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March 15, 2010

TELUS goes live with BlackBerry OS 5.0.0.442 for Bold 9700


TELUS (NYSE: TU) BlackBerry Bold 9700 users, it’s time to update your OS. The weekend started with a very TELUS official update for your operating system, the Bold 9700 to 5.0.0.442.
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Per usual, make sure you backup your device and all necessary precautions before proceeding. Remember, this is an official OS update, so it has received the blessings of the powers at TELUS. The update should work fine and dandy at most companies, but keep in mind TELUS has received approval for the update on their network … not someone elses … So although it is unlikely given there can be some things on other networks.

That said, hit the link below to download your 9700 update:

Download OS 5.0.0.442 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 from TELUS

January 1, 2010

Rogers Drops Pricing on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to $199.99 on 3-Year Term


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Not surprisingly, Rogers (NYSE: RCI) has dropped the price on the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The skinny? Try $199.99 on a 3-year contract. If signing up for a 3-year plan isn’t your thing (I can’t blame you), you can go with a 2-year for $499.99, a 1-year for $549.99, or contract-free for $599.99.

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Expect the pricing on the latest and greatest version of the Bold to keep dipping as the year goes on… But if you’re a tried and true BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) user looking for a new daily driver, the Bold 9700 is a super choice.

December 21, 2009

بلاك بيري بولد 9700 الآن متاح في الإمارات


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تعلن اليوم شركة إتصالات فرع الإمارات العربية المتحدة عن بدء طرح أجهزة بلاك بيري بولد 9700 BlackBerry Bold الذي طال انتظاره. و يمكن شراء الجهاز الآن بسعر 2700 درهم اماراتي. هذا و يتميز بلاك بيري بولد 9700 بمواصفات عدة تتعلق بجمال التصميم و دعم الملتيميديا و سهولة الإستخدام. و اليكم أهم ما يميز بولد 9700 عن أجهزة بلاك بيري السابقة:
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– لوحة التتبع البصرى أصبحت أفضل بكثير مما يساعد على عرض المواقع الاليكترونية بصورة أسهل عن ذي قبل فضلاً عن أن وضوح الصور أصبح أفضل ، الأمر الذي أضفى بهاءً للألوان و أصبحت الصور أزهى من ذي قبل. و بما أن الحجم الجديد أصبح أصغر فبالتالي فإن لوحة المفاتيح أصغر مع الاحساس بنعومة و اسفنجية لمس الأزرار.

– يمكنك بلاك بيري بولد 9700 مشاهدة وثائق الميكروسوفت أوفيس – الوورد و الإكسيل و الباوربوينت بتفوّق مع التوافق التام مع برامج المحادثة الفورية و الشات مثل ويندوز لايف ماسينجر و جوجل توك .
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– أمّا جودة المكالمات الهاتفية أصبحت أفضل بصورة ملحوظة عن السابق و الصوت الخارج أصبح بجودة عالية و مسموع بصورة واضحة لدرجة أنك ربما تحتاج لخفض الصوت في سماعة الأذن .
– عرض ملفات الفيديو و الملفات الصوتية أكثر من رائع تماماً كما في الجهاز السابق و لكن مع اليوتيوب ربما يكون الوضع غير ممتع حتى لو كنت متصلاً بالانترنت عن طريق الواي فاي .
– البطّارية و الكاميرا و الفيديو كاميرا في منتهى الروعة كما في السابق و لكن الفيديوهات تظهر بوضوح نسبياً يعتبر أقل حيث يصل إلى
480 × 352 بيكسل.
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تشمل المواصفات الأخرى:

– دعم شبكات ثري جي و HSDPA
– معالج دقيق بسرعة 624 ميجا هيرتز
– ذاكرة 256 ميجا بايت
– نظام تحديد المواقع الجغرافية GPS
– واي فاي
– كاميرا 3.2 ميجا بيكسل

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December 18, 2009

OtterBox Unleashes Impact and Commuter Series Cases for the BlackBerry Bold 9700


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Proud owners of the awesome Bold 9700 offering from RIM now have some new options when it comes to ruggedizing the device. The good folks at OtterBox have unveiled a new Impact and Commuter Series case for the 9700, and as per usual, the cases offer unparalleled protection for your addiction. Drop, kick, throw, smash or sit on your 9700, and these new cases should provide the protection needed to protect your lifeblood.

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The Impact Series case for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the slimmer solution for those that need just a touch of ruggedized-ness (ok, that’s not a word… I know). Your Bold fits nicely into a single slim-fit silicone layer… Plus, there’s a self-adhering screen protector to protect from scratches, dust, and anything else that may hamper your display. You can pick up the Impact Series case for $19.95 at OtterBox.

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The Commuter Series case for the 9700 is a little more, shall we say, heavy duty. If you’re on the road a lot, toss your Berry on the passenger seat, or just give your Berry a hard time all-around, this one is worth a look. It combines a hard outer shell, with a soft silicone skin (exposed at the corners) to provide a heightened level of protection. There’s a bit more bulk to this one for sure, but if you’ve gone through multiple BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) devices due to dropping or general wear-and-tear, the Commuter Series case could be the answer. You can pick up the Commuter Series case for $34.95 at OtterBox.

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The OtterBox line isn’t for everyone… But if you don’t mind a touch of bulk for some awesome device protection… Their products are worth every penny!

