The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review

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Camera

Ok, let’s state this right off the bat: it’s disappointing that for their new flagship, luxury BlackBerry, RIM did not see fit to up the Bold’s camera beyond 2.0 Mpx. However, that doesn’t mean that the Bold’s camera is the same as that of the BlackBerry Curve. Similar to the improvements to the Bold’s screen, the Bold’s camera does a significantly better job at displaying dynamic color and lighting ranges: images pop out at you, and don’t have the muddy overlay of the Curve’s camera. The difference between both cameras is evident below:

Bold Camera

Curve Camera

It’s interesting to note that the maximum digital zoom of the Bold camera is only 3x, rather than the 5x promised when the device was officially announced. Instead, the Bold’s camera zooms from 1x to 2x to 3x, which is probably for the best, considering the poor quality of 5x pictures taken by my BlackBerry 8330.

Bold Camera (3x)

Curve Camera (5x)

Other items of note? The Bold’s video camera no longer has its own Application Screen icon, and must be accessed using the general Camera icon. Images from both the Bold’s internal and external memory can be viewed at the same time in the Media Player’s Pictures menu. The Bold certainly loads images quicker than ever before, and I only found it to stutter when I popped in an SD card with 1GB of images (I’m a bit of a shutterbug). Images can also be geo-tagged, which is a really nice touch.

  • Jon

    I have to agree with you about the slot for the SD card; I find it very difficult to use.

  • Jon

    I have to agree with you about the slot for the SD card; I find it very difficult to use.

  • http://AdventureEscapades.co.za/ Gary

    Wow!! What an informative and well written review.

    Thankfully South Africa seems, for once, to be right up there when it comes to launching new Blackberry models. I upgraded to the Curve about a year ago and can’t wait for the Bold.

    Wish I had not read the review :) - already drooling.

    Gary

  • http://AdventureEscapades.co.za Gary

    Wow!! What an informative and well written review.

    Thankfully South Africa seems, for once, to be right up there when it comes to launching new Blackberry models. I upgraded to the Curve about a year ago and can’t wait for the Bold.

    Wish I had not read the review :) - already drooling.

    Gary

  • Seth

    I have never used a blackberry before, but I have heard you don’t have true threaded sms. Does the new OS change that, or is text messaging largely unchanged. This device looks hot, but that is an important feature for me to consider.

  • Seth

    I have never used a blackberry before, but I have heard you don’t have true threaded sms. Does the new OS change that, or is text messaging largely unchanged. This device looks hot, but that is an important feature for me to consider.

  • Austin

    What about the browser?

  • Austin

    What about the browser?

  • Terry

    Any issues with the 3G network? Does the Bold, like the iPhone, revert from 3G to EDGE sometimes, for no apparent reason? Or is that just a U.S. problem?

  • Terry

    Any issues with the 3G network? Does the Bold, like the iPhone, revert from 3G to EDGE sometimes, for no apparent reason? Or is that just a U.S. problem?

  • Matt

    To echo Austin, what about the browser? I think most people would agree the poor native browser is Blackberry’s single biggest weakness in relation to other smartphones, and the fact that it’s not even mentioned in this review leaves me with more questions than before I read it. I own a Curve and won’t buy another Blackberry until the browser improves significantly; I wonder what it’s like on the Bold.

  • Matt

    To echo Austin, what about the browser? I think most people would agree the poor native browser is Blackberry’s single biggest weakness in relation to other smartphones, and the fact that it’s not even mentioned in this review leaves me with more questions than before I read it. I own a Curve and won’t buy another Blackberry until the browser improves significantly; I wonder what it’s like on the Bold.

  • Mike F.

    Nice review. Now if I can only get my hands on one. Damn you Rogers and your really, really sad Bold launch.

    On a side note… Where can I get the Blackberry Cool Wallpaper you showed on page 4 about the Bold’s Screen?

    Thanks

  • Mike F.

    Nice review. Now if I can only get my hands on one. Damn you Rogers and your really, really sad Bold launch.

    On a side note… Where can I get the Blackberry Cool Wallpaper you showed on page 4 about the Bold’s Screen?

    Thanks

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Simon Sage

    http://www.blackberrycool.com/wp-content/uploads/shirtlogo.jpg

    Here ya go, Mike. I’ll cook up a few more dimensions in case you want it something other than a Bold, maybe even desktop if you dig us that much. ;)

    The design is from our t-shirt, available here…

    http://www.cafepress.com/bbcool

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Simon Sage

    http://www.blackberrycool.com/wp-content/uploads/shirtlogo.jpg

    Here ya go, Mike. I’ll cook up a few more dimensions in case you want it something other than a Bold, maybe even desktop if you dig us that much. ;)

    The design is from our t-shirt, available here…

    http://www.cafepress.com/bbcool

  • Terry

    Hi there. Is anyone else having trouble viewing the full review? Page 8 is the section on Words to Go, and then section 9 is the final conclusion, but the homepage indicates that there should be sections in between for Web Browser, Camera, Media Player, and Applications. Am I crazy?

