Gear: Blackberry 9700 Bold 2

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Blackberry 9700 Bold 2

Category: Technology & Software
Subcategory: Cell Phones
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3G device - GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS (Bands: 850, 900, 1800, 1900) 480 by 360 display, beveled edges 256 megabytes of internal memory (same as Curve 8900, 8520) 1550mAh M-S1 battery (same as Bold) 3.2 megapixel camera, with flash and auto focus Processor: 800MHz GPS, WiFi (UMA capable) and all the normal stuff you'd expect on a BlackBerry smartphone. The Bold2 may be the best looking BlackBerry yet. The most notable contrast with the first-generation Bold is its overall size. It's thinner, shorter, and less wide than the Bold. It's also less wide than the BlackBerry Tour, though not by much. Its distinguishing features include subdued chrome accents around the bezel, a faux-leather backed battery compartment, black matte convenience keys on the sides, and of course, a track pad where users have become accustomed to seeing the iconic but sometimes finicky BlackBerry Ball. Also changed in this version is the layout of the camera and flash on the back of the device -- they're now side by side rather than above one another. The Bold2 also has charging contacts on the side of the device that are discussed more below. The most practical change in styling is a redesign of the battery compartment which now feels more secure and in solid. Screen The screen is simply amazing. The iPhone's screen was great, then the Bold took the same resolution and packed it into a smaller, richer screen. The Bold2 has done the same thing, but more so. Graphics are detailed, and smooth and pictures and web pages render sharply. Of course, the screen itself is smaller than its predecessor, and is on par with a Curve 8900 or Tour so you'll want to think twice if you're primarily concerned with browsing. If this is your primary concern you might want to think twice. The screen is bright enough, but does seem less bright than the Bold... though that device was almost too bright. Track pad & Keyboard To fit the smaller form factor the keyboard had to be scaled down, though not at the cost of usability. The keys maintain the rubbery, responsive feeling from the Bold, albeit smaller. If you are used to a BlackBerry Curve or even a Tour, you'll be pleasantly surprised with this keyboard. If you're coming from a Bold, you'll notice only a slight difference, and if you're coming from a Storm you'll be thankful (for more reasons than just the keyboard) that you made the switch. The trackpad is a delight to use, and has almost no learning curve. I liked it on the Curve 8520, and I love it on the Bold2. It's responsive, accurate, doesn't stick, is less likely to be damaged. Moreover, it simply looks better than the ball. I did notice that BrickBreaker was a little more difficult with the pad, perhaps its biggest flaw. In the future the pad could be improved if it scrolled when the user rested his/her finger on the edge of the pad. The 9700 sports two programmable

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    chpprsinc, Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:31:22 UTC.
    1st review

    This phone disserves this rating simply because its a Blackberry. Very dependable and very reliable, if the US military can trust and use these devices you know they're dependable. HuRah!

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  • 2010-10-03_17
    Migs, Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:34:08 UTC.

    Blackberry was lacking a 3G phone for quite some time and they finally came out with the Bold. I've had a few problems with coverage and placing calls, but over all is a great phone for the technical sabby. Beats the crap out of the iPhone in technicality and configuration.

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