Amazing keyboard, excellent screen and smooth operations.
On the software side, the BlackBerry Bold is powered by OS 7 which along with Liquid Graphics, brings a few extra things to the BlackBerry OS. For starters, the icons are redone in color bringing a nice updated overall look to the OS. You can also now manage which panels appear or don’t appear on the home screen swiping- however you still can’t add panes.
On my first reboot, I noticed that amount of free RAM was reported at a tad bit over 150MB which is a bit worrying as the Torch 9800 with lesser memory of 512MB reported over 250MB of free RAM on its initial usage. However, I confirmed with RIM that I was running a really old build of the software (.261) which probably had debugging code. The newest version of the OS is 1465 and I should hopefully be getting the update from RIM soon and will be updating this section. Do let me point out that even with the old build and the smaller amount of free memory, I did not experience any slow-downs in operations like scrolling, composing an email or switching between applications.
From the video on the previous page, you’ve seen how well the browser works and how smoothly text flows on the web pages- RIM has really given the browser a shot in the arm. About the only thing I miss browsing on the Bold 9900 is the smaller screen size compared to the Torch or the iPhone. RIM has also updated the Social Feeds application to 2.0 that allows you to create and manage views that can, for example, show feeds from your favorite people. Another feature new to BlackBerry is NFC or Near Field Communication which I couldn’t test out simply because I don’t have anything to test it out with. Sadly, I could not find an option to create a personal hotspot but from what I have been told, this is a career specific feature.
While all RIM developed applications that I tried worked right away on the Bold 9900 right away, third party applications will probably need some updating- especially games or anything else that needs to recognize the new resolution and GPU acceleration. Thankfully my favourite third party app BeBuzz worked without any issues but games like Choper or Camera Apps like Fat Face wouldn’t work. Some other Apps, like Gist work but the interface needs to be redone as everything appears really small. Sadly, installing apps on the Bold 9900 still takes a long time and you need to reboot every time an app is updated.