Expert Review of BlackBerry Bold 9900
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the best piece of smartphone manufactured by BlackBerry that is slimmest device ever made by the company. The best thing with this droid is the Liquid Graphics touchscreen that gives you the best touch experience like never before. You can pinch, swipe, scroll and zoom with your fingers very easily either using the capacitive touchscreen or the responsive trackpad. The chassis are all made of plastic but to give the device a premium look and elegant style the company has provided a stainless steel frame all around the body. With the weight of 130 grams BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 is light to carry and the device is so thin that you can easily keep it in your front pocket also. The dimension of 115mm x 66mm x 10.5mm makes the device durable and a bit handy.
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 provides various options for entering a command as apart from a QWERTY keypad you have access to an optical trackpad and a very sensitive touchscreen. With the high speed processor you can do your work even faster than any of the other siblings of this droid can do. This handset has a candy bar form factor where the smooth edges are cut in comfortable holding shape and the soft rubbery finish gives good grip. The front of this smartphone seems to be equally divided between the touchscreen and the QWERTY keypad with an optical tarckpad right below the display. The sunlight legibility is excellent of the screen with great viewing angles. The keys of the QWERTY keypad are very soft and comfortable that gives easiness to the users while typing and the aptly spaced keys avoid the chances of any accidental press. Though the keys are small but are sculpted ergonomic and carefully for great tactility and usability. The keys also acts as dedicated buttons for some of the functions like # toggles Silent mode on/off, * locks the keypad and screen and lots more. On top of the display there is an earpiece grill with proximity and digital compass sensors that makes the working with mobile easy. Digital compass provides orientation to the smartphone with respect to Earth's magnetic field. Proximity Sensor is useful in detecting towers and any POI in the nearby field without having any physical contact. Below the screen there are four dedicated keys along with the touch sensitive trackpad in between them that is covered by a very thin chrome bezel. Amongst the four keys two are the call keys whereas the other two are for BlackBerry Messenger and Back. Underneath these keys is placed the spacious QWERTY keypad.
The right side of this droid has volume controls and a single convenience key that acts as a camera key. The volume keys have a pause/mute button in between them that helps you in muting the music player with a single press. The left portion of the device is the incharge of connectivity, with a 3.5mm audio jack and the standard microUSB port. The lock key is placed on the top that is very convenient and easy to use. The bottom has no controls and the mouthpiece is placed right inside the keyboard at the front. The back holds a 5 megapixels camera with LED flash support. The loudspeaker grill is placed below the battery cover. Another attracting feature at the rear panel is the BlackBerry logo that is embedded in the back cover. This is the best BlackBerry handset available in the market with affordable price range.
User Interface and UI functionality
BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with a 2.8 inches wide transmissive TFT display that is touch sensitive. This capacitive touchscreen provides a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with color depth of 16M colors. The pixel density of 286 ppi makes the view crisp, rich and brilliant with equal view from each angle. The VGA high resolution brings 24 bit display with unclouded view. This powerful droid is running on BlackBerry's own proprietary operating system, BlackBerry v.7.1 OS with next generation platform. Like the operating system, the interface is also of BlackBerry that is very easy to use with all the possible and useful icons in the main menu. This smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz QC 8655 processor that makes the processing speeds of the device as fast as lightening. The device comes with BlackBerry Balance Technology so that you never muddle up your work and personal lives and thus can use your smartphone as per your requirement and preference. This OS give 40 percent faster web browsing than OS 6.0 and provides access to new features and latest applications. This droid incorporates breakthrough technologies like Augmented Reality and Near Field Communication. Applications like Twitter, BlackBerry Travel, Facebook, BlackBerry Applications World, etc. are updated and come with new added features. The UI icons have been updated to mimic the PlayBook, but the rest is pretty much the same - functionality changes are kept to a minimum. The status area of the home screen has virtual buttons in a row that allows you to quickly toggle the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth radios, the cellular and NFC. You can also have very quick access to settings menu and alarm clock.
