BlackBerry Bold 9000 Review
In a nutshell: The BlackBerry Bold is the best BlackBerry
yet, although its size and weight mean that it's for serious users only.
If you're a serious user, you'll love the full keypad, outstanding email
support, high-res display with user-selectable fonts, 3G HSDPA, 1GB
of built-in memory, WiFi, satnav and many other features.
Review: September 2008. Updated November 2009.
At last - A 3G BlackBerry! Whilst BlackBerry is the undisputed king
of mobile email, the lack of 3G in its devices was beginning to look
very obvious. Enter the BlackBerry Bold, with full support for HSDPA-enabled
3G, making fast data transfer a reality. No more waiting while email
attachments are sent!
The BlackBerry 9000 Bold takes the best of everything that BlackBerry
has previously produced, and adds in 3G. It's also the biggest and heaviest
BlackBerry, so is suitable only for heavy duty users. Weighing 136g,
it's very slightly heavier and thicker than the BlackBerry
8820, which it replaces. In practice you can't tell the difference
in size between the two devices. Despite its size, it's an attractive
design, with its shiny black and silver finish, and some nice curves
to (literally) take the edge off its bulk. The benefit of having such
a large device is that there's plenty of room for a full QWERTY keypad,
so there are no compromises here when it comes to the ease of text entry.
The keypad combined with the trackball together provide the best UI
that we've seen for serious emailers and texters. We're also delighted
to see that BlackBerry have increased the resolution of the display
from 240 x 320 pixels on previous models to 480 x 360 pixels on the
Bold. With a 65,000 colour transmissive TFT LCD and user-selectable
font sizes, this gives the Bold one of the best displays available,
with only the iPhone offering a higher
The advanced phone features include a speakerphone and conference calling.
With voice activated dialling and a Bluetooth headset, it's capable
of fully handsfree operation.
Email is BlackBerry's forte, and the Bold fully supports all email
- Push email (messages are delivered automatically to your smartphone
and you can be notified as soon as they arrive)
- Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
- Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
- Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
- Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
- Integrates with existing personal email account
- Integrates with optional new device account
- Web-Based Email Access (AOL Mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail or
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 Bold also incorporates some fun features, in particular the camera
and media player. The camera is rated at just 2 megapixels, so this
is no replacement for a digital camera, but it can take snaps and video
clips. The media player offers light relief between meetings, and can
play music and videos. Software is provided for ripping music off CD's
and for synching your phone with your PC. In common with previous BlackBerries,
there's a 3.5mm headset jack, so you can plug in any third party stereo
headphones - a feature that's still surprisingly rare in the mobile
phone world. GPS navigation is also included, and works with Blackberry
Maps. This is another welcome feature, and can in principle be used
as satnav for a car, but perhaps a more obvious use is navigating around
a city by foot or public transport, as most Bold users probably already
have a proper satnav system in their car.
BlackBerry have also done the right thing when it comes to memory,
equipping the Bold with a full 1 GB of built-in memory, plus 128 MB
of flash memory and the ability to expand this further by adding a microSD
memory card. This gives plenty of space for storing and working with
data, and is what a device of this power needs.
Connectivity options include WLAN (802.11a/b/g), as well as Bluetooth
2.0 and USB.
The battery life is not quite as long as the BlackBerry
8820, due partly to the larger screen, and partly to the fact that
it's a 3G phone. However, we don't anticipate that this will be a major
problem, provided that you charge the phone regularly, and condition
the battery properly at the start.
All things considered, we love the BlackBerry Bold. It was fairly obvious
what BlackBerry needed to do to bring their devices bang up to date
(add 3G, a higher resolution screen, more memory and a faster processor),
and they've done precisely that. The result is a brilliant communications
device and all round PDA. Highly recommended. If you can live without
the 3G network and would like a more compact device, then we would also
highly recommend the BlackBerry 8900.
However we have noted that several of our users have reported the Bold's
tendency to drop the 3G signal. We believe that this is a network issue
that is not present in sim-free handsets, and can possibly be fixed
by updating your sim card or talking to your network.
Features of the BlackBerry Bold include:
- 2 megapixel camera with LED flash and video recording
- LCD display: 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours
- Media player (Supports MP3, WMA, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, 3GP
formats plus partial DivX 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 + 128 MByte flash memory plus microSD memory
- Size: 114 x 66 x 15 mm
- Weight: 136g
- Quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz) plus UMTS (2100/1900/850 MHz)
- Talktime: 5 hours
- Battery standby: 312 hours
BlackBerry Bold 9000 User Reviews
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Average rating from 115 reviews:
Reviewed by Axel Xefaia from Indonesia on 18th
Alright, first things first, design sucks, although that's because the
wide physical qwerty keyboard. The keyboard's pretty good though. Before
I used this phone, it was previously used by my little sister, and more
previously my father, so it's pretty old, say about 3 years. So, the
charging dock is broken and the battery's near useless, the original
battery's life is about a few hours without wifi, gps, and a few small
browsing, so the battery is changed. And then, there's the trackball
which was broken and needed to be changed, but hell, it's so difficult
and pricey just to change it. For todays' technology, the processor
and the ram is just really slow. Once I tried to read a manga with the
Opera Mini, and heck, there's about a minute interval of loading between
this page, not to mention the loading time. Install a few apps and themes,
and you will be able to see the spinning clock more often. And then
the signal, it keeps dropping to GPRS or EDGE which is really lame.
