Even without being the latest or greatest of RIM devices, the Bold 9000 is clearly the pinnacle of what BlackBerry stands for.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

The Blackberry Bold, or Blackberry 9000, is the most hyped and anticipated Blackberry ever. The Bold is RIM’s attempt to merge an evolved Curve into something exciting and new and targeted for general and professional use or, as it is now called, the prosumer market.

The Bold is a powerful and compelling device which offers a dynamic, 480 x 320 high resolution screen, a full Qwerty keypad, and an amazing 624MHz processor, all combining to deliver a first class user experience.

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In designing the Bold, all aspects of the user experience were examined in relation to the design and overall ergonomics. For example, Blackberry aficionados adore the ever-present Qwerty keypad. It is a staple and trademark among the entire Blackberry line. In the case of the Bold, much effort was made to design keys that exhibit fretting and ridgeline on each key. These sculpted keys make typing easier and more enjoyable and show the considerable thought behind this fine new device.

And of course RIM has provided an OS upgrade to 4.6, which is leaner and meaner than prior versions.

The Bold also presents a thoughtful revision of the user interface. For example, getting rid of an application no longer requires you to go into the advanced options menu and scroll and so forth. Now with just two clicks the application is gone. There are many such touches as the Bold is largely a re-imagined device in so many ways.

The Bold comes with a 2.0MP camera with video, Bluetooth 2.0, 2.0 USB support, comprehensive audio and video support for a large variety of profiles, WiFi, expandable memory via microSD, and many more features and revisions.


Specs summary

Screen
2.6"

The BlackBerry Bold's screen is 2.6 inches with 480 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
624MHz

There is a Intel XScale 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
859 MB

Internal memory is 859 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC 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 9 days standby time, 258 minutes (2G).


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Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

The Blackberry Bold, or Blackberry 9000, is the most hyped and anticipated Blackberry ever. The Bold is RIM’s attempt to merge an evolved Curve into something exciting and new and targeted for general and professional use or, as it is now called, the prosumer market.

The Bold is a powerful and compelling device which offers a dynamic, 480 x 320 high resolution screen, a full Qwerty keypad, and an amazing 624MHz processor, all combining to deliver a first class user experience.

Show more

In designing the Bold, all aspects of the user experience were examined in relation to the design and overall ergonomics. For example, Blackberry aficionados adore the ever-present Qwerty keypad. It is a staple and trademark among the entire Blackberry line. In the case of the Bold, much effort was made to design keys that exhibit fretting and ridgeline on each key. These sculpted keys make typing easier and more enjoyable and show the considerable thought behind this fine new device.

And of course RIM has provided an OS upgrade to 4.6, which is leaner and meaner than prior versions.

The Bold also presents a thoughtful revision of the user interface. For example, getting rid of an application no longer requires you to go into the advanced options menu and scroll and so forth. Now with just two clicks the application is gone. There are many such touches as the Bold is largely a re-imagined device in so many ways.

The Bold comes with a 2.0MP camera with video, Bluetooth 2.0, 2.0 USB support, comprehensive audio and video support for a large variety of profiles, WiFi, expandable memory via microSD, and many more features and revisions.

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Business-oriented smartphone with a complete email solution

from Softpedia (7 years ago)

BlackBerry Bold 9000 is one of the most appealing smartphones coming from RIM in terms of design. Even though it's not one of the smallest devices, the Bold (like its name says) is definitely one of those phones that have the 'wow factor'. Better seen as a business device, I would recommend the Bold... More

BlackBerry Bold 9000 is one of the most appealing smartphones coming from RIM in terms of design. Even though it's not one of the smallest devices, the Bold (like its name says) is definitely one of those phones that have the 'wow factor'. Better seen as a business device, I would recommend the Bold 9000 before any other Blackberry smartphone, not just because it looks good, but also because it is one of the few that include all the features a businessman needs nowadays.

