BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review
In a nutshell: The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is an upgraded
version of the original Bold. It retains the full QWERTY keyboard of
the original, but replaces the trackball with a new improved Trackpad,
and is smaller and lighter too. It's the perfect device for mobile e-mail,
with a high-res screen with user-selectable fonts and the legendary
BlackBerry email interface. Other highlights include 3G HSDPA, up to
16GB of memory, WiFi, GPS and outstanding battery life. Now available
Review: November 2009.
The Blackberry Bold 2 is just what BlackBerry fans were waiting for.
It's a straightforward upgrade of the BlackBerry
Bold, and must surely be the best BlackBerry in the known universe.
The Bold was a fabulous device, having a brilliant keyboard, making
it the perfect mobile e-mail solution. The Bold 2 retains the full 35-key
QWERTY keyboard, but replaces the annoying old trackball with a new
touch-sensitive Trackpad, as first seen on the BlackBerry
8520. It's the perfect combination. The new Bold is also significantly
smaller and lighter than the original Bold, and that's a very welcome
improvement too. At the same time, the Bold 9700 has an upgraded camera,
more flash memory and improved battery life. Everything else stays pretty
much the same.
Ergonomically, it doesn't get much better than the Bold 9700. Yes,
it's large, not not as big as the original Bold, nor any bigger than
a lot of touchscreen smartphones. We love the full QWERTY keyboard,
which is in no way cramped, and we think that the touch-sensitive Trackpad
is a definite improvement over the sticky trackball of old. Of course,
the screen is smaller than a touchscreen phone, but at 2.44 inches across
it's fit for purpose and it's a finely detailed TFT panel with 480 x
360 pixels. The Bold is nicely curved and feels like a quality piece
For emailing and texting, this is possibly the ultimate device. The
UI is great, and all email standards and security protocols are supported,
including BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus
Domino and Novell GroupWise, personal email, enterprise email and web-based
email (AOL Mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo! Mail). You can
view attachments in the following formats: Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
PDF, WordPerfect, HTML, zip.) WordToGo and SlideshowToGo let you edit
Word and PowerPoint files. Security is given full attention, with password
protection and a keyboard lock, plus full support for encryption when
using BlackBerry Enterprise Server to access data.
The voice features include a speakerphone and conference calling. With
voice activated dialling and a Bluetooth headset, it's capable of fully
The Bold also supports multimedia applications. The camera has been
upgraded to 3.2 megapixels, and comes with autofocus, image stabilisation,
digital zoom and a flash. There's a video camera too. The media player
can play music and video, and there's a 3.5mm audio jack, so you can
plug in any third party stereo headphones. A-GPS navigation is also
included, and works with Blackberry Maps.
We mentioned that the flash memory has been increased in the Bold 9700,
giving 256 MB of memory for running apps. There's 1GB of built-in storage
and the Bold 9700 supports microSD cards up to 16GB. This seems to be
perfectly adequate for the job.
Connectivity includes WiFi (802.11a/b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 and USB. It's
a 3G phone of course with quadband support for both UMTS (2100/1900/850/800
MHz) and GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz), with HSDPA providing fast internet
connections with download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps possible.
The 9700 has fantastic battery life, which is just what its target
market wants to hear. The phone has a massive 1500mAh battery, which
is pretty much as big as it gets in the mobile world. This provides
a theoretical maximum of 21 days standby and up to 6 hours of talktime.
It can also give a music playback time of up to 38 hours. These are
impressive figures, and mean that you can use your Bold all day with
confidence. For many users, the phone will probably last several days
The original Bold was a great all-round PDA, and the Bold 9700 is simply
the icing on the cake. It's highly recommended by us!
Features of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and video recording
(480 x 352 pixels)
- LCD display: 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours, 2.44 inches
- Media player (Supports MP3, WMA, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, 3GP
formats plus partial XviD support)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones / 32 voice polyphonic ringtones
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: Web browser, RSS feeds, GPRS, EDGE,
HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)
- Connectivity: WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0, USB, RIM wireless modem, 3.5mm
stereo headset port
- Memory: 1GB on-board + 256 MByte flash memory plus microSD memory
- Size: 109 x 60 x 14 mm
- Weight: 122g
- Quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz) plus UMTS (2100/1900/850/800
- Talktime: 6 hours
- Battery standby: up to 504 hours
BlackBerry Bold 9700 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by dami from England on 6th Oct 2012
The BlackBerry 9700 is the best phone i have ever had. the previous
phones i have had which include the Rio II and the Samsung g600 always
broke and froze always and they were never working which is what a phone
is not suppose to do. the BlackBerry 9700 is the best it has so many
features and it really does have that star factor that the HTC phones
in fact i think its better than some of the HTc phones that i have seen
and heard about. i love the fact that it has 3G and WiFi which means
faster surfing of the web which is what i love and also it has Facebook
and twitter apps reloaded so you can give your social life a boost.
i love the operating system 5.0 it is so modern and gives the best of
BlackBerry. i think Blackberry have really done it and made many improvements
to there phones and did one doesn't disappoint at all. i love the camera
3.2Mp which better than some 5MP and 8Mp cameras which i have seen.
