Pros Stellar touchpad, brilliant screen, awesome look and feel, super fast OS (not to mention the logical and practical updates including distinct phone, sms, and email logs), longer tracked call log, bedside mode with face clock, lightweight, and price.
Summary Ok, right from the start, this review is for the average Joe. Far too many reviewers get way too technical with Dual-band, GSM/GPRS, and all the rest, when many people just want to know more about the what this stuff means for them when they (the readers) use it.
This Blackberry is simply pleasing in almost every way. RIM really planned this out well.
First, when you turn it on, the first thing that jumps out at you is the absolutely beautiful colors and sharp definition (Almost HD). I've seen nothing better although I hear the Storm 2 is the same.
2nd - I used to adore the track ball in lieu of a touch screen but I have to say that I got used to the new touch pad quite quickly. This thing is amazing. It responds and does it well. Move your finger over it and it's so fast the thing is almost intuitive. I really wish that RIM and ATT could have by now arrived at an agreement that would allow a great touch screen but I'm not kidding when I say that having the track pad renders a touch screen almost irrelevant (except that the touch screen allows for way more screen space).
3rd - The operating system (OS) 126.96.36.1996 is a complete joy. Icons are logical, notification indicators are appropriately sized so as not to interfere with normal viewing, RIM has finally figured out that it was annoying to have all messages emails and texts jumbled together. They finally gave their own separate logs. As well, the call log now tracks the last 40 calls as opposed to the last 20. There is also a new file cabinet icon which allows access to files on your device or media card without having to go through an app that would open the file.
Misc. ? this new Bold 2 (or Onyx as some call it) is just delightful.
Phone calls are clear, and on ATT haven?t dropped at all. The ringers and alerts are loud. I have none greater than ?7? and even my friends have noticed how loud it registers. And, yes, the same goes for multimedia coming from the phone?s speakers.
There?s this new feature called ?Visual Voice Mail? and it is the king of cool. It tracks and manages your voice messages in the same way that text messages are handled. When the calls go to voicemail, you can now see who has called and left you a voice mail. You can visually scroll to the message you want, play it by pressing the play button, rewind, pause, and even delete it right from your phone?s key pad as if it were a text message. You no longer have to wait through all your messages to get to the one that want. You can even save the message to your media card. WOW
Finally, I don?t know how they did it, but they made the battery life longer. RIM touts the battery life at 6 hours talk time (on their website), I?m clocking a good 5 hours 15 minutes. That?s very good for me.
The camera is OK and it has a flash but I was never too crazy about cell phone cameras.
As well, I?m not too impressed with RIM?s browser but the ease of the trackpad and the magnification function helps out a lot.
The now standard Documents to GO is a magnificent third party app that allows me to view, make minor edits, and send my Microsoft Office files which is a killer convenience.
Blackberry maps is always good as if tells me what street I?m on and all the cross streets as I approach them (Google maps doesn?t do that.) As well, the map always adjusts to the direction that I?m driving as opposed to always pointing north.
Now consider all that speed, build, screen quality, and convenience with the amazing price point (ATT $149 - $49 after rebate), and you have yourself a juggernaut of a device.
KUDOS to RIM for a job well done.
"Awesome phone!"on by BazzBro
Great Call Quality
Good Mp3 player
3.2 MP Camera w/ Flash
Cons Little on the small side
Only comes with 2GB Mirco SD Card (But able to go to 32GB)
Summary The Bold 9700 is one of the best phones I've ever had. I just renewed my contract and instead of upgrading my iPhone 3G to a 3GS I decided to go with the new Bold 9700. It has an amazing keyboard which types very accuartly. I like the options to choose to spell check instead of it automatically doing it for you. The apps that is was using on my iPhone are almost all there. So experience wise, Im not missing out on much in that department. I get emails much faster than an iPhone, and call quality is unmatched. The speaker is much louder than the 3G's speaker. The Blackberry Messenger is very nice and since its a world fetaure you can message anyone in the world for free with the BBM, as I have friends in Canda and in the U.K. it makes it very handy and cost a lot less to communicate with my friends now. I recommend this phone to anyone. Buisness or personal wise, you can't go wrong with this phone!