December 8, 2009

BlackBerry Bold 9700 review, Price, pictures, Details, model specifications


Some handsets will work their socks off to have their fifteen minutes of fame, others are simply born into stardom. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly fortunate to carry a name that stands for popularity and excellence in the RIM family of phones. But this kind of fame can be less a blessing and more of a curse if the successor fails to live up to the standards set by its illustrious namesake.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 official photo

These high expectations have quite often turned otherwise decent handsets into a byword for failure. It’s simply not enough to provide incremental improvements when upgrading an iconic handset. The iPhone somehow gets away with that, but Apple usually does. But for regular mobile phone manufacturers it takes something new and it certainly takes something better for the successor to achieve the same kind of success.

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Key features:

  • 2.44″ 65K-color TFT landscape display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels
  • Comfortable four-row full QWERTY keyboard
  • Quad-band GSM support and tri-band 3G with HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi and built-in GPS and BlackBerry maps preloaded
  • 3.15 autofocus megapixel camera, LED flash
  • 624 MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM
  • BlackBerry OS v5
  • Responsive trackpad navigation
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Good web browser
  • Office document editor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Decent audio quality
  • Smart dialing
  • Great battery life
  • More compact body and lighter weight compared to the Bold 9000
  • Good build quality

Main disadvantages:

  • Many features are locked without a BlackBerry Internet Service account (plan)
  • Mediocre camera performance and features
  • No FM radio
  • No video-call camera
  • No TV-out functionality
  • No built-in accelerometer
  • No built-in compass

It’s pretty obvious where the RIM R&D team is heading with the BlackBerry Bold 9700. It’s hard to really overhaul a handset that was considered almost perfect by most of its users without testing their loyalty, so they embarked on optimization instead. It’s not a bad formula for success to just keep the same functionality, stick it in a smaller, fitter body and improve the performance wherever possible.

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Will the BlackBerry Bold 9700 have the span and impact of its predecessor?

One glitch or an important feature sacrificed to fit the compact package and the plan goes down the tubes. The smartphone market is increasingly competitive and smaller companies like RIM know they have little room for error. The new Bold 9700 looks fit and hot, no doubt about that. Let’s see if it performs to our expectations, and yours.

Getting around the device

The front panel of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 also has a few other functional elements in addition to the QWERTY keyboard and landscape display. Here sit the traditional status LED and the earpiece.

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The status LED and the earpiece are on top

There are also five controls below the display, the first of which is among the greatest changes introduced by the Bold 9700. There isn’t a trackball this time, but a touch-sensitive trackpad instead. RIM have done a marvelous job with it and it easily matches their class-leading trackballs.

It handles wonderfully, responding perfectly to every flick of the thumb. Its speed and precision are so impressive that we guarantee that no Bold 9700 user will miss the trackball. They won’t do for usability reasons, that is. We guess a part of us will pine for the old school coolness of a sharp and zippy trackball rolling under our thumb.

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Anyway, there is barely room for comparing the touchpad of the new Bold to the one of Nokia E72. The BlackBerry doesn’t have a D-pad to get in the way and is so much quicker that one can hardly think of the two devices as having the same kind of navigation.

The buttons around the trackpad (Call, End, Menu and Back) remain unchanged. They provide nice press feedback and raise no usability issues.

The left side of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 features the 3.5mm standard audio jack and the standard microUSB port plus one of the convenience keys. Its functionality is assigned by default to Voice-commands but you can change it to whatever you want. There is no cover over the microUSB slot so it might need some cleaning from time to time as dust accumulates.

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The 3.5mm standard audio jack and the microUSB are above the convenience key on the left

Jumping to the right, we see the BlackBerry Bold 9700 volume rocker and second convenience key. Its default function is switching the camera on and this role suits it best. It is a two-step key, thus taking proper care of autofocus upon half-press.
The volume rocker and the right convenience key

Again the two connectors for the desktop charging dock that you can purchase separately are located at the bottom of the handset.

The top of the BlackBerry Bold features the Mute button and the lock key. Those are nicely masked under the surface. We are extremely glad that the Bold 9700 took after the Curve 8900’s sleek top. The top side of the original Bold was one of the parts that we liked the least and it’s good that the guys over at RIM have been paying attention to user feedback.

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The two stealthy keys on top are a nice change compared to the previous Bold

The bottom of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 sports nothing but the microphone pinhole.
There’s nothing of interest going on at the bottom

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 comes with a 3 megapixel autofocus camera. There is also a LED flash which should assist low-light capabilities. The flash doesn’t really perform miracles, but undoubtedly the package is much better than the meager 2 megapixel excuse for a camera that the BlackBerry Bold 9000 used to have.

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The other functional element here is the loudspeaker grill which is located right between the camera lens and the flash.
The 3 MP camera, the loudspeaker and the LED flash are at the back

Under the cover lays the impressive 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery. It is quoted as lasting 408 hours of stand-by or 6 hours of talk time, which is less than what we usually see from similarly large batteries on 2.44″ displays. In reality its performance is pretty good taking the handset through about a week of moderate use (about fifteen minutes of telephony and 45 minutes of using the other phone features a day).
The Bold 9700 has an ample battery

The other thing of interest under the battery cover is the microSD card slot, which this time has no trouble handling 16GB memory cards. However, taking a card out is pretty hard as you need to pull pretty strongly and you only have a small edge to grip.

