Pros All round functionality; satisfies everyday needs from a smart phone. Proficient email functions, plenty of USEFUL apps, excellent 3G, wifi and GPS performance, nice slick form factor, sensitive trackpad, good screen resolution, nice call quality.
Cons Browser seems sluggish and not quite browsing friendly
Summary Excellent phone for the price and functionality. If RIM had updated the browser to a more advanced version, this is the phone to have for people who like function and form rather than for it's flashier entertainment value. Having said that, BB 9700 also offers several nice audio, video and game functions with downloads to keep you engaged when bored.
Pros Blazing fast email, easy to text, write, and compose emails and messages, beautiful screen (although small), great keyboard, optical trackpad, great speaker, feels good when gripping, high end fit and finish, battery life
Cons Browser (but OS 6 will be out soon and should be better), Wish it had a 5MP camera instead of a 3MP camera. Could use a bit of a faster processor. Not too many apps.
Summary This is one of the best Blackberry made to date! I've had an iPhone, Android, and now Blackberry. From the 3, the BB is the best at texting and composing emails at a faster rate due to the full keyboard. If you want more bells and whistles with more gadgetry then an iPhone or Android phone is more of your taste. It's a great size, easy to grip and is light. The screen is beautiful with vibrant colors. Video playback on it is amazing. I know some people complain about the screen size, but I have no problem with it. It's still very crisp and sharp. The fit and finish is great...it has an "executive" look and feel to it. It does not feel cheap by any means. For some people, the keyboard might take some time to get used to, but when you do, you can text or compose with amazing speed. It's speaker is one of the loudest I've had on a phone. The optical trackpad is great (better than the trackball I think). This phone is packed with great features: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3MP camera w/ flash (wish it were 5MP but not the biggest deal), work email, personal email, sms, mms, full keyboard, beautiful screen. Great battery life as well. Takes microSD cards.
I only have a few gripes which aren't that big a deal. They are: Browser which is slow and you have to continuously scroll up and down which takes awhile. Luckily Blackberry OS 6 will address that problem and the browser looks to be a lot faster and easier to use. While the 3MP camera takes good shots and video, a 5MP camera would've of made this phone even more awesome. The processor is fast enough for a device like this, but some a little more speed wouldn't hurt. Lastly, the Blackberry App store is not as good as the iPhone or Androids app store.
I highly recommend this phone for people that message and email a lot. It's a strong product and reliable.
Pros Full QWERTY Keyboard, Brilliant 480 by 360 display which is comparable to the "Retina Display" on the iPhone 4 because of the small screen size, Strong Email Options, Optical Track-pad, 3G, and WiFi
Cons No Touch Screen, Browser can't compete with others, and doesn't have BlackBerry OS 6
Summary This is the Best BlackBerry Ever, hands down. Yes, I'm including the Torch. I personally did not like the Torch because despite having numerous features that the Bold 9700 doesn't have, when it comes down to the "phone" part, AT&T Reception is spotty and your calls will drop. With the Bold 9700, T-Mobile's Network was Extremely Clear. I love my BlackBerry and I used to have an iPhone 4 and I had the Droid Incredible. iPhone 4 had HORRIBLE Reception, and the Droid Incredible had somewhat okay Multimedia Options. With the Bold 9700, I can bring what I love about both phones and bring them together and some more. If you E-mail and messaging, I recommend this phone because BES is very secure and reliable.
Pros Can download free WedMd as one of the apps. 3G connection allows me to watch and download youtube videos and a lot more links. Easy facebook accessibility. Can use songs from my music files to make songs into ring tone.
Cons small key board. problems with incoming call and outgoing call. Phone calls went come right to my voice mail when my phone is on the 3G mode. When I place call with 3G mode, sometimes my phone will show, "call failed".
Summary I love this new model of Blackberry because the new scroll pad is easy to manuva compares to the old blackberry scroll ball. I can use the 3G to surf the net without problems, the speed is decent.
The biggest downfall is I have been having problems with my phone calls. I am not able to get incoming call or make out going call when my phone is on 3G. T-mobile reps recommended me to switch the phone to 2G when I need to make outgoing phone calls. I think this is a common problem with the blackberry 9700.
This is a my second phone and I still have the same problem. I am definitely going to look for a better phone which is more reliable. I cannot wait for blackberry to come up with another os. It just takes too long for them to figure out what to do with a 3G phone.
Pros Great battery life, nice compact design
Cons Rubbish browser, but you can download alternates
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