Pros This phone will definitely satisfy the seasoned business professional as well as those looking for an efficient messaging, email and communication device. Easy transition from blackberry to blackberry. APP world makes it easy to download apps.
Cons Everyone will agree that the the INTERNET browsing experience is sub-par. Applications can only be stored on the device memory. The keyboard and screen are smaller than the original BOLD but will not pose a problem for most.
Summary Preface: I am a die-hard blackberry user.I am sorry. I forgot to mention that BOLD 9700 got rid of the annoying trackball. The touchpad is much easier to use and less likely to get stuck or damaged. SMART MOVE.
I don't do too much web browsing, multimedia or entertainment on my phone. I have a small business and need to efficiently send emails and check some of my personal email and bank accounts. This phone gets the job done. When I transitioned from the original bold (9000) to this device, it could not have been easier. All my speed-dial and blackberry messenger contacts were transferred over. Since I use an exchange server, once the phone was registered, my calendar, contacts, tasks and notes were transferred over. Blackberry APP world saves me the time of searching the net for some of the applications I use (Gmail, Google Talk, Facebook, Pandora, etc...). Within an hour, my phone was set up and ready to use.
I hate to compare any phone to an iPhone, but the Bold 9700 is NO iPhone killer (apples and oranges, really). The multimedia experience is good on the Bold, but it does not compare with the convenience of using an iPhone paired with iTunes. There is software the allows you to sync your Bold with iTunes, but you need to have patience (which I don't have). Since the BOLD comes with a 2gb memory card, once you plug the phone in using the micro-usb cable (supplied) you can easily drag music, photos, ringtones, etc... The BOLD can definitely meet your multimedia needs, but won't be as sexy as the marriage between the iPhone and iTunes.
The BOLD only allows a user to store applications on the device memory which is limited to about 120MB. I don't use too many apps but I can see how this can pose a limitation to some.
Updated on Jan 15, 2010
Updated on Jan 15, 2010Visual Voice Mail - HUGE improvement on this phone. I was using the YOU MAIL application which was good but incredibly unstable. The Visual Voicemail on this phone works wonderfully and allows you to send and store all those crazy messages from your friends.
Pros *Excellent call quality (on ATT) Yes.
*Battery life is extraordinary, and I am a heavy voice and data user.
*Solid build quality
*A superior phone for business
*Compact size fits nicely in your pocket
Cons *Blackberry browser is sub par, but the Opera Mini Beta 2 (free) is great.
*Can't open pdf files unless you purchase another application
*Yahoo Messenger does not work on it.
Summary Having had an original Samsung Blackjack, I wanted another QWERTY keypad device. I did a lot of research and settled on the 9700. I had to get used to the Blackberry OS, but now I love it and see why they are referred to as Crackberries. Blackberry means business. Face it, iPhones are cool, and the apps are neat, but it's a chick phone, and it cannot compare to the battery life of the 9700 nor the call quality.
On the topic of call quality, the 9700 rarely drops calls, ON ATT, whereas my previous phone, the Blackjack dropped calls continuously.
I have been very happy with the 9700. I was in the mobile phone industry in the early 1990's, and have had phones since then. This is the best one I have had.
Pros Texting, the screen is clear and bright, the new trackpad is really good (you'll never miss that clunky trackball), apps are top motch, and the weight and size is much better. More palm/pocket friendly! battery life is amazing, you'l love this device
Cons Web Browsing - the trackpad definetly makes it faster to browse through web pages, but its not amazing. Its not a full con, but if you need internet to be top notch, think again.
Summary Overall this phone is great. It much better than the previous bold so if you can't decide, pick this one. It looks great and feels great. Everything you expect from a phone, your getting. I LOVE IT!