The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a quad-band smartphone with 3G mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS navigation features. The device has a tiny touch-sensitive trackpad for super-fast navigation, while the BlackBerry button can be assigned to take the user straight to the functions they use most. Emails and text messages can be composed using the 9700's 35-key Qwerty keypad.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 sports a 2.44in screen with a resolution of 480x360 pixels. Round the back is a 3.2Mp camera with zoom and flash. It can also capture video footage. A multimedia manager allows users to rename and save photos and video clips and to search for them by file name or date on the device. Photos can be sent as multimedia messages, emailed or uploaded to a social network using one of many BlackBerry AppWorld applications. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other popular social networks all have their own BlackBerry apps.
The Bold 9700 has strong contact management features including encrypted BlackBerry email and webmail support, calendar, organiser and to-do list. Emails are searchable and up to 100 contacts can be assigned speed dial numbers. BBM direct messaging (which uses the unique handset identity to secure connect friends and business associates) and a web browser with zoom and Flash support.
The 14mm-thick handset weighs 90 grammes excluding its 1500MAhr battery and has a talktime of around six hours. Standby time runs to 21 days for the GSM version and 17 days for the UMTS version.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 White will go onsale in the UK imminently and should be offered for free, depending on contract chosen.
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