BlackBerry Bold 9700

AKA: BlackBerry 9700, Bold 2, Onyx, Driftwood

Available at: Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, Wind Mobile

7.6/10 AVG.
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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


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


There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).


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

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

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


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

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Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)

Superior screen, high-res screen, almost perfect keyboard

from What Mobile (5 years ago)

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


Keyboard works well despite smaller footprint

from Digital Versus (6 years ago)

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


Good improvement - an optical trackpad

from CrackBerry (6 years ago)

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

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

from Dial-a-Phone (6 years ago)

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


Doesn't break much new ground

from CNET (6 years ago)

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


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

from MobileBurn (6 years ago)

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 sleekest looking ‘Berry devices we've seen

from PhoneArena (6 years ago)

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

Seems like it can do almost anything you throw at it

from BGR (6 years ago)

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

The top notch hardware along with wealth of features

from Phone Scoop (6 years ago)

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

A much-needed refresh to the aging BlackBerry Bold

from BGR (6 years ago)

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

Blackberry Bold = fantastic

(5 years ago)

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.


Great Phone

(5 years ago)

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.


i love it

(5 years ago)

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 and it's awesome. 2 thumbs up.


Blackberry Bold 9700 On Wind mobile

(5 years ago)

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


Bold 9700 - Rogers

(6 years ago)

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


The worst piece of junk ever

(6 years ago)

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


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