I've been using the Blackberry Bold for about a month now, and made sure to wait as long as I could to make sure I tried everything out before writing a review - my end thought after my time with the Bold, after its anticipated (and delayed) arrival to the market is that it was worth the wait. I've used past blackberrys before, including the Curve and even the ancient 7230, and I must admit that I truly enjoy the blackberry bold.
The Good: 3G connection speed, improved web browsing experience (view webpages as they really appear on computer browsers), crisp color screen, best looking interface unit produced by RIM.
The 3G internet comes really helpful when you now know that you can turn to your blackberry for internet access. It comes hand in hand with a web browser that keeps you feeling good about surfing the internet, rather than looking at some transcribed mobile web piece made for your phone. The color screen is magnificent, bringing bb up to par with other phones like the iPhone. Lastly, the look of the menus and interfaces are great, nothing better ever before seen.
The Bad: Stability issues with certain applications, 2.0 mp camera, flimsy exterior shell, hefty pricetag, limited apps.
Apparently, the bold had some issues getting release to the market due to a laundry list of bugs and functionality issues. It appears that some of those issues made it past Q&A. When using the media player to watch YouTube videos, the bold has shut off countless times; so many times that I am uncomfortable even using YouTube on my phone now. Other apps cause the phone to freeze, calling for your battery pull which never makes anybody feel good...
It's 2008, and blackberry is still on 2.0 megapixel camera. This is clearly unacceptable.
Lastly, I feel like I'm carrying a 4 month old baby when I have this phone out of its holster. The other week, before purchasing any cases or protection, I dropped my phone onto the pavement and it splattered its guts out in front of me: battery, phone, back cover...Also, the outer rim of the phone is a clean chrome, so when you drop it - scratches come easy. With all these unfortunate aspects of the bold, you wouldn't believe that this thing is $299 with a 2 year contract extension onto AT&T (which calls for another review on that service)...compared to the iPhone which appears to be dominating the smartphone market right now at a price as low as $199, the $100 premium doesn't get very far when factoring in all of these setbacks, not to mention a limited number of decent applications you can get compared to the iPhone.
Recommendations: Google mobile package, the FlyCast streaming radio app, silicon cover for scratch protection, car charger
Overall: It was about time that Blackberry released a 3G competitor onto the market. And it was also about time that consumers needed a non-touch screen phone to come aboard.
For people like myself, who don't prefer a touch screen keyboard, the Bold came to my rescue. And for the market that has been swept into a sense of brand loyalty throughout the years, the Bold is a perfect addition to the line of past products. The Bold keeps all of the traditional things you love about a blackberry, e-mail, calendar/memo, sync mastering, etc, and puts countless servings of sexy into it - adding a nice screen, high speed internet, better web browsing, etc.
For the die hard blackberry fans, the Bold has kept its promise!
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