BlackBerry Bold

The BlackBerry Bold is a line of smartphones developed by Research in Motion. The family includes the 9000 (released in 2008), the 9700 (released in 2009), and the 9650 and 9780, both of which were released in 2010. On May, 2, 2011, Research in Motion announced the launch of the Bold 9900/9930 at Blackberry World in Orlando. The Bold family is known for its distinctive form factor; efficient, piano-like QWERTY keyboard; and typical BlackBerry messaging capabilities.

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[edit] BlackBerry Bold 9000

[edit] Specifications

  • Size: 114mm × 66mm × 15mm
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces (136 grams)
  • Display: Half VGA resolution 480 × 360 pixel color display backlit transmissive High-Definition TFT LCD
  • Camera: 2.0 MP camera (JPEG encoding) with flash, 3x digital zoom
  • Battery: 1500 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
  • Standby life: 13.5 days standby, .5 hour talk
  • GPS capable with extended ephemeris and maps
  • Input: Backlit QWERTY keyboard, trackball
  • Video format support: DivX 4, DivX 5/6 partially supported, XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3
  • Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • Ringtones: MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
  • Connectivity: 3G; Bluetooth 2.0; 802.11g; 3.5mm stereo headset, Mini-USB
  • Networks: UMTS 2100/1900/850 MHz; GSM: 1900/1800/900/850/MHz; EDGE networks; HSDPA networks

[edit] Applications

All the familiar BlackBerry applications are available on the Bold: WordToGo, PowerPointToGo, BrickBreaker and WordMole. The Bold also offers new or updated applications for BlackBerry Messenger, WHERE GPS, and Mobi4Biz.[7]

[edit] Reception

The Blackberry Bold has generally been positively reviewed by critics. Bonnie Cha of CNET rated the phone as “Excellent” and praised the phone’s screen and multimedia capabilities. However, she did not like the bulkiness of the bold and she notes that it has poor web browsing navigation. However, she mentioned that the bulkiness would be greatly improved by Blackberry OS 6.0.[8]

[edit] Technical issues

  • On October 10, 2008, UK provider Orange suspended sales of the BlackBerry Bold due to undisclosed software issues.[citation needed]
  • March 2, 2008, RIM says they had or still have an overheating problem with the Bold saying in some cases it became too hot to handle. This problem seems to have affected regions in and around Japan only. “BlackBerry Bold devices in other countries are unaffected by this matter.”[9]
  • The Bold, the second 3G BlackBerry (first supporting US frequency bands), launched in the U.S. in November 2008, after several snags delayed its release. The Bold went through several revisions before its official launch to ensure it operated properly on AT&T’s 3G network and to hammer out software issues.[9]

[edit] BlackBerry Bold 9700

BlackBerry Bold 9700
BlackBerry Bold 9700.jpg
Manufacturer Research in Motion
Compatible networks 3G
Availability by country December 18, 2009
Form factor Candybar smartphone
Dimensions 4.29×2.36×0.56 in (109x60x14.1 mm)
Weight 4.30 oz (122 g) with battery
CPU 624 MHz
Memory 256MB RAM,
Data inputs Trackpad, keyboard
Display 480×360 px 2.44 inch TFT LCD
Rear camera 3.2 megapixel

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 (codenamed “Onyx”) is a high-end mobile phone data device (smartphone) developed by Research In Motion.

[edit] Specifications

While many things including form factor are similar between the two models, here are the difference in the 9700’s specifications as follows:[10]:

  • Optical Trackpad
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 480 × 360 pixel color Half VGA resolution display
  • 256MB onboard Memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP or AES), PEAP, LEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, EAP-TTLS, EAP-SIM
  • Wi-Fi calling supported UMA (Carrier dependent)
  • Battery Life – Standby: 17 days standby (UMTS), Talk Time: 6 hours (UMTS)
  • Bluetooth v2.1, Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVRCP
  • Browser – HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support
  • Size – Length: 109 mm, Width: 60 mm, Thickness: 14.1 mm
  • Network Support – UMTS/HSDPA 2100 / 1900 / 850 / 800 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz or UMTS/HSDPA 2100 / 1700 / 900 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz (dependant upon the UMTS/HSDPA bands used by one’s carrier)
  • Micro-B USB PC/Charger connection
  • Operating System: Blackberry OS 5.0, OS 6.0 is as of 2011 available for upgrade.

[edit] Applications

All the familiar pre-loaded BlackBerry applications are available on the Bold 9700, including but not limited to: WordToGo, PowerPointToGo, BrickBreaker and WordMole. The Bold 9700 also offers BlackBerry Messenger 4.7 but is upgradable to 5.0 in the BlackBerry App World.

[edit] BlackBerry Bold 9650

Main article: BlackBerry Bold 9650

The BlackBerry Bold (9650) is a high-end mobile phone data device (smartphone) developed by Research In Motion

[edit] Specifications

  • Optical Trackpad
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 512 MB onboard Memory
  • 480 × 360 pixel color Half VGA resolution display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP or AES), PEAP, LEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, EAP-TTLS, EAP-SIM
  • Battery Life – Standby: 13 days standby (UMTS), Talk Time: 5 hours (UMTS)
  • Bluetooth v2.1, Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVRCP
  • Browser – HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support
  • Size – Length: 112 mm, Width: 62 mm, Thickness: 14.1 mm
  • Network Support – CDMA/EVDO 1900 / 850 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz and UMTS/HSDPA 2100 MHz
  • Micro-B USB PC/Charger connection
  • Operating System: Blackberry OS 5.0 (upgradable to 6.0)

[edit] BlackBerry Bold 9780

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a high-end mobile phone data device (smartphone) developed by Research In Motion.

[edit] Specifications

While many things including form factor are similar between the two models (9700 & 9780), here are the specifications of the 9780:

  • Optical Trackpad
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP or AES), PEAP, LEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, EAP-TTLS, EAP-SIM
  • Battery Life – Standby: 17 days standby (UMTS), Talk Time: 6 hours (UMTS)
  • Bluetooth v2.1, Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVRCP
  • Browser – HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support
  • Size – Length: 109 mm, Width: 60 mm, Thickness: 14.1 mm
  • Network Support – UMTS/HSDPA 2100 / 1900 / 850 / 800 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz or UMTS/HSDPA 2100 / 1700 / 900 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz (dependant upon the UMTS/HSDPA bands used by one’s carrier)
  • Micro-B USB PC/Charger connection
  • Operating System: Blackberry OS 6.0.0(out of box)

The Bold 9780 shares the same form factor as the 9700, and the only notable differences are an improved camera (3.2 MP vs. 5.0 MP) and double the onboard memory of the 9700 (256 MB vs. 512 MB). Both devices are OS 6.0 ready, with the 9780 being OS 6 enabled out of the box plus the chrome around the old bold has disappeared.

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