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BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 review

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Manufacturer: RIM (BlackBerry)

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The BlackBerry Bold 9900’s superb keyboard, fantastic design and great display make it without a doubt the best BlackBerry ever produced.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900’s superb keyboard, fantastic design and great display make it without a doubt the best BlackBerry ever produced.

However, it's still very tough to recommend this over iPhone and Android smartphone alternatives when you take into account the software, and the lack of third-party apps available.

RIM's latest BlackBerry Bold 9900 heralds a new era for the famous BlackBerry: it is the first Bold to combine a touchscreen and a physical keyboard in a standard candy bar design.

The Bold 9900 has a fantastic industrial design that feels superbly constructed, its keyboard is the best we’ve ever used on a smartphone, and its screen is vivid and bright.

However, in the age of the iPhone, Android and even Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the Bold still offers little incentive to switch from rival platforms.

BlackBerry Bold 9900: Design and display

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is a superb piece of industrial design, and without doubt the best-looking BlackBerry ever released.

The brushed metal edges scream premium, while the carbon fibre-like battery cover on the rear adds weight to the Bold’s great looks. The Bold 9900 measures just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry ever.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 front and back

The top-mounted lock button, and the volume controls and shortcut button on the right are perfectly positioned and click reassuringly when pressed. Though it’s still very much a BlackBerry, we feel the Bold 9900’s styling should offer immense appeal to both corporate users, and regular consumers.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the first BlackBerry to combine a touchscreen and a full-sized physical keyboard while keeping the famous candy bar shape.

It has a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen that is responsive to press. The screen itself is vivid, bright, and clear, but compared to its iPhone and Android rivals, the 2.8in display feels small and cramped.

Below the screen sits answer and end call buttons, menu and back keys, and BlackBerry’s optical track pad. Although this is a touchscreen smartphone, we still found ourselves making good use of the track pad for general navigation.

The best feature of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is its keyboard. It’s without a doubt the best keyboard on a smartphone we’ve ever reviewed.

The keys are slightly wider than its predecessor, the Bold 9780, and more akin to the original Bold 9000 — a phone that was widely credited with the best keyboard ever tag when it was released.

If your primary use of a smartphone is email, the Bold 9900 is on its own planet when it comes to text input.

The Bold 9900 is also a capable media player that features a refreshing interface, and the 5-megapixel camera also doubles as a video recorder.

One real positive is the BlackBerry 9900's battery life. It often lasted over two days during testing, placing it far ahead of most of its rivals and making it a handy device for road warriors.

NEXT: BlackBerry Bold software and apps

 

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Expert Verdict »
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Scores 7.6 out of 10 based on 574 reviews
BlackBerry smartphone
1.2GHz processor
BlackBerry 7 OS
Hardware qwerty keyboard
8GB memory
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The BlackBerry Bold 9900’s superb keyboard, fantastic design and great display make it without a doubt the best BlackBerry ever produced. However, it's still very tough to recommend this over iPhone and Android alternatives when you take into account the software, and the lack of third-party apps available.

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