"A reviewer that used the iPhone before buying the Bold"4.0 starson by morningrise11
Pros: GPS, screen, keyboard, loud speakers
Cons: Battery life is terrible. Browser could use work.
Summary: There are some reviewers that are jumping to compare this to the iPhone. I have the feeling that some haven't used the Bold before writing their review. I switched from the iPhone (from the original but used 3G phone a lot as well). I haven't regretted the decision (yet?)...Update: I turned off Wi-Fi on my Bold. The battery life has increased by about 200%. Now I can easily go through 2 days on normal use without charging. I would like to keep Wi-Fi on but its not reasonable to do so. Truth is, that with 3G, I don't really need wi-fi since I don't use the Bold for heavy browsing or video streaming too often.
The Bold does everything that I wanted my iPhone to do. MMS, copy/paste, true push email/IM, video camera, a GOOD, LOUD speakerphone and GPS. That is what I needed out of my phone and the Bold delivered where the iPhone fell short.
However, the Bold does lack in plenty places where the iPhone shines. First thing to come to mind is the browser. Safari is simply perfect. While the Bold's browser could use some work. If you only browse sparingly (like I do) the Bold is just fine.
Same goes with the media player on the Bold. The iPhone is better for heavy users of video, music and photos. Personally, I don't do that too much. I may have only watched video on my iPhone a dozen times in the year I was using it. I only need an iPod for the gym and photos are mostly just the ones I take on the phone itself. So the Bold works for me here just fine. I used the music player at the gym without any issues. I was able to navigate my music easily and sound quality is on par from what I was getting with the iPhone. Without headphones plugged in the Bold's speakers were significantly louder than the iPhone was. This goes with speakerphone on calls and ringtones.
Video is as crisp as it is on the iPhone. Iphone has the bigger screen of course. Youtube is available on the Bold as well.
As far as apps go, all I have installed is IM+, Gtalk, Facebook, ESPN, CNBC and NY Times. As far as choices go the iPhone wins with the app store. As far as having actual productive applications I'd go with the Bold. Simply because I'm always connected to IM and can get push messages.
If you need a phone that is used mostly for messaging (email, IM, SMS, MMS) then I'd be hard pressed to not go with the Bold. If you want the bells and whistles (superb multimedia, safari, plethora of games) then the iPhone is best suited for you.
A big negative with the Bold is the battery life. I charge it every night. From 8 to 5 I'm rarely using it. May send a few messages but that is all. It mostly stays in standby. BUT my office is shady with service and the phone is constantly going from no service to some service. This may affect battery life. In the evening I'm making more calls and messaging a lot more. I'm also using the media player for 30 mins to 1 hour a day. The Bold needs to be charged every night. My iPhone easily rattled off 2-3 days without an issue and some lighter usage.
In the end, for me, the Bold does everything I NEED to do and does it perfectly. It also does everything I WANT to do just fine but not as well as the iPhone does. Meanwhile, the iPhone is unable to do a lot of the things I need from my phone.
Updated on Nov 17, 2008
Updated on Jan 29, 2009My review seemed to help a lot of people so I wanted to update everyone on how my BOLD experiance has been.
It has been pretty much flawless. The phone is do everything that I need it to do and I am having no issues with it. It works great for my daily usage which is mostly text/IM/email.
As I said in my first review, I don't use the browser much. If I was a heavy browser, I would have issues with it. After using Safari for over a year, the Blackberry Browser just fails in comparasion. On its own, it gets the job done. Typically, I use it to get the phone number or address of someplace. A Google search for that take about a minute. Nothing to complain about. It just isn't logical for heavy browsing.
I use Google maps often since I don't want to pay for GPS. It works like a charm.
Apps that I use are: CNBC, ESPN, Facebook and Reuters news. All work flawlessly. However, I am disappointed with the Facebook app compared to the versatile Facebook app for the iPhone.
Updated on Jan 29, 2009I'll add another update since I can only have 1000 characters at a time:
As for multimedia: I rarely use YouTube but when I do it works cleanly. Pictures come out sharp since the phone has a flash included. I use the music player for about an hour a day at the gym. It is quick and easy. Getting songs loaded onto it is a breeze as well, just drag and drop.
Issues that I have is that AIM will cut out when service is poor. I mentioned in my first review that service in my office is bad. For some reason, I've been getting 2-3 bars now with few problems. With the Iphone I was getting 0 or 1 bar. I know that what phone you have should not affect service so take from that what you will.
Other than that the phone rarely freezes and when it does it needs a battery pull. This happens once a week. I also rarely experiance any lag.
All in all, I'm still impressed with the Bold. I want to thank everyone for reading and I hope this helps.