BlackBerry Bold 9000
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BlackBerry Bold 9000
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- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE4 ReviewsPC Mag80RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000 (AT&T) - At A Glance - ReThere's no doubt the BlackBerry Bold will win over the corporate crowd with its business focus and sharp looks; we just wish its Web browser were better.CNET80RIM BlackBerry Bold (AT&T)For those who waited, the RIM BlackBerry Bold won't disappoint. The Bold impresses with its brilliant display, enhanced productivity tools, and excellent multimedia performance to deliver a more powerful and well-rounded smartphone to mobile professionals.Gizmodo80BlackBerry Bold ReviewThis is RIM's best phone ever. Does that mean it's the phone for you? If you're a BlackBerry fanatic, yes—it really is the phone you've been waiting for, if you're not hoping RIM radically changed the recipe.Pocket-Lint90BlackBerry Bold mobile phone reviewIf you are a BlackBerry user looking to upgrade and want the keyboard this won't do you wrong.
- 77AVERAGE USER SCORE24 ReviewsEngadget Reader60February 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Looking back for BlackBerry Bold 9000We've known that one company that standouts when it comes to Physical/Qwerty keyboards. The company that innovated the mobile typing but is it enough to keep up with the general market that want something new?But in May of 2008 RIM announced their most popular line-up for their phones, The BlackBerry Bold 9000 that made its name as the Physical/QWERTY king of mobile typing. but to be called the King of the mobile typing is enough to hold its ground? We have mixed answers. Just to make it simple, People want something new, something that will WOW the general market. But the BlackBerry Bold 9000 held it grounds until the end of the battle when it comes to the general market by its QWERTY/Physical keyboard that everyone loved, loved by business men, regular consumer and by the general public.Some unique features of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 are the trackball navigation and the most ever famous QWERTY/Physical keyboard.BlackBerry Bold 9000 features:Quad-band GSM support and tri-band 3G with HSDPADivX and XviD video supportmicroSD card slot (up to 8GB)Wi-Fi and built-in GPS and BlackBerry maps preloadedtrackball navigation2 megapixel camera, LED flashfour-row full QWERTY keyboardMoreover BlackBerry Bold 9000 is a groundbreaking phone for RIM back then, with its connectivity, business type of design and the most ever popular and well-known feature of any BlackBerry smartphone, the QWERTY/Physical keyboard it is the most comfortable keyboard that people ever used back then.But every BlackBerry devices has its downfall, downfall that we cannot get it high enough to get back on its feet. Other companies kept on innovating their phones just to beat each other and to be called again the King of Mobile technology.The BlackBerry Bold 9000 cannot cope with the general technology these days, with its late-low specifications. if one ever uses it until now, I believe he's a big fan of BlackBerry devices, like me. All of my phones are from BlackBerry to BlackBerry Bold 9000 to BlackBerry Curve 8520 and my main phone is the BlackBerry Curve 9370. I use BlackBerry for it comfortable keyboard that I cant get from any other smartphone.freedonut70February 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80June 3, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20March 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I hated this phone. It was a work phone and I last two days before I just went back to my iPhone 3G.Engadget Reader80December 23, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Loved this phone to death but now it's time to change and shift to more powerful Mobile OS'es like iOS or Android.Engadget Reader70October 28, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 8, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great for it's time, but outdated OS and virtually no apps. Worked well for me as a messaging device.Engadget Reader20October 5, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60May 25, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is the work phone. Don't upgrade to OS 6 - it's terrible! The battery life is amazing though - wish I could go for a week on my android phone between charges.Engadget Reader90May 22, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall a great phone, works right out of the box without tweaks, does everything it needs to. Works well as a media player too. Speakerphone could use a bit more 'oomph'.Engadget Reader80February 27, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 6, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!In launching the Bold in 2008, RIM really broke away from their existing product line, and really came up with a new generation of Blackberry's. Every subsequent RIM product's UI is similar to that launched with the Bold. So they should be. The UI is pretty intuitive, and customizable. The screen clarity and brightness is dazzling, and they incorporated a lot of improvements over the previous generations from the 8700r, 8820 and then the Curve.The call quality is generally decent, and inline with most phones on the market today. With the newer versions of BES, the Bold will render HTML-based e-mails as they are meant to be viewed. Issues here could be While the browser is significantly improved when compared against earlier generations, don't expect an iPhone or Zune HD-type experience. It's better, but not great. Music and media are pretty easy to use