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Created: 12/13/10

Excellent phone!

This Blackberry Bold 9700 is one of the best BLACKBERRY OUT THERE NOW!

Available Features
Trackpad navigation
Bright, hi-resolution screen
Full QWERTY keyboard
3G technology
Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® enabled
256MB flash memory
3.2 MP digital camera with
video camera
Multimedia player
Wireless email
Organizer
Browser
Phone
SMS/MMS
MicroSD card reader

Size and Weight
Height:
4.29 inches (109 mm)

Width:
2.36 inches (60 mm)

Depth:
0.56 inches (14.1 mm)

Weight:
4.30 ounces / 122 grams
(including battery)
3.17 ounces / 90 grams
(without battery)


Battery & Battery Life
Battery: 1500 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Talk Time: Up to 6 hours (GSM and UMTS)
Standby Time: Up to 21 days/504 hours (GSM), Up to 17 days/408 hours (UMTS)
Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours

Display
High resolution 480x360 pixel
color display
Transmissive TFT LCD
Supports over 65,000 colors
2.44" (diagonally measured)

Camera & Video Recording
3.2 MP Camera
Auto Focus, Image Stabilization
Flash
2X digital zoom
Video camera recording:
Normal Mode (480 x 352 pixel),
MMS Mode (176 x 144 pixel)

Maps & GPS
Includes BlackBerry Maps
Integrated GPS with A-GPS

Data Input & Navigation
35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard
Dedicated Keys: Send, End, VAD (User Customizable), Camera (User Customizable), 2 x Volume/Zoom
Trackpad - Located on front face of device, ESC Key to the right, Menu to the left
Intuitive icons and menus
Voice Input & Output
Integrated speaker and microphone
Hands-free headset capable
Bluetooth headset capable
Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone
Rating for hearing aids (PDF): M3, T3 (in cellular bands only)

Media Player
Video format support: XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark & On2 VP6 (Flash support)
Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro / WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Ringtones & Notifications
Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator
Notification options are user configurable
32 Polyphonic Ringtones – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV

Bluetooth
Bluetooth® v2.1
Mono/Stereo Headset
Handsfree
Serial Port Profile
Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP)
Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported

Security
Password protection
Screen lock
Sleep mode
Optional support for S/MIME

Wi-Fi
802.11b/g enabled
Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WMM, WMM Power Save, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Cisco CCX certification
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Internet Server
Direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi
Support for UMA

Wireless Networks
3G (HSDPA) compatible
UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6), 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8)
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM

Also the sleek design you cannot go wrong when buying a phone like this!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 04/02/11

GREAT PHONE

The reason I've bought this phone is because it has so many applications ,the sleeker desing that includes an optical trackpad a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a brilliant display. The smartphone is 3G capable and offers Wi-Fi with UMA support, Bluetooth, and GPS. It also gets a faster processor and updates to BlackBerry OS 5.0.Although it has a smaller display and keyboard an the browser that does not compare to the competition.My son has one for about a year an is still in good condition.He loves WIFI connectivity and its sleeker design and performance enhancements.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 01/28/10

Bold is A Hit!!!!

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 features a sleeker design than its predecessor and adds a 3.5mm headphone jack, a responsive optical trackpad, and an extra-sharp display. The smartphone is fast and offers the full range of wireless options and robust messaging capabilities. Blackberry needs to update Appworld but its good enough for now. This Phone is totally amazing and will meet all of your expectations guaranteed.

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Created: 07/05/10

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is simply the best phone!

Like the original BlackBerry Bold, the standout design feature on the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the screen. Besides the new BlackBerry Storm 2 we just reviewed, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 might have the best screen we've seen on a mobile device. It's bright and colorful, with deep, inky blacks and vibrant, shining highlights. It's also completely wasted on the bland, textual and dated looking BlackBerry interface. There's not a single feature that looks better on a BlackBerry device than on a more polished looking phone, like the Palm Pre or the HTC Hero on Sprint. From the basic menus to the calendar and productivity apps to even the media player and fun stuff,the BlackBerry OS is in need of a serious overhaul, or fickle buyers will start passing on the great features for a phone that looks much more modern.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets the new BlackBerry trackpad, which seems to be the future for BlackBerry phones with a real keyboard. We like the trackpad, and it's growing on us with each new model. It's an improvement over the trackball that dominated the middle generation of BlackBerry phones, but we can't help but wonder if navigation on the BlackBerry has gotten any easier since the days of the old thumbwheel. It certainly hasn't gotten faster,as you'll see the first time (of many) you have to approve a long set of terms and conditions, or when you need to scroll through a long Web page.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is classic BlackBerry. It's a bit small for our taste, but the slightly angled keys make for a shallow learning curve. We prefer a much wider design, with more dedicated keys for shortcuts and symbols. But BlackBerry keyboards have a strong fan base, and for simple typing, you'll find a quick and easy QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

Call quality on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was pretty good. We got to test a T-Mobile version of the device, which uses not only T-Mobile's 3G HSDPA network but also UMA calling. So, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 can place calls over Wi-Fi or the regular cell network. That's especially convenient if cell service is questionable in your home,or if the cellular network should happen to go down, as T-Mobile's network did earlier this month. When the cellular and data network went down, T-Mobile's UMA phones were still able to complete their calls.

Battery life on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was fantastic, as we'd expect from RIM's BlackBerry phones. It wasn't quite as good as Sprint's Tour, but we also kept Wi-Fi turned on for UMA calling, while Sprint's phone doesn't have Wi-Fi capabilities. Even with Wi-Fi turned on,we got almost 6.5 hours of talking time in a single call, which is even better than RIM's estimates. Signal strength on the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 was okay, usually hovering around 3-4 bars of service.