You can change the currently active profile by clicking on the loudspeaker icon and there is a search button on the other side of the homescreen that lets you start a search. You can also search your content by voice commands. There is a mic icon next to the search and profile icons on the default screen.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is a complete multimedia handset where you can enjoy multimedia files in the easiest way possible. The default music player allows you to search the tracks quickly and automatic sorting of tracks by artist, album and genre. The 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to attach speakers and woofers with the device to hear your favorite numbers on loud note. This droid does not have access to FM radio but with the huge collection that you can in your music library; you will never miss the radio. The music player supports .mp4, .m4a, .3gp, .m4v, .avi, .asf, .wma, .mp3, .flac, .ogg, .aac, .amr, .wav and .mid audio formats so that you have a wide variety of choice. The video player is also very good and delivers a quality service where you can play video files that are supported .mp4, .m4a, .3gp, .m4v, .avi, .asf and .wmv video formats for playback.
Pictures and Video quality
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is bestowed with a 5 megapixels autofocus snapper with LED flash that click your precious moments immediately and with utmost clarity. The images are captured with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and are provided with features such as Geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. The image formats that are supported by this primary snapper are .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif and .wbmp. You can 4x times digitally zoom the images to get the minute details and there is also the facility of Zero shutter lag that clicks your memorable moments without missing even the single one. You can also avail the facility of multiple scene modes so that you can widen your photography experience.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 supports Internet connectivity options such as EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed and dual band Wi-Fi via WLAN support. The HTML browser works amazingly well and opens web pages very quickly. You can open more than one page at a time and toggle between them easily. For having connections with the nearby compatible devices this smart droid comes pre-loaded with Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, NFC and USB via microUSB v2.0 port.
Internal and External Memory
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is well stuffed with all those features that will make it easier for you to work on the device without facing any problem. This fact is also applicable for memory, as the device holds an internal storage capacity of 8GB with 768MB for RAM. This memory is sufficient for you to store a huge amount of data and is you fall with shortage of storage space, not to worry, as you can expand the external memory of the device up to 32GB via microSD card slot that is placed under the battery.
Applications and Gaming
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is completely filled with loads and loads of applications that you will not find on any other non BlackBerry device. Some of the applications that are available at the users’ end are Vlingo, Wikitude, BlackBerry travel, Scoremobile, Streetsmart, Mobiesta, CoMix on the go, Shaadi.com, Naukri.com, Zomato, Bookur Table, Nic Nac Noe, Gayatri mantras, Best of Mehdi Has an, Shri Ganesh Siddhivinayaka, Music for pregnant women, Cure with diet, Abida Parveen’s music magic and lots more. You can even enjoy games on this touchscreen phone and can download lots of games from the BlackBerry application world.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with a standard Li-Ion 1,230 mAh battery that allows a talk time of up to 6 hours 30 minutes on 2G and 5 hours 50 minutes on 3G. This battery provides a standby time of up to 307 hours on 2G and 307 hours on 3G. You can also enjoy music playback up to 50 hours continuously. This smartphone is amazing in terms of its battery also and thus becomes eligible to be called as the best phone by BlackBerry. You can also play video files for time up to 7 hours 40 minutes.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers connectivity to 2G and 3G GSM networks only at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G. the 3G network supports dual bands at a frequency of 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 800 MHz and 900 / 1700 / 2100 MHz. The data downloading HSDPA speed of 3G network is 14.4Mbps whereas the HSUPA uploading speed is 5.76Mbps. BlackBerry handsets are world famous for their superb connectivity speed ad business class style and this time also BlackBerry has succeeded in keeping up with the increased expectations of its customers.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is one of the best piece of gadget designed by BlackBerry for its demanding and business class customers who want a mini computer in their pocket. The 5 megapixels camera of this smart droid works pretty well and more fun is added with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS that brings lots of new features to the device. Other smartphones that can give neck in neck competition to BlackBerry Bold 9900 are Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC One XL, Apple iPhone 4S, Nokia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, HTC Sensation XE, HTC One V and many more.