I love the apps which i have from BB app world as they really make the
phone much more interesting and also they make the phone more powerful
which is something i love and the phone is so professional but at the
safe time its user friendly. i am very impressed with the BlackBerry
9700 and i think everyone should go get one if they want a phone which
combines power, style and feature in one and also business people should
also get it as they can manage their emails on here as you can take
up to 10 emails and all emails are sent straight to ur phone using push
emails. i recommend this phone to everyone and i think getting it will
give you a better boost of your social life but will allow you to mange
your life and contacts on this phone. yeah Love the BlackBerry Bold
Reviewed by Kirsty from UK on 13th Jun 2010
This is my first Blackberry and I love it!!! My husband had the bold
9000 and I had an LG Renoir (that broke) replaced with a Samsung Tocco
Ultra (hated it), so because he liked his 9000 so much, I decided to
upgrade to the 9700 with him. It's not just a phone for business users,
it's very user friendly for all - texting is a breeze, the internet
is great, handy e-mails, a good camera (better than the 8mp on my old
Samsung) and some good apps too. The battery life is amazing and overall
it positively oozes quality. If you're looking for something special,
but don't want to follow the i-phone worshippers, then this is the phone
Reviewed by JoJo from Surrey on 13th Jun 2010
Don't get me wrong, this is a good phone with lots of features and brilliant
internet (I am writing this review on it now) but the only major down
side to it is the battery life, its rubbish. I have ti charge it twice
a day otherwise it will run out of battery, even if I haven't even used
it much! I am putting the score down to 4 stars because of the battery
life, other than that its a brilliant phone.
Reviewed by cd from singapore on 9th Jun 2010
Apprehensive at first, but after half a day playing around with my bb9700,
I don't have any regrets, possibly the easiest and most functional gadget
I've had in a long while! Definitely a great buy. A simple yet mighty
bb! Love it!
Reviewed by David Whidden from Fordingbridge UK on
9th Jun 2010
4th update, best back up all your stuff, had the phone now 6 months
and still happy BUT for no reason i had a error 102 come up on the screen
to cut a long story short the phone has gone back to vodaphone to be
re-programed, i will lose all data ect but is under warrenty,from what
i have been told this is quite commom.
Reviewed by Jane Seymour from UK on 8th Jun 2010
This phone is brilliant to put it simply! :D
Reviewed by Lindsay from UK on 6th Jun 2010
I had to write a 2nd review for this excellent little phone - I have
now had it for some weeks and it really has performed brilliantly ...
battery life is awesome and I love the ability to keep an eye on my
emails across 8 accounts. DnA1409 implores people not to buy it via
Orange (which is what has moved me to write a second review). Not only
is this advice extremely dated in that Orange do not now swamp phones
with their own "buggy software" but in fact they have developed their
network so their customers can really use the capabilities of this phone
to the max ... I refer to UMA in particular which is nothing short of
fantastic. I live in the country and am used to large areas being no-go
for a signal ... but not with UMA ... with a little patience, I can
now get a signal almost anywhere. I have to say that I am surprised
that such a brilliant leap in technology has caused so few people to
comment ... indeed I think the only other reference on this page is
in my previous review ... do you get the benefit of UMA, DnA1409? I
Reviewed by Rose from Uk on 4th Jun 2010
I like the phone but don't have radio on phone
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 2nd Jun 2010
This is the first review that I've ever posted for a phone, although
I'm an avid visitor to this website. The quality of the Blackberry Bold
9700 meant that I just HAD to write something, that being said i'll
keep it short and sweet. This is a brilliant phone! I upgraded from
the LG Renoir, which in comparison was useless. Rather attractive, but
useless. I love the functionality of my Blackberry, the battery life,
the integration, it all fits in perfectly. The only downside to this
phone is that my soft keys feel a little loose, and I have a single
dead pixel in the very bottom right corner of the screen, but truth
be told, I've never been happier!
Reviewed by Lakhi Lakhi from UK on 1st Jun 2010
Awesome device! Best phone of 2009 and is a serious contender for the
title this year in 2010. This phone is faultless and I have no hesistations
in recommending it to anyone!! :D It's perfect for both business users
and social butterflies!! So go buy it ... you won't regret this purchase!
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 31st May 2010
I can't praise this phone highly enough. I was determined that I was
going to purchase a Sony Xperia or HTC Desire. Upon inspection both
phones are impractically huge, plus a friend of mine has a HTC Desire
and is really disappointed with the battery life. I had never considered
a Blackberry, assuming they were for business types...I'm so glad I
re-considered. This phone is amazing. I have just returned from a 4
day camping trip, with occasional use, web browsing, calls, texts and
my phone still has 1 bar of charge in the battery. Whilst away I got
lost and used the GPS which got me exactly where I needed to be. I'm
sure some multi media orientated phones are better at certain functions
but I'd be surprised if any phone does all things so well. And apart
from anything else this phone is the coolest looking piece of kit I've
ever seen. Highly highly recommend
Reviewed by Jamie from uk on 29th May 2010
Had the phone for about 3 weeks.... its the best phone i have ever had...
brilliant for business people and people who love social networking
sites like me.... everyone must buy this phone.... ITS AMAZING.... A+++++++
Reviewed by Rog from UK on 28th May 2010
Am I the only person who doesn't have Blackberry euphoria? Yes the battery
life is good, but the functionality is way behind my previous phone,
an HTC Touch Pro 2. The keyboard is too small for my large fingers and
it takes an age to type emails/messages and make corrections. Two key
strokes to type numbers is ridiculous. Not being able to edit the body
of an email message you reply/forward and no cut/paste of text is so
limiting. The browser is poor and not capable of processing numerous
websites. Implementing BES was problematic, and it refuses to be used
as an IP modem with my laptop. My HTC allowed Internet Sharing with
a laptop with the touch of 1 button but I dispensed with the laptop
because the HTC was more than an adequate substitute, something the
Blackberry will never be so I now have to carry more hardware. Other
positives - it's stable, and the pad is easier to use than the ball
on some of my colleague’s phones. If you're a business user, make
sure you look at other phones before purchasing.