  • Terry

    Hi there. Is anyone else having trouble viewing the full review? Page 8 is the section on Words to Go, and then section 9 is the final conclusion, but the homepage indicates that there should be sections in between for Web Browser, Camera, Media Player, and Applications. Am I crazy?

  • http://www.rim.com/ Jamarcus Hammer

    Terry,

    The only crazy thing is that people actually view the RIM offering as a better option than Apple’s iPhone. Sure you can spend $399 on a sub-par device for a 3 year plan….that my friend is the only crazy thing.

  • http://www.rim.com/ Jamarcus Hammer

    Terry,

    The only crazy thing is that people actually view the RIM offering as a better option than Apple’s iPhone. Sure you can spend $399 on a sub-par device for a 3 year plan….that my friend is the only crazy thing.

  • Sean

    Are you certain about the maximum of a 16GB MicroSD card? I received the official Rogers spec sheet this week and it states up to 32GB for it.

  • http://www.rim.com Jamarcus Hammer

    Terry,

    The only crazy thing is that people actually view the RIM offering as a better option than Apple’s iPhone. Sure you can spend $399 on a sub-par device for a 3 year plan….that my friend is the only crazy thing.

  • Sean

    Are you certain about the maximum of a 16GB MicroSD card? I received the official Rogers spec sheet this week and it states up to 32GB for it.

  • Bryan

    shweet.
    what about the mp3 player.
    very important feature to me as I am a public transportation commuter. I didn’t love my curve for that. it lacked 2 basic abilities, playlists and equalizer controls.
    any thoughts?
    cheers
    b

  • Bryan

    shweet.
    what about the mp3 player.
    very important feature to me as I am a public transportation commuter. I didn’t love my curve for that. it lacked 2 basic abilities, playlists and equalizer controls.
    any thoughts?
    cheers
    b

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    Hey guys,

    Sorry for the issues. We’ve never tried to make a post this large before, and either WordPress or our theme is refusing to display all the pages.

    We’re working to figure out what’s going on right now. Won’t be too long hopefully!!!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    Hey guys,

    Sorry for the issues. We’ve never tried to make a post this large before, and either WordPress or our theme is refusing to display all the pages.

    We’re working to figure out what’s going on right now. Won’t be too long hopefully!!!

  • Guest

    I look forward to the media player review. Maybe it will be up after lunch.

    BTW … great job on the review .. now ATT just needs to launch the Bold.

  • B!

    I look forward to the media player review. Maybe it will be up after lunch.

    BTW … great job on the review .. now ATT just needs to launch the Bold.

  • Guest

    Sweet….. only two pages missing of the review now. Almost there guys! (OS & Media Player)

  • B!

    Sweet….. only two pages missing of the review now. Almost there guys! (OS & Media Player)

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    Thanks for the encouragement, B! OS is now up and Media Player will be up soon. They were the only two I couldn’t salvage and so they have to be rewritten.

    Remember kids, always backup your work. Because the Internet hates you.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    Thanks for the encouragement, B! OS is now up and Media Player will be up soon. They were the only two I couldn’t salvage and so they have to be rewritten.

    Remember kids, always backup your work. Because the Internet hates you.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    @Terry,

    No issues with 3G at all. Obviously Ottawa isn’t the most metropolitan city in the world, but you might be able to chalk it up to Rogers > AT&T when it comes to 3G coverage.

    @Sean,

    Not certain about the maximum MicroSD capacity. We only have a 4GB lying around, so we’ll have to look into it. For the record, the 16GB number comes from the initial Bold press release in May, so things could have changed since then.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    @Terry,

    No issues with 3G at all. Obviously Ottawa isn’t the most metropolitan city in the world, but you might be able to chalk it up to Rogers > AT&T when it comes to 3G coverage.

    @Sean,

    Not certain about the maximum MicroSD capacity. We only have a 4GB lying around, so we’ll have to look into it. For the record, the 16GB number comes from the initial Bold press release in May, so things could have changed since then.

  • mb

    So when is it gonna be in the US?!

  • mb

    So when is it gonna be in the US?!

  • mb

    So when is it gonna be in the US?!

  • mb

    So when is it gonna be in the US?!

  • mb

    So when is it gonna be in the US?!

  • dino

    I hate blackberry!!

    Wait for it….

    NOT!!!

  • dino

    I hate blackberry!!

    Wait for it….

    NOT!!!