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The microSD card also goes here

The build quality of BlackBerry Bold 9700 is pretty good and we like it better than the original Bold. Adopting some of the latest Curve design solutions has resulted in a much sleeker and sharp-looking body.

And with the width reduced, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is even easier to operate with one hand. Even single-hand typing is possible, although in this case it is admittedly much slower.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is good-looking and palm-friendly

BlackBerry OS turns five

One of the major changes introduced by the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the new version of the company proprietary OS. Upping the counter to 5 from 4.6 implies a big enough upgrade but there is actually nothing major. There are changes in virtually every department but most of them would actually need to be pointed out to be noticed at all.

Truth be told, the classic main menu looked decent the first time we saw it and until recently had its own conservative charm, but now we are just tired of it. The icons are overdone and perhaps outdated – the BlackBerry OS must blush with embarrassment when compared to most other platforms out there. Of course customization options can improve things somewhat, but we weren’t able to do anything about the sub-menus for example.

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BlackBerry OS 5

That’s right, tons of plain ugly text-only submenus can still be found in the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Even with the slickest theme selected you are still just a couple of clicks away from these eyesores.

Granted, target users are not all about the eye-candy but this kind of attitude from RIM must be getting too much. Just because a person has a busy life doesn’t necessarily mean that they are blind or will put up with any old Windows 3.11 crap on their 2010 smartphone screen.

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We are just curious how long it would take the community to realize that something needs to be done about the looks of the interface. We can accept that most people don’t care and some BlackBerry faithfuls even like it but if it is to become appealing to the rest of the 2 billion mobile phone users out there then it really needs an aesthetic overhaul.
It’s not much of looker when you dig deeper

It’s exactly that kind of attitude that dooms the BlackBerry handsets to a niche market. They are more of a complement to the service that the company offers than worthwhile handsets themselves, though we doubt it that was RIM’s original intention. They have some pretty nice ideas – it’s just that the overall implementation fails to impress.

The new version of the BlackBerry OS has retained the menu structure almost completely so any experienced BlackBerry users will feel at home. Newbies, on the other hand, might need to dedicate a day or so to learning its ins and outs as it’s quite different from the other platforms on the market.

The homescreen is pretty well organized with 6 (by default) shortcut buttons placed at the bottom and all status icons at the top.The profiles can also be accessed straight from here, as well as two other features that you choose to assign to the convenience keys.

Menu navigation on BlackBerry devices (and the Bold 9700 in this case) is somewhat different from what most competitors have to offer. Most other brands use soft-key based navigation where the available options for every menu item or feature are assigned to the context keys below the display.

With RIM devices the menu key is in charge of all the contextual options and it’s really a new experience if you’re used to the soft key labels keeping all options in sight. There is no caption here so you should check out what the menu key does in every situation.

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As far as the performance is concerned the BlackBerry Bold 9700 did manage to impress us, showing almost no lag for the time of our review. We did have a lot more trouble with the BlackBerry Desktop manager but that is a whole other story.

The snappy CPU of the Bold 9700 handles most tasks perfectly and delivers a perfectly good user experience.

Old-school phonebook

No really, we mean it. Remember those large phonebooks that used to lay on the desk of the principle back in your school days. Well the BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers equally “impressive” graphics in its 2009-10 phonebook.

Frankly even if you asked us we would hardly be able to come up with a more basic-looking application. The search line color has been changed from black to white in the new 5.0 version but that hardly makes up for all its omissions. Actually, that doesn’t make up for much at all.

At least thanks to the virtually unlimited capacity and good organization it gets the job done. We are not saying that some extra features wouldn’t go amiss, but a good percentage of the users would never use them anyway.

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The contacts get listed alphabetically by first, last name or company in one of those black and white lists that we warned you about. You can search a contact by gradually typing the desired name like on almost any other phone, only this time it’s much faster and easier with the QWERTY keyboard.
A phonebook as old-school as it gets

You can put your contacts in one of two categories – personal and business and then filter your phonebook accordingly. There is also grouping available this time and you can create as many groups as you like.

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Editing a contact gives you a vast number of fields which are organized in several sub-groups. You can also replicate some of the fields (those that you are going to need to anyway) as many times as you like.
Editing a contact on the Bold 9700

Telephony comes with smart dial

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 did well in its main duty – making calls. We didn’t experience any problems with reception or in-call sound quality.

While that might be expected and doesn’t bring any bonus points, Smart dial is certainly a great asset. With the QWERTY keyboard at hand you may never want to use your phonebook for dialing numbers again. And it works when inserting contacts in messaging too.
We really dig the smart dial feature

All you need to do is punch a few keys on the homescreen and the names that have the typed letters will appear on the screen instantly. You can then select them with the trackpad and initiate a call – it doesn’t get any simpler than that, does it?

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Another worthy call feature is the Voice dialing which gets activated by pressing the left convenience key by default.

Messaging: Email plays nice with BIS users only

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 handles messaging pretty well as you would expect. It has support for all common types of messages – SMS, MMS and email. It also has the BlackBerry Messenger and Google Talk IM clients preinstalled.

The BlackBerry OS has a fairly simple and easy to use organization of the messaging department and all messages are composed through a common editor.There is a counter at the top indicating the remaining characters to 160, and another one showing the number of parts the message will break down into for sending.
Sending Dexter a message on the Bold 9700

Emailing also has a remarkable set of customizable options, probably one of the best in business. However just out-of-the-box you can only set up BlackBerry Internet Service email accounts on the Bold. This means that without a proper Blackberry service plan, the handset is just a plain no-email device since you need to have that before you go setting up any other email accounts.