Reviewed by ajay from on 26th May 2010
everyone must buy it
Reviewed by AshG from UK on 24th May 2010
I always use this website when looking for a new phone and I used it
once more to decide this time. I couldn't decide... Bold 9700 or HTC
Desire. I read review after review and played endlessly with the handsets
at the Carphone Warehouse. Eventually I took the plunge on the BlackBerry
and my God I made the right choice. Having had a sub standard touch
screen on my LG Renoir, I wanted to revert back to buttons, and BlackBerry
are the only way forward if you don't want a touch screen. It's a stunning
thing to look at and more than comparable to use. The keypad is perfect
for my chubby fingers and everything flows beautifully! It's solid,
reliable but also packed with features! The 3G is great and the email
is second to none (could you expect any less from a BlackBerry?!) The
apps aren't so abundant but if you want that, buy an iPod Touch! I look
forward to my 2 years with the BlackBerry and I have no doubt it will
be brilliant for the duration! Oh and also a battery life of 3 days
under heavy usage on a smartphone is not something to turn a blind eye
too! Fantastic job, well done RIM!
Reviewed by Dante from UK on 20th May 2010
Having had an Iphone 3G, which broke when dropped (Internal screen just
shattered) then on to a Nokia 5800, I was dubious about a phone WITHOUT
touch screen, When I got the Wife a New BB Curve (in Lilac - Yuk!) I
had a play on it and was impressed, however, I DID have a few minor
disappointments. Looked around and found a Blackberry with these disappointments
rectified, Namely the Bold 9700. It turned up yesterday and I cant keep
my hands off it. It cleared up the issues I had with my Wifes curve
(Camera Quality with flash being the most notible). I'm amazed at how
fast RIM have managed to get a Phone running, even with all the features
it has packed, It's just....well......amazing. I'm still in the learning
stage yet and therefore still finding things I never knew about (Even
with all my research before buying). PIN is just a great idea, internet
is good and speedy, even away from my WIFI, call quality is nice and
clear, the media player works as it should (though some dedicated keys
like the curve wouldn't go amiss) looks sleek and classy and its nice
that RIM have included a leather pouch in the box to keep your beloved
BB9700 safe from scratches et all. P.S Using on UK Virgin Network, and
have had NO connection issues, or battery issues HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Reviewed by dv80s from uk on 20th May 2010
hi, nice phone. did a software upgrade recently. and its changed a few
things, unfortunately not for the better. the standby button no longer
puts the phone in standby. its a redundant button. i can live with that
though. however the lock button does not password the phone anymore.
it sort of puts the phone in standby but i still have to wait 5mins
for the password to activate, rather than it locking instantly.
Reply by shaz from uk on 12th Feb
hello there you could change the password time from the settings
Reviewed by DnA1409 from UK on 18th May 2010
Waiting for my 9700 to arrive. Thought about getting an iphone but after
using my girlfriends for a couple of hours the reality of it really
being just a gimmik really hit me. My friend got the 9700 the other
week and wow, it is amazing. Everything connected all at once, never
miss any banter between your mates etc. Facebook, multiple email accounts,
text, yahoo, msn all at your fingertips. One thing i have noticed after
reading lots of reviews from different sites is; DO NOT GET ON ORANGE!!!
Orange fill their phones full of their own buggy software which causes
loads of problems. Almost every problem i have read about this phone
is from someone who got it on Orange. Previous contract was on Orange,
have now switched to o2 purely on this fact!
Reviewed by Shweb from UK on 17th May 2010
Ive had this mobile phone for around 3 weeks now and i do have to say
that itr is an amazing phone. You'd think its an hard phone to use but
to be fair, its pretty easy. cameras really good and the multimedia
isnt that bad either. The bbm is amazing including the internet. however,
i have experienced mine to scarsh a few times. Also, when i try to make
a call, it will say "Call Failed" on the screen? I have researched this
on the web and it is a common problem with these blackberry espically
if your on Orange like me. other than that, its still an amazing phone!!
Reviewed by phill from uk on 7th May 2010
Hi peeps. My BB Bold9700 is brilliant. Upgraded from BB Curve8300 3weeks
ago. I have always used this site to help me decide on handset is right
for me. So for anyone out there that does the same hopefully my feedback
may help others in choosing what's perfect for them. 1. Don't buy it!
- If your looking for an "iphone" type phone with loads of fun apps,
touch screen, simple to use, fast internet, mp3 player and watch films
(all round fun phone)..... Then get an iphone. You'll never be happy
without one. 2.Buy it! - if your looking for a reliable phone, great
camera, brilliant battery life. Great for texting, emailing and don't
have big fat fingers cos it has a(qwerty keyboard)..... Deffo get BB.
I love gadgets, and playing around with my phone when I'm on the train,
on lunch and sometimes show off apps to friends... BUT! What it boils
down to with me is that I'm on a 24month contract. This phone has to
last me. I love the fact I can charge my phone on sunday and it lasts
me until thursday. BB 9700's only flaw is internet browsing could be
Reviewed by dr Robert from Kenya on 5th May 2010
A great instrument very user friendly v fast browsing The removable
battery is great idea whenone gets hung up Memory I wish it came with
more flash memory and hopefully we will get flash Adobe reader for Blackberry
soon This will make the device more versatile Overall It is great!
Reviewed by David Whidden from fordingbridge uk on
1st May 2010
3rd report now, 6 months old and still very happy with this phone and
by far the Best phone I've ever owned.
Reviewed by Mark Chadwick from UK on 28th Apr
It's the complete package...cannot fault it after 4 months.