with the native apps, and I have upgraded my storage and have a great playlist and lots of pics. Overall, my favorite Blackberry, and a true must-have for mobile professionals.Engadget Reader70November 5, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The biggest issue is actually the 3G chip, it kills the battery. You can't get through a day on one charge. The second biggest complaint I get from users and have experienced myself is the random reboots. In the middle of calls, checking your calendar, in your pocket, at any moment it will just decided to reboot which takes several minutes. Also each update seems to bring a whole slew of new problems. And there is not enough memory. The app store has killed what little memory there is for apps. But other than that and it's browser, it's a great device.As a Canadian, I am supposed to say this is device is perfect. As tech that supports hundreds of them, I want less problems. As a user, I want more space for weather apps and calculators and a USB jack hardwired into my car. Oh and a Mac version of the Desktop Manager that doesn't trash my data when I do a firmware update. Good thing I backed up with Windows version first.Engadget Reader90September 19, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love the Bold for work but in "fun" department is way behind the iPhone. Primarily in the browser criteria and app selection. It's cumbersome to navigate around (and yes I'm using all keyboard shortcuts there are, and yes I tried the Opera Mini) not only on the browser but any new app you purchase. It's just not as intuitive and sexy as the iPhone. This is true for almost any app comparing side by side with the iPhone. Bold is also just an ok media device.However, phone quality is great and quick access to key tasks (via home screen shortcuts) is unmatchable due to the hard keys on the keyboard.Engadget Reader90August 20, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Good: I can install any application I want to. No organization moderates what can and can't be installed, like the iPhone. Wi-fi makes this model stand out among the other Blackberry models. I download my podcasts straight to phone to listen to, bypassing iTunes on my PC and then carrying around my iPod in addition to the phone. The is not as big as other phones, but the resolution is superb. I've used soft keyboards in the past, but nothing compares to a physical button when it comes to finger feedback. With regular use, I can get a little over a full day on the regular battery. But since it is removable, I could easy carry a second battery when I were traveling. The speaker phone has very good audio quality. Often I will listen to music and my podcasts using the onboard speaker, rather than plugging into external speakers. The menu integration between apps is great and has plenty of room to grow. For example, after taking a photo there are many actions to choose from. Because I have Facebook installed, I can choose to post the image to Facebook right from the camera application that came with the phone. Lastly, I can actually hear the person on the other end of a phone call. The audio volume is loud enough to be heard, unlike my previous "free" phone.Bad: The application memory is not as big as it should be, nor is it fully expandable with microSD cards. Often when the phone has been one for a while (several days) it will react sluggishly to my requests. This is fixed by a full shutdown and battery pull, but that is just another negative. Don't get me wrong, I love the Bold. It beats the competition in functionality, openness, and usability. Currently the applicaton store is somewhat limited in the number of applications, but more will come as it matures. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks is not as easy on the Bold as it was on my Palm TX. On the Bold, I have to wait until the phone automatically connects to the network after setting up the security settings. The alarm doesn't have an automatic snooze after going off for so many minutes. I've had the alarm go off for 20 minutes, bothering the neighbors, when I went out to get the mail and enjoy the morning. Summary: I recommend this phone to anyone who likes to text, email, browse the web, listen to music/podcasts, or make phone calls. All that is bad about it can be ignored for all the good things it has. The positives far outweigh the negatives.Engadget Reader90July 9, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall, this phone is a really good phone. It's powerful. It's fast. The screen is gorgeous, and the keyboard is simply top notch. I really enjoy the typing experience on the phone and how quickly it gets through all of its tasks. I LOVE push email (although I only use it for my corporate email account) and do enjoy many of the third party applications that are available for the phone. Similiar to the iPhone commercials, in many cases you can add functionality that is missing with an application. Downside is many of those cost plenty of monies. I don't loathe the browser like most people do; I find it's perfectly capable for most things. As long as you aren't loading anything too haeavy and focus on mobile-optimized pages, it's not the worst. Far from the best ... but far better than IE for WinMo.I guess my main complaint is the one that's been voiced in the media a lot recently regarding RIM's operating system. It's rock solid and is good for what it does. The problem is that the phone is ever expanding to occupy a much larger place in our lives than when the OS was originally created. RIM really does need to go back to the core and rewrite the system to truly take advantage of next generation touch hardware and all of