That’s definitely a drawback in our books as there are quite a lot of carriers globally that do not support BIS yet. But then again, you would hardly be buying a Blackberry device if you don’t intend to use the Blackberry services.

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The changes brought by BlackBerry OS 5 in this department include the option to resize photos to 1024×768, 800×600 or 640×480 for sending, flag emails and filter them by request, color, status, as well as create, edit and delete folders from the device itself.

Music player gets a facelift, some extras

Conservative looks is what best describes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 music player. Luckily the new version of the OS also brought some nice features to the music department such as equalizer presets.

The music player sorts the music library automatically by artist, album and genre and you can search your tracks by gradual typing. You can also create your own playlists in no time.
There are a few changes in the music player

Album art is also supported and there is single track repeat option – those were the two main omissions from the previous Bold.

Quite naturally, the player can also be minimized to play in the background. You can then go back to it via the task manager or the main menu. Unfortunately, there’s no indication of the currently playing song on the home screen.

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Decent audio quality

The audio quality of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is almost level with its predecessor’s, the Bold 9000. That means it’s quite good, but the competition is also making strides in this area so it doesn’t stand out as much now as it did back then. As a matter of fact, the Nokia E72 manages to outdo the BlackBerry with better frequency response, while all the other results seem identical.

The Bold 9700 has cut-off bass frequencies as evident in the graph below. This helps to explain the disturbing corresponding reading in the table too. It is the same issue/solution that we witnessed with the previous Bold and we suspect the hardware that’s responsible for the audio output has remained unchanged.

The rest of the readings are excellent with noise levels, dynamic range and stereo crosstalk comparable to the best in class. Distortion is also kept well within standards. All in all, you will be enjoying some great sound with BlackBerry Bold 9700. Business or not – a pat on the back is due.

Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk
BlackBerry Bold 9700 +0.25, -3.62 -89.8 87.8 0.014 0.023 -88.6
Nokia E72 +0.05, -0.26 -88.3 88.2 0.012 0.024 -88.8
BlackBerry Bold 9000 +0.20, -3.87 -87.6 86.1 0.0056 0.023 -85.8
BlackBerry Curve 8900 +0.20, -3.87 -89.4 89.6 0.011 0.025 -88.9
BlackBerry Storm 9500 +0.09, -0.39 -87.6 89.5 0.025 0.048 -85.8
Nokia E71 +0.74, -1.26 -74.5 74.7 0.016 0.097 -75.8

BlackBerry Bold 9700 vs Nokia E72 frequency response graphs

You can find more info about the testing process here.

The video player is great

Watching videos on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a really nice experience. The landscape screen and its great picture quality are a great start and the wide variety of supported codecs makes it all the better.

The video player usually works fullscreen with the virtual buttons only appearing upon a key press.

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The best part about the Bold video player is that it comes with DivX and XviD support, incomplete though it might be. RIM claim full DivX 4 support on the Bold 9700 but only limited compatibility with DivX 5 and DivX 6 videos.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 makes a good portable video player

This is pretty much what we experienced too when we tried playing various videos. Just as its predecessor, the Bold 9700 played successfully about 3/4 of the videos with the rest displaying no video but only sound.

So in most cases you will only need to upload the video to your Bold and start the player – no converting necessary. Now add the impressive picture quality and the landscape screen and you’ve got yourself a decent PMP on a business-minded handset.

Gallery is fine

The image gallery of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is almost identical to the one found on its predecessor.

It has standard functionality including thumbnail and list view of the images.
The gallery is hardly grounbreaking stuff

Quite naturally the photos can only be browsed in landscape mode. There is no accelerometer to provide auto screen rotation of any kind.

Luckily, this time you can skip to the next photo without returning to the gallery. It is much more convenient than the outdated solution of the Bold 9000 where you needed to enter the menu for that purpose.

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Zooming in on a photo

Overall, picture browsing is decently fast. Both zooming is panning is pretty quick and probably equal to what we saw on the Bold 9000. We can easily think of a few handsets that do better

An average 3 megapixel shooter

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is equipped with a 3 megapixel autofocus camera and a LED flash. It’s hardly an impressive performer but it seems like the best BlackBerry camera we have ever seen. And considering the original Bold probably had the worst camera ever produced, this is a major step up.

The camera interface is somewhat basic with a limited number of customizable settings. Since the display now has the same aspect ratio as the camera sensor there was no need to waste a part of the viewfinder. The problem is that the indications at the bottom cover a part of the frame and can make proper framing a bit hard.

Another issue is the camera key which is not ideally located considering that you need to do most of your shooting, when holding the phone vertically. Maybe a camera key at the place of the Mute key might have been more comfortable but we are just speculating here.
The BlackBerry Bold camera user interface is quite basic

The camera options however are also pretty uncomfortable to access as there are no shortcuts on the screen meaning that you have to dig in the menu. Not that there are too many settings you can apply, but still.
The available camera options

The “best” part of the camera is undoubtedly the image-geotagging, which allows you to automatically record your location in the images EXIF data.

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The few other settings available are: white balance, color effects and digital image stabilization. There is also the obligatory picture size and quality.

The image quality of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is about average for the 3 megapixel league. We are not enjoying particularly good weather around the office these days so the camera samples might seem worse than usual to you, but actually the amount of resolved detail is pretty decent. The noise levels are also about average for a 3 megapixel shooter in those kinds of conditions.