Reviewed by Suraj from UK on 27th Apr 2010
I love mine! :D
Reviewed by Lindsay from UK on 24th Apr 2010
This is indeed Blackberry's best yet - everything one would expect in
a small neat package. Got my phone on Orange (UK) which comes with UMA
... a very smart and useful concept. Now providing there is a friendly
Wi-fi within range I don't have to worry about the strength of the GPRS/EDGE/3G
Reviewed by Lucinda from UK on 23rd Apr 2010
What can I say? It's so reliable and the battery life last agess ! I
love mine and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a top
of the range phone and for someone who would love to have email sent
to their device on the move.
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 23rd Apr 2010
Had this phone and don't get me wrong it was brilliant for exactly what
it was designed for - business - but as someone looking for a bit more
fun in a phone i found it somewhat dull. Traded in for htc hd2 which
is quality as it offers a blend of work and play. This is the phone
to have for the out and out business person though
Reviewed by Dominic from UK on 21st Apr 2010
What an outstanding bit of kit! I was stuck between the iPhone 3GS and
the BB Bold 9700... I made the right choice and would make the same
choice every time. Not only is it as easy to use, as fast and as slick
in many ways as its Apple counterpart, but it is a must have for anyone
who needs/wants to use e-mail on the move. I do not have the slimmest
of thumbs yet typing long e-mails is a breeze due to the raised angles
of the QWERTY keyboard and when I got used to the OS the whole experience
got better and better. There is a reason why Blackberry has the lion
share of this market and the Bold 9700 is it.
Reviewed by Grant from UK on 21st Apr 2010
I have just upgraded from the 8900 and all I can say is, "excellent"
it's as simple as that. This is without doubt the best BlackBerry that
RIM have produced to date.
Reviewed by Patty from UK on 21st Apr 2010
This phone is fantastic. Fit's perfectly into my busy business life!
from me it gets a full 5 stars!
Reviewed by Mattie from England on 21st Apr 2010
Had the phone for a little over a week. My first BlackBerry and I'm
really impressed with it. A quality bit of kit. Thank goodness my fiancee
wanted a BlackBerry and I decided to follow suit!
Reviewed by Mark from Uk on 20th Apr 2010
I ditched the iPhone 3g for this bb what a mistake!! Nice looking phone
and without question battery life is excellent, however I can't find
much else positive to say. It's keyboard is to small and fiddley, screen
is too small when you view the web making it not worth using, apps are
ridiculously expensive. I have now ditched this overated piece of junk
and returned to a iPhone 3gs and for all it's faults the iPhone beats
every phone out there. For all you people who say the iPhone can't do
email sorry you don't know what your talking about check you settings
Reviewed by Bindu from UK on 19th Apr 2010
This is a really handy device. I am a heavy business user and this phone
suits me perfectly within my daily lifestyle.
Reviewed by Nola from UK on 19th Apr 2010
It's an good phone, would normally rate 4 stars for me. But whatever
you do DON'T INSTALL THE UPDATES, at least the one it prompts you to
do when you plug to your PC. There is a serious issue with the current
update: it groups all your texts as coming from one person on your address
book (which person it chooses randomly) and from then on you can only
send sms to that one contact!!! This is not a joke, and so far, not
addressed by RIM! I had to uninstall and downgrade to get my phone working
Reviewed by Jake from UK on 11th Apr 2010
Great phone! I like the fact that blackberry have got rid of the trackball
and replaced it with an absolutely flawless trackpad which works really
efficiently. This is a great upgrade to the previous 9000 bold. 9700
is smaller too.
Reviewed by graham from england on 8th Apr 2010
The phone is by far the best blackberry ive had. i did have a problem
with the wrong caller id displayed, but this was an easy fix by upgrading
the operating syestem. i am using V.0.0.586. This has improved the battery
life and improved the sms lagg. The sound and camera is far better than
my previous bold 9000 plus with 3g on i dont drop call like i used to
Reviewed by Sophie from UK on 6th Apr 2010
It's really reliable. Had mine for 6 months now and i have had no issues.
Reviewed by Mary from Leicester, UK on 2nd Apr
I am majorly impressed. The last phone i owned was Nokia N95 and this
device was the PERFECT upgrade! Love it!
Reviewed by Jitesh from India on 30th Mar 2010
This fone is fantastico! I use it for business but it has so many applications
that it can be used by mainstream users too. It caters for everyone.
I love the keyboard which is an absolute pleasure to type on. So i give
this phone a mighty 5 stars. for me Blackberry is now the leading mobile
brand thanks to its creation of this path breaking device! Cheers Blackberry
Reviewed by Willy from Singapore on 29th Mar 2010
I have used BB8320, 8900, 9630, 9000 and now 9700. I have to say this
is the best BB out there but these 2 missing functions prevented BBs
from getting my 5 stars. One is that you cannot copy contacts from phone
to SIM and the other thing is that there is no way to power off the
phone. Even though I love the 8900 this 9700 is so much better.
Reviewed by Lee from UK on 27th Mar 2010
This is what I'm talking about! The phone of a lifetime! You could probably
get away with having this phone for 10 years without needing to upgrade
cos' it will take time for other mobile manufacturers to match the supreme
standards of this blackberry device!
Reviewed by George from UK on 26th Mar 2010
This phone is as near to perfection as you would require.I love it and
it's so simple to operate.I carry this device with me at all times it's
Reviewed by Johnny Lever from India on 24th Mar
Anyone who gives this phone a rating of less than 5 or 4 stars does
not know how to review a phone. This is by far the most superior handset
in the market! Go Buy!
Reviewed by Sufi from UK on 24th Mar 2010
Thank you Sufa. This is the best phone ever! I love it so much. Blackberry
... this is PERFECT! :D Cheers.
Reviewed by gemma hooley from uk on 24th Mar 2010
I love this phone it is awesome! I barely use my pc because it is all
at my fingertips. The internet is quick and I like the design a lot
Reviewed by Jackie from antrim on 24th Mar 2010
LOVE THIS PHONE, TO DIE FOR.