Also important, this device only supports OS up to 5.0, and because
the charging dock is broken, I can't get it to update and stuck in 4.7.
The camera is also slow and old, with 3.2 MP, and the flash just makes
the picture worse. Overall, I hate this phone, especially since it is
a slowpoke, and I was never a fan from the ugly Blackberries from the
start. So, I would say, don't buy this phone, probably search a better
one with the trackpad and higher specs instead. This is all just IN
MY OPINION, though.
Oh, and 1 more thing, the volume and power button is so hard to press,
and even if you pushed them, you would be unsure if you really pressed
it And this omment was typed by the phone itself..
Reviewed by Samantha Hunter from England on 6th
Well this phone is great, should you be looking for a phone that lasts
you two weeks and then is so messed up it would be better used as a
house brick, or a paper weight, whatever floats your boat really. I
must admit at first I was half impressed with it, sure it isn't the
most up to date phone, but it worked and functioned well. Then the trackball
kept getting stuck, wouldn't scroll up or down, and then decided when
and were it wanted to work. So without the 'up' use of this scroller,
navigating on the browser is nearly impossible, as well as scrolling
up and down lists, so I had to spend ages finding keyboard shortcuts
so I could gain back half of the function of this phone I paid good
money for. Now the phone hadn't been dropped or damaged when this happened,
however it has been dropped twice since, no lasting damage thank god,
I believe this is due to the likening of this phone to a cockroach,
practically indestructable, not that it doesn't brake (eg trackball,
LED, profiles, themes not loading). Now that my faults that occured
are complete, I'd like to say how well and truly rubbish the camera
is, although I didn't buy a phone for its camera, it would have been
nice for it to be able to take a picture that doesn't look like its
a Salvador Dali orginal abstract painting. It is unable to accept updates
from blackberry as its seen as an 'old model' meaning that it isn't
supported on their new RIM software. Now don't even get me started on
RIM. Overall its a great way to go put your money down the drain, I
would strongly suggest taking your money outside now, and placing in
down the drain, because that would be a better use of your money. If
I could give it no stars, I would.
Reviewed by tess from canada on 27th Mar 2012
i was perswaded to buy this item it sounded brilliant nothing nothing
was going to put me off i made such a good desision it is fabulus I
LOVE my BBM you should realy buy this item it has every thing you need
but however search and hve a good contract
Reviewed by Kass from Canada on 6th Mar 2012
reallllyyyy love my bb :) only thing that sucks is that the battery
dies too quick -_-
Reviewed by McDoyen from Uganda on 15th Feb 2012
The Bold 9000 is a great mobile. I love its fast net attractive themes.
It has got nice keys that can b placed by any fingers
Reviewed by Ian Alexander from St. Lucia on 2nd
Got my BB9000 just over one year ago and it works great. Folks should
be mindful that these high tech phones can also be infected with viruses
which can severely affect their performance. I had some problems with
mine but since i got it flashed in St. Lucia, it's working very well.
After reading most of the comments i've realised that the Brits are
not having a good time with it. THERE IS A MANUAL PEOPLE, READ IT !!!
Reviewed by Danny from England on 21st Jan 2012
Terrible phone. I have charged over night, had a busy day, by 3:00pm
my radio had turned itself off because of poor battery. I'm with Vodafone,
and rarely have signal unless I'm in the middle of a city, this is bad
because I travel alot. I've been loyal to Blackberry for over 10 years,
and I think this is the final nail in the coffin of the BB Hype. I can't
wait for the new iPhone to be released so I buy that and sell this piece
of junk to someone who hasn't done their research for alot of money.
Reply by Katherine from England on
20th Feb 2012
I agree it is absolutely useless. Good plan. Already trying to buy back
my old Blackberry. This is not an upgrade.
Reviewed by bello from Nigeria on 16th Jan 2012
Hi I l love my bold 9000. I just got it n its swit.but one need to spend
more mny bfor its enjoymment. I downloaded some games n app but aren't
working. Pls Y. Help me
Reviewed by Tray from UK on 12th Jan 2012
I love the Bold 9000! It's the best Blackberry out there and I've tried
several - including the Bold 9700, the Bold 9780 and even the Torch
9800. This one is fast with a terrific solid build. The keypad is the
best - so easy to use with miniumal errors. It is bigger and weightier
than other BB's, but, even so, it works a charm and I really love it
Reviewed by Sherry Ann Todd from Barbados on 6th
I absolutely love the BOLD 9000,its the best phone that rim has even
made,the keys are nice and big and I love the screen is big and greatnot
to mention the speakers,I love the fact that I don't struggle to hear
folk on the other line..thanks RIM ,I LOVE IT..
Reviewed by Asheley from Toronto on 4th Jan 2012
Well I just got my blackberry bold literally just now and I'm loving
it!!! I was so exited I just got into the box... Back to the reall thing
k so I advise you to buy it I don't know about you but I only pay 15
$ a month!!! I mostly use is to text my twitter phone call Facebook...
Well what's so good about the blackberry bold is that it's more advance
then the other blackberry's and well the crackberry is crapberry and
it's much faster. to be completely oneste with u guy's do not buy crapberry
or torch or whatever just buy the flipping blackberry well that's all
I have to say about it peace!!!