  • dubz

    1st of all tanx bbcool for the superb review.. i fil this is one of the most complete reviews available for the BOLD.. i have a question.. how does it fit in ur chest pocket? how bout in ur trousers pocket? or jeans? probably u could post up sum pictures on the size of the bold compared to how it fits ur pockets.. ive seen sum reviews on the size of it but none which shows d Bold being tucked into ones pocket.. probly sum of us dun fil comfy clinging it onto the belt.. plus i dun wan my BOLD to be d target of snatch-thefts if i just cling it there.. i feel this (the BOLD’s size) is one of the problems for those who arent dat much in the business side but wants a rili great BB.. other than dat, its perfect~

  • dubz

    1st of all tanx bbcool for the superb review.. i fil this is one of the most complete reviews available for the BOLD.. i have a question.. how does it fit in ur chest pocket? how bout in ur trousers pocket? or jeans? probably u could post up sum pictures on the size of the bold compared to how it fits ur pockets.. ive seen sum reviews on the size of it but none which shows d Bold being tucked into ones pocket.. probly sum of us dun fil comfy clinging it onto the belt.. plus i dun wan my BOLD to be d target of snatch-thefts if i just cling it there.. i feel this (the BOLD’s size) is one of the problems for those who arent dat much in the business side but wants a rili great BB.. other than dat, its perfect~

  • http://ashleyarmitt.blogspot.com/ Ashley Armitt

    1 Blaring Omission from this review is the Headphones! Is it just in Oz they are suction based ?

    @ Bryan, these are features of 4.5 OS and well integrated into the 4.6 OS of the Bold

    @ Blackberry Cool, HSPA to GPRS handover works extremely well here in OZ. Over 100km’s between work and home moves seemlessly between the two. Best review so far by the way, the screenshots made you beat out BGR’s :)

  • http://ashleyarmitt.blogspot.com Ashley Armitt

    1 Blaring Omission from this review is the Headphones! Is it just in Oz they are suction based ?

    @ Bryan, these are features of 4.5 OS and well integrated into the 4.6 OS of the Bold

    @ Blackberry Cool, HSPA to GPRS handover works extremely well here in OZ. Over 100km’s between work and home moves seemlessly between the two. Best review so far by the way, the screenshots made you beat out BGR’s :)

  • Aaron

    The calculator says boobs when you hold it upside down.

  • Aaron

    The calculator says boobs when you hold it upside down.

  • Aaron

    The calculator says boobs when you hold it upside down.

  • http://www.marky.com/ Mark Rejhon

    One MAJOR thing is missing that greatly hurts the BlackBerry, according to some friends I know:

    An AppStore for BlackBerry. We need easier development, easier accessibility, for BlackBerry so that new users of BlackBerry can easily find a favourite application without needing to hunt many different sources on the Internet for it.

    Apps doesn’t have to be exclusive to the BlackBerry AppStore, but a pre-installed well-stocked AppStore makes it irresistible for developers to provide copies of their application for the unified AppStore - since everyone would be able to access it and purchase applications that way.

    There is some trickiness tiptoeing around corporate users whose admins don’t want such functionality, but if RIM want to be serious about selling more units to consumers, we need a built-in AppStore, as well as the addition of improved development environments.

    (P.S. RIM API needs to really be overhauled, baby… There’s a lot of legacy stuff that’s holding it back.)

  • http://www.marky.com Mark Rejhon

    One MAJOR thing is missing that greatly hurts the BlackBerry, according to some friends I know:

    An AppStore for BlackBerry. We need easier development, easier accessibility, for BlackBerry so that new users of BlackBerry can easily find a favourite application without needing to hunt many different sources on the Internet for it.

    Apps doesn’t have to be exclusive to the BlackBerry AppStore, but a pre-installed well-stocked AppStore makes it irresistible for developers to provide copies of their application for the unified AppStore - since everyone would be able to access it and purchase applications that way.

    There is some trickiness tiptoeing around corporate users whose admins don’t want such functionality, but if RIM want to be serious about selling more units to consumers, we need a built-in AppStore, as well as the addition of improved development environments.

    (P.S. RIM API needs to really be overhauled, baby… There’s a lot of legacy stuff that’s holding it back.)

  • http://www.quicklybored.com/ Kyle

    can you guy settle an argument I’ve been having with my coworkers?wwHat is the Bold’s target market? I think pro-sumers and my boss says CEO types. If pro-sumer, pricing and launch issues are crucial. If CEO types, then these are non-issues right? Shed some light readers?

  • http://www.quicklybored.com/ Kyle

    can you guy settle an argument I’ve been having with my coworkers?wwHat is the Bold’s target market? I think pro-sumers and my boss says CEO types. If pro-sumer, pricing and launch issues are crucial. If CEO types, then these are non-issues right? Shed some light readers?

  • http://www.quicklybored.com Kyle

    can you guy settle an argument I’ve been having with my coworkers?wwHat is the Bold’s target market? I think pro-sumers and my boss says CEO types. If pro-sumer, pricing and launch issues are crucial. If CEO types, then these are non-issues right? Shed some light readers?

  • Jvlien

    Battery life is not so good comparing to the Pearl 8310 unless you don’t use the blackberry and keep it sleeping. The very nice screen seems to be a huge power sucker.

