Stress Test: How long can the BlackBerry Bold 9700 play music?

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UPDATE: It’s dead! The BlackBerry Bold actually exceeded the marketing materials and died just short of the 39 hour benchmark.

UPDATE: It’s 1:12. There is 8% battery left and I used some extra juice to take a screenshot. Regardless, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has been on for 36 hours and it seems like it will hit the 38 hour mark, as advertised, dead on. BlackBerry Cool reader Durbin007 deserves a hat tip.

UPDATE: 21:52. About 1/5th of the battery power left. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has been playing music for 33 hours.

UPDATE: We are now almost 27 hours into the test and we still have 2/5 battery power.

UPDATE: We’re coming up to the 24hr mark and I have to say, this test is driving me slightly mental. If I were to design a new torture method, it would involve leaving loud music playing from headphones in the same room as someone for hours on end.

UPDATE: At 09:06 we’re about 21 hours into the test and the Bold 9700 is showing just a little over half battery. At this rate, it could be upwards of 45 hours to drain the battery completely.

UPDATE: It’s 20:32 EST, about 8 hours since we started and not even a single bar down. At this rate I won’t need to update until tomorrow.

UPDATE: It is 16:57 EST, a little more than 4 hours into it and we still haven’t gone through a full bar. Going to give it a while longer before another update.

UPDATE (14:26 EST): It has been 2 hours and we’re still running on full battery. This could take a long, long time.

So here’s the deal: The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has some battery optimizations that make it last so long it makes the Energizer Bunny look impotent. That, combined with some OS optimizations specifically tailored to the music player, means the Bold 9700 can play music for a long time.

But just how long can it play music on a single charge? Well I’m going to put this thing to the test. The test will involve 2 parts. The first part, will be playing music with the radio off and playing it directly from the SD Card. This will give us an idea of how long the battery will last, solely playing music without being interrupted by calls, emails and network searching. The second part of the experiment, will be playing the music from Slacker, to test the 9700′s ability to stream music while on the network. This will be an incredible strain on the battery but I have a feeling the Bold 9700 will surprise us.

So lets get started with Part 1 of How Long Will the Bold 9700 play music for?

Comment your predictions! Remember, the following conditions:

  • Radio is off.
  • Full battery charge.
  • Full volume with headphones.
  • No audio boost.
  • No headset equalizer.
  • Songs on continuous play so it won’t have any interruption.

  • http://devonginn.blogspot.com/ Devon G

    I have no general predictions because I am too excited about actually getting my hands on this baby! I AM, however, interested in how the music player will last. I ALWAYS play music on my bb, but I keep my charger glued to my hip because it dies after a few hours (bb pearl flip) So when I upgrade, I am expecting amazingness! F**K YES! I want this phone so badly I could almost cry… but I’ll just wait impatiently until I get it. My bb was stolen, and I’ve been suffering from withdrawl symptoms since November 1st… lol

  • http://devonginn.blogspot.com/ Devon G

    I have no general predictions because I am too excited about actually getting my hands on this baby! I AM, however, interested in how the music player will last. I ALWAYS play music on my bb, but I keep my charger glued to my hip because it dies after a few hours (bb pearl flip) So when I upgrade, I am expecting amazingness! F**K YES! I want this phone so badly I could almost cry… but I’ll just wait impatiently until I get it. My bb was stolen, and I’ve been suffering from withdrawl symptoms since November 1st… lol

  • Chris

    16 hours

  • Chris

    16 hours

  • Linda

    I do 10 hours on my 8330 with radio on. I’ve never tried without radio. If 9700 is all that, Chris’s 16 hours sounds like a good guess.

  • Linda

    I do 10 hours on my 8330 with radio on. I’ve never tried without radio. If 9700 is all that, Chris’s 16 hours sounds like a good guess.

  • Kevin

    Any chance you’d test it with Pandora? They have a “High Quality” setting in their client that may or may not be higher quality and perhaps may put even more stress on the device. Not sure what the bitrate of both is, but Pandora’s is pretty high on the HQ setting.