Reviewed by andrewking from scotland on 3rd Jan
best blackberry yet emails are great much faster than iphone which i
had also battery life is much better great phone once you get used to
Reviewed by Lisa from USA on 30th Dec 2011
I just bought the Bold and I love it. 90% of the time, I use my phone
for e-mail, text and calls. For my core use, there is not a better interface
Reviewed by allan othiambo from kenya on 6th Dec
I just love the way blackberry 9000 is very fast with internet its wide
screen and color its keypad makes it very easy send emails the only
problem I have with it is instaling face book to its application that's
all the rest am just having lots of fun with its
Reviewed by Boitumelo Mohosana from South Africa on
3rd Dec 2011
I love my black Berry 9000,I look for ways to better the performance
of browsing and battery life.
Reviewed by Gugs from UK on 11th Aug 2009
This is the best phone I have ever owned. Had it for a week so far on
Orange and no problems whatsoever. Flawless!
Reviewed by Kagan Ergul from Turkey on 10th Aug
I really cant understand how you people can say this phone is rubbish!!!!
most probably you dont know how to use it... Its the best blackberry
Reviewed by Haz from Uk on 8th Aug 2009
After years of boredom, with nokias and the rest, I got the BOLD, and
what a bold decision! Love the phone and and everything about it! Even
the charger is Bold, where you dont have to worry about adapters if
you travelling just take the appropriate smart adapter and your done!
If you are unsure, get the phone and be amezed, believe me you wont
regret it! It does exactly what it says BOLD! Brilliant
Reviewed by Ali from UK on 8th Aug 2009
Best phone I have ever Had. Get one and c ur life take a turn for the
better! Amazing piece of kit.
Reviewed by John from UK on 7th Aug 2009
Just been lumbered with a BB 9000 Bold as a works phone. I like it so
much that I plan on leaving in its box and will carry on using my trusty
Nokia. What a piece of junk. Its awkward, cumbersome and so user unfriendly,
I have a funny feeling it may meet with a mishap ;-) Call me old fashioned,
but I just want to punch a load of numbers in a speak to someone, why
make it so complex !!! Anybody want it ?
Reviewed by lamar from usa on 7th Aug 2009
I love my bb. This is the best thing that has ever Happen to me. All
you haters of the bb, I would like To kno how many times have you dropped
ur phone ha ha Ha ha. If u drop it a lot bad things will happen.take
Care of ur 500 dollar I do.
Reviewed by Roger from UK on 31st Jul 2009
QUITE SIMPLY, THE BEST PHONE I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!!
Reviewed by CHRIS G from UK on 30th Jul 2009
As a phone - dreadful. Had it six months and waiting for an exchange.
Phone calls are a nightmare - tricky to explain but imagine a conversation
where you stop mid sentence every few seconds and carry on a few words
later - thats what I hear all the time, as does the person on the pther
end. Plus, it freezes up continually. Waiting for an exchange. I have
had to take out the batt and sim card more times than anyone reading
this has had hot dinners!!
Reviewed by Karen G from UK on 28th Jul 2009
got this as my upgrade on Vodaphone and not sure I should have bothered,
it's so tempremental, I have never taken the battery out of the back
of a phone so much, it sticks, it turns it's self off, selected tones
change themselves. I really must have got the one made last on a Friday
it's a nightmare
Reviewed by Robbie Burns from UK on 25th Jul 2009
I recently acquired a new Blackberry 9000 Bold (Vodaphone) for work
purposes. Initially I was seduced by all its geekiness. It's got push
email, a camera that takes video and still pictures, it can use WiFi,
it's GPS enabled so you can see where you are, it's 3G download capable
and it hooks up to the Bluetooth hands free in the car, the screen looks
fantastic. It has everything that your inner geek could need. But.....I'm
coming to the conclusion that actually it's a bit rubbish. Why? Well
all that techno nerdy stuff sucks the life out of the battery in less
than a working day, frankly that's no good. I have resorted to turning
off the WifI and Bluetooth connections in a vain attempt to extend the
battery but the effect is marginal at best. Not only that but the GPS
seems very sulky indeed and says it cannot see any satellites and asks
me to go somewhere with 'open sky' , even if I'm stood in a field! Maybe
I just have a clunker, perhaps I'm being unfair but none of the nerdy
stuff means anything if the battery is flat. Until this techno beast
arrived I was on an old data only Blackberry and a mobile phone. Charged
up, the that combination would be good to work for at least two days,
sometimes three with light use. It seems we have gone backwards. It's
just a bit rubbish really.
Reviewed by Gazza from UK on 15th Jul 2009
If you're having isses with the battery running down, turn off bluetooth
and wifi! And don't leave the gps running with either google maps or
blackberry maps, they will suck the juice out of the battery if left
on. Overall internet, txting with BT and Wifi off I can easily get a
few days worth of battery cover without resorting to a recharge. Using
O2 and the coverage is excellent around the UK.
Reviewed by laszlo shapiro jn. from new york on
13th Jul 2009
stay out.this phone is even worst than my old bb8900.battery live?10hours.signal
coverage?very bad.freezing issue..get nokia E63 insted.
Reviewed by Lauren from UK on 12th Jul 2009
i had a blackberry, it was rubbish so i got a e71. they rock!
Reviewed by Sarah from England on 10th Jul 2009
I'm 17 and this is the best phone I've ever had!! Internet is great..
Battery life is fantastic.. So easy to use to text and send emails..
