Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 4G Review

General Introduction

BlackBerry Bold 9900 is indeed an exciting new entry with Candybar form factor and has both physical QWERTY keyboard and a glistening touchscreen. It has NFC support and is running on latest BlackBerry OS 7. It has 5 MP Camera which provides really good quality. BB Bold 9900 is almost similar to BB Bold 9930 in terms of design but it has some career dependent variations. BB Bold 9900 comes boxed up with USB cable, AC Adapter, Belt Holster and User Manual. The smartphone is available for $299.99 with 2 years contract from T-Mobile.

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Display, Design & UI

BB Bold 9900 has sharp 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with resolution 640x480 pixels. Display is large with TFT technology and it supports 16777261 colors. The design of the smartphone is simply superb with stainless steel metal edges. It has height 4.53 inches and width 2.6 inches. It is a thinnest BlackBerry smartphone as it has depth 0.41 inches. Its weight is 4.59 oz.

BlackBerry_Bold_9900

The smartphone has volume control and camera keys on the right side. On the left it has 3.5mm headphones connector and a USB port. At top it has a key for the screen lock. At the back, the smartphone has LED flash and a camera lens. Physical keyboard of the smartphone is wide and spacious with the regular Send, Menu, Back and End keys. Optical touchpad is present in the center. The keyboard typing experience is really efficient and fast.

BlackBerry_Bold_9900

As mentioned before BB Bold 9900 is running on latest BlackBerry OS 7 that provides Liquid Graphics technology which has really improved the response of the touchscreen and also the graphics. The navigation is smooth and quick.

Features

The multimedia features of the BB Bold 9900 include a Music Player which supports AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, FLAC, MP3 and WMA audio formats. Video Playback supports H.263, H.264, MPEG and WMV formats. Audio and video streaming is also present. The 5MP Camera of the smartphone with the LED flash light provides excellent quality photographs. Camcorder is present and it supports 1280x720 (720p HD) resolution.

Internet browser supports HTML and HTML 5. Regular messaging services that include SMS and MMS are available with predictive text input. E-mail feature is there and also Instant Messaging. Organizer of the smartphone comprised of Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document viewer and To-Do List apps.

Regarding connectivity it supports Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. USB 2.0 with micro USB connector for charging and to be used mass storage device. The smartphone supports Computer Sync, OTA Sync and NFC features. More features include Accelerometer and Compass sensors, Voice dialing and Voice recording.

Performance & Conclusion

BB Bold 9900 is running on single core, 1.2 GHz processor provides a real fast experience. Navigation is quick and smooth and applications launch in no time. The smartphone provides 768 MB RAM and 8 GB built-in storage. MicroSD and microSDHC slots are present that supports maximum 32 GB card.

Call quality of the smartphone is reasonable but the voice quality is not alright, one can experience some distortion. Data speed of the smartphone is really good with 4G speeds of the T-Mobile. The smartphone is equipped with Lithium-ion battery with 1230mAh capacity. Battery provides 6.3 hours talk time, 16 days of stand-by time, music playback of 2 days and video playback of 7.4 hours.

Overall, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 has a superb design with many improvements from latest BB OS 7. It is indeed a nice addition in the world of BB smartphones and most of the fans will definitely love to buy it. But as compared to other powerful Android smartphones, the price quoted by T Mobile is bit higher.

Specifications

General Information
Gadget Type
Smartphone
US Service Provider
T-Mobile from Aug 03, 2011,
AT&T from Nov 06, 2011
US Service Provider Status
Available
Network Technology
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz,
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Data
HSDPA 14.4 MB/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76, EDGE
Announced
May 02, 2011
Market Status
Released Aug 11, 2011

Size
Dimensions
4.53 x 2.6 x 0.41 inches
Weight
4.59 oz

Display
Type
TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 M colors
Size
2.8 inches
Resolution
640 x 480 pixels
Features
Optical trackpad, Full QWERTY keyboard

Camera
Resolution
259 x 1944 pixels, 5 MP
Flash Light
LED
Features
Digital Zoom, Face Detection, Geo Tagging, Image Stabilizer
Video Recorder
Available
Video Capture Resolution
1280 x 720 (720p HD)

Multimedia
Media Player Formats
AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, FLAC, MP3, WMA
Video Playback Formats
H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV

System Software & Processor
Platform
BlackBerry OS 7.0
Processor
Single core, 1.2 GHz QC 8655

Storage
RAM
768 MB
Expansion Slots
microSD, microSDHC - Up to 32 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB

Connectors
Headphones
3.5 mm
USB
microUSB Version 2.0

Power & Battery
Type
Lithium ion
Capacity
1230 mAh
Stand-by Time
307 hours
Talk Time
6.30 hours

More Features
Internet Browsing
Available with HTML, HTML 5
Bluetooth
Version 2.1, Profiles include A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SPP
WiFi
802.11 b/g/n
Messaging
SMS, MMS, Predictive Text Input, Email, Instant Messaging
Location Based Services
GPS, A-GPS

1 comments:

i am sorry but the camera is crap - try to take a picture of the waranty in any mode, close up or text from six inches away and you will see (won't see the text) that the camera does not compare to the previous bold. It performs worse than a 3.2 mp camera. lucky if it meets the clarity/definition of a 2mp. I used to use my old bold for business records of shipping waybills, postal receipts, business cards and letters.. Not any more. I think there is some serious miss-rep going on here, no way is this a 5mp camera in a true sense.

Furthermore my phone's charge does not last a day. Not only does it overcharge and shut itself down but it also randomly reboots itself. And none of the calendar or word substitution data transfered from my old bold.

If the new iphone has a word substitution facility or an app for it, i will be switching my 6 years of Rim loyalty to apple - don't get me started on the playbook that has been used as a £500 paperweight for the last year:

http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-playbook-f222/playbook-browser-issues-plus-others-631001/




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