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BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

6.7/10 AVG.
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6.7/10
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The BlackBerry Bold 9900 currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Blackberry Bold 9900 is the newest touchscreen Blackberry and the thinnest model yet. The phone is constructed out of metal, making for a rugged and solid device ready for whatever might come its way. The 2.8 inch screen is larger than the previous generation of Blackberry and has a higher resolution as well, making for a more pleasant user experience. The QWERTY keyboard offers large and easy to use keys so there is no need to worry about your thumbs typing more than one key at a time.

The Bold 9900 has some impressive hardware under the hood as well. It features a 1.2Ghz processor and a healthy 768MB of memory making it the fastest Blackberry yet. You also get GPS, Wi-Fi, 8GB of extra storage for apps, and a 5 megapixel camera that can also record 720p video. The phone also ships with Blackberry 7, which promises a faster and more robust web browsing experience than Blackberry 6. The whole user interface has been given an overhaul and is easier to use overall with less clutter in the menus and a snappier response in general. However, if you are used to an Android phone or iPhone, the Blackberry 7 operating system may seem a bit behind on the times. It looks and feels dated compared to what the competition has to offer.

Need to know: Blackberry Bold 9900

1. The beautiful new 2.8 inch high-resolution screen is a joy to look at and easy to navigate. (The Good)

2. A fast processor and plenty of memory give the phone a welcome speed boost in just about every way possible, making it the best and most complete Blackberry on the market. (The Good)

3. The Blackberry 7 operating system feels dated and lags behind the competition. Competing Apple and Android handsets are more user-friendly. (The Bad)

4. The app store lacks many of the "must have" apps that are available on the Apple app store and Android Marketplace. (The Bad)


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TelecomTiger

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is an elegant phone with simple design and safety measures. The BBM service offers great performance as always. Instant Messaging, BlackBerry App world and many such applications have done justice to this bold series phone. But, with no front camera and less powerful battery...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger
TrustedReviews

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is just about the perfect upgrade for existing BlackBerry users. The keyboard's excellent, the touchscreen's great and the new software adds plenty too. However, when stacked against the Android and iPhone competition it doesn't quite do enough. A lot of this is simply down...

- Edward Chester, TrustedReviews
Business Insider

AT&T sent us a review unit of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. After a day with it, we feel safe saying the following: If you like BlackBerry phones, you're going to love the BlackBerry Bold 9900. If you're like most people, you're better off skipping it.

- Jay Yarow, Business Insider
Tech Advisor

If I said the Bold 9900 is expensive it would be an understatement. I mean you can buy this if you are a Blackberry fanatic otherwise I see absolutely no rhyme or reason for anyone to switch to such an expensive Blackberry device.

- K. Ershad, Tech Advisor
Digital Versus

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the perfect choice for the busy pro, but less impressive multimedia features mean it's definitely not an all-rounder. If you want a wider range of features from an RIM handset, you should look elsewhere in the BlackBerry range.

- Tristan François , Digital Versus


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BlackBerry released the Bold 9900 on August 29, 2011.


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BlackBerry backs up the Bold 9900 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.8"

The BlackBerry Bold 9900's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1230mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 12 days standby time.

Bold 9900 Specs

Overview
Release date August 29, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.03 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1230 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 119 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Optical pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Bold Touch, BlackBerry 9900, BlackBerry Dakota

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Critic Reviews


TelecomTiger

A good buy for corporate and people who works while moving too

from TelecomTiger

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is an elegant phone with simple design and safety measures. The BBM service offers great performance as always. Instant Messaging, BlackBerry App world and many such applications have done justice to this bold series phone. But, with no front camera and less powerful battery it can give you bitter taste.

Read full review

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is an elegant phone with simple design and safety measures. The BBM service offers great performance as always. Instant Messaging, BlackBerry App world and many such applications have done justice to this bold series phone. But, with no front camera and less powerful battery it can give you bitter taste.

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TrustedReviews

It doesn't quite do enough against competition

from TrustedReviews

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is just about the perfect upgrade for existing BlackBerry users. The keyboard's excellent, the touchscreen's great and the new software adds plenty too. However, when stacked against the Android and iPhone competition it doesn't quite do enough. A lot of this is simply do...More

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is just about the perfect upgrade for existing BlackBerry users. The keyboard's excellent, the touchscreen's great and the new software adds plenty too. However, when stacked against the Android and iPhone competition it doesn't quite do enough. A lot of this is simply down to the form factor, and the small screen that comes with it, but the current lack of apps also limits what you can do.