One word 'AWESOME'!! Definately get this if your blackberry fans :D
Reviewed by Annonymous from Jakarta, Indonesia on
28th Jun 2009
Okay, I've had a bb bold for about 3 months and I am very very happy
with the phone. Internet is great, emailing as well and if you love
chatting, bb bold has it all for you. Ym works great as well. This phone
is the best bb to buy... So far. :) the only prob is the battery life
which is actually understandable since it IS a 3g phone. I guess it
can be fixed in the future but if u just can't be patient like me, buy
a bold! Also I don't know if its just me but the more time u use ur
bb, I noticed the trackball getting quite yellow. but overall, if you
want a blackberry, choose a bold!!! You won't regret it, I promise!
Reviewed by chris from australia on 27th Jun 2009
Blackberry bold is the WORST phone i have EVER owned keeps getting the
white screen of death have not been able to get rid of white screen
now for many weeks it is a heap of rubbish
Reviewed by gary from england on 24th Jun 2009
Had most phones on the market bold is the best yet
Reviewed by david from trinidad & tobago on 23rd
the best phone yet. i love it! i can now be in touch with cyberspace,
send texts and listen to good music!
Reviewed by tim lowe from uk on 20th Jun 2009
Reviewed by n from uk on 15th Jun 2009
had it for 1 wk.... returnd it as battery was no wer as gud to the nokia
e71.... buying a new e71 as i dropd mine into water.stick to nokia if
ur used to them.
Reviewed by Tareq from Kuwait on 29th May 2009
I enjoy using both of my blackberrys but using the bold is much better
that the curve. Especially for buissnes.
Reviewed by Ian from uk on 27th May 2009
I love this phone, it does what it says on the label, was a dream to
set up. I keep my phone in the leather case in my shirt pocket I set
it to auto on at 7 am and auto off at 11pm I get 3-4 days before having
to charge with the wifi and blue tooth turned off, I get max 2 days
if these are switched on. There are new features such as maps which
works well. all in all it was worth the upgrade from the curve.
Reviewed by John from Canberra, Australia on 21st
Excellent email connectivity on the road which is integral with our
business as mobile field techs. We now pick up and clear jobs on the
fly, customers are amazed at our improved response times. Bit bulky
as a phone but functional. Small looking keys are cleverly deceptive
- really easy to use for a large ham fisted guy like me to text. WiFi
saves mobile data plans when available. In a word - awesome. Use it
what it is designed for - power users - not Utube! Really good deal
on 3 Network - pity they aren't more regional...calls have had no problems
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 18th May 2009
Have had 2 Curves previously which were just fantastic, decided to upgrade,
wish I had not done so. Having nothing but trouble trying to get it
to sync with Microsoft Outlook, I have now given up trying, would seem
to be a known problem but not one that is well known or where a patch
is available? Battery life is also poor when compared to the curve.
On a positive the screen is very good, and blackberry is now getting
into apps. It is very good for emailing, made easy by the keyboard.
Reviewed by Neil from UK on 17th May 2009
I was torn between this phone and the curve. Ended up getting this one
and it hasn't let me down! An amazing phone, which is very easy to use.
Email setup was extremely simple as with everything else on the phone.
My only complaint is regarding the battery life - I have to charge every
night, which could get annoying - thats even when I turn 3g and Wifi
off. Another little thing which could grow more annoying is that the
back cover doesn't fit the phone perfectly - so sometimes when typing
it makes a noise. Both of those points are me just being 'nitpicky'.
Ultimately, a great, easy to use phone!
Reviewed by Rich from Bournemouth - UK on 14th
What can i say, well to begin with this Mobile is without doubt the
best phone i've ever had, nicest screen i've ever seen, easiest qwerty
keyboard i've ever used, enough multi-media devices on the phone to
keep u pleased for ages. Easiest email to set up ever, 3G and Wi-Fi
works fantastically well too, battery life very good too, IF u are sensible
and turn off the Wi-Fi and 3G when u aren't using it, makes the battery
life last much longer understandably. The size, yes the phone is not
super small, but it's not that big, besides what u are carrying is basically
a lap-top in your hand, so all things being considered it's rather tiny
really. One down side of the phone is the camera, but really if i wanted
a 5 mega pixel or above camera i would have bought a decent digital
camera, i wanted a quality smart phone, in which i've got. Will Blackberry
make a phone better than this Blackberry Bold, the answer to that is
obviously YES, BUT NOT FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME.
Reviewed by andy williamson from Wales UK on 14th
Have just got this phone and all I can say is wow!! Loved it from the
moment I opened the box. Good screen, easy navigation and excellent
features. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
Reviewed by John from England - Bromley on 12th
BB Bold, excellant phone, like most new phones it's a computer first
then a phone. Emails arrive faster than my works comp. It's a bit bulky,
but then if I'm out at weekends I take Motorola K1 small and light and
fits in your pocket. During the week my BB Bold does everything for
me, and to overcome the battery life problem I have a charge at home,
in my car and at work so can plug in anytime. In a nutshell get out
and get one now...