  • Jvlien

    Battery life is not so good comparing to the Pearl 8310 unless you don’t use the blackberry and keep it sleeping. The very nice screen seems to be a huge power sucker.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Simon Sage

    @Mark

    Actually Mark, my Bold came with a Rogers Mall icon that launches into an online app store. I think RIM is more interested in leaving distribution to carriers, while still having references like the BlackBerry Solutions Catalog ( http://www.blackberrysolutionscatalog.com/ ) available for folks to peruse.

    @Kyle

    Considering the pricing, and how it’s replacing the BlackBerry 8800, I would place the Bold in the executive/enterprise category. Given, there’s a camera there that some companies might not be too happy with, and the slick screen seems a little too multimedia-friendly to be purely business, I think they’re more icing on the cake than anything else.

    @dubz

    Having pocketed the Pearl for a long time, the Bold definitely feels a little bulky. Right now I’m holstering it, but it actually fits in my front jean pocket no problem. It might be a little trickier if you’re putting anything else in there, though.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Simon Sage

    @Mark

    Actually Mark, my Bold came with a Rogers Mall icon that launches into an online app store. I think RIM is more interested in leaving distribution to carriers, while still having references like the BlackBerry Solutions Catalog ( http://www.blackberrysolutionscatalog.com/ ) available for folks to peruse.

    @Kyle

    Considering the pricing, and how it’s replacing the BlackBerry 8800, I would place the Bold in the executive/enterprise category. Given, there’s a camera there that some companies might not be too happy with, and the slick screen seems a little too multimedia-friendly to be purely business, I think they’re more icing on the cake than anything else.

    @dubz

    Having pocketed the Pearl for a long time, the Bold definitely feels a little bulky. Right now I’m holstering it, but it actually fits in my front jean pocket no problem. It might be a little trickier if you’re putting anything else in there, though.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    @dubz

    Just to follow up, one part of my review I forgot to throw in was a mention of how I carried the Bold. I usually place my BlackBerry in the front breast pocket of my tweed blazer (from 7100 to 7130 to pearl to curve) and the Bold is the first one that doesn’t fit. But it’s fine in your pants pocket — just don’t put your keys in there too!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    @dubz

    Just to follow up, one part of my review I forgot to throw in was a mention of how I carried the Bold. I usually place my BlackBerry in the front breast pocket of my tweed blazer (from 7100 to 7130 to pearl to curve) and the Bold is the first one that doesn’t fit. But it’s fine in your pants pocket — just don’t put your keys in there too!

  • http://derekrossler.com/ Derek

    Can you show off some screen caps of the GPS working? How in depth are the GPS features?

    Thanks, Derek

  • http://derekrossler.com Derek

    Can you show off some screen caps of the GPS working? How in depth are the GPS features?

    Thanks, Derek

  • http://cio.com/ Al Sacco

    This is a great review. Thanks to Douglas and the whole BlackBerryCool crew!

    AS

  • http://cio.com Al Sacco

    This is a great review. Thanks to Douglas and the whole BlackBerryCool crew!

    AS

  • http://www.salesby5.com/ nan palmero

    Douglas, you out did yourself with the mother of all BlackBerry Bold reviews. I loved it, especially for the table of contents at the beginning. This is definitely NOT bush league. ;)

  • http://www.salesby5.com nan palmero

    Douglas, you out did yourself with the mother of all BlackBerry Bold reviews. I loved it, especially for the table of contents at the beginning. This is definitely NOT bush league. ;)

  • John

    Excellent review. However, with the absence of A PDF creator and lack of Flash and Java support for web browsing, I have to wonder whether one perhaps should let the hype wear off for a week or two and then see if he or she still wants one.

  • John

    Excellent review. However, with the absence of A PDF creator and lack of Flash and Java support for web browsing, I have to wonder whether one perhaps should let the hype wear off for a week or two and then see if he or she still wants one.

  • John

    Excellent review. However, with the absence of A PDF creator and lack of Flash and Java support for web browsing, I have to wonder whether one perhaps should let the hype wear off for a week or two and then see if he or she still wants one.

  • Tex

    Great Review. I can’t wait for ATT to launch the bold.

  • Tex

    Great Review. I can’t wait for ATT to launch the bold.

  • http://www.draligus.net/ draligus

    what is the screen size of this phone?

  • http://www.draligus.net draligus

    what is the screen size of this phone?

  • http://mobilefonts.blog.co.uk/ Paul Simpson

    The screen size is 480 x 320

    It is launched in the UK on Orange and there are problems with Maps not being implemented.

  • http://mobilefonts.blog.co.uk Paul Simpson

    The screen size is 480 x 320

    It is launched in the UK on Orange and there are problems with Maps not being implemented.

  • http://derekrossler.com/ Derek

    GPS? Can we see how it works? What about Google Maps? And Blackberry Maps?

  • http://derekrossler.com Derek

    GPS? Can we see how it works? What about Google Maps? And Blackberry Maps?

  • look-fast

    hi..for the blackberry bold model …. does anyone know if u can delete/edit original text from an email you are forwarding on….? much appreciate if you can help!! thanks!

