BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900
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BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Review
When Research in Motion (RIM) announced that a touchscreen display and physical keyboard would be gracing the new BlackBerry handset, we knew that we are in for a treat. The Bold Touch 9900 is one sexy phone, being the slimmest BlackBerry handset to date. Aside from its wonderful combination of touchscreen and physical keyboard, the 9900 has a sleek design, great display and new software features, making it probably the best BlackBerry Bold out in the market.
A brushed metal band borders this 10.5mm thick phone, with a carbon fiber-like battery cover lined with a leatherette finish adorning its rear. This sleek industrial design truly gives the Bold 9900 a more professional feel compared to the old plastic-like Bold. The handset has a 2.8-inch touchscreen that is highly responsive. Not to mention that the screen has amazing clarity. Unfortunately, if you’re a touchscreen phone fanatic, you definitely won’t be happy with this phone’s screen display, because it feels so tiny and cramped. But BlackBerrys are still all about the keyboard. And surprise, surprise, this is one of the most amazing things in this model. The keys have the same layout as with the BlackBerry Bold phones, but the 9900’s are a bit wider and softer making it easier to compose email and texts. Blackberry phones aren’t really known for great cameras, but RIM tried giving this device's camera a boost with a 5MP fixed focus sensor. But the phone still lags behind other smartphones, as it produces average stills and videos.
What we really like about the Bold 9900 is that all the buttons and ports are strategically placed – the lock button conveniently positioned on top, buttons for volume, media and email located on the right and the micro USB port and headphone slot situatedon the left side of the phone. So if you need to send an email, simply press the top-right hand button and you’re on. Now, if its exterior is remarkably amazing, does its innards rock the Android world too? The phone is geared with a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. It runs the upgraded BlackBerry 7 OS, which we think doesn’t really bring revolutionary changes except for the brand's Balance function. This new feature separates the corporate data from the personal data in your phone – a neat addition for professionals.
The Bold 9900 doesn’t disappoint BlackBerry fans with its ever-efficient email support and messaging. Reading and sending emails are simple and fast with this phone, especially with BB’s regular grouped emails. Staying connected through Facebook and Twitter is also convenient with this handset. And of course, what’s a BlackBerry without the ever-popular BBM? Sure, there’s nothing really brand-new with this unit when it comes to messaging, but it’s noteworthy that everything works perfectly. For a new and exciting handset, the BlackBerry 9900 may fail in attracting more regular consumers especially because it lacks common apps that are widely available in other Android phones. But with its built in memory, bright and clear screen and proven reliability of email, we’re definite that corporate junkies would want to get a hold of this phone.