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BlackBerry Bold 9700 review

Can the new Bold better the excellent original?

Our Verdict

A great phone that once again leads the BlackBerry pack. Almost certain to be a bigger hit than the first Bold, and that's saying something

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 256 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 360

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For

  • Speedy interface
  • Smooth controls
  • Stylish chassis

Against

  • Slow internet browser
  • Dating OS
  • Slightly cramped keyboard

Connectivity is dealt with in the usual ways, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G all present and correct, with the former working particularly well as per usual on BlackBerry handsets.

We very much like the fast switching between Wi-Fi and 3G – if you've got the battery life available (and you should have) then you can leave Wi-Fi on and let it connect to your trusted networks whenever you get in range of them.

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Bluetooth is similarly easy to set up, with both having their own little set up widget in the menu screen to help explain what's going on when you try to connect to a nearby device.

We especially liked the option to 'listen' for a device trying to find our device, like the two objects were silently shouting commands to each other, just out of range of the human ear.

And we just dealt with GPS – it works well enough on the inbuilt mapping software, but we suggest you check out Google Maps for the BlackBerry range, as you always know where you are with that program (arf).

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PC software is dealt with in two ways: Desktop manager and media sync. BlackBerry Desktop manager basically allows you to back up all your files to your computer to make sure they're safe if you lose the phone (which we all will do at some point, let's be honest).

Media Sync is one step beyond that in terms of entertainment, whereby it reads your iTunes and Windows Media Player playlists and sends them spiralling to your Bold 2 9700 directly to the new device without the hassle of having to put it into mass storage mode every five seconds.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
Input MethodQWERTY
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory256 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.36 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyBold
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand Namevodafone
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product Model9700
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Maximum Video Resolution480 x 352
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 5.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Forwarding, Call Divert
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth14.1 mm
ManufacturerVodafone Group
Product NameBlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number67752
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.vodafone.com
Marketing Information

Rule your world, BlackBerry style. The trackpad on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the natural way to flip between applications and select items. The 3G connection will get your downloads double quick. Plus there's room for all your music, documents, photos and more. Glide through menus with the touch sensitive trackpad. Together with the QWERTY keyboard, it brings BlackBerry's legendary email to life. The Bold also comes with Twitter and Facebook - your social network deserves nothing less. Like to travel light? Pack all your Word documents, PDFs, music, photos and more onto the BlackBerry Bold. Need extra space? Just pop in a microSD card to ramp up the storage. The Bold even looks the part - and feels great to use.

Package Contents
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Charger