The Good

Having all the latest technologies embedded into a BlackBerry device might seem awkward, as RIM is recognized for its conservative thinking (see Apple). HSDPA and Wi-Fi included in the same smartphone is one great feature. The 1500 mAh is also one of the best features in a BB device and it shows, as the handset will just continue to work for days and days. The multimedia experience, while on a basic level, shows great potential. Last, but not least, the QWERTY keyboard and the excellent finishes make BlackBerry Bold 9000 one of the best smartphones ever manufactured by RIM.

The Bad

The only thing I was really concerned about was the sturdiness of the device, which is nowhere near its predecessors'. The somewhat high price could also become an obstacle to the phone's possible success in the market, but that could be explained by the fact that it targets a supposedly rich class – businessmen.

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The phone feels solidly built, deceptively light for its size

from CrackBerry (7 years ago)

The BlackBerry 9000 has a familiar form factor. Within the BlackBerry family, I’d argue it most closely resembles the BlackBerry 8800 Series – both in terms of physical dimensions and general appearance, with the 9000 delivering an overall sleeker and more modern package. Outside of the... More

The BlackBerry 9000 has a familiar form factor. Within the BlackBerry family, I’d argue it most closely resembles the BlackBerry 8800 Series – both in terms of physical dimensions and general appearance, with the 9000 delivering an overall sleeker and more modern package. Outside of the BlackBerry family, while the “chrome” band provides an iPhone-esque appearance, I think the 9000 more closely resembles other recent entrants into the smartphone arena, such as the Motorola Q9H.

The BlackBerry 9000 features a full-QWERTY keyboard that is similar to that of the 8800 Series, standard issue trackball, and oversized central navigation/phone buttons which are smooth, look great and seem pretty easy to locate and press. Around the perimeter of the device the 9000 features left and right side convenience keys, volume controls and mute/standby button. Generally speaking, the phone feels solidly built, deceptively light for its size (from looking at photos I expected it to be heavy, and it's not!) and you can just tell RIM put great care into the overall visual package. Between holding the 9000 in my hand, and seeing the recently leaked images of the BlackBerry KickStart, I think its safe to say the days of a function before fashion are gone for RIM. 

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The BlackBerry Bold 9000 comes as close as possible to the ultimate business tool

from GSMArena (7 years ago)

At the end of this review we can confirm our initial observation. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 comes to crown the company efforts in the recent years, coming as close as possible to the ultimate business tool. The handset offers a remarkable display, a great keyboard and an unsurpassed among the family... More

At the end of this review we can confirm our initial observation. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 comes to crown the company efforts in the recent years, coming as close as possible to the ultimate business tool.

The handset offers a remarkable display, a great keyboard and an unsurpassed among the family connectivity. We highly doubt that there will be something more that a BlackBerry fan could want, except for maybe the more compact body of the Curve.

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Packs modern multimedia features and stuffs them into a striking new design

from MobileBurn (7 years ago)

While it's larger size and slightly increased bulk might keep the new BlackBerry Bold 9000 from appealing to everybody, it is clear that this is the best QWERTY equipped BlackBerry device on offer. It has stunning good looks, a knock-out feature set, and an all new BlackBerry OS that looks as good a... More

While it's larger size and slightly increased bulk might keep the new BlackBerry Bold 9000 from appealing to everybody, it is clear that this is the best QWERTY equipped BlackBerry device on offer. It has stunning good looks, a knock-out feature set, and an all new BlackBerry OS that looks as good as the phone itself.

If you are looking for the ultimate in mobile email, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 from RIM is a device you should look long and hard at. It excels at most everything and looks fine while doing it. We give it a "Highly Recommended" rating with no reservations.

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Users upgrading from Curves and 8800s are going to be delighted

from Engadget (7 years ago)

In the final analysis, is this the BlackBerry that's going to win over a whole new generation of users from competing platforms? No, we don't think it is -- it's a really evolutionary device, and the Storm probably has a better shot in that arena. Is this the best QWERTY BlackBerry every made, thoug... More

In the final analysis, is this the BlackBerry that's going to win over a whole new generation of users from competing platforms? No, we don't think it is -- it's a really evolutionary device, and the Storm probably has a better shot in that arena. Is this the best QWERTY BlackBerry every made, though? There's absolutely no question about it, and we're certain that users upgrading from Curves and 8800s are going to be delighted with what they find here.