Reviewed by Jerome from UK on 23rd Mar 2010
I love this Blackberry! it's the first time i've ever seen a BB which
has no faults whatsoever. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!
Reviewed by Paddy from UK on 22nd Mar 2010
An utterly perfect phone, it's got everything i could need. Keyboard
is incredibly easy to use amd feels incredibly fluid. Sounds, vibration
and alerts are all nice, as in they are easy to here and the vibrate
is strong. Touchpad is nice just i have a small tendency to skip items
i actually want to access but thats my fault not the phones. Software
is ideal and makes syncing music to my phone so easy. A perfect phone,
Reviewed by Laura (Patrick's Cousin) from UK on
21st Mar 2010
No regrets... No Complaints for this device. It ticks all the boxes
and is by far the most technically advance mobile on the market today.
It's super reliable and has an excellent build quality. This phone should
appeal to both business users and mainstream users too. As, Patrick
said ... This is truly a worldclass mobile and I have no hesitations
to recommending it to anyone!! Go Buy People :D
Reviewed by Patrick from UK on 19th Mar 2010
My cousin has this phone. I can say its nothing less than OUTSTANDING.
This truly is the mobile of a LIFETIME :D
Reviewed by BB Fan from Uk on 5th Mar 2010
This phone is amazing! I have had my bb 9700 for 3wks now and have no
faults with it at all. Other reviews state that their bb turns itself
of.....mine has not once done this! Some people also compplain about
not having signal.....my signal is always fine it will more than likely
be down 2 your network, im with vodafone. The keypad is a perfect size
for the phone, if the keypad was bigger then the phone would have to
be bigger and some people would moan about this too! The battery life
is outstanding im constantly messing around on facebook, msn, bb messenger
or just making calls and texting and i have never used more than 2 bars
on my battery. This is my 1st blackberry, and i wont be turning my back
on it anytime soon! Everyone should own one.
Reviewed by iceman from Uk on 4th Mar 2010
Moving from an Iphone 3gs to a blackberry I was very sceptical and half
hearted as the touch screen was amazing on the iphone. My work is fully
dependant on a phone hence I required a handset that was fully capable
of delivering push email, that delivered excellent call and reception
quality and last but not least that had a great battery life. Unfortunately
the iphone fell short in all the departments, It was struggling to hold
reception and the battery life was awful and hardly ever lasted a whole
day. As my work has more preference I decided to ditch the iphone and
started looking for a phone which ticked all the boxes Anyway first
look at the Bold 9700 and I was really impressed, the handset looks
very classy, i accept the key pad is a bit on the small side and needs
getting used however that is not difficult, the screen is beautiful
crisp and sharp. This is my first Blackberry and I am really in awe.
The call quality is exceptionally clear and loud at both ends. The phone
holds the reception really well even in weak signal areas (where almost
all phones including nokias) struggle and the battery life is amazing.
I am a heavy user of the phone, I have constant emails pouring in, My
daily call duration is over 2 hours as well texting and occassionally
browsing the web and I still have 70% battery left at 10.30pm, if anyone
is looking for a reliable, well built and a classy phone that does all
the jobs as described on the box then Blackberry 9700 is the one for
you. 10/10 Highly recommended
Reviewed by GJ from UK on 1st Mar 2010
one word sweet as. I love this phone it is easy as to use, has great
abilities and the keyboard as some people keep thinking does not suck,
it is perfect for the handset, I love the high res screen, the track
pad is sweet and is so easy to familiarise your self with. it has a
smooth interface and the browser on it is very good. the camera on it
is very good I mean there mobiles that have better ones but the 3.2
on this phone is fine. this was my first blackberry and I am completely
sold on them now. Also the build quality is great it feels solid and
has a nice amount of weight to it without being to heavy. The size is
also perfect a much better then the old one that was huge and stuck
out your pocket. Well done blackberry on a superb phone 10/10 highly
Reviewed by billy from uk on 27th Feb 2010
great phone recommand it to every1
Reviewed by EBI from NIGERIA on 27th Feb 2010
I recently got the bold 9700 & it's really amazing, I feel like it's
the best phone I hv ever had! It's just perfect & fit for purpose! At
first I was sceptical about getting it coz it's smaller than the bold
9000 but I gave it a try & hv no regrets. But I suggest that RIM should
put a front camera which can enable video calling! Like the nokia phones!
It wld make a lot of sense coz the bold 2 supports 3G so if it had a
video camera! I mean I would hv been more fun than it already is! This
is my candid opinion.
Reviewed by Sal from UK on 26th Feb 2010
Hi I have started using a blackberry mobile (9700) for the first time
and am getting to love it more and more. I think its best to also purchase
internet time along with the blackberry services to fully appreciate
it. The only thing im abit confused about is the security when signing
in and out of your email (hotmail) and facebook. Once you log off if
u press the 'back' key it takes you back to your emails and facebook
- so if someone was to use your for and wanted to browse they can have
full access to your accoutns - anyone know if im doing somehting wrong?
Reviewed by andy from uk on 26th Feb 2010
am a big fan of bb but have to say this one a bit of a let down. mine
turns itself of will not hold a call or 3g, and when i can make a call
a lot of background noise.love trackpad and a lot better camera.the
email is excelent but its just no good as a phone. i couldnt make an
outgoing call once and had to use a friends iphone, how bad is that.
think it will be a HTC next time. Rim need to concentrate on one phone
and make it the dogs ........... ,and not the storm that is rubbish.
Reviewed by Charles from Jersey CI on 22nd Feb
Great phone and BB users will really appreciate it. Just one thing,
mine turns itself off every so often and that is very annoying indeed.
