I’ve been trying out the Bold 9900 for around two weeks now and I must say BlackBerry have gone a very long way. To begin with the BlackBerry OS 7 boots much faster. It takes 1 minute and 30 seconds on average while it took 4 minutes on a Bold 9780 running BlackBerry OS 6.
The web browser loads really fast and I haven’t faced any issues with pinch to zoom, that was smooth too. But I did notice BlackBerry compresses all images to load faster. The home screen hasn’t changed much, stayed pretty much the same.
So much effort has been put in the exterior design of the device. The back of it is covered with carbon fiber, a material used in sport cars because it’s so light but very durable at the same time. The Bold 9900 is currently the thinnest touch screen device made by BlackBerry which is only 10.5mm. I really like the stainless steel frame, gives it a unique feel.
I found the BlackBerry Messenger the most notable feature. This is great for those who use multiple sim cards, you’re BlackBerry pin will always be the same and other BlackBerry users can always contact you using it. You can exchange pictures, videos and voice notes (6MB limit per file). You can even add non-BBM users by their phone numbers.
I love physical keyboards because I type much faster with them. After you get used to hitting the small BlackBerry keys you’ll notice your typing speed increases significantly as oppose to using a touch screen keyboard. I’m still getting used to it but already prefer the keyboard over a touch screen. Click here for some helpful shortcuts.
Another feature I liked was how the messages were organized. All your emails, instant messages and social networks are gathered into one place which makes it a lot more convenient when your the type that uses more than 6 emails, like myself. BlackBerry use push technology which is an efficient way of sending data using a central server.
Video quality wasn’t the best, although it does record upto 720HD. It did give 30FPS which made the video smooth, something a lot of phones today still can’t do. I was hoping for a way to compress a video but I don’t think there is one. You can just record a video in lower quality if you plan on emailing it.
The touch responsiveness was very impressive. It responded quicker than most Android devices I tried. I liked using the touch to correct spelling mistakes or scroll through applications. I do think having both a keyboard and a touch screen makes it more convenient. Since this way you get the best of both worlds.
I was frankly disappointed as far as gaming went. The games looked good but were very simple, nothing in 3D high quality or such. BlackBerry isn’t for users that want a device to play serious gaming with but it will kill you some time playing simple and addictive games. Lets hope the playbook gets some decent games.
The BlackBerry App World has a few thousand apps. They have a webstore that I just found out about. There are some decent apps you can download but you already have most of what you need out of the box. The Wikitude application lets you take a picture of your surroundings then lets you explore what’s around you in Augmented Reality(Live Interaction).
Overall the device is pretty neat. It’s a great business solution since it offers all the features a businessman would look for(reliability, speed and efficiently). It comes with 8GB internal memory(+memory card slot) so you don’t need to worry about storage. The leather case shown above is included with the device.
Lastly, I wanted to share a photo of a friend that was passing by while I was taking photo’s for the review. I think his misleading the BlackBerry as black delicious food.