  • Kevin

    Any chance you’d test it with Pandora? They have a “High Quality” setting in their client that may or may not be higher quality and perhaps may put even more stress on the device. Not sure what the bitrate of both is, but Pandora’s is pretty high on the HQ setting.

  • Kevin

    Any chance you’d test it with Pandora? They have a “High Quality” setting in their client that may or may not be higher quality and perhaps may put even more stress on the device. Not sure what the bitrate of both is, but Pandora’s is pretty high on the HQ setting.

  • Durbin007

    Kyle,
    great test, i have to tell you how much i love my 9700…best b-berry by far (i’ve had about 6 over the past 4 yrs)
    i was thinking you’d get about 24 hours…with no radio.
    check BlackBerry’s website though, the marketing says:
    Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours

    http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrybold9700/bold_specifications.jsp

    interesting to see what you find

  • Durbin007

    Kyle,
    great test, i have to tell you how much i love my 9700…best b-berry by far (i’ve had about 6 over the past 4 yrs)
    i was thinking you’d get about 24 hours…with no radio.
    check BlackBerry’s website though, the marketing says:
    Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours

    http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrybold9700/bold_specifications.jsp

    interesting to see what you find

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    Kyle also I play mine a lot through the Bluetooth Sync to my Pioneer stereo. As well as the music gateway device by RIM on my home stereo. Would be nice to see how long it lasts streaming music across Bluetooth as well?

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    Kyle also I play mine a lot through the Bluetooth Sync to my Pioneer stereo. As well as the music gateway device by RIM on my home stereo. Would be nice to see how long it lasts streaming music across Bluetooth as well?

  • The Shadow

    You mention “some optimizations” without citing a source or what the specific optimizations are…

    Could you be more specific?

    Are there HARDWARE optimizations?

    If so, what are they?

    Or are these just SOFTWARE?

    For instance, will Tour owners benefit as those devices catch up on OS revs?

  • The Shadow

    You mention “some optimizations” without citing a source or what the specific optimizations are…

    Could you be more specific?

    Are there HARDWARE optimizations?

    If so, what are they?

    Or are these just SOFTWARE?

    For instance, will Tour owners benefit as those devices catch up on OS revs?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Durbin007 – It would be nice to see the device go beyond the 38 potential hours. Especially in part 1.

    @Kevin – I’m Canadian so no Pandora. At least that was the case last time I checked.

    @Caspan – That sounds interesting. Okay, I can do a part 3 over Bluetooth.

    @The Shadow – I’ll make sure to include these in the followup post. I’ll include as many specifics as I can, promise.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Durbin007 – It would be nice to see the device go beyond the 38 potential hours. Especially in part 1.

    @Kevin – I’m Canadian so no Pandora. At least that was the case last time I checked.

    @Caspan – That sounds interesting. Okay, I can do a part 3 over Bluetooth.

    @The Shadow – I’ll make sure to include these in the followup post. I’ll include as many specifics as I can, promise.

  • Canadian

    I’m curious how Slacker works for you in Canada. Supposedly they are US-only like Pandora.

  • Canadian

    I’m curious how Slacker works for you in Canada. Supposedly they are US-only like Pandora.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Canadian – I think I might be able to trick Slacker into thinking I’m American with a combination of a US SIM card and T-Mobile device. Although, I can only imagine what the data roaming charges would be. Might just stick to FlyCast.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Canadian – I think I might be able to trick Slacker into thinking I’m American with a combination of a US SIM card and T-Mobile device. Although, I can only imagine what the data roaming charges would be. Might just stick to FlyCast.

  • http://www.google.com/ SaltTears

    37 hours

  • http://www.google.com SaltTears

    37 hours

  • Blusls

    I can;t wait for mine to arrive tomorrow. I drove to the store to touch it after I ordered it through TMO Customer Care. Just a simply beautiful phone.

  • Blusls

    I can;t wait for mine to arrive tomorrow. I drove to the store to touch it after I ordered it through TMO Customer Care. Just a simply beautiful phone.

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  • Gwennethmerelos

    how to download music on my blackberry 9700 by internet? anyone can help? thanks