- Kathryn Vercillo , Dial-a-Phone
It’s got everything that the original phone had but it’s offered in a better package with some new bonus features.
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
Superior screen, high-res screen, almost perfect keyboard
Keyboard works well despite smaller footprint
Good improvement - an optical trackpad
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, an... Full review
This new handset is lighter, thinner and offers a better display
Doesn't break much new ground
Sleek and user-friendly smartphone with full access to T-Mobile's zippy 3G network
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... Full review
One of the sleekest looking ‘Berry devices we've seen
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... Full review
Seems like it can do almost anything you throw at it
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, an... Full review
The top notch hardware along with wealth of features
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 strong... Full review
A much-needed refresh to the aging BlackBerry Bold
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... Full review
Blackberry Bold = fantastic
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.Less
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.Less
i love it
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.Less
Blackberry Bold 9700 On Wind mobile
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 9700Less
Bold 9700 - Rogers
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!!!Less
The worst piece of junk ever
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 !!!Less
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