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Business Insider

If you like BlackBerry phones, you're going to love the BlackBerry Bold 9900

from Business Insider

AT&T sent us a review unit of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. After a day with it, we feel safe saying the following: If you like BlackBerry phones, you're going to love the BlackBerry Bold 9900. If you're like most people, you're better off skipping it.

Read full review

AT&T sent us a review unit of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. After a day with it, we feel safe saying the following: If you like BlackBerry phones, you're going to love the BlackBerry Bold 9900. If you're like most people, you're better off skipping it.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

The Bold series gets a much needed facelift in design and extra power under the hood

from Tech Advisor

If I said the Bold 9900 is expensive it would be an understatement. I mean you can buy this if you are a Blackberry fanatic otherwise I see absolutely no rhyme or reason for anyone to switch to such an expensive Blackberry device.

Read full review

If I said the Bold 9900 is expensive it would be an understatement. I mean you can buy this if you are a Blackberry fanatic otherwise I see absolutely no rhyme or reason for anyone to switch to such an expensive Blackberry device.

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Digital Versus

Great at communicating and handling documents

from Digital Versus

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the perfect choice for the busy pro, but less impressive multimedia features mean it's definitely not an all-rounder. If you want a wider range of features from an RIM handset, you should look elsewhere in the BlackBerry range.

Read full review

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the perfect choice for the busy pro, but less impressive multimedia features mean it's definitely not an all-rounder. If you want a wider range of features from an RIM handset, you should look elsewhere in the BlackBerry range.

Read full review

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Tracy and Matt

Powerful, well built, glorious keyboard and a super responsive capacitive touch screen

from Tracy and Matt

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is without doubt the best Smartphone Research in Motion has produced to date. It is powerful, quick, sleek and packed with a bunch of amazing features. Sure, it is not perfect. I would have liked to have seen a front facing camera so we could maybe video chat in the futur...More

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is without doubt the best Smartphone Research in Motion has produced to date. It is powerful, quick, sleek and packed with a bunch of amazing features. Sure, it is not perfect. I would have liked to have seen a front facing camera so we could maybe video chat in the future but RIM must be saving that for QNX devices. With RIM under strong opposition from other platforms I certainly think the 9900 will help keep current BlackBerry users on Team BlackBerry. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the 9900 also brings back some users that have moved away. As I said earlier in the review, if you are considering using a BlackBerry you need to decide what is important to you. If communication and staying connected, along with great social networking and having a superb business tool are important to you then the Bold 9900 will serve you well and you will love the 9900. This new Bold form factor of capacitive touch screen combined with a luxurious front facing QWERTY keyboard makes the BlackBerry Bold 9900 a worthy flagship device for RIM . It has been a real pleasure using it.

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What Mobile

Thinnest BlackBerry smartphone, NFC, inferior camera

from What Mobile

Life is about compromise, and for a while we made do with a slightly inferior keyboard on the Bold 9700 and 9780 in order not to lug about the huge brick that was the Bold 9000. But RIM has come up with a slimmed-down smartphone (the thinnest BlackBerry ever, in fact) and it is time to welcome it...More

Life is about compromise, and for a while we made do with a slightly inferior keyboard on the Bold 9700 and 9780 in order not to lug about the huge brick that was the Bold 9000. But RIM has come up with a slimmed-down smartphone (the thinnest BlackBerry ever, in fact) and it is time to welcome it back with open hands. However, the battery is smaller and the thin design means an inferior camera, too. But, with the addition of touch and a VGA-resolution screen (and readiness for NFC), it’s still a firm winner and the BlackBerry everyone will surely want.

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Wired

Another good, solid workhorse of a BlackBerry phone that does most things fairly well, and excels at messaging

from Wired

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is yet another good, solid workhorse of a BlackBerry phone that does most things fairly well, and excels at messaging, which is pretty much what the brand was built on. But as its rivals continue to innovate, RIM seems to be just about keeping pace, but not much more -- i...More

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is yet another good, solid workhorse of a BlackBerry phone that does most things fairly well, and excels at messaging, which is pretty much what the brand was built on. But as its rivals continue to innovate, RIM seems to be just about keeping pace, but not much more -- if you're already a BlackBerry fan you'll be glad you got one, but it's not likely to convince the non-believers.

