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BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9900The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is broader in the hand than previous models and is neatly bordered by a metal band. Measuring just 115mm x 66mm x 10.5mm despite the fact that QWERTY devices tend to be a lot thicker than touchscreen handsets, the Bold 9900 feels comfortable in the hand and is easy to type on with one hand or two. That metal band gives the Bold 9900 a classy look and premium feel, looking smarter than the previous Bold family. BlackBerrys are all about the keyboard and text entry remains fluid and fast as the Bold 9900 keyboard uses the same layout and design as previous models, with sculpted keys offering easy text entry and chrome bars dividing the rows of buttons.

The Bold 9900 also has a touchscreen, this isn’t the first Blackberry to use a touchscreen, as this was implemented on the Torch models, but the touchscreen on the Bold 9900 is much more efficient and actually very useful in addition to the physical QWERTY keyboard. The display has improved also with staggering resolution (285ppi) making the best of the 640 x 480 pixels on the 2.8-inch display. The screen displays vibrant colours and is readable in bright sunlight. This is a more powerful handset than the Torch too, with a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM under the hood and 8GB of internal memory (up to 32GB with microSD cards), and phones shipping with 2GB cards in the box.

Blackberry have traditionally been strong with email capabilities on their devices, and the Bold 9900 is a good example of this expertise, the way the Bold 9900 handles email feels so simple and much more efficient than many rivals. Setup and syncing of email and social networking accounts is straightforward with Twitter, Facebook, BlackBerry service notifications and email messages all integrated into the same place. NFC finds is also available on the Bold 9900, but with no real infrastructure in place in the UK to use NFC at the moment, it’s more of a case in future proofing the device than providing any tangible benefits at the moment.

As a candybar handset with full QWERTY keyboard the Bold 9900 is never going to challenge a large screen touchphone device when it comes to watching video, but video quality is good just limited by the size of the screen. There is a decent camera with 5-megapixel sensor but unfortunately no autofocus but the camera results are reasonable. One area where things are definitely much improved is the browser, pages are fast to load, and pinch zooming and double tap zoom are both supported. The browser also supports multiple tabs and Blackberry browsing is now a pleasure.

Possibly the best BlackBerry yet, with all the core features of BlackBerry with the addition of a touchscreen. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is a device that will have huge appeal  to BlackBerry fans offering them a more interactive device and a much better browsing experience.

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