Reviewed by georgie from uk on 11th May 2009
firstly any one who is moaning about this phone must be on a rubbish
network or not using it to its full advantage this is the best phone
for business but also facebook addicts its fast heavy duty cos i get
drunk and drop it still not one problem if u want a fast phone to get
to grips with this is the one the keyboard is sooooo easy to use roller
ball also i was worried about goin wrong but i am soo suprised after
my hell with the nokia n96 ...... bb bolds rule!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Dario from Oman on 29th Apr 2009
It is the worst investment I have ever made in my life. Blackberry Bold
9000 is the worst mobile I have ever seem in years. So much money for
the functionality it provides. Difficult to use and no applications
like maps or other stuffs I had for free on my 'stolen' Nokia E71. Never
will recommend somebody to buy BB.
Reviewed by rob from england on 24th Apr 2009
what can i say about the blackberry bold ? i mean i have had most phones
out there , this is my first blackberry ...one word FANTASTIC. i would
def recommend this phone . briiliant
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 22nd Apr 2009
just recieved my new bold today from o2 on a new contract. if you pester
the sales staff on the phone you can get a great deal aswell - free
upfront, 30 quid a month on an 18 month contract with 1200 minutes,
1000 texts and unlimited web and email! i am only worried about scratching
to the silver part of the casing and the screen. has anyones begun to
show any signes of damage prematurely?
Reviewed by Denim from Uk on 20th Apr 2009
This phone is great by all means. I don't have one but I tested this
out for hours from a friend, and I have Zero problems with it, this
phone is great for emails and web surfing, I wouldn't recommend this
phone for people who is a multimedia addict as this functionality is
Reviewed by john from u.k on 19th Apr 2009
The bb bold is the best phone i have had,works like a dream with no
issues yet on O2. Its an outstanding phone and find it hard to put it
down. Buy It now
Reviewed by Anthony Stockman from U K on 7th Apr
I reviewed this nearly a year ago and they have had some software issues
- now resolved. Reliability is now very good. I notice everyone whinges
about battery life, BUT you can dramatically improve this with a couple
of simple tweeks. 1) Go into settings and turn down the screen brightness
from 100 to 10% - YES 10%!! it will still be plenty bright enough, but
makes a significant difference. 2) Unless you're using it, turn off
Bluetooth and WiFi. Just those simple things will DOUBLE your user time!
3) Buy a spare battery - I did and get a charging dock from e-bay 12.99
inc postage from China. all will then be well.
Reviewed by JT from Venezuela on 3rd Apr 2009
The best phone I´d had so far. Like every blackberry, has some
software glitches. Overall it´s outstanding. A phone one can use
for several years without having to buy the new model. If your going
to buy a phone for work, fin or both I totally recomend this one. Buy
it. Just be aware that one you start using a blackberry you can become
a bb addict.
Reviewed by mo from uk on 2nd Apr 2009
I am a new user to the blackberry and by far it has impressed me very
much with the functionality and its capability. One thing I have to
point out though is the blackberry’s music player it’s amazing
I didn’t expect it to be this good especially when played through
the loud speaker. It is so cool to be completely connected mms sms email
Internet trust me when you get the hang of the blackberry it may take
a day or two you wont go back to anything thing else. However there
are a few issues that perhaps blackberry can iron out one of the problems
I have come across so far is that some time when you receive a call
the number only comes up despite having the contact stored on your phone
so you don’t know who is calling you. The other would be the battery
I must admit I have become an addict and there’s not enough battery
power to quench my thirst so I am carrying around my charger all the
time. I ma with o2 not great for call quality but I havenR 17;t had
any problems with email or the Internet so far. This is by far a very
good phone the only phone to beat this one would be the next model released
by blackberry I do hope that blackberry think of a way to improve the
battery because with a phone that can do so much not to have enough
battery doesn’t do it justice. Despite all that I have given the
phone 5 stars, as there is yet to be a phone that can do what the blackberry
is capable of.
Reviewed by Aj from UK on 2nd Apr 2009
I've had the phone for a few months and am very happy with it. Battery
life is ok -- charge up every 2.5 days if not using excessively. Onece
or twice I had to do a hard reboot (take out battery and put back in),
but other than that everything else has been great. The casing is very
well built in my opinion. Keyboard size is perfect (although I don't
have chunky hands). Voice quality is good.
Reviewed by Tom from USA on 26th Mar 2009
The "white screen of death" issue happens more often that is understood,
and be advised that at least here in the US ATT is VERY bad about replacing
phones even though it is a known issue. You might want to ask your carrier
how they handle this issue.
Reviewed by Giles from UK on 24th Mar 2009
JUST HAVE 1 POINT.THE BOLD IS A GREAT PHONE AND EVERYTHING,BUT DO NOT
USE AN ORANGE NETWORK.I USED ORANGE ON MY PREVIOUS PHONE AND EVERYTHING
WHICH IS SAID ABOUT ORANGE ON THIS REVIEW IS TRUE.I AM NOW USING O2
AND EVERYHTING IS MUCH BETTER. totally recommened the BOLD.
Reviewed by Jayant from India on 24th Mar 2009
The Bold is the best Blackberry there is. With great features. The screen
is brilliant, and the sharpest I know. The Storm lacks wi-fi, the Curve
has no 3G. The Bold has it all. Simple as that.
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 18th Mar 2009
This is my first BlackBerry and i have been very impressed. Great phone,
loads of features and looks great. I had an i-phone previously and i
would never go back!!