Contrast is ok, hardly impressive and the colors could have used a tad more saturation but they aren’t too bad overall.

Here go several samples so you can judge the image quality yourselves.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 camera samples

Truth be told, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is hardly a phone you will consider if photography is your thing, but it might just do the trick if you use it to take the occasional contacts photo.

Synthetic resolution

We also snapped our resolution chart with the BlackBerry Bold 9700. As you can see its perfomance is quite far from the 5 megapixel shooter of the Nokia E72. You can check out what that test is all about here.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 resolution chart photo • 100% crops
Nokia E72 resolution chart photo • 100% crops

Video recording improves

The first Bold was a major disappointment as far as video recording was concerned. It used to produce videos that looked bad on the display itself let alone when watched on a larger screen. The Bold 9700 however brings some improvement in this department.
Camcorder UI is even worse

It ups the maximum resolution to 480 x 360 pixels from 480 x 320 and improves the amount of captured detail dramatically. There is still way too much compression applied and if you compare the Bold 9700 to one of the best examples on the market it would look pretty bad, but in this family even C students are considered over-achievers.

Videos are captured in 3GP format and if you still fancy them, you can apply various color effects on them. The LED flash can also be set to work as a video light. We still doubt anyone will take video recording with the Bold seriously though.

Connectivity: Third time is a charm

Following the footsteps of its predecessor, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 gives you all the connectivity you might need and manages it pretty nicely too.

The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support secures global roaming and the 3G with HSDPA gives you the extra speed. The Wi-Fi is also present with a nice and easily customizable Wi-Fi manager taking care of all the connections. Bluetooth with A2DP support rounds off the list of wireless connectivity options.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is also equipped with a standard microUSB port that is enabled for both data connections and charging. Once connected, you can sync your data with the mobile phone including your iTunes collection, save for the files that have DRM. You can even use the handset as a tethered modem.

Finally, you have the option to use your microSD memory card slot for file transfers.

The trackpad scores a point for the browser

The web browser on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly one of the best we have seen among non-touch phones. Good software, quick-QWERTY input and precise trackpad navigation add up to a combo that is hard to match.

Panning is great thanks to the trackpad and the virtual mouse cursor. You just push it towards the border of the page et voila.

Page rendering is near perfect displaying almost every page like on a desktop computer. The high resolution display is another welcome bonus here, as it allows more content to fit on the screen.
Web browsers don’t get much better than this in the touchless world

By default, pages are loaded to fit the display width with the virtual cursor taking the shape of a magnifier. You then just click on the part you would like to read and it gets zoomed in to fill the screen. A press on the back key and you are back to the fit-to-width view. Repeat until done.
Some of the available options

In fact the only bad part about the web browser of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the lack of proper Flash support.

Other than that, the handset provides probably the best user experience in browsing the web as far as non-touch handsets are concerned. Its inability to show Flash content however might tip the scales in favor of the competitors, like the Nokia E72 for instance.

Excellent organizing skills

True to its business objectives, the Bold 9700 has superb time-management capabilities. Its organizer includes a decent set of applications and although some of them are hardly lookers, their usability cannot be called into question.

The calendar has monthly, weekly and daily view modes and allows easily customized events to be set up. We have to admit that some event presets would have been useful but sadly the device fails to provide them.
The calendar is another not quite nice looking app

Thanks to the BlackBerry OS v5, calendar entries can now be forwarded and conference call information can be merged into the Calendar.

Mobile office is also fully functional, with preinstalled applications able to open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Furthermore, document editing is also supported right out of the box, unlike some competing phones. Unfortunately, there is no PDF viewer preinstalled so potential users will have to get one themselves.
You can not only browse, but also edit documents with the Bold 9700

The organizer package also includes a calculator with a built-in unit-converter, as well as a voice recorder and a Notes application. A handy To-do manager allows you to set-up and organize your upcoming tasks.
The calculator and its built-in unit converter • Voice memo recorder

The alarm application has only one alarm slot and fails to impress. It’s quick to turn on but most of its settings can only be adjusted from the settings menu. There you can change the tone, snooze time and the volume as well as the vibration intensity.
The rest of the alarm settings are burried in the settings menu

Finally, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 comes with a stopwatch and a timer. Both are accessed from the clock application and have the usual functionality.

The clock also offers a bedside mode that turns off the status LED (unless you set it otherwise) and displays a large clock on the screen.

There are some nice games onboard

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has the same games as its 9000 Bold predecessor – as many as five titles are preinstalled on the handset.

The first two titles include a version of the all too popular Bricks game and Word Mole, where you have to compose words with the letters available on the board. We did find Word Mole quite amusing as it offers various bonuses and extra levels.
BrickBreaker and Word Mole

The new games include Texas Hold’em King 2 which, as the name suggests, is a mobile version of the popular card game. The other two games are Sudoku and Klondike solitaire. There’s hardly anything to explain here as both of them are familiar enough.
Texas Hold’em Kings 2, Sudoku and Klondike

BlackBerry App World kicks in

Starting March this year, BlackBerry are also boasting their very own mobile application store called BlackBerry App World. There are already almost four thousand applications in there but only about one hundred of them are free. Yet the rest are hardly too expensive, typical price tags revolving around 5 dollars.

