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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000


$350.00 Released August, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:3G network connectivity. WiFi access (802.11 a/b/g). Built-in GPS.

The Cons:Small display compared to iPhone. Immature app-store. Locking the phone does not disable volume/track control button on side.

The BlackBerry Bold (aka RIM BlackBerry 9000) is the latest smartphone (available August 21, 2008) from RIM to be released by AT&T on November 4th 2008, for $299 with a 2-year contract. Earlier retail estimates were expected to be around $300 - $400, but this latest release hints that it will probably be much higher.

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Product Shot 2 The Bold has high-speed data connectivity with support for 3G networks (quad-band EDGE and tri-band HSDPA) and WiFi (802.11 a/b/g). Other improvements over the BlackBerry Curve including a doubling of CPU speed to 624 MHz and a doubling of screen resolution to 480 x 320 resolution display (Half-VGA). The BlackBerry Bold is a competitor to the latest 3G version of the Apple iPhone announced on June 9th, 2008.

Features

  • 624MHz Intel PXA270/Marvell Tavor PXA930 processor (increase from 312 MHz)
  • data connectivity: 3G (HDSPA + EDGE), WiFi (802.11 a/b/g)
  • screen: 480 x 320 (up from 320 x 240) (size ??) with 65,000 colors
  • operating system: BlackBerry OS 4.6
  • redesigned keyboard
  • memory: 1 GB built-in + expandable microSD up to 16 GB
  • dimensions: 4.5" H x 2.6" W x 0.5" D
  • weight: 4.7 oz
  • 2 megapixel camera + flash
  • GPS functionalities
  • price: $300 - $400
  • release date: August 21, 2008

User Reviews (35)

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Pros
  • 18

    3G network connectivity

  • 13

    WiFi access (802.11 a/b/g)

  • 13

    Built-in GPS

  • 13

    Tactile keyboard is faster typing than iPhone touchscreen

  • 10

    Faster CPU @ 624 MHz

  • 9

    Expandable memory with microSD cards up to 16 GB

  • 7

    Twice the resolution @ 480 x 320

  • 7

    Copy and paste function!

  • 6

    Very similar in size to the Apple iPhone

  • 6

    Much larger contact area and layout of keyboard

  • 6

    Feels very solid in your hand.

  • 6

    Web browser renders most web pages in a usable fashion. (still not as clean as iPhone though)

  • 5

    Super reliable

  • 5

    Nicely integrated messaging and audible notifications from IM services and social networks (ex. GTalk, Facebook)

  • 4

    Loud speaker-phone

  • 3

    Great battery life

  • 3

    Comes with a free case!

  • 3

    Care power charger works very well.

  • 1

    Nice "bedside" alarm clock mode. Looks pretty

Cons
  • 1

    Small display compared to iPhone

  • 1

    Immature app-store

  • 1

    locking the phone does not disable volume/track control button on side

  • 1

    Drops calls more often than my curve did.

  • 1

    No where close to the intuitive experience on the iPhone

  • 1

    * + Green button is a really annoying way to unlock the phone

  • 0

    Browser isn't as good as the iPhone's

  • 0

    Poor battery life after a couple months of use

  • -1

    Same Size as 8800, Larger than 8300

  • -1

    Unintuitive menu layout

  • -1

    Unpolished interface

  • -1

    No dedicated lock or mute buttons

  • -2

    No external lock button

  • -2

    Track ball is kind of loud and doesn't feel that good to use

  • -3

    No touchscreen sucks for the web

  • -3

    Loses 3G network often.

  • -3

    Large and bulky

  • -3

    Keyboard is cramped - especially for number dialing

  • -4

    Pointer scrolls too slowly

  • -7

    Not a touch screen

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christopher-rojas
christopher-rojas: #rim_blackberry_bold_9000 I owned the bold for a few months and dislike it.The 8350i is better.The battery life is terrible. May 31, 11
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Yosef
Yosef: #rim_blackberry_bold_9000 I've had my Bold for several months now. Having used several older Blackberry devices and a few newer ones, I can safely say the following:

As with many RIM devices, this phone can really only be appreciated once you make the update to OS 5.0 or better. The phone is quicker, and the browser is much better with 5.0. I find the device to be extremely stable, and lock functions can be customized with a little practice setting one up.

The experience is fantastic on the Bold, with excellent sound and video quality and OS5 making full use of the 3G for a lightning-fast browsing experience.

This phone is also more reliable/less buggy than the newer Bold 9700 in my experience. I have experienced very few errors or glitches that are always solved with a battery pull, as opposed to the 9700 which has a tendency to become unresponsive or shut down mysteriously.

I will likely have my Bold for a long time.

PS- the user interface is easily changed using the Blackberry theme builder or even just by playing around with your settings. Aug 13, 10
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Erik
Erik: #rim_blackberry_bold_9000 I've been borrowing a Bold for a few weeks, and I have to say this device has grown on me. I came to the Bold, with my only real smart phone being the iPhone 3G. At first I HATED the bold. The user interface drove me nuts. But then something happened. I began to forgive the Bold for all of its shortcomings. It's lack of intuitive interface somehow became endearing. Functionally it can do everything I used my iPhone for, but usually in a less slick, unintuitive way. However, I find myself reaching for the Bold OVER the iPhone on occasion, and that confuses me.

Do I just like underdogs? Or am I playing favourites with the hometown company? (I live in Waterloo along with RIM HQ) Jul 14, 09
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Omar
Omar: #rim_blackberry_bold_9000 I've had the opportunity to use a Bold a few times now, since a few of my friends have them. Overall I say it's the best Blackberry that RIM has produced until now and I can appreciate why it's so popular. If you prefer the hard keypad to a touchscreen then there's no real better alternative to the Bold. The hardware itself is very solid with a crystal clear screen, VERY loud speakers for music and speakerphone, clear microphone, clear reception, and just a solid reliable feel.

However, the Bold isn't for me since Internet browsing is my #1 use for my mobile device. And the browser just sucks. I know that there are alternative browsers which are a big step-up from the atrocious built-in one. However, fundamentally the scroll-ball and orientation of the screen make the browsing experience sub-par. A good browser NEEDS some kind of touch pointing device to be tolerable to me. Apr 17, 09
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Whipdaddy
Whipdaddy: #rim_blackberry_bold_9000 I just went to FutureShop and played with the Bold that one of the employees had. Its very slick, however the main reason I have for not jumping on it right away is that it is the same size as the 8800 and compared to my current 8300 curve it seems behemoth in size.

I also don't like that they have centered the camera on the back, because when you are holding the phone to your ear, I find my index finger naturally going to that part of the phone which will cause added wear to the camera lens area. Aug 25, 08
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