Reviewed by Darren from United Kingdom on 17th
This is my first ever Blackberry, I will never go back to anything else.
this phone is amazing it does everything you want and more. satnav,
google apps, facebook, divx player (depends on format) instant e-mail,
sooper quick to type on best keyboard ever, quick responsive os (not
like the windows mobile i had which sucks). the messenger's BB & live
brilliant. love the way it shows ya sms in coversation. not to mention
it can open word docs, excel, and powerpoint, syncs with outlook contacts
and calender perfectly, o yea and make calls, and a voice dial that
actually works better than any iv'e had before. i could go on all day.
the only thing that could be better on this phone is the camera it's
perfectly adequate but i had the SE K850 before and can really notice
the difference. although uploading pics to FB etc is a breeze :-) Seriously
recommend this phone!!!!
Reviewed by Safari Bob from India on 14th Mar
Have now had Blackberry's for more than two years, started with the
8800 and got that changed to a Bold some months ago. I am travelling
around in the world and the blackberry have more and less replaced my
laptop. Have honestly never had a problem with any of the phones beside
the track ball (pearl) on my 8800 got damaged, otherwise this I close
to be my dream phone, the only thing I am missing is a good camera with
5MP resolution or above. Have been playing a bit with the Storm and
found the touch screen a bit too slow for email typing, nothing beats
the QWERTY keyboard on the Bold. Great phone (at least for business).
Reviewed by Steve May from New Zealand on 9th
My 4th Blackberry and this Bold is absolutely faultless as a business
phone. Awesome reception strength anywhere, even in remote places of
the World, great screen and beautiful looking email, it will be a hard
phone to beat. I considered the Storm but I just could not get on with
the touch screen, too many errors when typing, and I do not have large
fingers either. I was way faster on the old QWERTY.
Reviewed by Eduardo from Argentina on 9th Mar
The BB Bold is the best BB! And also the best smartphone on the market.
I have also a iPhone 3G, 16Gb...it is a nice toy...or a great MP3 player,
no more than that, very poor battery life.
Reviewed by Chiswick Singh from UK on 8th Mar
Absolutely classic piece of hardware!!!
Reviewed by Toria from Oxford, UK on 8th Mar 2009
Booootiful! Just activated mine on Orange and she's gorgeous (I'm so
sad!). It's a lovely handset, the screen quality is fantastic and it
just does everything that it should. It syncs with my Mac using Pocket
Mac (unlike the useless Storm that I'm sending back) and is just brilliant.
No problems with dropped calls or bad signal but I knew we had good
coverage on Orange anyway. The camera may not be fantastic but it's
better than the one on the Storm (and that's a 3.2 mp camera!) but then
this is a PHONE not a camera peeps. I'd definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by Mark Buchanan from Jamaica on 7th
I luv my BB although it does not support flash player. It is a very
Reviewed by Sabre from USA on 3rd Mar 2009
Folks, be WARNED. I’ve had the Bold for four months with AT&T
in the U.S. At least 50% of my calls have dropped and 25% have failed
to connect. After three months of calling AT&T every other day, I FINALLY
got a senior tech tell me that AT&T is having this problem all over
the U.S. The point to problems with the Bold code and its ability to
switch networks. They have no fix or idea when Blackberry will update
the code. SIMPLE RECOMMENDATION – AVOID THE BOLD until the ‘Beta’
program is over and they release stable and functional code.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
3rd Mar 2009
Sounds like a serious problem in the US, but I just wanted to point
out that this isn't affecting the UK networks as far as we are aware.
Reviewed by Gaz from UK on 28th Feb 2009
had my Blackberry Bold 9000 for just over a month and I cannot fault
it, best phone I've ever had. Video quality awesome, sound quality amazing
it's got stereo speakers built in! Best phone i've ever had can't believe
I waites so long to get my first Blackberry.
Reviewed by Richard from United Kingdom on 28th
I was unsure about all the Blackberry hype and was content with my O2
Xda`s which I have had every version of last being the orbit 2, but
I type a lot in the form of emails and documents while commuting so
was getting tired of not having a keyboard. So I made the leap to Blackberry
I bought the BOLD from CPW because I find certain devices loose their
edge when orange put their own software into a device, CPW phones are
open network devices. I have never been so HAPPY the BOLD is an outstanding
Handset and does exactly what I need and more. If I was to have a grumble
it would be that internet browsing is not as good as I have seen on
an Iphone (my brother has one) but that's it. By the why Iphone and
the Nokia E71 which are both good rivals to the Bold might boast push
email, but NO ONE can beat RIMs Push Email NO ONE. EMAIL IS BLACKBERRY`S
BABY AND CANNOT BE MATCHED. NUFF SAID.
Reviewed by daveymac from uk on 25th Feb 2009
got this work of art yesterday its gotta be the ultimate fone on the
market. o2 contact, reception and everything else about it are superb
its my first blackberry and am kicking myself for not using them right
from the off.if your looking for a new fone dont hesitate go and get
a bold u wont be sorry ps stay away from 3rd rate providers orange vodafone
etc. o2 r the best provider out there. no i dont work for them im an
electrician rnjoy ya bold
Reviewed by Dale Robinson from UK on 22nd Feb
If people have problems with dropped calls and network it is not the
blackberry it is more than likely the fact your sim card is not a 3g
sim card.. I had issues with it at first as my signak went into SOS
i phones o2 who said it was the phone but a little research and i found
its the sim card!! phones up o2 got a free 3g sim card and phone works
perfect!!!! this hone is awesome and beats iphone anyday.