Just recently, BlackBerry even started to allow developers to upload themes to the App World, so you can easily use that to customize you BlackBerry as well.

You can check out the nicely organized App World over here, straight from you desktop computer if you want. There are enough categories and a search box to make searching easier, plus there is filtering by free and paid apps.

There’s a basic filtering system as well – it allows you to check out the highest rated free and paid applications, as well as the newest ones. In general there’s hardly much to complain about the BlackBerry App world, it being probably the nicest bit of software the company has produced recently.

GPS navi double

As one would expect nowadays, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and comes with A-GPS support. For navigation you get BlackBerry Maps preinstalled. Unfortunately it is yet another application that only works with a BlackBerry internet plan activated. This means that voice-guided navigation is out of the question for the ones that buy it SIM free and then use it with their regular plan.

BlackBerry Maps provide basic map functionality plus voice-guided navigation. You can enter an address straight from your phonebook and you can also save your favorite spots so you don’t have to type them every time.

BlackBerry Maps also allow you to send your location to anyone via email or SMS, and that rounds off a decent but certainly not spectacular application.

RIM promise the Maps should now work about twice as fast under the new OS version. Also, addresses that are included in messages are automatically detected and can be displayed on the map at the expense of a few clicks. The map data has also been updated, including more cities than ever. We can still think of at least several apps with more detailed maps but let’s not rain on their parade.

Final words

When we reviewed the BlackBerry Bold 9000 we said it had everything a BlackBerry fan could want, except for maybe the more compact body of the Curve. And it’s pretty obvious that someone over at RIM has been paying attention. They’ve done exactly that. And no, we’re not taking credit, just giving it.

It’s been more than a year between the official launch of the two devices and the Bold 9700 understandably faces much tougher competition. Yet the more compact and more powerful handset seems fit and ready to take on its rivals just as successfully.

The tight connection between handset and service is a double-edged sword however. You either have to take the whole package or nothing at all. A Bold 9700 without a Blackberry service plan is about as good as a 100-buck LG GW300 so it’s barely worth spending so much on it.

Now, regarding price we have to point out that a BlackBerry Bold 9700 is about 200 dollars more expensive than a Nokia E72 unlocked so some users might find themselves priced out of alternatives. Plus the Nokia ships with a lifetime Nokia Messaging plan – so push email is something you don’t need to spend a dime on once you get the handset itself.

That same Nokia E72 is the new Bold’s main market rival. A much better camera and overall multimedia experience come in a pretty sleek steel body. So unless you need the level of security of the BlackBerry Servers, we have to admit the E72 does look like the clear winner here.
Nokia E72

One can also take a look at the Nokia E71 and its E71x American counterpart. It now sells much cheaper than the BlackBerry Bold 9700 at about 270 US dollars and offers a similar camera and connectivity options. E71 is one of the most successful smartphones ever produced by the Finnish manufacturer and has a tad worse performance due to its slower CPU, but even the outdated Symbian S60 UI is more user-friendly than the BlackBerry OS (be it v5).
Nokia E71

Windows Mobile also has a few alternatives to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to offer. The Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO and the HTC Snap are both powerful messaging tools that will cost you less than the BlackBerry and would offer similar connectivity and organizing capabilities.
Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO • HTC Snap

Yet all those are mere alternatives and cannot fully replace the Bold 9700. This is not about the phone, it’s all about the service you get WITH the phone. If you are a keen BlackBerry fan and user then head straight to the shop – the Bold 9700 is RIM at their best. If you are not, it would be good to know that the Bold 9700 (without BlackBerry service) ranks kinda low in terms of pure bang-for-your-buck.

November 26, 2009

Next up for review: It’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 time and we have an unboxing vid for you


We have to admit that all this interest for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 puzzles us a bit. No, it’s not a bad handset or anything but the BlackBerry devices are anything but mass market and feature-stuffed. But then again, that only makes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 achievement all the more prestigious.

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Our first BlackBerry Bold 9700 studio shots

And now that we have one of those babies in our office we can finally check out what all this fuss is about ourselves. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly much more compact and easily fitting in the hand than its predecessor. Oh and that trackpad certainly works great too outdoing the E72 optical trackpad by several laps.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 next to Nokia E72

As a special treat for you guys, we’ve prepared a short unboxing video for you. Check it out after the break.

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October 11, 2009

T-Mobile to announce BlackBerry 9700 Bold 2 on 5 November


T-Mobile seem to already have a fixed date for presenting the rumored BlackBerry 9700 Bold 2 (a.k.a Onyx). They’ve picked November 5th for spilling the beans on everything there is to know about the Bold 2. And they’re already sending invites.سعر بلاك بيري بولد 2 blackberry bold 9700 price

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The BlackBerry Bold 2 is set to become the BlackBerry corporate flagship. It trades the BlackBerry-esque trackball for a touchpad and offers 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS, not to mention it has some really nice looks. As you can see on the invite, BlackBerry and interestingly T-Mobile will be staking on Wi-Fi VoIP calls in corporate scenarios.

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We already reported that the BlackBerry Bold 2 and Storm 2 should be making the headlines quite soon. While T-Mobile will be carrying the Bold 2, the Storm 2 will be offered by Verizon in the US and Vodafone in Europe and the other predominantly GSM regions where they have coverage or partner networks.

September 12, 2009

BlackBerry 9700 Bold (Onyx) Meets Granddaddy 9000


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Alejandro Salomon, the guy behind a lot of recent videos of the Storm 2, is now walking us through the upcoming BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) 9700.