Nobody appears to have the answer to this. I would certainly be pleased
to hear from anyone who has. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 17th Feb 2010
Had my Bold 9700 for over three weeks now and absolutely delighed. First
few days were a little painful getting used to the small keyboard but
I persevered and it now works great. Battery life is good too. Just
a point to note that the voice recognition did not work until I replaced
all the foreign characters in the Names in my contacts book with UK
alphabet ! Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Mike from Uk on 16th Feb 2010
The best phone i have ever owned! Everything just is perfect! I upgraded
from a W995 and although that had much more features this is 10x better.
I dont understand the hype over the iphone when this phone does everything
the iphone does but better! Amazing phone! :)
Reviewed by Pete from Welwyn,UK on 15th Feb 2010
Had this for exactly a month now on the T Mobile Combi 35 + internet
(18 months)with email booster. Got to say this is the best bit of phone
kit I have had the pleasure of owning. Everything about this phone is
faultless , set up was a doddle , coverage is excellent (knocks spots
off 3!) All in all if you are upgrading and want apps and software you
will use buy this phone. If you want apps you wont use or want to pretend
to drink a pint of beer..go for the Iphone but to me the Blackberry
9700 is all you need and more!
Reviewed by Elle from London, UK on 13th Feb 2010
absolutely fantastic phone!. i upgraded from the blackberry pearl 8110.
i'm on a vodafone contract and almost always have great signal strength
and the internet works like a dream. apps are easy to load onto the
phone from my Macbook [which is something i was worried about.] the
keyboard is a little smaller than i expected and at first i was a bit
dodgy with my typing BUT after a week of having it i've perfected typing
on it and it's a great keyboard. the handset is beautiful, trackpad
is great and screen is a lovely size. all i all i LOVE this phone, BEST
BLACKBERRY YET!. :D
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester on 9th Feb 2010
Counted the day until i got this multi task tool the Bold 9700 and i
am............sending it back. My reasons are my own feel with the phone
and not really super facts but little niggles that bugged me , the keypad
is a lot smaller than i was expecting with only pictures to go off and
its so difficult to type with if you have large hands like me, the voice
dialling is terribly inaccurate , with the earphones in if somebody
rings you and the phone is in a pocket then you never know its ringing
as the ringtone does not come thru the headset regardless of profile
and i found the PC software to conflict with my laptop and freeze other
applications. I wont say the 9700 is a bad phone at all its just little
things that irritated me to the state that i could not warrant keeping
the phone but i will admit its screen , colours , size and weight were
brilliant and its a shame the things i named spoiled it for me cos i
really wanted to like the 9700
Reviewed by Jason from Uk on 8th Feb 2010
Awkward to use unless you have tiny fingers. One thing i will admit
is that the email is easy to set up & works really well. Also the video
quality is superb. I just find the whole blackberry os boring/dull.
I've always had Sony Ericsson's & nokia's though.
Reviewed by Robert from Essex on 7th Feb 2010
On Orange UK this phone continues to drop reception to 'SOS' and only
re-connects after a reboot. Very annoying. On BB website, seems many
others have the same problem. Battery life could be better. Orange working
on an update i hear, hopefully resolve these problems.
Reviewed by Keval from Shah on 4th Feb 2010
Ok peeps i have had this phone for a week now so much features just
can not put this phone down. I would recommend this over an iphone anyday.
The keyboard is beautiful aswell as the blackberry messenger. BUY IT,
YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Reviewed by Simon from west sussex on 25th Jan
Have had this phone for almost a week now and I agree with all the other
reviews. It is excellent! Previously had a Samsung Tocco but the Blackberry
blows it away. All the features are so intuitive and so easy to use.
Best phone I have ever had!
Reviewed by mark from nottingham on 23rd Jan 2010
Never Give reviews at all, but i had to make an exception. I am a gadget
nut, and this is the best gadget/phone i have ever owned. I use msn,satnav,
emails, text, some facebook use. I have used the word doc , and also
sync with my itunes. what a phone, its very quick and the battery lasts
me ages. Have also used it with the jabra sp700 speaker phone for hands
free in the car, its excellent, plays all my songs through the car stero.
Reviewed by Dillon from United Kingdom on 21st
Hi Guys, my review was the first one on here and my thoughts haven't
changed. The device is brilliant and meets all my demands. For the last
few days when I receive a text, E-mail or Instant Message, the phone
doesn't stop vibrating and I have to click the trackpad to stop this.
Does anyone know why this is happening? A friend suggested it could
be a bug in the OS and that I should try a battery pull and this works
for a day or so but then the problem starts all over again. Any ideas?
Reviewed by David Whidden from uk on 15th Jan
Just an update from a month ago, even with heavy use the battery lasts
a good 4 sometimes 5 days. still very pleased with the phone with no
probs to report,even arfter dropping onto the pavement twice. 6 stars
better than outstanding!!
Reviewed by CP from Edinburgh UK on 15th Jan 2010
Great phone. I picked this after reading these reviews and don't regret
it one bit! Easy to use and cute! I've set up my sat nav so no more
printing off maps for me which is a mega bonus! with so many features
it's sometimes difficult to work out how to do things like switch on
predictive text for example but there are a million and one online forums
to help so not an issue!
Reviewed by Pedro_UK from England on 15th Jan
I used to have the BlackBerry Storm which was/is the worst excuse for
a mobile phone ever. I now have the Bold 9700 which is FLAWLESS. RIM
have taken BlackBerry back to the top with this piece of GENIUS - everything
works as it should the battery lasts me 3 days of continued use!!!!
