"A very big improvement on the first AT&T Bold."4.5 starson by wynnewoodsherpa
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.