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Even without being the latest or greatest of RIM devices, the Bold 9000 is clearly the pinnacle of what BlackBerry stands for.
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.
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.
Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)
Business-oriented smartphone with a complete email solution
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.
Having all the latest technologies embedded into a BlackBerry device might seem awkward, a... Full review
The phone feels solidly built, deceptively light for its size
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... Full review
The BlackBerry Bold 9000 comes as close as possible to the ultimate business tool
Packs modern multimedia features and stuffs them into a striking new design
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
If you’re looking for a ‘berry and can fork out the cash - get a Bold
I love it and never ever want to let it go, ever
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... Full review
Excellent combination of smart design, performance and RIM's top-notch message handling
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... Full review
A more powerful and well-rounded smartphone
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 produc... Full review
RIM's most powerful, polished handset ever
The best Berry to date
I love this phone (also a comparison to the iphone)
What a great smartphone
correction to Phone Dog review
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- BlackBerry Bold Manual (PDF)
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