More than pleased ***** 5Stars *****
Reviewed by Paul C from Liverpool UK on 13th Jan
we all know how good the phone is just read the reviews its the best
blackberry on the market at moment so buy it or upgrade to it you will
not regret it
Reviewed by Jessica D from Ascot London on 9th
Hi, i bought this phone today from EBAY and i am suprised how awesome
it is. I got this on T-mobile and i think it's the best phone out. Previously
i had the iPhone 16gb (not 3gs) but i choose this over iphone all day.
Thanks for the reviews guys it helped alot. The best bit is the Blackberry
PIN!! WOW..i can send FREE messeges via whoever has got a Blackberry
anywhere in the world yesss FREE..i sent pictures, files, music, texts...better
still if i take a pic in a club, it gives me the option to send the
pics to Facebook, myspace. Isnt that soooo great!! CIAO xx
Reviewed by Chiraag G from United Kingdom on 7th
Okay, I read reviews here and all over before I decided on a phone.
I wanted a QWERTY keyboard, reliability, speed of messaging and good
battery life. The Bold 9700 stood out. I've never had a Blackberry before,
but I have heard of their shortcomings, even from their fans, of whom
my cousins make up three. My elder cousin got this phone and it seemed
sturdy, slick with the new trackpad and he said it was good. I opted
for it, after years of other phones (previous being N95 8GB, W850i,
N70 and others not worth mentioning. I liked the functionality of the
N series phones; I could listen to Shoutcast radio, play Doom II, go
on IRC chat, Facebook, MSN, GTalk etc (Palringo was essential on the
N95 for me!) But was it stable? Reliable? No. And battery was poor,
with a minimum of two charges a day with my usage by the end of it.
The Camera on the N95 8GB was excellent in general (bar missing a Xenon
flash, which would have been the icing on the cake). This leads me to
the only thing I miss on the Blackberry. It's better than its predecessors,
I know, but it's not brilliant by any means. It's borderline good in
perfect conditions. Aside from that, this phone is the best I have owned.
I see now why people are addicted. The unit does what it is meant to
do, and quick. It really saves time, but that's relative, because you
"waste" so much more time using it! It is because it is a joy to use.
On my Nokia SMS messaging became a chore, with Palringo being the preferred
method of communication, at the risk of running out of battery life.
E-Mail was all to infrequently used. Everything on the Blackberry just
works, so well. It is a clever thing too; one of the few Smartphones
that can lay claim to its namesake. Keyboard shortcuts make it even
quicker to use, the In and Out of Holster recognition works wonders,
especially as RIM have found more uses for the holster recognition than
previously attempted, I've been told. Particularly useful to read a
text straight away on a cold day without the need to press anything
or take gloves off! A pleasing thing this winter in London! In fact,
a lot of what it does, and the options it has is for good reason. It
is well thought out and I am genuinely happy with it. Sure, apps are
expensive and not as extensive as, for example, the iPhone, but where
it excels it decimates anything in its path. I was even tempted by a
Palm Pre, to give WebOS a fighting chance, but I think I have made a
worthy choice. I now charge once every 24 hours, (and that's only because
it drops to like 25% battery), and I am constantly on BIM, GTalk, MSN
and spend about 30 mins on calls a day, in addition to probably 8 hours
WiFi and sporadic bursts of facebook, not to mention Push e-mail is
waiting for new messages too. Oh, a Facebook chat app would be immense
though! So, should you buy this phone? If it ticks the same boxes for
you as it did for me, and you don't need a touch screen (navigation
is still brilliantly slick with this trackpad, trust me) then yes. It
does have shortcomings as outlined in a review I read as follows: *
Mediocre camera performance and features * No FM radio * No video-call
camera * No TV-out functionality * No built-in accelerometer * No built-in
compass I might miss an accelerometer for applications like the shotgun
or lightsabre one my friends have on their iphones, and maybe the FM
radio if I was being picky, but I never used my N95's TV out, and only
once ever tried the Video Calling. Compass? It has A-GPS, so I'm happy.
Oh, as for the radio, I can use Shoutcast or any internet radio station
over 3G or WiFi from the built in media player (can open a URL). In
any case my music generally runs through my Cowon S9.
Reviewed by mn from bh on 31st Dec 2009
my phone battery doesnt last long , even wen wifi n blututh netwrk closed.i
dnt use it much . the battery lasts 8 hr only. i have even reduced the
backlightng, but still. the phone is really gud. plz help me
Reviewed by chris from UK on 30th Dec 2009
I've had this phone for a couple days now and from day one I have loved
it! It has everything you could ask for in a phone and more, communicating
with everyone is so easy and simple, battery life is great and the qwerty
keyboard makes typing easy (after you get the hang of it) the only thing
I can say that could be better is the camera but tbh I'm not bothered
about that at all. Definitely recommend this phone to everyone, for
business or pleasure 10/10
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 24th Dec 2009
An amazing phone, superb size, trackpad and overall feel to it is just
great. Battery life is excellent, definitely the best blackberry iv
Reviewed by McSnoops from UK on 20th Dec 2009
Best phone I've ever owned and deffo the best BlackBerry I've ever owned.
So far, I can't fault it.
