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BlackBerry Bold 9700 review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
624 MHz
Screen Size
2.44"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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...

- What Mobile, What Mobile
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...

- Tristan François , Digital Versus
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,...

- Mickey Papillon, CrackBerry
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.

- Kathryn Vercillo, Dial-a-Phone
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...

- Flora Graham , CNET


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Screen Size
2.44"

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

Processor
624 MHz

There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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.

Bold 9700 Specs

Overview
Release date October 21, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor 624 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 360 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.44 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, WMV, DivX, XviD
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 9700, Bold 2, Onyx, Driftwood

OS 6 upgrade (6.0.0.380) is available.
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