For keeping up with the day's news, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 provides a decidedly 'mobile' experience, while better smartphones do a better job emulating the desktop. The ailing BlackBerry browser comes with a rudimentary RSS reader, but we'd skip it in favor of something better,like Google Reader. Even Google's own RSS Reader couldn't keep up on the BlackBerry Browser, though, and the Bold 9700 rendered an incomplete, mobilized version of the popular feed reading page. Top news sites like CNN and the New York Times would only default to their mobile versions, which in many cases means you don't get access to all the content you want to read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 02/15/11

Blackberry 9700

The Blackberry 9700 also known as Onyx boasts a sleeker design that includes an optical trackpad, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a brilliant display. This cell has the characteristics of 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and Bluetooth. This is an excellent mobile phone which now allows to install the OS 6, which significantly improves the battery time and significantly improved in terms of speed and interface.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 01/11/10

Blackberry Bold 9700

I purchased the Blackberry Bold 9700 as an upgrade from the Blackberry Curve 8320. And Wow to that! If you are familiar with the Blackberry lineage then you will know what to expect from Blackberry. The best, the best. The notable difference between the Bold to other series BB's is that the new Bold now has a trackpad (touch sensitive) rather than the conventional trackball. I personally liked the trackball, although according to the developers at Blackberry, the trackball was always the first to flake out. That being said, the change was pretty seamless (from a personal vantage point of use) and is "heavenly" to quote another reviewer.

The battery, as you will know, is a workhorse and provides many long hours of usability for the Bold. The keyboard is quite nice, and the keys are in bezel form (angled like diamonds)so as you run your thumbs up and down and across the keys you can differentiate between them. Perhaps the most important feature of the Bold is that it is now running on a 3G platform, and as far as I'm aware, it is T-Mobile's only 3G capable Blackberry. Basically what that means is, greasy fast internet browsing speed. Video stream is also supported, so you can watch youtube to your heart's content.

As far as size is concerned, it is fairly along the lines of the curve series BB's, give or take a couple of centimeters (generalizing), the difference is not a drastic one, so if you are used to curve series BB's, the Bold will fit right into your hands without any getting used-to. If you are upgrading from a Bold 9000 however, there will be a notable size difference. There are video reviews you can view elsewhere that will allow you to see the comparisons. The bezel keys will feel somewhat different though, if you are used to the flat & spaced keys of the curve series, or the flat & seamless keyboard of the Bold 9000. But it is not an issue, really.

The operating system is easy to navigate and straight forward and modeled after navigation menus on personal PCs so as to develop feeling of comfort and familiarity right off the bat, even if you are a new user. The Bold certainly delivers all the bundles you would expect, and then some. Instant messaging on various applications, maps, GPS, various games and word documents. All of the various ways in which messages are delivered to and from your device, are also streamlined to one inbox for your convenience, so that you don't have to scroll between all of your messengers. That's always been a personal favorite feature for me. All in all, there is plenty to appreciate and much to enjoy with this wonderful device.

I believe the Bold 9700 is poised to hold a rightful place among the best of the best smartphones on the market.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 04/02/11

BB 9700 is fantastic

This is an excellent phone.
Very responsive with a fantastic keyboard. Took a night to get used to.
The OS is pretty quick with many customizations to make the phone feel like your best partner daily.
Camera is decent too. Not the highest in megapixels, but the quality is satisfying. The flash is pretty strong too.
Battery life gets me through 3-days sans 3G service. Daily SMS, wiFi, and picture taking. Very good trait.
Overall, highly recommended BB-phone. If you like to type and don't need a touch-screen feature, this phone is a really good option for a not so high of a price given its release date.

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Created: 02/02/11

good item

it is of its own china quality and i love it that way.
I bought the NewPhone 74205 three weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 1M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone. The NewPhone's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that the menu system on the phone makes you click four times before you can find someone in the address book, set an alarm, or perform a additional functions. Other phones I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily. Overall, I'd recommend the phone if you're on a budget.

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Created: 05/16/10

overall it was a good buy

I bought the NewPhone 9700 three weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 1M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone. The NewPhone's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that the menu system on the phone makes you click four times before you can find someone in the address book, set an alarm, or perform a additional functions. Other phones I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily. Overall, I'd recommend the phone if you're on a budget.

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Created: 01/29/10

a really good blackberry

I recently bought the MyTouch but sold it after about a month. I was a Blackberry user before (the original Pearl) and missed REAL keys.

Also, I use my smartphone more for just email checking and as a phone/pda....so all the apps and games, etc aren't important to me.

So even though I took a beating on price by buying the Blackberry 9700 I'm glad I did. It just feels right to me to be using a Blackberry again, and the 9700 is almost....elegant.

Obviously the downside is the size of the screen compared to the iPhone wannabes. But that's the only downside.

The new glide thingie (as opposed to a trackball) works great - and feels more secure than a trackball. And, of course, it's nice to be syncing with Outlook again (I would have gotten used to the Android, I guess, but the Blackberry OS is just more comfortable for me).

The thing that convinced me to go back to a Blackberry (two actually): I spent what seemed like an hour trying to correct mistakes and type a message on the MyTouch virtual keyboard (and I don't really have fat fingers), and 2. someone in a review of the BB 9700 said "as a phone and for typing messages no one can beat a BB" - and he was right.

Who knows, in 2 years I may be looking at the newest innovation (there certainly will be one), but you just can't go wrong with a BB and the 9700 is far and away the best Blackberry ever. Oh yes, people have asked me why I don't use a slider phone so I can have a keyboard and a large screen - for me they are too heavy and bulky - I like to be able to slip the phone into a shirt pocket occasionally, without having it drag me down - if you have a purse then it's not a big deal, I suppose

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