Reviewed by andy from uk on 19th Dec 2009
have got the 9000 and cant wait to get the 9700 in a few weeks av ad
a go and its awsome. trackpad superb and the handset is a better size.
and tony, if you have a company and need a good phone stick the backberry,
the iphone is rubbish, its a silly gimick and fashion accessory thats
Reviewed by Nnabzzz from Pakistan on 18th Dec
Got my bb 9700 yesterday after going through all the reviews,track pad
is real improvement over faulty track balls,shape and size closer to
8900,gone is heavy manly bold with draining battery.keypad bit hard
but after one day use it's lil soft otherwise v good travel.weight gives
solid feel over all built quality good.Screen sharp great to watch audio
quality good too though no match to iPhone 3gs. A well rounded package
indeed, great job RIM:)
Reviewed by Chris from Uk on 16th Dec 2009
I agree, awsome phone ;)
Reviewed by Jessica from Wolverhampton on 16th
this is awesome phone. i just love it! No Complaints x
Reviewed by Lee Hung from London on 16th Dec 2009
In 1 word???? Excellent in 2 words???? EX - CELLENT
Reviewed by tony from uk on 15th Dec 2009
I think blackberry's are very overrated, especially this one that i
bought i have just set up a business (we are doing very well). i am
dissapointed its just like one of the Nokias except double the price,
i really dont get it, im not even going to bother with a qwerty keyboard,
im just going to splash out on a iphone 3GS. Its not perfect but things
its not perfect at i dont need except the gps
Reviewed by Alan from London on 15th Dec 2009
The best phone i have ever owned!!! Thanks alot for the reviews guys,
it helped alot.
Reviewed by DanGleebitz from London, UK on 14th
This is by far the best BlackBerry to date. It has everything you need
and more. Well done RIM, keep up the good work.
Reviewed by Fam from London on 14th Dec 2009
The Blackberry Bold 9000 is a excellent peice of equiptment, however
there were few things that annoyed me with the it. The camera, rollerball,
battery life and software issues on occassions. The 9700 has overcome
all objections!! Nice size, still looks slick, battery life is great
and better camera quality. I never went for the Iphone when it first
come out and I still haven't gone for the Iphone 3GS since that has
come out either. Put the fancy gadget away and get yourself the Blackberry
Bold 9700. It's the only way forward!!
Reviewed by Murrey from Netherlands on 14th Dec
Absolutely a fantastic phone. Can not fault this device. Touch pad is
wicked. Sleek & a sexy handset. sending e-mail is easy like sending
it from ur Mac laptop. Well done Blackberry u shud b proud.
Reviewed by Kelly from Ireland on 14th Dec 2009
Dont usually write reviews but i 'AGREE' with EVERYTHING Quintine dwayne
said. Peace :p
Reviewed by Quintine Dwayne from U.K on 12th Dec
This phone is excellent!! (p.s kevin...i don't understand a word you
are saying.) Fast 3g reception, free apps download, apps that change
the LED colours is nice, never has crashed on me, battery life is awsome,
e-mailing is super-fast. Everything you would want from a phone is here!!
You will not be disappointed. I have had the BB curve 8900, Bold 9000,
Storm2 but i returned the Storm2 for this and it's the best decision
i have made. I simply can't put the phone down. This deserves a 5* alll
day. note: you will need an internet connection along with BB booster
plan to get full use of the phone. I have added 6 E-mails accounts plus
i have Windows LIVE messenger running always, Facebook account is active,
My Twitter account is on, my phone is always beeping with attachments
and new messages..it's like having crammed the pc or laptop but in a
small mobile device. I am actualy using it this sec writing this review.
Reviewed by Andrew from Ireland on 10th Dec 2009
Little to add to the previous reviews except that this is an awesome
phone. It's fast, very well made, easy to use and packed with every
feature a serious communication device should have.
Reviewed by ROB from ENGLAND on 10th Dec 2009
i had the the original bold 9000 , iv had the bold 9700 over 2 week
now and its a fantastic phone . never crashes unlike the original bold
......what can i say ,i proud to own one . if you were thinking of buying
a smart phone .... one word BLACKBERRY BOLD 9700
Reviewed by Kevin from UK on 9th Dec 2009
what ur talking this phone is a rubbish the poor download speed of not
even 290kbps dissapoints me a lot well,the track-pad is yeah,cool but
the 35 keypad kills me 3days after i buy this smartphone i sell it,since
its not as a big use to me compared to my old storm2
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 8th Dec 2009
This is by far the best phone availabe on the market right now. I have
had the newest Iphone and the BB9700 knocks spots off it in almost every
area. People do not follow the lastest must have an Iphone fashion get
a BB bold 9700. This phone is almost perfection the only small negatives
and i say very small are it could do with more apps and even though
the camera is excellent BB could of given the phone a better more powerful
Reviewed by David Whidden from Fordingbridge, UK on
7th Dec 2009
Wow this is by far the best blackberry on the market,the battery life
is awesome,four days useage no probs, screen and weight purfect,nice
and fast on the net and looking at stored photos ect, NOTE if you are
coverting dvd to mp4 for video playback make shure that H.264 is in
the format or you will have playback problems. would give 6 stars, phenomenal
Reviewed by Monty from UK on 1st Dec 2009
What a smashing phone! Moved from a trackball berry and was wondering
how I'd get on with the trackpad. No issues at all. Great screen and
connectivity. Size is spot on for phone use and perfect for emailing/text.
Fits well into the hand. On features RIM have managed to cram all the
business features you need into a unit suitable for the mass market
as well. I'll no longer look as if I'm holding a brick to my ear and
can take the odd photo as well. Thank you RIM, just what I've been waiting
Reviewed by OZ from UK on 26th Nov 2009
Reviewed by S ALI from LONDON UK on 24th Nov 2009
Out of all the mobile phones I've had for the past 21 years, this is
the best blackberry phone I had, the look and feature are very nice
on the phone. the app store is good. this phone also ranks up with the
HTC HD2 which I also have, which is also a nice phone. I only brought
the phone because of the HTC SENSE and not the windows 6.5 operating
system. To me this Blackberry 9700 will last longer with me than any
other phone I had in the past, except HTC HD2. To me this phone is a
5 star plus.
Reviewed by Gurtake Singh from United Kingdom on
22nd Nov 2009
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It is very good. I like it because it has good features to use.
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