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Engadget Nov 5, 2009

For us, however, the BlackBerry UI is showing its age, and ultimately, beautiful hardware aside, this device is essentially exactly the same as every other BlackBerry.

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CNET Dec 17, 2009

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 brings T-Mobile its first 3G BlackBerry and improves on its predecessor with a sleeker design and more power. We only wish it had a better browser to complete the package.

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TechRadar Nov 13, 2009

While many will probably disagree with us, we're not sold on the more cramped keyboard that makes the new Bold 2 9700 look a lot like a hundred other BlackBerry designs out there today.

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CrackBerry Mar 30, 2012

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is simply the best of everything that Research in Motion currently offers in a smartphone, wrapped into a tight package.

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BGR Sep 21, 2009

Every single thing about the BlackBerry 9700 screams high-end to us, and for a device that’s a part of the Bold-series (the Bold won’t go anywhere, we’ve been told), it should. It’s the best of the best to come out of Research In Motion to date and we can’t wait until everyone’s able to...

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IntoMobile Dec 2, 2009

On the whole, the 9700 is a safe, expected, and generally well-executed iteration on RIM’s winning strategy, but doesn’t bring anything especially new to the table.

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ptrhansen ptrhansen

This was blackberry's flagship phone when it was released but it has fallen far behind what Apple and Android phone manufactures have put out. It excels as an email, text and talking device, just don't ask it to do anything beyond that.

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ylksa ylksa

I highly recommend this phone if you want to enter the BB market, even though several models been released after it, in my opinion its still the best one out there. Also the keyboard on this device is the best I used and the best I will ever use. Downsides would be the Internet browsing and...

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bigb bigb

Both devices are rock solid. Have been using a Blackberry since the 6xxx series and the old 957 pagers and have over 7 different models in my collection (8700, 8800, 8300, 8310, 9000 amongst others), these devices are the best, easy to read even down to a 7 point font and feels perfect in the...

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