Reviewed by Nick Etches from UK on 20th Feb 2009
My first Blackberry (the Bold)the best phone ever,i love it. Had a problem
with 3G but it was due 2 not having a 3G sim. O2 very helpful with any
problems. Email hits my Bold before my laptop, its incredible. The only
downside is Blackberry Bold is NOT compatible with Parrot handsfree,which
i have in 2 vehicles,but the Bold is worth the inconvenince. I love
Reviewed by Kevin Lendroth from United States on
13th Feb 2009
Purchased this device when it first came out, and I can hinestly say
it was worth every penny. I have used blackberry's ever since I started
usng cell phones. I had the curve 8300 and then the curve 8310 and now
I have the bold. I must say it is the best one of the bunch. Blackberry
really did this one right. From the 3G to the video player, everything
on this phone is great. Everything is user friendly and easy to use.
The processor is outstanding, you can jump from one thing to the next
and not have to worry about lag. What I also like about the bold is
the fact that if you are in a call and can still use almost everything
on the phone, you can read and send text and emails and surf the web
while on a call. And the word/excell/slide show to go is a great feature
for the business users. I have to say this is the best phone that I
have ever owned.
Reviewed by badman from UK on 12th Feb 2009
OK been using this device since sept08 and its a wonderful bit of kit
especially as i use it on our corporate e-mail (BES). The video/music
playback is brill and the satnav (Nav4all.com) is truely wonderful as
its FREE and works a treat globally... However there are a few issues
with the hardware, suck as phone randomly turning itself off, data network
is a bit flakely and when dialing numbers sometimes doesnt connect until
after a few tries.... Spoke to Vodaphone and they were ahppy to ship
out a replacement, but still have these intermitant issues, suppose
only a new firmware update will cure it...
Reviewed by Dik from Len on 8th Feb 2009
Reviewed by John from England on 7th Feb 2009
A superb phone. I could write at length about its features and how it
works but the first sentence says it all !
Reviewed by Yuri Velasquez from UK on 5th Feb
I had this phone for 5 days as part of an upgrade. If one is a businessman
or politician with loads of scheduled meeting and a necessity to be
in constant e-mail contact. It will suit you. I like photos and music,
so it doesn't suit me. One thing I found annoying when browsing, was
the constant need to keep magnifying a web page. Which became tricky.
My present phone automatically fits the page to the screen. It is also
large and I like to pop a phone into my top pocket. On the whole I think
the phone is overrated.
Reviewed by ersin from england on 2nd Feb 2009
i think the bold is the better phone i had the storm first and due to
its touch screen the phone has a lot of problems and is not adaptable
or usea friendly the bold on the oher hand is the best blackberry ever
made everything is to detail
Reviewed by Attiq from Pakistan on 28th Jan 2009
Very good phone and provides all the functionality required for executive
users. However, I think camera improvement is required and streaming
is also not good.
Reviewed by steve from england on 4th Jan 2009
had my bold for a month on 02, had no problems with connections etc.
Fantastic for emails, screen is really clear, keyboard is so easy to
use, all in all delighted, only complaint is the lack of flash software
available which does restrict some websites
Reviewed by BRIAN MC from ENGLAND on 1st Jan 2009
Just received mine and what a piece of kit, synced with i tunes, added
a few applications and the build and screen on this handset are awesome.
Sound when playing music is loud and clear and all in all very very
impressed. Got my o2 blackberry bolt on sorted. Very impressed with
my first Blackberry.
Reviewed by Fi from England on 30th Dec 2008
(Bought beginning of Dec)I have flitted from phone to phone for a while
and have finally found the ideal phone.. It really is amazing, a great
screen; looks sleek and attractive; music and volume great; such easy
access from manouvre to manouvre it just seems to glide. Qwerty board
so easy to use (no more awkward texting).Never mind all the other things
I haven't even mentioned.. It seems to do just about everything I need,
not far off being a lap top in your pocket. I really couldnt recommend
a better phone.. the only down side is the battery life (but what to
expect with so many available things to do? I cant leave it alone!!)Only
other downside is I have had "white screen" 3 times now,but worst scenario
is a replacement of exactly the same model, as hopefully its just a
faulty phone.. I would really recommend it and dont be scraed of it,
so easy to use!!!!!
Reviewed by john from England on 27th Dec 2008
i cna't find a signal anywhere in my house! so dissappointed! my service
provider confirms i have 100% signal!
Reviewed by email@example.com from nigeria on
26th Dec 2008
got sent this phone and a ds with r4 from the uk from my uncle. its
very good. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Reviewed by B Patel from UK on 24th Dec 2008
i think the blackberry bold is wonderful, voice activated calling is
a dream especially while you are driving. emails received notification
is a breeze, opens attachments easily whether excel word or images,
it can't handle too large files, i find but it not a great problem.
finding contacts with keyboard is effortless, ask you which number where
there is multinumber entry.
Reviewed by Danie from Australia on 23rd Dec 2008
Constant dropped calls - max call length about 60 seconds. Randomly
loses the network and returns to 'searching for network' even in high
signal strength areas (as confirmed by the provider). Have been told
the unit may faulty and need to send it in to Optus for investigation.
All the functionality is great, except as a phone.
Reviewed by this miss from Australia on 23rd Dec
Very sleek, very reliable. The Blackberry Bold fails to disappoint.
The sound is lovely and real.