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A quick comparison with the original Bold shows some significant changes in size, a few tweaks to the operating system, and of course the difference between the trackball and trackpad. There’s still no sign of the new BlackBerry Messenger with OS 5.0, but the browser is apparently very speedy, and we’ll be seeing it in separate video soon. If you haven’t seen the Onyx before, the new Bold will have a leg-up on the new one in terms of an upgraded camera (3.2 megapixels) and expanded application memory (256 MB) on top of the obvious stylistic differences. Rumours place a launch sometime in November on T-Mobile (NYSE: DT), Rogers (NYSE: RCI), and likely AT&T (NYSE: T).

January 22, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9780 review, Price, pictures, Details, model specifications


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It’s no surprise that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the next logical evolutionary step, rather than a complete makeover that will propel it into the same league as the iPhone and Android. RIM has a loyal core of customers whose bond with the brand goes beyond the obvious business benefits. And devices like the Bold 9780 are certainly part of that bond.

From a geek’s perspective, a new generation of gadgets should emerge to a new generation of users. Radical, rebellious, with no sense of history and no respect for authorities. In the world of business, every new generation of gadgets has to make generations of users feel at home.

There’s no moral dilemma for BlackBerry in this. They know trying to introduce new features and UI tweaks with each new generation involves substantial risk for some of the changes to backfire. But they haven’t given up on the Torch and the Storm, have they? Though it’s obviously much easier to stick to a tested recipe and only add stuff that’s been proved to work.

Key features:

  • Enhanced email and data security via BlackBerry services
  • 2.44″ 65K-color TFT landscape display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels
  • Hardware four-row full QWERTY keyboard
  • Quad-band GSM support and tri-band 3G with HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • GPS receiver and BlackBerry maps preloaded
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera, LED flash
  • 624 MHz CPU, 512 MB RAM
  • BlackBerry OS v6
  • Touch-sensitive trackpad navigation
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Decent web browser
  • Office document editor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Smart dialing
  • Compact body and solid build quality

Main disadvantages:

  • BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to enjoy all phone features
  • Outdated and unintuitive camera interface
  • No FM radio
  • No video-call camera
  • No built-in accelerometer

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 upgrades the Bold 9700 by a 5 megapixel shooter and the new 6th version of the BlackBerry OS. It doesn’t sound much and when you consider that the 9700 was already updated to BlackBerrry OS 6 there is even less to choose between the two phones.

BlackBerry OS 6

Unlike the BlackBerry Bold 9780, the 9700 came to our office running the latest 6th version of the BlackBerry OS. We have only met the touch-implementation of this version so far, when reviewing the BlackBerry Torch 9800, so it will be interesting how it fares on a non-touch device.

Well the improvement here is less pronounced as the refreshed UI feels better suited for touch-operation, but BB OS 6 is still definitely a step in the right direction, the user-friendliness and UI looks have definitely been improved. But we still feel Symbian 3rd edition has the upper hand.

Phonebook got a facelift

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 phonebook got an overdue improvement in looks, which considering the already great functionality is all we could have wished for. Well actually it’s still not the nicest thing to look at, but at least it’s no longer the eye sore that it was previously.

Smart dial is the telephony highlight

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 in-call performance was as good as we’ve come to expect from the Canadians. No voice drops or reception issues were experienced.

What gives the Bold 9780 some extra points however is the Smart dial feature. Indeed that was our preferred way of locating contacts on the handset – you just press a few keys straight from the homescreen and a list of names that contain them appears on the screen. There’s no unpleasant delay or anything like that.

Messaging is all fine, but email needs BIS subscription

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 handles has all kinds of messages, though its nicely organized apps. You get SMS, MMS and email support out of the box and there are also a few IM apps preinstalled.

Music player stays the same

But for the mild UI refresh the BlackBerry Bold 9780 music player hardly brings any news. It’s still pretty conservatively styled, but most of the functionality has been there since BlackBerry OS 5.

Still there’s quick searching of tracks and automatic sorting by artist, album and genre. Creating custom playlists is also supported.

Uninspiring audio quality

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 didn’t manage to impress us during our traditional audio quality test. The handset does decently when used with an active external equalizer, but still falls notably short of the best we have seen. And things get even worse when a pair of headphones is plugged it.

With no resistance applied (i.e. the active external amplifier case) the Bold 9780 has decent signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and stereo crosstalk. The distortion levels are also kept well under control. However the frequency reponse is far from optimal with the extreme bass frequencies completely cut-off.

When headphones are connected, the Bold 9780 stereo crosstalk increases quite significantly, while the intermodulation distortion rises (though that still remains nothing to worry about). Frequency response worsens even further so you can see why we are not able to give the Bold 9780 full points in this test.

A solid video player

With so many better options out there, the Bold 9780 is hardly a device you will consider if watching videos is your priority. Still if you can live without a huge AMOLED screen or a battery that lasts for ages, you can do worse than this smartphone

Gallery does the job

A couple of cosmetic changes and a few new minor features is what sets the Bold 9780 gallery apart from the BlackBerry OS 5 version.

Images can be browsed in grid mode or viewed as a standard list. There’s searching by name here too, but we’re not the type that remembers the names of our cameta snaps, so we won’t count that as an extra.

