Expert Review of Blackberry Bold 9700 Black
Blackberry Bold 9700 is the one of the most high profile series offered by Blackberry. The device in fact gives a very Blackberry-ish look with the large QWERTY keypad in being very apparent right from the first look and a optical trackpad. The device comes with the dimensions 109 x 60 x 14 mm and weighs 122 grams. It has a 2.44 inch screen which is the major drawback for the device when we compare it with the large screen gadgets that we are so use to looking at these days. Some people are not that big on huge screens but for those who love their gaming, Blackberry Bold 9700 is not the device for you. Still, to be fair, the device released two years ago and to say that the world has changed in the last 3 years would be a big understatement. So let's talk about what the device does offer. A solid 3.15 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash along with image stabilization, no secondary camera. A 2 GB memory card comes with the device which is backed by the microSD card slot allowing the user to expand the memory up to 16 GB. So far so good, so where does the problem lies. Well, the operating system for one is BlackBerry OS v5.0 which is upgradable to BlackBerry OS v6.0 while the current BlackBerry OS v7.0 is about to be upgraded to the next version. Bluetooth and USB port are not the latest versions with the former offering version 2.1 while the latter 2.0. So the technology is not the exactly the latest one but the joy of holding a Blackberry and assuming that the device would now be available at a cheaper price could be tempting for some. At least that is what we would hope for.
User Interface and UI functionality
Blackberry Bold 9700 comes with a 2.44 inch screen that works at a resolution of 480 by 360 pixels along with a pixel density of 246 ppi. The display also gives 65k colors and can be interacted with through the touch sensitive optical trackpad along with a QWERTY keypad.
Blackberry Bold 9700 offers loads of multimedia features like the music player that makes sure that the user can listen to all the popular musical tracks that the entertainment world has to offer in the formats MP3, WMA and AAC+. The video player that is supported by the formats DivX, WMV, XviD and 3gp ensures that all the desired videos can be watched with clarity and comfort. Another drawback with the device which used to be common trait with Blackberry devices is the lack of FM radio which sustains with Blackberry Bold 9700.
Pictures and Video quality
Blackberry Bold 9700 has a 3.15 megapixel camera which is pretty formidable and is backed by the LED flash facility that ensures that the user can click pictures with clarity even when the natural light in the background is not up to the mark. The auto focus feature allows the user to click precise pictures. Image stabilization is also offered by the device. The user can also shoot videos but there is no access to a secondary camera.
Blackberry Bold 9700 is known for its fantastic Internet facilities which the device maintains with this one too. The user can access mails for leisure or business purposes or download data including music files, games, images and videos or log on to the popular social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter. The user can do so with his or her browsing being interrupted by unnecessary hassles. The Wi-Fi facility lets the user access the web from any remote location with ease and comfort.
Internal and External Memory
Blackberry Bold 9700 has a 2 GB memory card that comes included in the device that makes sure that the lots of data can be stored in the device. In case the memory is not enough the user can enhance the memory capacity up to 16 GB with the help of microSD card. The user can then keep a large collection of data including music files, games, image and videos without worrying about the memory space running out. The RAM is not too impressive with just 256 MB.
Applications and Gaming
Blackberry Bold 9700 is not the most popular device when it comes to gaming but still the device offers some allowing the user to entertain himself or herself. The user can further download more from the web as and when required.
Blackberry Bold 9700 comes powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 1500 mAh that lets the user work with the device for a substantial amount of time without being interrupted. The user then gets a talk time of up to 6 hours along with a standby time of up to 408 hours.
Blackberry Bold 9700 offers lots of data connectivity features like the bluetooth facility that lets the user connect the device with other devices and exchange data with it where the data exchanged may include music files, games, image and videos. The user can also use the USB port and exchange data with the computer or laptops. The only problem is that these features are not the current versions making the exchange process that much slower. Wi-Fi gives the user access to wireless web where the GPRS facility allows the user to navigate to the desired location without getting lost. There is also the EDGE facility.
Blackberry Bold 9700 when compared to Blackberry Bold 9000 has a better camera with the former offering 3.15 megapixel as compared to the latter's 2 megapixel. The battery life offered by Blackberry Bold 9700 is also better than Blackberry Bold 9000 with the Blackberry Bold 9700 giving the users 6 hous as compared to the Blackberry Bold 9000's 4.5 hours.