  • look-fast

    hi..for the blackberry bold model …. does anyone know if u can delete/edit original text from an email you are forwarding on….? much appreciate if you can help!! thanks!

  • Steve

    Will the Blackberry Bold’s email and phone work in Asia, e.g., Japan, Korea, and China?

  • Steve

    Will the Blackberry Bold’s email and phone work in Asia, e.g., Japan, Korea, and China?

  • Jnevons

    No GPS info? Hardly an ‘ultimate’ review with zero information on the GPS. Honestly.

  • Jnevons

    No GPS info? Hardly an ‘ultimate’ review with zero information on the GPS. Honestly.

  • Lee

    With living in South Africa we always get the tail end of the deals, will the BBB GPS maps work in SA or is it compatible with other maps that are available for download?

  • Lee

    With living in South Africa we always get the tail end of the deals, will the BBB GPS maps work in SA or is it compatible with other maps that are available for download?

  • BM

    I’m thinking of getting a Bold and comparing against the iPhone and E71

    One of the great things about the iPhone is that (once set-up) it will seamlessly flip from using wifi comms to mobile provider comms. So I sit in the garden looking at a site or two on the net and it is using my wifi link. I walk off and it automatically then moves to mobile comms to get web pages without me having to do a thing - nothing. And when I wander back it picks up the wifi and starts using that again. Can the Bold do this?

    The reason I ask is that I have a Nokia E61 and this will not do the above. I have to endlessly click and do stuff to swap - and even to just pick up email it seems to want to keep asking me what comms to use. Very annoying. There is a third party app to help correct this but I’d prefer a phone (like the iPhone) which does the right thing from the off.

    I do appreciate with the advent of 3G that wifi is not so vital perhaps but I do use my mobile device around the house a lot and I don’t want to be eating into my ‘all I can eat’ mobile data allowance - which is actually capped and expensive if I were to go above.

    Thanks for you help and also such an informative review.

  • BM

    I’m thinking of getting a Bold and comparing against the iPhone and E71

    One of the great things about the iPhone is that (once set-up) it will seamlessly flip from using wifi comms to mobile provider comms. So I sit in the garden looking at a site or two on the net and it is using my wifi link. I walk off and it automatically then moves to mobile comms to get web pages without me having to do a thing - nothing. And when I wander back it picks up the wifi and starts using that again. Can the Bold do this?

    The reason I ask is that I have a Nokia E61 and this will not do the above. I have to endlessly click and do stuff to swap - and even to just pick up email it seems to want to keep asking me what comms to use. Very annoying. There is a third party app to help correct this but I’d prefer a phone (like the iPhone) which does the right thing from the off.

    I do appreciate with the advent of 3G that wifi is not so vital perhaps but I do use my mobile device around the house a lot and I don’t want to be eating into my ‘all I can eat’ mobile data allowance - which is actually capped and expensive if I were to go above.

    Thanks for you help and also such an informative review.

  • tash

    already using and loving it!

  • tash

    already using and loving it!

  • tash

    already using and loving it!

  • tash

    already using and loving it!

  • Alex

    Can anyone tell me if there is a slot for a 1 gigabyte expansion? Can someone also tell me how many gigabytes The BlackBerry Bold Has?

  • Alex

    Can anyone tell me if there is a slot for a 1 gigabyte expansion? Can someone also tell me how many gigabytes The BlackBerry Bold Has?

  • http://Mill Alex

    Can anyone tell me if there is a slot for a 1 gigabyte expansion? Can someone also tell me how many gigabytes The BlackBerry Bold Has?

  • someone

    there is 1 gb memory on the phone
    but you can expand up to 16 gb with micro sd cards

    wow! i cant wait to get mine!!

  • someone

    there is 1 gb memory on the phone
    but you can expand up to 16 gb with micro sd cards

    wow! i cant wait to get mine!!

  • mr cashier

    this shows Mpix has nothing to do with the pic-quality! no need for 8mpix if the photochip is crappy! Bold is a great proof of that!

  • mr cashier

    this shows Mpix has nothing to do with the pic-quality! no need for 8mpix if the photochip is crappy! Bold is a great proof of that!

  • mr cashier

    this shows Mpix has nothing to do with the pic-quality! no need for 8mpix if the photochip is crappy! Bold is a great proof of that!

  • BB Bold LOVER!

    I’ve had the Bold from Rogers for about a week now… and what can I say… AMAZING! I was a loyal fan of the Sony Ericsson before I moved into smartphones, then became a very very loyal fan of the HTC line-up of smartphones. When Rogers decided to discontinue the HTC Touch and not pick up the newer HTC phones, I was talked into buying a BlackBerry. As I’m a 21 year old male, I figured I needed the best, and folks, that’s exactly what I got! My phone seamlessly switches back and forth from 3G to WiFi and back (but the WiFi does drain a TON of power). As I’m still getting used to going from a Windows Mobile 6.0 to a BB OS .162, there are either things lacking, or I’m just not as tech savvy as I think I am. The documents to go is great, but having to pay to be able to creat new documents is a pain, so I just leave a blank file on there and edit and “save as”. Pictures load quickly and are actually displayed better than my digital camera! And for the review writer, you are incorrect about one thing: there is a stand-alone video recorder icon. You just have to search for it ;) (its in the applications folder).

