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BlackBerry Bold review

8.2/10 AVG.
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  • BlackBerry Bold
  • BlackBerry Bold


8.2/10
Informr score
The BlackBerry Bold currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
624 MHz
Screen Size
2.6"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

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
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...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
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...

- Kevin Michaluk, CrackBerry
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 a...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
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, thoug...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget


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BlackBerry backs up the Bold with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Bold has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.6"

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

Processor
624 MHz

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

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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.

BlackBerry Bold Specs

Overview
Release date May 12, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale 624 MHz
Internal Storage 859 MB
RAM No
ROM 128 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.56 W/kg
Body: 0.37 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Headset, 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 Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
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 2.6 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 Trackball
Predictive Text Entry No
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 a/b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, White balance
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 No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry 9000

Blackberry OS 5.0.0.771 update is available.
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