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BlackBerry Bold 9900
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Created: 08/30/11

If you're a BlackBerry lover, hold out for another 6-8 months for the QNX.

No, I would not recommend this product.

The bottom line is, if you're a BlackBerry lover, and have been packing something like the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for this long already, you can probably hold out for another 6-8 months for the first QNX BlackBerry, which will be running an operating system much more likely to be supported in the long haul. There is a bit of a gamble there, though; if the PlayBook has shown us anything, it's that the platform has a lot of function gaps to fill, and if they aren't ready in time for the QNX smartphone launch, then the Bold 9900/9930 may be more functional for the immediate future. While I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the BlackBerry 9900/9930 to get an upgrade to the new OS, the rumour that RIM's first QNX handset is using a single core processor and thus not dependent on a dual-core processor offers some hope for backwards compatibility.

Between the loss of features like autofocus on the camera, the failure to include functions as advertised like NFC, the conspicuous absence of expected features like mobile hotspot, missing consumer electronics industry standards like DLNA home media sharing, and falling behind in old standards like battery life, I'm finding it hard to recommend the new BlackBerry Bold. The fact that the 9900/9930 is smooth and responsive isn't a feature, no matter what trademarked name RIM gives their rendering engine; it's what BlackBerry should have been all along. Augmented reality and voice-activated universal search are both nice touches, but as far as I can tell, these are the only real new tricks the Bold 9900/9930 brings to the table.  I've yet to really dive in to the the Torch 9810 or 9850, but I fear they're going to be more of the same.

The feel of the device is great though, and that can't be denied. The screen is sharper than ever, and extremely responsive. For BlackBerry diehards that want a big honkin' keyboard in a slim package, the Bold 9900 will fit the bill so long as they're willing to pay a premium up-front for the device cost at launch. With a bit of patience, I'm sure that $250 pricetag will get knocked down a hundred bucks. For anyone looking for something game-changing (or at least competitive) from RIM,  you'll have to wait until the first QNX phones hit the market.

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Created: 02/09/14

Quality phone but not for Everyone

No, I would not recommend this product.

This was my first Blackberry phone. I found out real quick this is a phone you must read the operational manual. I had trouble with the L on the keyboard and the delete key right next to it.
The touch screen worked fine but the screen did smudge easily with fingerprints. Battery life was good but not that good. Most apps I tried never worked properly but I had purchased to use as a phone/text phone primarily with limited data use. WiFi worked well but not having a Blackberry plan I had no 3g data which was the factor why I chose to return to a Android touchscreen phone.

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Created: 01/10/12

Mediocre at best.

No, I would not recommend this product.

Bought this to replace the 9700. I like the fact that it is touchscreen. However, the screen could have been a bit bigger. The battery life seems horrible. It is usually yellow in less than 6 hours and I don't spend a lot of time on the phone or run very many apps. I bought a new battery to see if this would solve the issue. The touchscreen doesn't compare to the iPhone but I guess this is to be expected. However, for the price, I think it should've been a more sophisticated phone. It is an improvement to the 9700, but it is far behind other products in its class.

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Created: 10/29/13

Nice combination of both touch screen and physical keyboard

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Out of the many smartphones I have owned the bold 5 is short of the ease of use and many features I have become accustomed to with the other brands. I do like the design and the touch screen. If you want a phone with touch screen and physical keyboard this is a great buy.

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Created: 06/04/12

Awesome product but not if you are foreigner.

No, I would not recommend this product.
Review For: BlackBerry Bold 9900 - 8GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone (QWERTY Keyboard)

This phone is awesome. But, a Blackberry is a blackberry if you can work with the Blackberry system. Unfortunately outside United States the company Blackberry blocks and not allow its use because the pin is registered in United States. Therefore it is not completely unlocked. It only works as a simple cell phone for GSM. Foreigners do not buy.

Este celular es impresionante. Pero, un Blackberry es un blackberry si puede funcionar con El sistema de Blackberry. Lamentablemente fuera de Estados Unidos la empresa Blackberry lo bloquea y no permite su uso porque el pin está registrado en Estados Unidos. Por lo tanto No es completamente desbloqueado. Sólo funciona como un simple celular para GSM. Extranjeros no lo compren.

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Created: 08/03/12

In my country does not work in Internet navigation

No, I would not recommend this product.

The cell phone very well, but my country does not work in Internet navigation. Although the salesman told me it was unlocked and with good ESN.

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Created: 10/03/12

Overall I would like to say that this phone is beautiful and faster

No, I would not recommend this product.
Review For: BlackBerry Bold 9900 - 8GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone (QWERTY Keyboard)

I buy this product because I was tired from the iPhone, but unfortunately I am not fully impressed with this product.
1) you can not access your emails or instant messengers on WiFi unless you get subscription from your carrier or blackberry which will cost you extra dollar
2) You can not turn off some of the sounds like message check up pop up, every time it creates annoying load sound.
3) There are very few applications which are compatible with RIM, like you cannot use netflix.

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Created: 03/15/13

A Blackberry is a Blackberry !

No, I would not recommend this product.

What is there to say a Blackberry is a Blackberry. I personaly think they are slow, and the battery dies very fasy. However they have enterprise sever down pack. I use this for work and it is great for email and BBM.

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Created: 09/18/12

Not worth the headaches...

No, I would not recommend this product.

Switched from an android phone back to blackberry hoping to get away from the random turning off of the phone and all the other touch screen issues. Now I just have a blackberry that sometimes is impossible to unlock and freezes up more often than it works fluidly. I wouldn't buy it again if I had to!

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Created: 11/09/13

Not yet certisfied with the operation

No, I would not recommend this product.

I am just having problem browsing on the blackberry with my service while i have browsing as one of my service plan.I do browse on my former phone with same service before i had problem with the phone.I contacted my Service,she gave me and led me through the configuration for blackberry but can't still browse.She later concluded that it is my blackberry's fault,and i have to insert my sim into another phone to browse.

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