BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

BlackBerry enthusiasts won’t take their eyes off the BlackBerry Bold 9900, which is the GSM version of the BlackBerry Bold 9930. It’s far from being perfect, but if you haven’t had a BlackBerry before, this should be your first.

BlackBerry Bold 9900

The good:
– The BlackBerry Bold 9900 has a polished design, a svelte form, a sharp touch-screen display, a wonderful QWERTY keyboard and an impressive performance.
– It comes with notable features such as a 1.2GHz processor, the new BlackBerry OS 7 and NFC support.
– Photo quality is amazing.

The bad:
– It has very limited app store.
– The call quality is slightly flawed.
– It’s high price tag can be a deterrent to many.

Price T-Mobile has priced the Bold 9900 at $299.99 after a $50 rebate and two-year agreement. You can purchase it from other phone retailers with prices starting from $199.99 up to $624.98.

Design
Research In Motion changed a bit the design of this form factor phone, eliminating the leatherette back for a carbon fiber panel and the shiny chrome strip for an iPhone 4-aping stainless steel band. The edges of the back have a soft touch matt black plastic finish and every detail seems to just fit perfectly. A sleek and svelte premium handset features a larger display (a 2.8-inch, 640 x 480 display with sharper and more vibrant colors) and roomier keyboard, an AC adapter, a USB cable and a belt holster. On the right edge, you can find the volume buttons, a play/pause button and a camera button, while on the left side there’s the microUSB socket and the headphone jack.

Features
In terms of features, this handset bears a striking resemblance to the 9930, but it still has a few important differences. The Bold 9900 for T-Mobile supports T-Mobile’s “4G” network, includes a few preinstalled T-Mobile applications, but it lacks the dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset of the Bold 9930. Under its hood, you will find a modest 1230mAh battery, a microSD card to boost the phone’s 8GB of inbuilt storage with up to 32GB more and the newest BlackBerryOS 7.0, which brings several updates. These updates include the Liquid Graphics technology for better graphics and responsiveness of the touch screen, a faster Web browser with HTML 5 video support, voice-activated universal search, augmented-reality apps and NFC support.
The handset has a few T-Mobile preinstalled apps, such as the T-Mobile Mall and its own Web2go Web browser.
The BlackBerry Bold 9990 has an average battery life, an estimated talk time of 6.6 hours and up to 12.8 days of standby time.

Performance
Call quality is good, but not flawless, voice quality can sometimes be a little bit distorted, speakerphone calls are quite good with the usual echo effect, but the data speeds are faster due to the 1.2GHz processor that makes the navigation smoother and quicker.

Conclusion
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is one of the best form factor smartphone you can find on the market. With all its goods and bads, you either love it or hate it, but for most smartphone fans, this handset will remain on their wish list for a long time, as its high price can surely make you to step back and go for a cheaper top smartphone.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Trailer

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