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If you’re looking for a ‘berry and can fork out the cash - get a Bold

from HowardChui (7 years ago)

Despite the connectivity issues and average sound quality, I really liked the Bold. If you’re looking for a ‘berry and can fork out the cash - get a Bold. If you’re looking to upgrade your Blackberry and want a keyboard, the Bold is the one to get. It’s got all the features of the previous ‘berries... More

Despite the connectivity issues and average sound quality, I really liked the Bold. If you’re looking for a ‘berry and can fork out the cash - get a Bold. If you’re looking to upgrade your Blackberry and want a keyboard, the Bold is the one to get. It’s got all the features of the previous ‘berries plus an awesome screen and a slick back.

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I love it and never ever want to let it go, ever

from TechCrunch (7 years ago)

The Bold is unequivocally the best piece of hardware that RIM has ever put out. The Curve and Pearl series drew the attention of the masses while the 8800 series was the device of choice for the suits, but the Bold clearly appeals to both. In case you were wondering, I always put my iPhone 3G in my... More

The Bold is unequivocally the best piece of hardware that RIM has ever put out. The Curve and Pearl series drew the attention of the masses while the 8800 series was the device of choice for the suits, but the Bold clearly appeals to both.

In case you were wondering, I always put my iPhone 3G in my right pocket because I don’t want anything violating its space, but that has since changed with the arrival of the Bold. The iPhone 3G now resides in my left pocket with my keys, coins, gum and lint. I can finally go back to being a one-device nerd. Well, almost. I’ll keep the iP3G around for all the fun apps I’ve downloaded.

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Excellent combination of smart design, performance and RIM's top-notch message handling

from Wired (7 years ago)

The very name of the BlackBerry Bold hints of a whole new experience from Research In Motion, but the company is overselling things a bit. In truth, BlackBerry vets will find that the Bold is really nothing more than a solid — if long overdue — upgrade to the standard BlackBerry hardware... More

The very name of the BlackBerry Bold hints of a whole new experience from Research In Motion, but the company is overselling things a bit. In truth, BlackBerry vets will find that the Bold is really nothing more than a solid — if long overdue — upgrade to the standard BlackBerry hardware. Black-heads will love the update; the unconverted will wonder what the fuss was all about.

Some improvements are immediately visible, even to novices. The non-touch screen, at 480 x 320 pixels, is now on par with the iPhone, though it's quite a bit smaller at just 2.6 diagonal inches. Impressively bright, it's easy to read even birdseed type (which you'll probably do a lot) — the web browser is one of the most capable we've seen on a BlackBerry to date.

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7/10

A more powerful and well-rounded smartphone

from CNET (7 years ago)

The good: The RIM BlackBerry Bold boasts one of the sharpest displays we've seen on a smartphone and offers great multimedia performance. The smartphone also brings HSDPA support, more productivity tools, and an updated OS. Other goodies include Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth; and strong e-mail support with... More

The good: The RIM BlackBerry Bold boasts one of the sharpest displays we've seen on a smartphone and offers great multimedia performance. The smartphone also brings HSDPA support, more productivity tools, and an updated OS. Other goodies include Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth; and strong e-mail support with full QWERTY keyboard.

The bad: The Bold is a bit bulky and expensive. The Web browser isn't as easy to navigate as the competition.

The bottom line: For those who waited, the RIM BlackBerry Bold won't disappoint. The Bold impresses with its brilliant display, enhanced productivity tools, and excellent multimedia performance to deliver a more powerful and well-rounded smartphone to mobile professionals.

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8/10

RIM's most powerful, polished handset ever

from Gizmodo (7 years ago)

This is RIM's best phone ever. Does that mean it's the phone for you? If you're a BlackBerry fanatic, yes—it really is the phone you've been waiting for, if you're not hoping RIM radically changed the recipe. Because they didn't. It's cleaner and brighter, but it's not an overhaul by any means. It's... More

This is RIM's best phone ever. Does that mean it's the phone for you? If you're a BlackBerry fanatic, yes—it really is the phone you've been waiting for, if you're not hoping RIM radically changed the recipe. Because they didn't. It's cleaner and brighter, but it's not an overhaul by any means. It's a more powerful and beautiful distillation of the same experience.

