Pros WiFi, finally! Better camera, 3.2 MP, not bad video camera
Cons So far, I'm only getting1-2 bars where I used to get 3-4. Called *228 and pressed 2, hopefully this updates the roaming capabilities. And you have to left click to get to the next screen where your apps are, I would rather scroll down.
Summary I got the Incredible in late april, after 2-3 days decided that the battery drain and lack of coverage despite all the hoops I had jumped through wasn't worth is. (See my review on the CNET Incredible Droid reviews.) It was a good phone, but for the $$, it wasn't incredible enough for me. I got my first bb curve 8330 in Dec 2008, and it changed my life. Between the phone and Outlook, I loved the organization capabilities. I was eligible for the upgrade, and I have plumb wore out my old curve, I have used it so much. I didn't love the old trackball on the curve, which would get stuck and have to be cleaned out with alcohol and a swab to get it going again. The new Bold of course doesn't have that, and it works well, very responsive. Set up was relatively painless. I asked at the store today if I needed to load the cd rom that came with the bold, they said no, but I found out that YES, you do need to load the CD ROM to sync your Bold with Outlook. After I did that, no problems. My husband says I sound crisp and clear, which was not the case w-the incredible. My husband said I was cutting in and out on the incredible - and we were talking within our home! There was just NO coverage w-the incredible. And I am in Boston, where it should be no problem. Anyway, the Bold is heavier than my Curve, noticeably so, but no biggie. Bold has a crisp screen. That's nice.Also, I like the fact that I will be able to use this phone in Germany this summer when i am with my family in August. The charger even comes with international charging adapters! That's a nice extra touch. The Incredible wasn't international capable.
My BIGGeST gripe is that I wish Verizon could have gone the EARTH FRIENDLY GREEN ROUTE and stayed with the same charger cords for all BB, instead of changing them from phone to phone for the profits. Verizon/BB could use this as a huge GREEN PR platform that would encourage eco-conscious folks to go with their line of BB products, maybe promising to always stay with these standard chargers. It makes me ill to see the USB cords & chargers pile up just for profits sake. No one can convince me that they cannot stick with these same sizes, if you can make smartphones like the ones we use today you can make a standard cord. Come on, Verizon, you have the best coverage, now do something dramatically different! Surprise us all!
Otherwise, so far I'm happy. i will update as I use this phone more. i just got it today, after all!
Updated on Jun 10, 2010
Updated on Jun 15, 2010I've had my bold for a few days now and I am happy with it. Smooth interface and mouse. One thing I need to get used to is the fact that cell phones w-wifi and 3G are going to have a battery that runs down faster. I just keep my wifi turned off unless I really need it. But this battery does not run down anywhere near the lightening speed that the Incredible did. It was distressing! I have a great outlet for restored cell batteries at www.greenbeansrewards.com. I got my curve battery through them and it was less than $10. And they recycled my old bb battery for free. They also recycle old wires & cell phones for free. That appeals to the green side of me. (I make no $ and do not receive products for mentioning them, BTW, just spreading the GREEN word!) So I am keeping my Bold and going on my merry blackberry way.
Pros The OS 6 adds a lot of improvement to the way the contact list stores and retrieves information. There is plenty of room for apps and the phone can be "quick booted" using the keyboard which eliminates taking it out of the case, removing the back and the
Cons Even though the color and resolution is outstanding..... the smaller Screen size can be limiting and harder to see than on my Storm 2. The touch screen spoiled me with large size images but always remained a hassle in typing and touch selection.
Summary A beautiful functional Blackberry. Short learning curve if you've had a Curve or the Storm 2..... not bad if you haven't. The typing and selection process is sure and the touchpad can really speed you up in some situations. There are functions you can do without selecting a menu first...... press the touchpad and it gives a small window of menu selections. Then press again. I really like this phone.... I especially like doing things once and not having to retype or reselect something as I had to do with the Storm 2. (I really, really enjoyed my Storm when I had it, but It will take something special to win me over from the Bold.) The Bold keyboard is well designed and easy to use, especially if I am careful to use my thumbnail which improves the accuracy of key selection.
Pros best keyboard I have ever used, great media capability, bbm
Cons browsers a little slow but blackberry 6 will fix that
Pros Wi-Fi, keyboard, World Calling with GSM, Mobile Hotspot
Cons Camera Stinks, Screen is small, Web Browser, Features are not on par with similarly priced phones
Summary I've always loved Blackberry's but the it seems like the only reason people want to buy one now-a-days is because they seem "professional" not because they are actually better phones. For the cost, I'd rather have an android phone on Verizon. RIM needs to go back to the drawing board and find a way to be truly competitive again...they have become too complacent in recent years. They cannot count on the business market forever to support their company or they will go the same way as Palm.
If you want to check out my full review..you can look at my blog. Thanks! (link is below)
Pros It can text.
Cons See the summary below for all the pain this phone has caused me.
Summary We'll start with the list of problems I've had with this phone and then end with a rant.
1. The F key works half the time.
2. Occasionally the phone decides to no longer ring and/or vibrate.
3. The phone once died completely and required a replacement.
4. Calls are often dropped for no apparent reason, even when the call recipient and I are both standing still in locations with full signals.
5. The internet browser is the slowest I've ever seen and hangs up constantly.
6. Sometimes apps don't actually close when you close them.
7. The battery's life span is shorter than that of a fruit fly even when no apps are running, but when apps are running, you might as well drop the phone in a puddle of burning jet fuel because that's how long it will last.
8. Reboots often take over 10 minutes.
9. I pay a lot of money every month for the enterprise data plan so that my phone will sync calendar entries and contacts with my office PC. My phone has not accurately synced calendars or contacts for at least 4 months now despite hours of troubleshooting.
10. Emails do not accurately sync with my office PC running Microsoft Exchange Server.
11. One time the memory card was 'damaged' and required that I manually run a 'repair' feature each time I booted the phone, which never actually worked.
12. Changing the theme sometimes alters "hidden" settings that cause unusual problems for months to come.
13. The camera is of the poorest quality and is worthless in low light.
14. The camera has a delay of more than one second.
15. Deleted apps are sometimes not removed from the menu screen, leaving a phantom button.
16. Home page notifications are often incorrect and are notoriously difficult to alter.
17. Phone settings are scattered under multiple locations and subfolders.
18. The phone often hangs up and refuses to accept any input for periods ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes.
19. The 'lock' feature is not dependable and often results in unwarranted calls while the phone is in your pocket/bag.
20. There is no available setting which will allow the alarm clock feature to work while silencing phone calls and texts.
There are some more general features about the phone which I don't like but these may be a matter of preference. In short, I hate this phone as much as a human being can hate a phone. When I can afford to upgrade to a better phone, I will do so, and then I will urinate on this Blackberry, douse it with lighter fluid and set it on fire. I will then drink a beer and watch Office Space on my new phone which will be able to stream the entire movie without freezing, dying, or losing a connection. That is all.