold 9700 up to snuff, but T-Mobile subscribers that have been waiting around for a 3G BlackBerry will likely love the Bold 9700. We give it a "Highly Recommended" rating.

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One of the sleekest looking ‘Berry devices we've seen

from PhoneArena ( )

With so many current-generation BlackBerry devices available, it's really difficult to comprehend where the BlackBerry Bold 9700 fits in all of it. The original Bold 9000 really set the tone for the rest of RIM's devices to this point, but we feel that the Bold 9700 doesn't innovate RIM's stature. S... More

With so many current-generation BlackBerry devices available, it's really difficult to comprehend where the BlackBerry Bold 9700 fits in all of it. The original Bold 9000 really set the tone for the rest of RIM's devices to this point, but we feel that the Bold 9700 doesn't innovate RIM's stature. Sure we like the updated slim looks which make it one of the sleekest looking ‘Berry devices we've seen, but it's basically the same thing we've been seeing. The hardware, design and platform remain almost unchanged and we have a difficult time seeing customers choose this device over other ones that RIM has available. However, it does everything right like one would expect a BlackBerry to do, but we are just waiting for RIM to really take it to the next level with its next generation BlackBerry. If you're on the lookout for a RIM smartphone, then the Bold 9700 is a great option; but it isn't worth as an upgrade from a current-gen BlackBerry.

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Seems like it can do almost anything you throw at it

from BGR ( )

You know, it’s sort of like clockwork. Once every six months we proclaim the latest BlackBerry to be the best BlackBerry ever. Well, we hate to disappoint you, but it doesn’t look like we’re stopping that tradition anytime soon. The BlackBerry Bold 9700, for whatever network it&rsq... More

You know, it’s sort of like clockwork. Once every six months we proclaim the latest BlackBerry to be the best BlackBerry ever. Well, we hate to disappoint you, but it doesn’t look like we’re stopping that tradition anytime soon. The BlackBerry Bold 9700, for whatever network it’s powered by, is the finest BlackBerry to date. From the gorgeous screen to the perfect keyboard, to the pocketable size and swift processor, the Bold 9700 seems like it can do almost anything you throw at it. With 256MB of RAM, you’ve got a little more room for applications and data, and the device doesn’t ever seem to get bogged down. We have never even gotten a spinning clock (yet). It’s that solid.
The BlackBerry platform has its advantages and disadvantages (what, we’re not vocal enough about it?), but if you’re an existing BlackBerry user or just don’t require a media-focused device, the Bold 9700 might be right up your alley.

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The top notch hardware along with wealth of features

from Phone Scoop ( )

The BlackBerry 9700 is one of those phones that gets nearly everything right and has minimal quirks or other problems. The hardware is top notch, feels great to hold and interact with, and slims down its footprint. The trade-off is that you have a tighter keyboard and a smaller display.The BlackBerr... More

The BlackBerry 9700 is one of those phones that gets nearly everything right and has minimal quirks or other problems. The hardware is top notch, feels great to hold and interact with, and slims down its footprint. The trade-off is that you have a tighter keyboard and a smaller display.

The BlackBerry user interface hasn't made any leaps or bounds in usability over the years, but it offers a wealth of features that can be configured and controlled by the end user to suit their tastes.

The messaging capabilities of the 9700 are solid, with email support being the strongest of the bunch. The new threaded SMS software looks and works great, and all the IM clients on board mean you can also get the message. The one detraction is that social networking such as Facebook and Twitter aren't integrated into the device as they are on some of the newer Android phones.

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A much-needed refresh to the aging BlackBerry Bold

from BGR ( )

It’s pretty hard to make a general recommendation nowadays with any device, let alone a BlackBerry. With four form-factors in the BlackBerry family, it complicates things.The BlackBerry 9700 is a much-needed refresh to the aging BlackBerry Bold. To date, RIM has released only a single 3G GSM d... More

It’s pretty hard to make a general recommendation nowadays with any device, let alone a BlackBerry. With four form-factors in the BlackBerry family, it complicates things.
The BlackBerry 9700 is a much-needed refresh to the aging BlackBerry Bold. To date, RIM has released only a single 3G GSM device in the United States and with competition heating up, the BlackBerry 9700 looks to be their answer. We absolutely gushed over the BlackBerry Tour in our review and until the 9700 came along, that was our daily driver. Is the BlackBerry Tour still the best BlackBerry on the market? We think so. But as good as the Tour is, the 9700 is better. There seems to be a drastic difference between CDMA and GSM hardware on BlackBerry devices (we’re guessing it’s the Qualcomm processors opposed to the Marvells) and it’s actually exhilarating to be back on a GSM device. The BlackBerry 9700 combines the most-loved features that have been sprinkled about on BlackBerry phones over the last year (3G, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, trackpad, QWERTY keyboard, smaller size, faster CPU) and combines them into a single sexy and compact package.