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Blackberry Bold

(6 years ago)

If someoen can tell me how to find a phone Call Log on this Bold I will be forever grateful. I am getting the run around from the Retailer, the Service Provider and now RIM. why woudl this not be a given feature when it is common to all other BB's I have owned? Review is out on this until I have... More

If someoen can tell me how to find a phone Call Log on this Bold I will be forever grateful. I am getting the run around from the Retailer, the Service Provider and now RIM. why woudl this not be a given feature when it is common to all other BB's I have owned? Review is out on this until I have this figured out.

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4/10

The bold.

(6 years ago)

Amazing phone..That's all i have to say..though there is one problem with my bb. It freezes sometimes but nonetheless i love the phone.

Amazing phone..That's all i have to say..though there is one problem with my bb. It freezes sometimes but nonetheless i love the phone.

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9.7/10

Amazing phone

(6 years ago)

It's an incredible phone, i love it so much x) I've had it for over 2 weeks now and it's amazing. The camera is so clear and so is the screen. The only thing that bothers me is the trackerball, i'm always scared it's going to get dirty and break. ( I have the white one )

It's an incredible phone, i love it so much x) I've had it for over 2 weeks now and it's amazing. The camera is so clear and so is the screen. The only thing that bothers me is the trackerball, i'm always scared it's going to get dirty and break. ( I have the white one )

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10/10

OH WOW.

(6 years ago)

I just got this phone today, and i couldn't keep it out of my hand! I just loved it..the camera is just wow.. and the screen is omg..i can't even use words to even describe it (:

I just got this phone today, and i couldn't keep it out of my hand! I just loved it..the camera is just wow.. and the screen is omg..i can't even use words to even describe it (:

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5/10

The best Berry to date

from Phonedog (6 years ago)

Pro: Display; Easy-to-use; keyboard; Mail; Os Speed; build quality Con: 2 mg camera Using experience: 3 months I know it´s been like 1 year after the release of the Bold but still there has not been another phone by RIM as complete as the 9000. It´s simply an amazing phone. sure it´s big , but i... More

Pro: Display; Easy-to-use; keyboard; Mail; Os Speed; build quality Con: 2 mg camera Using experience: 3 months I know it´s been like 1 year after the release of the Bold but still there has not been another phone by RIM as complete as the 9000. It´s simply an amazing phone. sure it´s big , but i personally think that part of the "personality" of the Bold. Very Highly Recommend this phone for a business use. Nothing to say seriously bad about the Bold (only the 2 M no Auto Focus Camera - but buy a camera if you want to take real H res pics!)

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9.4/10

I love this phone (also a comparison to the iphone)

(7 years ago)

After i did a fair amount of research i eneded up getting the bold, and decided not to wait for the blackberry tour when it comes out due to it not having wifi. Anyways i am very pleased with it, it beats down every other phone i've compared it to, my friend just got an iphone 3g s. to me there is n... More