A decent 5 megapixel camera

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes with a 5 megapixel camera with is the joint best achievement for a RIM smartphone. It probably packs the same sensor and LED flash as the Torch 9800, since the images those two produce are pretty similar.

Unfortunately the camera comes with the same old bad looking interface and relatively low number of customizable settings. What’s even worse is that the bar at the bottom covers a part of the frame, making proper framing a really hard task.

The camera key is also pretty uncomfortable, considering that you do most of your shooting with the Bold 9780 in portrait mode. It wouldn’t have mattered if the trackpad also supported autofocusing, but as thing stand now you have to pick one or the other.

If the trackpad worked in touch-to-focus, press-to-shoot mode, the Bold 9780 would have made for a more comfortable cameraphone. A workaround to this problem is setting the autofocus to continuous mode.

Geo-tagging, flash and scenes can be accessed straight from the viewfinder and those are just about the only options you get with the Bold 9780. The only other thing you can customize is image resolution, which is located in the advanced settings menu.

There are no settings for exposure compensation, white balance, ISO or anything like that. There is face detection, but that is a dedicated scene, rather than a separate setting.

The image quality of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is actually surprisingly nice considering the BlackBerry background of unimpressive snappers. It won’t blow your mind but there is a good amount of resolved detail and the noise levels are tolerable. Contrast is fine too. What put us off though was the dull colors and the fact that most test samples we shot had a strong tint – either greenish or reddish. We’ve actually picked the best samples of the crop to show you below so you just have to trust us on this color unreliability.

Photo quality comparison

We’ve also added the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to the database of our Photo Compare Tool. The Tool’s page has a quick how to guide and also what to look for.

Video recording taking baby steps forward

The Bold lineup is probably one of the worst performing in terms of video recording in the smartphone world. The Bold 9000 was a real disaster, while its 9700 successor didn’t do much better either.

Now the third attempt takes video recording up to VGA resolution, which is indeed some progress. However the rest of the world has been enjoying 720p videos for a while now, and some are even getting 1080p, so we are hardly impressed with the 9780.

Great connectivity

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is giving you a broad range of connectivity options, as you would expect from a modern day smartphone.

The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support secures global roaming and the 3G with HSDPA gives you the extra speed. The Wi-Fi is also present with a nice and easily customizable Wi-Fi manager taking care of all the connections. Bluetooth with A2DP support rounds off the list of wireless connectivity options.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is also equipped with a standard microUSB port that is enabled for both data connections and charging. Once connected, you can sync your data with the mobile phone including your iTunes collection, save for the files that have DRM.

You can even use the handset as a tethered modem.

Finally, you have the option to use your microSD memory card slot for file transfers.

With LTE radios and HDMI ports starting to creep in on high-end smartphones we wouldn’t dare call the Bold 9780 connectivity package perfect, but it’s certainly good enough.

The trackpad scores a point for the browser

The web browser on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is certainly one of the best we have seen among non-touch phones. Good software, quick-QWERTY input and precise trackpad navigation add up to a combo that is hard to match.

Excellent organizing skills

True to its business objectives, the Bold 9780 has superb time-management capabilities. Its organizer includes a decent set of applications and although some of them are hardly lookers, their usability cannot be called into question.

The calendar has monthly, weekly and daily view modes and allows easily customized events to be set up. We have to admit that some event presets would have been useful but sadly the device fails to provide them. Calendar entries can be forwarded and conference call information can be merged into the Calendar.

BlackBerry App World kicks in

The BlackBerry App World is the RIM application distribution solution. Quite well organized, it accepts payment by credit card or Paypal.

Managing your apps can be done through your computer or directly from the device itself. There are enough categories and a search box to make searching easier.

GPS navi double

As one would expect nowadays, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and comes with A-GPS support. For navigation you get BlackBerry Maps preinstalled. Unfortunately it is yet another application that only works with a BlackBerry internet plan activated. This means that voice-guided navigation is out of the question for the ones that buy it SIM free and then use it with their regular plan.

BlackBerry Maps provide basic map functionality plus voice-guided navigation. You can enter an address straight from your phonebook and you can also save your favorite spots so you don’t have to type them every time.

BlackBerry Maps also allows you to send your location to anyone via email or SMS, and that rounds off a decent but certainly not spectacular application.

Also, addresses that are included in messages are automatically detected and can be displayed on the map at the expense of a few clicks. The map data has also been updated, including more cities than ever. We can still think of at least several apps with more detailed maps, but let’s not get too picky here.

March 22, 2010

Bold white, purple and black E72 Desire way to the market


Nokia will soon release a new color for the E72. The device will be in purple on the market to come. In addition, a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 and HTC to offer us a black Desire.
Bold white, purple and black E72 Desire way to the market

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Nokia plans to soon start making E72 attractive to women. The producer is the unit in a new color cast alongside three existing colors. Currently, the device is in black, silver and brown on the market now will be found while the purple color to come. The purple variant will be available to come on the limited market for the same price as the other colors. It is unclear however whether the device in this color also goes to the Benelux, and when it does come is also unknown.

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Also know their popular BlackBerry and HTC phones, which one has not been, to provide new colors. After the first Bold white was released in 9000, the Bold 9700 is soon available in white. The rumor circulated equally PDAshop but now it seems the device in white to provide. Besides the white Bold HTC also come with the third color for Desire. This unit is only around May in the shops but it is known that the phone now in black will be available. The black version will not cost extra and will just go alongside the brown and silver will be delivered.

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