Amazing keyboard, excellent screen and smooth operations.
RIM is finally catching up with the rest of the market with hardware. Their flagship product of last year sported a 624Mhz CPU and a screen with a resolution of 480×360 pixels which is pretty much considered a medium-end device in the rest of the industry. For the Bold 9900, RIM adds an incredibly zippy 1.2GHz CPU and ups the screen resolution to 640×480 pixels. Granted that isn’t exactly high-end, but on a 2.8 inch screen, ends up with a relatively high DPI for an extremely crisp look. RIM has also bumped up the RAM to 768MB from 512MB and doubled the in-device storage from 4GB to 8GB. You still have a MicroSD slot for further expansion but need to remove the battery to access it.
Not much has changed as far as radios are concerned with the Bold 9900 sporting the same HSDPA technology found in last year’s Bold 9870 model. I don’t have any issues with that as 4G has still not been introduced in the Middle East and data speeds over 3G are good enough. Bluetooth also continues to stay at 2.1 and so does the built-in Wi-Fi with support for 802.11a/b/g/n. While there hasn’t been any significant development in Wi-Fi standards, I have seen a few new Smartphones using Bluetooth 3.0 which RIM could have used.
the iPhone 4, HTC Desire S or the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc any other phones we have tested. To put things in perspective, the Torch took over eight times longer to complete the test in 24185ms.