33 thoughts on “Review: Blackberry Bold is Beautiful”

  1. All this complaining about 3G in America is making me nauseous. The 3G networks in Europe are very fine indeed because they chose the superior 3G technology instead of choosing the Qualcomm technology (Edge).

    As a result America got caught in a dead technology by choosing to support American business (and thats the summary of it). Whining about it isn’t going to solve it.

    AT&T seems to be building out and gradually fixing the problems from the reports I hear.

    1. I totally agree, whining isn’t going to help. at&t is FAR from being the worst. I have found it much better than t-mobile, sprint and so on. The only other provider I have not tried has been verizon but I know it’s one of the two TOP providers in the US

  2. quote: One of the main reasons why I put up with the iPhone is its excellent browser and big screen size. Unfortunately, this is where the Bold fails me: The browser is weak. Why? The phone is married to what is quickly becoming the worst wireless network in the U.S. – AT&T.

    But the iphone is also married to AT&T in the US… so this can’t be the reason why the bold browser is weaker than the iphone?

  3. Thanks for the timely review.

    If the weak browser is due to being shackled to the ATT network, isn’t that also true for the iPhone?

    Unfortunately, poor voice quality is one thing the Bold shares with the iPhone: http://blog.pr-vantage.com/?p=308.

    I also wonder how long will it be before we start seeing “I’m an iPhone and I’m a Blackberry” commercials.

  4. @marie and @Rob Adler

    You are right about the phone being shackled to the weak AT&T browser. In my edits took out a couple of paragraphs, but left the WHY in there which ruined the meaning of that post. I ended up making revisions to revert to what i really meant.

    On Poor Voice quality — well this is where it is ahead of iPhone I think, and has a better radio and is more adept at picking up signal in most places.

  5. I got my Bold yesterday and share many of the same thoughts. After using iPhone, Android G1, BlackBerry Pearl, my impressions:

    Plusses: video capability is better than all 4 of them. Support for DiVX, Xvid and MP4 is amazing and the screen looks great. I played my native (non-DRM’d) content from iPhone Gen 5 and nano and it looked good. I played an Xvid movie and almost fell out of my chair. Voice quality seemed much better than iPhone and G1, equivalent to my Pearl. Standard mini audio jack is what the G1 needs.

    Minuses: The browsing experience seemed “slow” to me as well compared to the G1 and iPhone even when connected to WiFi, removing AT&T as the potential bottleneck. It seemed to strain with Java-script laden sides a lot more than iPhone or G1. I toggled Java on/off and saw remarkable differences in speed.

    If BlackBerry is your thing, at work or play, then I would absolutely recommend this.


  6. Interesting thoughts. I have not tried an iPhone (prob one of the very few) although I did play with it a bit at a Mac store but didn’t like the virtual keyboard.

    I’m trying out the Nokia E71 and it’s great but I’m very curious about how the Bold compares. I only wished the E71 had a trackball (I came from touchscreen devices like Treo 650 and 750 so it’s harder for me to navigate on the the directional keys).

    Regarding the video, some people have commented that the video looks great on the Bold but when transferred and viewed on a computer or elsewhere, it’s not very good. Have you tried that?

  7. I would think video looking good on the Bold and not on the PC would have to do with compression and resolution of the source of that video. A compressed xvid converted to iPhone format for instance would look like crap when played back on your TV due to all of the compression that took place.

  8. @May C… I would say E71 is a better device from all angles except it isn’t very good with email unless you use Exchange or Good for emailing over the air syncing. Apart from that E71 is lighter and easier to use on a daily basis.

    on the video i agree with @monal. It is to move videos from PC to device and then enjoy which makes most sense. I am not likely to download anything on the Bold.

  9. monal,

    The video camera encodes into a .3GP video package format, MP4 CODEC, 15 frames per second, 480×320 pixel resolution. SO I would say optimised for sharing over the 3G/EDGE phone network to other .3GP capable smart phones. Or when you don’t have anything else. I liken it to the usage model I have on my BlackBerry Pearl. Its not the best camera, but when it’s all you have, it’s better than nothing! Good enough to send over Facebook, email, etc but you wouldn’t take wedding pictures with it. :>. This Bold concept is the same, just for video.

  10. @May C… I purchased the Bold yesterday and am moving from a Nokia E71. My plan is to keep the E71 for evenings/weekends when my business needs (mostly messaging and file access) are less important but I might want a thin/attractive device. Simply put: the Bold is MUCH better for email purposes (to be fair, I did not utilize MS Exchange on the E71, rather I cycled through the onboard client, Nokia Email app, and System Seven app) and has far superior RF performance for calls. But be aware that the more open nature of the Symbian OS allows for more/easier customization than exists on the Bold (in my opinion).

  11. I wanted to point out that with the launch of the Bold, RIM and AT&T are also showcasing a handful of BlackBerry Apps.

    Some full disclosure, I’m the product manager for one of those apps called, Viigo. Hundreds of thousands of BlackBerry users are using Viigo every day to stay up to date with their Sports Scores/Schedules, Stock Prices and Portfolios, News & RSS, Weather Updates, Flight Search/Tracking, etc. etc.

    You can download Viigo for free OTA by browsing to http://getviigo.com/?bold.
    Would love to hear your feedback on the product – please email it to feedback (@) Viigo.com

    Jesse Sternberg
    Product Manager

  12. Thanks for the interesting and helpful replies! It seems that there’s a lot of E71 users. For whatever reason (probably because I tend to prefer my old Treo 750), I seem to have some problems typing on the E71’s keyboard. The 750’s keyboard seems easier (probably since I’m so used to it). Will have to use it a bit more in hopes that I’ll get used to it. I do like the E71 since it offers a lot of features but it’s taking me a bit to find my way around the Symbian OS. Slippery though.

  13. Om,

    What are you using to sync this on your Mac? I’m presuming you are using Missing Sync and that a RIMM-produced native OS X client does not come with the Bold, correct?

  14. Does anyone know when T-Mobile will get the Bold? I split time between the US and Europe and while I could get the Bold in Europe, I’ve held off because of the data and roaming charges I’d incur taking it to the US.

    I’ve been a subscriber to both operators and would buy the Bold via AT&T, however T-Mobile USA’s data plan and international roaming rates are far superior to AT & T’s when traveling overseas.

    I’m curious to know if T-Mobile is choosing instead to focus on the Android G1 phone if this means yet another delay in bringing the Bold to market. They’re about ready to lose me as a customer if so.

  15. I am still using my htc S621 through Unicel (soon to be Verizon for our area) though waiting patiently (not really) for a way to switch to the BB Bold. Not certain how the Unicel/Verizon service transition will go as far as which phones will work and which ones won’t. Does anyone know if an unlocked BB Bold will work on either/both Unicel and Verizon?

  16. I have been waiting oh so impatiently for a Bold. I want one badly but NOT badly enough to switch to AT&T. Does anybody know if another carrier will ever offer it (or when)?

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