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).



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.


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Softpedia

Business-oriented smartphone with a complete email solution

from Softpedia

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, a... Full review

CrackBerry

The phone feels solidly built, deceptively light for its size

from CrackBerry

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

GSMArena

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

from GSMArena
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... Full review
MobileBurn

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

from MobileBurn

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.

... Full review

Engadget

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

from Engadget
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... Full review
HowardChui

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

from HowardChui
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... Full review
TechCrunch

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

from TechCrunch

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

Wired

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

from Wired

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

CNET

A more powerful and well-rounded smartphone

from CNET

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

Gizmodo

RIM's most powerful, polished handset ever

from Gizmodo
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... Full review

Blackberry Bold

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. Less

The bold.

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. Less

Amazing phone

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 ) Less

OH WOW.

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 (: Less
Phonedog

The best Berry to date

from Phonedog
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!) Less

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

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. Less

What a great smartphone

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? Less
Phonedog

correction to Phone Dog review

from Phonedog
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. Less

Great device

This blackberry does it all.
This blackberry does it all. Less

Great Phone

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! Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 12, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry

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Processor Intel XScale 624 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
859 MB
RAM No
ROM 128 MB
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 0.56 W/kg
Body: 0.37 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Headset, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
258 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black with chrome accents, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 6.6 x 1.5 cm
(4.5 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 480 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard Unknown
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, Yahoo, 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
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 9000

Blackberry OS 5.0.0.771 update is available.
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