    My only complaints so far: lacking applications, which is what the WM and iPhone are killing the market with, the browser is really good, but could be better, storage card easy accesibility (its a bitch and a half trying to get that sucker out), and whenever I try to sync the phone with my computer for pictures, videos, and music, while it does it, it tends to slow my computer down and has actually caused a 30 minute freeze!.

    Other than that, it’s an amazing phone, and while its $30/mos. more than a typical cell phone, I can’t figure out how I went without one for such a long time!

  • BB Bold LOVER!

    I’ve had the Bold from Rogers for about a week now… and what can I say… AMAZING! I was a loyal fan of the Sony Ericsson before I moved into smartphones, then became a very very loyal fan of the HTC line-up of smartphones. When Rogers decided to discontinue the HTC Touch and not pick up the newer HTC phones, I was talked into buying a BlackBerry. As I’m a 21 year old male, I figured I needed the best, and folks, that’s exactly what I got! My phone seamlessly switches back and forth from 3G to WiFi and back (but the WiFi does drain a TON of power). As I’m still getting used to going from a Windows Mobile 6.0 to a BB OS .162, there are either things lacking, or I’m just not as tech savvy as I think I am. The documents to go is great, but having to pay to be able to creat new documents is a pain, so I just leave a blank file on there and edit and “save as”. Pictures load quickly and are actually displayed better than my digital camera! And for the review writer, you are incorrect about one thing: there is a stand-alone video recorder icon. You just have to search for it ;) (its in the applications folder).

    My only complaints so far: lacking applications, which is what the WM and iPhone are killing the market with, the browser is really good, but could be better, storage card easy accesibility (its a bitch and a half trying to get that sucker out), and whenever I try to sync the phone with my computer for pictures, videos, and music, while it does it, it tends to slow my computer down and has actually caused a 30 minute freeze!.

    Other than that, it’s an amazing phone, and while its $30/mos. more than a typical cell phone, I can’t figure out how I went without one for such a long time!

  • http://aol.com/ Ralph

    Turned off Wi-Fi, battery last one day. Need charging every night. :-(

  • http://aol.com Ralph

    Turned off Wi-Fi, battery last one day. Need charging every night. :-(

  • Anya

    Does anyone know where I can find maps/gps for the blackberry bold?? I have purchased bb bold recently and I love it! On the box it said that it has built in gps but it’s not there??!! Very annoying…
    Thanx in advance!!

  • Anya

    Does anyone know where I can find maps/gps for the blackberry bold?? I have purchased bb bold recently and I love it! On the box it said that it has built in gps but it’s not there??!! Very annoying…
    Thanx in advance!!

  • Alex

    Hi every body I just bought my BB Bold and it doesn’t have the GPS or map icon in the menu. Can any body help me with it?

  • Alex

    Hi every body I just bought my BB Bold and it doesn’t have the GPS or map icon in the menu. Can any body help me with it?

  • Zaroff

    First, thanks for the wonderful review, it really is the most thorough I’ve read yet.

    I love this machine! And IMO it beats everything else hands down on most subject. I come from the Nokia world, and as much as they are hyped, they just can’t compare. And not only in the most familiar Blackberry areas…
    First, I got an N95-8, which was relatively nice, if somewhat flimsy in parts, but it did a good job. Deal breaker for me was the fixed storage memory. Once you’ve filled the 8 gb, you’re out of luck. As I’m a voracious music consumer, and was looking for a handset that would be a really good music player among other things, I could foresee the 8 gb becoming too small after a while. On the 95, music quality (through headphones of course) was correct, lacking a bit of punch, with the slightest hiss, but overall good enough.

    Swapped it for the apparent ultimate from Nokia, the E90, and that has to be the most overhyped handset in recent times. It does suck, pure and simple. The keyboard, as good as it looks in the pictures and everything, is simply close to unusable, so stiff are the keys. There is practically no response from them, and it does take a while to correctly type any length of text with it. The internal screen was nice enough, but seeing as most apps don’t make proper use of it, except for editing word documents or about, it’s just there for show.
    As for sound quality for music, let’s not even go there… Hiss a-plenty, weak basses, murky rendition, the works. And that is with a very respectable set of cans (Koss KSC75T). Ah, and the 2.5 mm jack sucks miles, too. Using an adapter is not exactly user friendly.

    Sound quality regarding calls were acceptable on both devices, with an edge to the 95, sounding clearer and less muffled, but nothing to write home about.

