Review: BlackBerry Bold 9000May 3, 2009
Available Date: May 2008
Fresh Gear Rating: 7/10
- 624 MHz Marvell Tavor PXA930 processor
- 1GB On-board + 128 MB Flash
- 114 X 66 X 15 mm – 136 gram
- HSDPA – QUAD band
- Internal GPS antenna
- Bluetooth + WiFi
- 2.0 megapixel color camera
- Battery 1100 mAh with Up to 4.5 hours for GSM and 13.5 days Standby Time
Unboxing the BlackBerry Storm
Comes with the following accessories.
- Leather Pouch
- Wired Headset
- USB Cable
- Wall Charger
- Manual + CD
The unit comes with an un-interesting packaging. A black box with a BlackBerry Logo on top and the device name located at the side with font size 8 or something! All 3 BlackBerry Storm, Bold and Curve comes with the same box, same size and font. So, it can be quite confusing and mistakenly taken the wrong box.
The bundled headset/handsfree is actually very nice! The BlackBerry logo is clearly seen and the quality is pretty good too.
The provided leather pouch holds the device firmly but exposing the top indicator light so that users can easily take a look at the notification light. The pouch is so tight that when you are trying to remove the phone from it, it will turn on the Bold “automatically”.
Using the BlackBerry Bold
One of the few distinct feature of Blackberrys are their keypad and trackball; and I totally agree! The QWERTY/QWERTZ keyboard is fantastic to type on and the trackball is super easy to navigate around!
Getting the BlackBerry up and running with all my contacts was SIMPLE! Since I am using Google account, a simple Google Sync setup synchronized all my contacts and appointment over to the new device; effortless!
When there is an incoming new Email, a red flashing indicator light will appear near the top right side of the phone. The main screen of the BlackBerry is very plain and simple with only 6 icons appearing.
Each Email account which you associate with your BlackBerry Server appears as an individual icon. Therefore you can easily identify which Email of yours has a new mail. All these located at the front screen shows how much emphasis BlackBerry put on (push) Email.
On top of the screen shows how many new Emails are received. Attachment are clearly indicated and Bold is able to easily open most of the popular attachment like Excel, Word, Powerpoint, pictures…
Some of the options you get with Email screen.
Appointments are indicated with a small tiny dot. Longer appointments are indicated with a line instead.
Click on the “BlackBerry” logo and you will be greeted with host of other functions. Below are some self-explanitary screen shots.
You can manage all your wireless connection settings from this menu.
Threaded SMS on the BlackBerry Bold.
The BlackBerry button acts like a “right click” where you can access more options when in a particular menu.
The movie player in the Blackberry Bold is surprising powerful. Right out of the box, I was able to play most of the file format including DivX and MPEG!
I don’t like the built-in BlackBerry Maps and I have not figured if it is possible to install other third party maps onto BlackBerry like Mapking, Garmin or Papago maps? Anyone want to share your experience on the mapping software on Blackberry?
Some of the popular pre-installed games. Better than Windows Mobile pre-installed games! 🙂
A pretty nice built-in Facebook app which allow you to view, upload and update status on Facebook!
This is the screen where you can manage all the application you have installed.
The browser on the BlackBerry Bold is quite slow if compared to other browser on other platform like Safari (iPhone) or Opera (Windows Mobile). Nothing to shout about in this department.
- Long battery life
- Robust Email System
- I absolutely love the trackball
- Blackberry system is responsive, reminds me of the good old Palm OS days
- Lack of 3G Video Camera
- Lack of Auto-focus function
- Built-in browser could be better
- Limited 3rd Party Apps
- Interface is rather boring. It’s a business phone.
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