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Blackberry Bold = fantastic

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Love this phone. Upgraded from a POS LG Neon about 2 months ago and MAN is it a complete 180. It navigates well, it's fast, and I love the ability to connect to WiFi wherever I go. Haven't had a single problem with it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering getting a blackberry.

Love this phone. Upgraded from a POS LG Neon about 2 months ago and MAN is it a complete 180. It navigates well, it's fast, and I love the ability to connect to WiFi wherever I go. Haven't had a single problem with it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering getting a blackberry.

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5/10

Great Phone

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Great phone with great features. Have it on rogers and the reception is great. Can make phone calls underground in parking lots. Perfect service in elevators. However the iphone does have more features and is WAY easier to use.

Great phone with great features. Have it on rogers and the reception is great. Can make phone calls underground in parking lots. Perfect service in elevators. However the iphone does have more features and is WAY easier to use.

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9.3/10

i love it

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love this new blackberry 9700 unlocked. great phone, smaller, faster, keyboard is great. it's awesome for my business it helps in every way possible. screen is bigger too. excited to see what they come out with next. got one at gsmauthority.com and it's awesome. 2 thumbs up.

love this new blackberry 9700 unlocked. great phone, smaller, faster, keyboard is great. it's awesome for my business it helps in every way possible. screen is bigger too. excited to see what they come out with next. got one at gsmauthority.com and it's awesome. 2 thumbs up.

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6.3/10

Blackberry Bold 9700 On Wind mobile

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The Blackberry bold 9700 is the best phone that Wind mobile carries at this time, Network issues aside, this is a great phone, with a easy to text on qwerty keyboard, nice a greatly appreciated track pad, the 3.2Mp camera with a LED flash is helpful and nice. Battery Life is terrific and is apprecia... More

The Blackberry bold 9700 is the best phone that Wind mobile carries at this time, Network issues aside, this is a great phone, with a easy to text on qwerty keyboard, nice a greatly appreciated track pad, the 3.2Mp camera with a LED flash is helpful and nice. Battery Life is terrific and is appreciated. Tons of apps available. PowerPoint viewer, word document viewer and excel viewer are easy to use. This is the ultimate organizational tool, Iphone is only good if you like a touch screen or need to do major web surfing , but if you need to keep organized, emails, text messages and viewing and editing documents on the go then you should consider the Blackberry lineup. This is my first blackberry and so far it is a good experience, owned it for less than a week but so far it is Great, I would definatley put this on your shopping list the blackberry bold 9700

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9.3/10

Bold 9700 - Rogers

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the BOLD 9700!!!! Why? 1) sleak design, it is a HOT looking phone!!!! 2) besides the trademark Blackberry qualities we all use and love, it has a 3.2 MP camera with auto focus/stabilization 3) Battery life on this device is unbelievable for a 3G device, I use my phone ALOT!!!! a... More

LOVE LOVE LOVE the BOLD 9700!!!! Why? 1) sleak design, it is a HOT looking phone!!!! 2) besides the trademark Blackberry qualities we all use and love, it has a 3.2 MP camera with auto focus/stabilization 3) Battery life on this device is unbelievable for a 3G device, I use my phone ALOT!!!! at least 1 hr talk time a day plus various messagess (email/sms/mms/bbm) at least 50 msgs sent per day, not to mention the msg's I recieve, as well as browsing/maps/weather probably about 40 pages per day. I only charge my phone 1 every 2 days and have not had less than 10% before i charge it. 4) I am with Rogers, the 3G network they have has been around for 3 years and it is proven reliable I have not had 1 dropped call!!!! 5) The track pad is amazing!!! 6) 3 clicks to add callers that are not in your phone book (berry button(1st click), add to contacts(2nd click), type contact name if not supplied, save(3rd click) 7) multimedia functionality is great! the sound is awesome! and the video quality is great! voice notes recorder is great as well! all in all great device!!!

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9/10

The worst piece of junk ever

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This is from far the worst phone ever. - Battery: 6 hours max in STAND-BY. Need to have my charger in the pocket if I want to use my after noon! Needless to say that I have turned OFF ALL applications, WiFi and Bluetooth.. - Got twice a white secreen. Needed to remove the battery. - Lost all the... More

This is from far the worst phone ever. - Battery: 6 hours max in STAND-BY. Need to have my charger in the pocket if I want to use my after noon! Needless to say that I have turned OFF ALL applications, WiFi and Bluetooth.. - Got twice a white secreen. Needed to remove the battery. - Lost all the settings, showed SMS and calls up to 5 days ago, lost the rest. - Lost the walpaper - Usability sucks. For instance, you get a call, there's no ways you can easiliy save that number into your directory. You are 9 clicks away... - I had conversations dropped up to 6 times in less that 5 minutes. Not sure if it's a Telus bug or BB... - DON'T BUY !!!

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4/10