BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone Review

By on August 1, 2011
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Amazing keyboard, excellent screen and smooth operations.

Good: Beautiful screen, best keyboard for a Smartphone, really fast in everyday usage.
Bad: Updating apps still requires a reboot, Camera slightly slow, battery capacity could’ve been higher.
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RIM wasn’t kidding when they said the Bold 9900 has the best keyboard they have built- it certainly is the best keyboard I have ever used on a Smartphone. Like the Bold 9900, the slightly wider size of the device allowed RIM to add a roomy keyboard and you’ll rarely ever hit the wrong key after you’ve played with the device for a few hours. The keyboard also has the right amount of depth so you never really have to try harder than you naturally would to press a key. Lastly, the keys are not clicky like the ones on Curve so typing on the Bold is not only extremely comfortable but also really silent.

The next best thing about the Bold 9900 is it’s 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen with a 640×480 resolution making everything on screen appears really really crisp. It has the same effect that the iPhone 4 had on previous iPhones- once you get used to it, screens on older BlackBerry devices will just feel so backward. With the Bold 9900 RIM also finally adds GPU acceleration to the interface and they call it liquid graphics. It allows the scrolling and swiping to appear a lot more zippy and responsive- unlike the Torch which always felt a bit laggy. The following video shows you how the touch screen on the Bold reacts.

There are many other subtle touches that make the Bold 9900 a device that you easily fall in love with. For example, the backlight goes off in steps with the keyboard going out first, followed by the four top keys and finally the trackpad. The speakers and volume levels on Bold are also loud and distortion-free, even at the loudest.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Mazamil Majeed

    Release date?

    • t-break tech

      In two weeks from what I have been told

    • t-break tech

      In two weeks from what I have been told

  • Brian

    On a BlackBerry, if you hold the # key, it will switch to the last used profile, so I usually have mine switching between vibrate and normal. Try it out!

    • t-break tech

      Nice- that certainly helps

    • t-break tech

      Nice- that certainly helps

  • Anonymous

    praise allah. terrorist says what?

  • Shahriyar Ali

    hope it releases soon

  • Zaza

    No mention was made of its hotspot capability? Does it have one like in some other phones?

    • t-break tech

      From my understanding, the hardware supports that but it is up to each individual carrier to implement that feature or not. Sadly, I dont think Etisalat has that enabled but lets wait for the official release. 

  • Zaza

    Another question/concern to guide me in buying one of the new release handsets – I was reading your reviews and was wondering if Torch 9810 has both hotspot capability and ability to edit Document, etc. Thank for your response.

    • t-break tech

      Yes to both. All new BlackBerry devices will have full versions of Documents to Go. The Hotspot capability depends on your telco/career. It is there in the new devices however needs to be enabled by your telco.

  • Jagmohan Swain

    Hi Abbas Glaxy S 2, Iphone 5, Bold 9900 , Torch 9850 . So many good phones how would you rate them?? Which one would you pick for your daily use.And how is Bold 9900 camera?? Is it good enough. 

    • t-break tech

      Hey Jag-

      If you prefer a hardware keyboard (which I do) then the Bold is the best option. If not, then, well, I am an iPhone fan but the Galaxy S2 is a pretty sweet device as well. The camera on the Bold is about the same as the Torch- just average. Definitely not comparable to iPhone 4 or Nokia N8

  • Yogesh Ahuja82

    great review… certainly looking forward to picking one up soon.. love how bb has finally caught up to apple and android on specs.. and therefore have also suffered on the battery front… i really love the phone.. and will seriously consider buying it . but firstly is it worth the AED 2600 ish or is it worth waiting for the qnx blackberry promised next year… or conversely even the blackberry bold 9780..?

  • Steamus

    wtf is this guy talking about?! this is the fastest camera i’ve ever used in my life! my friends looked at the camera for half a second before looking away, and I still captured a perfect picture! No blur or anything!

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