the new possibilities that have opened up since they moved their primary business model from pagers to cellphones. Bolting on additional features isn't enough. I really feel that if they were to spend the time to upgrade their OS, they could create a very consumer-friendly phone.I do love my phone, however, I would probably buy something else if my company would get with the times and install an exchange server for email. We are still running on that ubiquitous virus known as Lotus Notes (which is great for groupware, but lousy for email) and I don't have another option for my corporate email, beyond forwarding to an email account that my company doesn't control (not an option). Yes, I did rate it very highly because the phone is top notch. Great build quality, gorgeous screen, speedy processor, spacious and amazing keyboard and other premium features make it a wonderful phone. However, if the OS could move into the 21st century, it could cross that threshold and become an amazing phone.As it is, I can't wait for the Blackberry Magnum. Full touchscreen as well as this amazing keyboard? Yea, that's a dream. Now, about that OS ...Engadget Reader70July 8, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The BlackBerry Bold is a great device with only one disadvantage in its hardware: the trackball. Trackballs from other BlackBerry devices doesn't get as dirty as the ones in the BlackBerry Bold. I have now bought six new trackballs for backup in case the new one stops working too soon.Another thing that needs a change is the OS. It's the same OS that runs on the older BlackBerry devices such the 8700. The same operating system that was great... five years ago; This operating system is running right now on the Bold.BlackBerry OS 5.0? By looking at the screenshots and forum posts (because I don't dare to even download it due to its immaturity) it's more than the same.So this needs to change if RIM wants to stay on the top of the market of smartphones. Apple iPhone and Google Android powered phones are doing a great job.Engadget Reader70July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!+1 beautiful screen, high res and very readable in most lighting conditions.+1 Improved front end vs. older BlackBerry's+1 Good keyboard (a little tight though)-1 No silent mode switch (physical switch i.e. think Palm Treo)-1 Phone can not ring and vibrate at the same time, I've missed numerous calls due to this-1 Vibration mode on this phone is pretty week. I can never feel this phone vibrate in my pocket.-1 Menu system is all text based and feels very antiquated, reminiscent of the old bb's.-1 Up to 5 minuets to reboot phone.-1 You need to reboot after almost every app install and removal. You can skip this step, however at some point you will have to go through a lengthy reboot.I'm also confused by some of the button configurations for locking the phone. I'd be happy using one button (usually power/end button on other phones) to lock the phone and turn off the screen. However, bb's either make you either press and hold the * key or the mute key. Holding the * key locks the keypad while holding the mute key puts the phone in stand by. however if the keypad is already locked you are still able to put the phone in stand-by if you hold the mute key... This is somewhat confusing as I can find no difference between stand-by and keypad lock.The phone does handle my Outlook mail, calender and contacts with ease. And the Gmail app works great as well.Engadget Reader100July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a college student and intern, RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9000 suits my needs perfectly. Upgrading from a Razr V3xx, with a brief stint with an iPhone, I could hardly be more impressed.*The screen is brilliant, although every once and a while video can lag a bit. *The sound on the Bold is phenomenal! It is loud, clear, and I could not ask for more.*The keyboard is well spaced, and even though individual keys may seem small, they were effectively designed to allow even people with larger hands to comfortably be able to type. *The battery life, considering it is a smart phone, is praise worthy. I tend to charge my phone once a week, twice if I'm heavily using the internet.*The interface on the phone allows for productivity with easily accessible tools. The address book allows almost everything you could ask for. My only disappointment here was that when browsing through your address book list you do not see contact photos unless you have already selected a contact. Than again, I suppose that the target audience of the BlackBerry might have hundreds of contacts and the pictures might lead to loss of speed. I am also pleased with the calender. Customizable reminders combined with the keyboard's ease of use allows optimal organization.*This phone, with its plethora of features, was surprisingly easy to learn to use. It does boot into a tutorial the first time you turn it on, which I found effective for some of the phone's specifics. Beyond that, after half an hour to an hour, I became comfortable with the 9000.