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It is the latest smartphone (available August 21, 2008) from RIM to be released by AT&T on November 4th 2008.

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Pros

3G network connectivity

19 agree

WiFi access (802.11 a/b/g)

15 agree

Built-in GPS

14 agree

Tactile keyboard is faster typing than iPhone touchscreen

13 agree

Faster CPU @ 624 MHz

11 agree

Expandable memory with microSD cards up to 16 GB

10 agree

Twice the resolution @ 480 x 320

8 agree

Very similar in size to the Apple iPhone

7 agree

Copy and paste function!

7 agree

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

6 agree

Super reliable

6 agree

Much larger contact area and layout of keyboard

6 agree

Feels very solid in your hand.

6 agree

Great battery life

5 agree

Loud speaker-phone

5 agree

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

5 agree

Comes with a free case!

4 agree

Care power charger works very well.

3 agree

Nice "bedside" alarm clock mode. Looks pretty

1 agrees
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Cons

Small display compared to iPhone

8 agree

Browser isn't as good as the iPhone's

5 agree

Immature app-store

4 agree

Same Size as 8800, Larger than 8300

3 agree

Unintuitive menu layout

3 agree

Drops calls more often than my curve did.

3 agree

No touchscreen sucks for the web

3 agree

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

3 agree

Unpolished interface

2 agree

No where close to the intuitive experience on the iPhone

2 agree

Not a touch screen

2 agree

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

2 agree

Loses 3G network often.

1 agrees

No timed profiles

1 agrees

No dedicated lock or mute buttons

1 agrees

Poor battery life after a couple months of use

1 agrees

Keyboard is cramped - especially for number dialing

1 agrees

Large and bulky

1 agrees

Pointer scrolls too slowly

1 agrees

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

1 agrees

No external lock button

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

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. 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
Post Review
Christopher-rojas
05/31/2011 11:38

I owned the bold for a few months and dislike it.The 8350i is better.The battery life is terrible.

Yosef
08/13/2010 02:25

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.

Erik
07/14/2009 09:35

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)

Omar
04/17/2009 10:35

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.

Whipdaddy
08/25/2008 05:12

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.

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