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Expert Reviews

An extremely capable smartphone, but at a high price

from Expert Reviews

RIM may be struggling to keep up with more consumer-friendly Android and Apple smartphones, but its secure email system and the popularity of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) still make a BlackBerry an attractive option. However, despite the 9900's fast processor, great screen and useful apps, it's inc...More

RIM may be struggling to keep up with more consumer-friendly Android and Apple smartphones, but its secure email system and the popularity of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) still make a BlackBerry an attractive option. However, despite the 9900's fast processor, great screen and useful apps, it's incredibly expensive, limiting its market to corporate users and those with plenty of spare cash.

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Macnn

It's the culmination of everything RIM has done so far in a package that mostly pulls it off

from Macnn

Even with all these concerns in mind, we're happy with the Bold 9900 just because it puts RIM back on the map. It's proof RIM wants to do more than sit on its laurels and that it's capable of getting notice. Will it draw you away from a Droid Bionic, Galaxy S II, or iPhone 5? Probably not, but we...More

Even with all these concerns in mind, we're happy with the Bold 9900 just because it puts RIM back on the map. It's proof RIM wants to do more than sit on its laurels and that it's capable of getting notice. Will it draw you away from a Droid Bionic, Galaxy S II, or iPhone 5? Probably not, but we've heard of a few deliberately dropping Android for the 9900 simply because they want to get back to a more integrated, cohesive experience again and like what they see. That alone might say a lot about what RIM has pulled off.

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User Reviews


I hate this blackberry model.

I've been a constant blackberry cheerleader for years, I had a lot of issues with my old Curve so I was excited to upgrade to the Blackberry Bold 9900. I thought, a newer model = less issues, right? Wrong. I have this model as my work phone, and as of last weekend, my personal phone. My work phone...More
I've been a constant blackberry cheerleader for years, I had a lot of issues with my old Curve so I was excited to upgrade to the Blackberry Bold 9900. I thought, a newer model = less issues, right? Wrong. I have this model as my work phone, and as of last weekend, my personal phone. My work phone had a bug where it randomly powered off one day, despite a full battery, and would not turn on at all. I tried taking the battery out and putting it back in, I tried charging it, nothing would get it to respond at all for about 5 hours, then it suddenly came back on and was fine (and still with a full battery.) I thought it was just a hiccup, so I still went ahead and got this model as my personal phone. I had it for TWO DAYS and it did the same thing. It's been powered completely down for 3 days now. I've tried resetting the battery, charging it up, I've tried completely switching to a new battery, absolutely nothing will get this phone to be more than a hugely expensive paper weight. I'm still in the warranty period, and I'm questioning whether or not to get it replaced or just make the final leap to another product. Completely disappointed, that I have two of the blackberry bold 9900s and the same issue with both of them right off the bat, when one phone is under a month and a half old, and the other is not even a week old. Less

Worst Blackberry model I ever had.

I have owned 2 blackberries before I got this one and I must say this model was the biggest disappointment. Right away I had problems with this phone. Screen kept freezing, touchscreen would lag and media card reader won't work. I have been warned not to get this model and I regret not listening. Also...More
I have owned 2 blackberries before I got this one and I must say this model was the biggest disappointment. Right away I had problems with this phone. Screen kept freezing, touchscreen would lag and media card reader won't work. I have been warned not to get this model and I regret not listening. Also I hate how there is no lock feature to the touchscreen part while you are on the phone. Put people on speaker and dropped my calls countless times. Now have to wait 2 years to get rid of this garbage and switch to an iPhone. Do not Recommend this phone at all! Less

The Blackberry Bold 9900 needs a battery that doesn't have to be recharged every day, even wih limited use

It needs a battery that doesn't have to be recharged every day, even wih limited use and few programs running. I got a new battery and followed bell's tips,still no luck. no wonder rim is having problems. Good that they didn;t get a hockey team. If they can solve the battery problem i would be happy. I...More
It needs a battery that doesn't have to be recharged every day, even wih limited use and few programs running. I got a new battery and followed bell's tips,still no luck. no wonder rim is having problems. Good that they didn;t get a hockey team. If they can solve the battery problem i would be happy. I have had many Blackberrys and would suggest they have a way for purchasers to contact them eg email and they might get feedback on what they should do before they are out of business. Less

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