After i did a fair amount of research i eneded up getting the bold, and decided not to wait for the blackberry tour when it comes out due to it not having wifi. Anyways i am very pleased with it, it beats down every other phone i've compared it to, my friend just got an iphone 3g s. to me there is no comparison, he lives out in the country and was complaining about only getting the edge network, but the bold was on 3g with 4-5 bars, I was able to stream utube out there, the keyboard is awsome much better than any touch screen, I can type very fast, and the little ball is like a mouse(it's sweet), the speakers are better than the iphone(there stereo) iphone's isn't, the e-mail is instant and easy to use, much better than the iphones e-mail, also you CAN get turn by turn gps w/o paying $10 a mo to ROGERS. just by downloading Gokivo navigator, it's in the bb apps and it's free, there are over 1000 aps. iphone can't do turn by turn gps. The phone is powerfull but the bats don't last a really long time, it runs for 1 day(15h) with me using alot, it doesn't have the accelerometer like the iphone or the thing where you can blow on it and it can tell(so you can blow the iphone. and make trumpet noises, lol). I'm a power user and once u get used to this phone you can navigate incredibly quickly and with 1 hand if you want. The leather case it comes with rocks and it knows when it's in the case from the magnet(I think). The camera is not bad it's only 2mp but my old nokia was 2mp and the bb is better, with a decent flash. There are a couple querks with the phone the wifi can mess up and not turn on it did it once and I googled it and found alot of ppl had that prob the resolution is to remove the bat. it hasn't done it since but that was only a couple days ago, also the web browser isn't as advanced as the iphones I belive, it still works very well and is easy to nav. My final opinion is that if you want a powerfull, functional and feature/option rich phone get this phone you won't regret it. I did get this phone for my buisness but there still are lots stupid aps to play with, if you want a toy to impress stupid ppl get an iphone. Also I was considering getting the BB 8900 but i'm happy I ended up getting this one.

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10/10

What a great smartphone

(7 years ago)

I've been using this phone for about 6 months now, and it really is great. I've had access to an iPhone for about the same amount of time, but there's no substitute for the Bold's keyboard. Things work smoothly, almost any setting can be changed to my liking, and it didn't take 3 major firmware re... More

I've been using this phone for about 6 months now, and it really is great. I've had access to an iPhone for about the same amount of time, but there's no substitute for the Bold's keyboard. Things work smoothly, almost any setting can be changed to my liking, and it didn't take 3 major firmware revisions to implement a copy/cut/paste feature... The only downside I have experienced so far is the camera - it doesn't take the greatest pictures. I think this is the only area where the iPhone has it beat. If you do a lot of text messaging, emailing, or think you'd like to give Blackberry Messenger a try (with other BB users of course) I'd highly recommend this phone. Also, the keys are a bit bigger than on the Curve, so if you have larger hands, you might want to consider this model. Oh and don't forget the leather back...need I say more?

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9.7/10

correction to Phone Dog review

from Phonedog (7 years ago)

Pro: phone dog says you can't colour code the calendar entries, but if you set up more than one email account e.g. a hotmail and a work email - you can have up to 10 accounts I'm told, then new calendar entries can be linked to either email and are shown in blue or green to differentiate them presum... More

Pro: phone dog says you can't colour code the calendar entries, but if you set up more than one email account e.g. a hotmail and a work email - you can have up to 10 accounts I'm told, then new calendar entries can be linked to either email and are shown in blue or green to differentiate them presumably more colours are used as you add new email accounts. OK so not as flexible as the Treo or other phones...but its there if you want it. Another boon compared to new rivals is that although the scre Con: supplied software doesn't like Vista very much although as with most Vista apps it will work after an hour of tinkering and rebooting (and cursing). Using experience: 7 days Overall this is a very good phone, and although I can't compare against more recent previous models, this is vast evolutionary leap compared to the old side clickwheel model my company had given me. The 3G HSDPA connection is very fast and reliable, and the auto-sensing switching to wifi is seamless. It would benefit from a Skype App since UK network deals often feature unlimited data use, but restrict voice minutes. The handset is well constructed and feels very solid in the hand, and I would recommend it over an iPhone, G1 or N95 for anyone wanting a workhorse rather than a plaything.

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8/10

Great device

(7 years ago)

This blackberry does it all.

This blackberry does it all.

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10/10

Great Phone

(7 years ago)

This is a great phone! Love it! I gave up my iPhone because of the little things that it didn't have. Example, cut & paste, bluetooth file transfer, tethering and a few others. The Bold is easy to use and can pretty much do EVERYTHING! Definitely worth it!

This is a great phone! Love it! I gave up my iPhone because of the little things that it didn't have. Example, cut & paste, bluetooth file transfer, tethering and a few others. The Bold is easy to use and can pretty much do EVERYTHING! Definitely worth it!

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10/10