*While it may be a personal preference, I am glad that the BlackBerry accepts microSD unlike the iPhone. *Let's not forget that the 9000 is not what I would call homely. It is a handsome looking phone. The black with a silver detailing is incredible, and what surprised me the most was the impressive leather backing.While the iPhone may have the Bold beat on screen size and wealth of applications. The latter having less to with RIM itself as the target audience. I would say that with the use of the microSD, nice keyboard, beautiful screen, amazing audio, and useful applications makes the BlackBerry Bold 9000 not only a vital tool for college students and business men alike, but also good for the occasional indulgence with entertainment.Engadget Reader80July 2, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Save the 'craptastic' GPS and the 3G data being a little manic depressive it's a great phone. The ATT (unlimited) Global Data plan is simply fantastic, and makes the phone a God Send. Honestly though, if Apple were to find a way to debut a similar service I would probably up and leave RIM. No real complaints other than the above listed. Further, I don't think that BB is doing anything revolutionary enough for a glowing review... they are becoming masters of the Status Quo. A good start might be to improve their blackberry app world, which is sad...Engadget Reader100July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This phone is a powerhouse. I do all my work on the go with my bold. I could not Imagine life without it right now. The battery lasts me a full day on one charge. I purchased the Otterbox Holster for my Bold, which has made it nearly indestructible.I would suggest that you buy some sort of protection, as I've noticed that it is very easily scratched. Also adding an 8gb micro sd card has made it my new Mp3 player. It's great having your Mp3 player, Phone, Internet, Calender and Office all in one device. If your considering this phone then get it now!Engadget Reader90July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For those of us hooked to keyboards and cannot deal with a touch screen phone, look no further. A Blackberry Bold is all you need. The keyboard is excellent because the phone is slightly wider than the curve, so not only do you get a slightly wider area to click away, you also get a screen that looks gorgeous. I am also an audiophile (not to the extreme degree, but am pretty picky) and I can tell you that the Bold has excellent speakers and a great set of headphones. Although the bass seems a little light at first, all great headphones need to be broken in a bit so it's not really a down side. The headset also comes with 3 different sizes of plugs, charger, and a cable. It uses the mini-usb interface so if you look anything, you can replace it cheaply and there are a lot of accessories available for that kind of plug if you decide to purchase a charger or something for the car.Over all, I cannot complain about the hardware, but the RIM's software does seem a little outdated. Although they have updated the OS so that it runs a lot smoother and there are apps that you can download for free to do software battery pulls to reset the memory, they need to make available features like allowing flash memory to be used for OS memory. Another downside is that the app store is limited compared to the iPhone one, but there aren't as many "useless" apps and I'm not really somebody who wants to play video games on my phone. The GPS works, so does the wi-fi, bluetooth 2.0 EDR, and the gorgeous light sensitive screen and back-lit keyboard. Although is it expensive with AT&T's service, I think it's worth the cost if this is something you really want. I do recommend purchasing a skin for the phone, since it looks like it's prone to scratching and I have dropped it a couple of times. So far nothing is broken, and most of the drops are from heights around 3 to 4 ft high so I'd say that it's a pretty solid phone.If you have any specific questions about the phone please don't hesitate to ask me.Engadget Reader100July 1, 2009Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I can say that the gadget era is my generations. I'm an engineer in college, so its safe for me to say that I have a pretty good understanding of technology. I've grown up with them, and never known a time where gadgets didn't rule. So when I say this is the best phone I have ever even touched, thats saying something. I've owned a few Motorola phones such as the razr, and had my fair share of time playing with the iPhone. The Bold, it just doesn't seem to be on the same level. I loved what RIM did when they changed their target demographic from business class to mainstream; they made a phone that everyone can appreciate. Apple may still have the upper-had on the whole, "there's an app for that." But Blackberry is on the right track towards catching up. With they're recently launched 'BlackBerry App World', apps are very easy to come by. And with the free development kits they offer online, anyone can make their own. As far as hardware, the phone was top of the line at its time of release, and still is at the top of the mountain. With a 624 MHz Intel PXA270 Processor, and 128mb of ram, the phone packs more power than the desktop I had growing up. The camera, at 2.0mp, is what you would expect from a phone, but a super-bright flash is a definite plus. The web browser still could use a few tweaks, but is more than ample for your smartphone browsing needs. Typing on this thing is a breeze, you will find yourself texting and emailing and bbm-ing (that's BlackBerry Messenger-ing for you non-blackberry folk, which is basically RIM's personal IM chat cliet that lets you have conversations with other Blackberrys, using the phones unique 'PIN' number as their identification, and uses date instead of SMS or MMS) more than you probably should. The sound quality is awesome, and though I do live in a city where I get 3G anywhere I go, the reception from what I can tell is no different from any other phone. So if your a businessman with still just a hint of style left in you, a texting phenom, or you just plain love technology like I do, the Bold is the phone for you. It wont disappoint.
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