    The straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the E90 was concerned was when the genuises at Nokia decided to completely lock their firmware, rendering installation of many, many unsigned third party apps impossible on the phone. So far, this hasn’t been cracked, I’m told… Sorry, but if I pay the major bucks to buy a handset, I do intend to use it as I see fit, and not as the manufacturer thinks I should use it in its great wisdom.
    So, I decided it was time for Nokia to go screw themselves, sold the 90, and decided to turn to other solutions, and never having had a Blackberry before, I got wind of the Bold and decided to look closer, and finally got one…

    MYYYYY! What a wonderful piece of gear it is! I was extremely pleasantly surprised in every way, I must say. From first contact, the thing oozes quality, whether it is the feel of it, the incredible screen, the keyboard! Ahhh the keyboard… It does put to great, great shame, the E90′s…
    The OS is a straightforward, no-nonsense affair, and one does get used to it pretty quickly, despite the vast number of options. I appreciate the level of detail and customization, it makes things much easier in the end.

    Call sound quality is mindblowing. Apparently there were hiss problems with the first few firmwares, but this has obviously been corrected and I hear all my correspondents crystal clear, and they do hear me just fine too, whatever the environment. Anyway, a major improvement to what I was used to with both Nokia’s.

    As a multimedia device, which can be surprising for a BB, it destroys everything Nokia and co have ever put out. No honestly. Sound quality via headphones is very, very nice, very precise, no hiss to speak of, and deep, solid bass that will make your jaw tremble ;-) It does sound better than an iPod (after comparing) AND an iPhone, which basically have the same audio circuitry, no matter what Jobs chants. And while the Media Player is simple and rather minimalist, it does the job more than adequately, and is very responsive and reactive, even with a (for now) almost full 8 gb card full of music.
    I can’t quite tell about battery life for now (I’ve only had it for a few days), but while it seems good, it does not appear to exceptional. Good, but not fantastic. I think I’ll give a shot at the Innocell 1650 mAh battery from Seidio and see what gives…
    I won’t relate all the other goodies the thing is capable of regarding push, email etc, they are well known, and they do work totally as expected.

    I have to say the device gets snappier and snappier as FW updates roll out, and they do roll out a great deal, and it’s quite appreciable that RIM churn out bug fixes and improvements on such a regular basis. It does inspire confidence that you won’t be out of luck two or three months after the machine initial release when something better comes along (something a lot of other manufacturers could take as an advice… Especially in Finland. Ahem)
    Plus, I do have the possibility of installing anything I like on it without having to say “please” and hearing “no” as a reply. Another hint here.

    All in all, it’s so far a fantastic device to use, without any nasty surprise so far, and I’m not even thinking to go back to more so-called consumer oriented brands in any foreseeable future. This is exactly the device I wanted to have, and it does everything I need extremely well.

  • Zaroff

    First, thanks for the wonderful review, it really is the most thorough I’ve read yet.

    I love this machine! And IMO it beats everything else hands down on most subject. I come from the Nokia world, and as much as they are hyped, they just can’t compare. And not only in the most familiar Blackberry areas…
    First, I got an N95-8, which was relatively nice, if somewhat flimsy in parts, but it did a good job. Deal breaker for me was the fixed storage memory. Once you’ve filled the 8 gb, you’re out of luck. As I’m a voracious music consumer, and was looking for a handset that would be a really good music player among other things, I could foresee the 8 gb becoming too small after a while. On the 95, music quality (through headphones of course) was correct, lacking a bit of punch, with the slightest hiss, but overall good enough.

    Swapped it for the apparent ultimate from Nokia, the E90, and that has to be the most overhyped handset in recent times. It does suck, pure and simple. The keyboard, as good as it looks in the pictures and everything, is simply close to unusable, so stiff are the keys. There is practically no response from them, and it does take a while to correctly type any length of text with it. The internal screen was nice enough, but seeing as most apps don’t make proper use of it, except for editing word documents or about, it’s just there for show.
    As for sound quality for music, let’s not even go there… Hiss a-plenty, weak basses, murky rendition, the works. And that is with a very respectable set of cans (Koss KSC75T). Ah, and the 2.5 mm jack sucks miles, too. Using an adapter is not exactly user friendly.

    Sound quality regarding calls were acceptable on both devices, with an edge to the 95, sounding clearer and less muffled, but nothing to write home about.

    The straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the E90 was concerned was when the genuises at Nokia decided to completely lock their firmware, rendering installation of many, many unsigned third party apps impossible on the phone. So far, this hasn’t been cracked, I’m told… Sorry, but if I pay the major bucks to buy a handset, I do intend to use it as I see fit, and not as the manufacturer thinks I should use it in its great wisdom.
    So, I decided it was time for Nokia to go screw themselves, sold the 90, and decided to turn to other solutions, and never having had a Blackberry before, I got wind of the Bold and decided to look closer, and finally got one…

    MYYYYY! What a wonderful piece of gear it is! I was extremely pleasantly surprised in every way, I must say. From first contact, the thing oozes quality, whether it is the feel of it, the incredible screen, the keyboard! Ahhh the keyboard… It does put to great, great shame, the E90′s…
    The OS is a straightforward, no-nonsense affair, and one does get used to it pretty quickly, despite the vast number of options. I appreciate the level of detail and customization, it makes things much easier in the end.

