What, you think we didn’t have one before today? While we’re still not sure when you’ll be able to walk into a Rogers store to actually buy the shiny new device like Simon did, today still marks the official launch of the BlackBerry Bold on Rogers. In honor of this special day, we’ve decided to post our exhaustive review, if only to whet your appetites.
And boy, has this day been a long time coming: three years in development, three months since its official announcement at WES 2008, and three times the hype of any other BlackBerry release. The first in RIM’s next generation lineup of smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold has been labeled everything from an enterprise company’s desperate push into the prosumer space to a true iPhone killer. Most of the BlackBerry faithful are just hoping that it turns out to be a worthy merger and evolution of the BlackBerry 8800 and Curve device lines. This review will settle the debate.
Be forewarned, our review of the BlackBerry Bold is fairly large. However, we’ve broken the review down into specific sections for quick and convenient access to the information you seek. Make sure to post a comment to let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed, anything else you want to know about, and whether or not you feel RIM’s new flagship device meets the hype.
Enough talk! Behold, the BlackBerry Bold.
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Network: Tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100MHz), Quad-Band GPRS/EDGE (800/850/1800/1900MHz)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g
GPS: Internal GPS with extended ephemeris, A-GPS support
Memory: 128MB Flash, 1GB on-board storage,
Expandable Memory: max. 16GB external MicroSD/SDHC
Screen: Half-VGA (480×320) resolution, Transmissive TFT LCD, 65k colours
Camera: 2.0MPx, 3x digital zoom, video recording, 1600×1200 max. resolution
Bluetooth: 2.0 support, Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVCRP
USB: 2.0 support
Video Support: DivX 4, DivX 4/5/XviD (partial support), H.263, H.264 (MPEG-4), AVI, WMV3
Audio Support: 3GP, MP3, WMA9/WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Processor: Marvell Tavor PXA930 (624MHz)
Dimensions/Weight: 114x66x14mm, 133g