    Call sound quality is mindblowing. Apparently there were hiss problems with the first few firmwares, but this has obviously been corrected and I hear all my correspondents crystal clear, and they do hear me just fine too, whatever the environment. Anyway, a major improvement to what I was used to with both Nokia’s.

    As a multimedia device, which can be surprising for a BB, it destroys everything Nokia and co have ever put out. No honestly. Sound quality via headphones is very, very nice, very precise, no hiss to speak of, and deep, solid bass that will make your jaw tremble ;-) It does sound better than an iPod (after comparing) AND an iPhone, which basically have the same audio circuitry, no matter what Jobs chants. And while the Media Player is simple and rather minimalist, it does the job more than adequately, and is very responsive and reactive, even with a (for now) almost full 8 gb card full of music.
    I can’t quite tell about battery life for now (I’ve only had it for a few days), but while it seems good, it does not appear to exceptional. Good, but not fantastic. I think I’ll give a shot at the Innocell 1650 mAh battery from Seidio and see what gives…
    I won’t relate all the other goodies the thing is capable of regarding push, email etc, they are well known, and they do work totally as expected.

    I have to say the device gets snappier and snappier as FW updates roll out, and they do roll out a great deal, and it’s quite appreciable that RIM churn out bug fixes and improvements on such a regular basis. It does inspire confidence that you won’t be out of luck two or three months after the machine initial release when something better comes along (something a lot of other manufacturers could take as an advice… Especially in Finland. Ahem)
    Plus, I do have the possibility of installing anything I like on it without having to say “please” and hearing “no” as a reply. Another hint here.

    All in all, it’s so far a fantastic device to use, without any nasty surprise so far, and I’m not even thinking to go back to more so-called consumer oriented brands in any foreseeable future. This is exactly the device I wanted to have, and it does everything I need extremely well.

  • steve H

    It odd that you got no clock during your test but while reading about your test on the Bold on the Bold I am getting the clock every
    5 econds or so

  • steve H

    It odd that you got no clock during your test but while reading about your test on the Bold on the Bold I am getting the clock every
    5 econds or so

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  • VictorR

    Hi all, can some of experienced BB Bold users explane how is syncronization between phone and LotusNotes (on PC) working? I have actually Nokia and has no any problem to syncronize LotusNotes datas (contacts, calendar, ToDo) with phone. During the day I do almost everything on PC and then make syncronization, so this feature is critical for me. Would this the same with BB?
    Thanks in advance.

  • VictorR

    Hi all, can some of experienced BB Bold users explane how is syncronization between phone and LotusNotes (on PC) working? I have actually Nokia and has no any problem to syncronize LotusNotes datas (contacts, calendar, ToDo) with phone. During the day I do almost everything on PC and then make syncronization, so this feature is critical for me. Would this the same with BB?
    Thanks in advance.

  • VictorR

    Hi all, can some of experienced BB Bold users explane how is syncronization between phone and LotusNotes (on PC) working? I have actually Nokia and has no any problem to syncronize LotusNotes datas (contacts, calendar, ToDo) with phone. During the day I do almost everything on PC and then make syncronization, so this feature is critical for me. Would this the same with BB?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Megan949

    i hate the blackberry bold! it was nice at first but then it started to get slow after about 2 months and all i really use it for is calling and texting. one of my buttons on the side were stuck so it made it hard when i was texting cuz it kept going off! my old one ended up breaking so i just got my new one and the speaker sounds muffled! i’m starting to think i should of gone with the iphone instead!

  • Megan949

    i hate the blackberry bold! it was nice at first but then it started to get slow after about 2 months and all i really use it for is calling and texting. one of my buttons on the side were stuck so it made it hard when i was texting cuz it kept going off! my old one ended up breaking so i just got my new one and the speaker sounds muffled! i’m starting to think i should of gone with the iphone instead!

  • MARK

    I want to buy one but does it have the world timer and converters (currency, weight,etc.) like the Nokia phones? I travel a lot so these are important features for me. Thanks!

  • MARK

    I want to buy one but does it have the world timer and converters (currency, weight,etc.) like the Nokia phones? I travel a lot so these are important features for me. Thanks!

  • J de Jong

    All reviews of the blackberry bold :P

    http://www.reviews.jeroenmarchand.nl/index.php?option=com_bookmarks&Itemid=1&catid=4&navstart=0&mode=0&search=*

  • J de Jong

    All reviews of the blackberry bold :P

    http://www.reviews.jeroenmarchand.nl/index.php?option=com_bookmarks&Itemid=1&catid=4&navstart=0&mode=0&search=*

  • Mrsadams X

    how do i change my conversation style on my blackberry curve?