Reviewed by N/A from USA on 22nd Dec 2008
This phone is amazing! Before the blackberryBOLD I had a iphone. It
is MUCH better then the iphone. There are more feautures to see and
do. Here is my review. KEYS: Great! If you have small, big, wide, long,
thumbs/fingers, don't worry about typing! It's really smooth and easy
touch to type and addictive. CAMERA/VIDEO Quality is amazing! I've never
seen this good quality on any phone. BATTERY: Yes, the battery isn't
the best, but there ARE phones out there that have worse. Truthyfully,
out of all the 5 phones I've had the battery is really good. MEDIA/SOUND:
Amazing also! If you need it aloud you will get it loud, and I mean
loud! TALKING ON PHONE QUALITY: GREAT. you can hear the person really
well. PRICE: A little pricey but you get your money's worth out of it.
worth every single penny and dollar. INTERNET: Works really well, and
is quick. This would be a good phone for a teenager or adult. My favorite
thing is that you can get Microsoft Word, Excel, and/or Powerpoint,
so you can do your homework if your not by a computer and need one!
Reviewed by Dale from Wales on 19th Dec 2008
I've been reading through the comments on this page and everybody seems
to be steering away from orange. Well I'd just like to say I've had
my blackberry 9000 for 2 weeks now on orange and everything is perfect,
no drop in connection, internet works fine, e-mail works fine. Superb
servive and phone. 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by Brian from U.S on 16th Dec 2008
Reviewed by Jimbo from uk on 11th Dec 2008
Got this phone last night. After O2 finally got the settings sorted
finally can use it for what its suppose to do. One word.......AWESOME.
I cannot fault the phone so far at all, Great screen, good battery,
web is superb great applications. I had a O2 orbit PDA before this and
a samsung G800 both mediocre. Didnt like the keyboard n the iphone and
was concerned about the keyboard on this but have been blown away. just
like typing on a laptop. Cannot fault this phone hooked up itunes music
on it aswell.
Reviewed by Russell from uk on 9th Dec 2008
HAD THE C902(7/10),C905(8/10),N95(8/10),N96(7/10) THEN I THOUGHT I WAS
SET WHEN I GOT THE STORM(3/10), WELL LETS JUST SAY WHAT APIECE OF JUNK!
HOWEVER I STUMBLED ACCROSS THE BOLD(9/10) ON MY TRAVELLS THE PHONE MADNESS,
AND I HAVE TO SAY ITS AMAZIN IN EVERY WAY! BATTERY IS GOOD SCREEN EXCELLENT,
KEYBOARD AMAZIN QUICK AND EASY, LIGHT AND THIN> IF YOUR A HEAVY USER
LIKE MYSELF GET IT! NOTE REALLY GOOD FACE BOOK APPLICATION FOR BLACKBERRY
MAKES THE PHONE EVEN BETTER
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 30th Nov 2008
Upgraded to Bold and initially it wouldn't receive 3G at all. Discovered
(on web) others on O2 whose Bolds only worked with a new SIM card. Got
new SIM and this fixed the problem, sort of. I now get white screen
of death about every other day (problem is doesn't self reset so if
I don't notice and take action, ie remove and reinsert the battery,
I stay off line, bad as I'm a doctor on call). Other problem is a I
like to listen to Audible books when "driving" in London traffic and
RIM haven't enabled Audible (digital rights management) for the Bold
yet. Otherwise an excellent phone, good for emails, loud and clear,
easy to use buttons. I'm sticking with it and hoping for software upgrades
Reviewed by Al Bolton from UK on 26th Nov 2008
Generally excellent device,though the very poor camera and no flash
support let it down.
Reviewed by zoe from britain on 24th Nov 2008
dis fone is amazin
Reviewed by Colin from UK on 23rd Nov 2008
I have had my Bold now for a month and I'm really impressed. I already
had an Iphone which I love, but I wanted a device to tap out fast email
and texts on the go, something you can't really do on Apple's superb
device. Everything about this handset feels quality and expensive, from
the fantastic full keyboard to the magnificent (and I mean magnificent
screen). I have downloaded a few music videos and even a film to the
device and the playback is very impressive. Inside the phone, I found
the operating system very easy to use, much more user friendly than
Nokia N Series devices and with some decent applications. I wanted to
be able to view PDF files on it, so I've downloaded Beamberry which
enables you to do this. I have the phone on Vodafone and I can honestly
say that I have had not one problem with the 3G service. Bad points?
Not many, although I do find the PC software to be a pain at times.
Well done Blackberry!
Reviewed by Kevin from UK on 22nd Nov 2008
Really liked the look of the Storm so got one on Voda at launch, after
lack of signal I sent it back and got a cracking deal with the Bold
via O2 retentions. I find the Bold does everything I need it to and
is the best phone I have ever used when it comes to surfing the net.
Email is as you would expect from any BlackBerry device. For anyone
trying to decide I would say the Storm looks much nicer and modern but
for practical use the Bold wins hands down. One negative thing is that
my handset which is only one week old struggles to go from 2G to 3G....sometimes
I have to pull the battery out and pop it back in?? Am sur updates will
come out in time that will resolve this.
Reviewed by steve kilpatrick from scotland on
19th Nov 2008
My bold is on Orange network In edinburgh it seems to cut out a lot
due to bad signal, My previous nokia no problems. Its good for getting
my emails forwarded and texting. Not good for forwarding peoples details
to others ie "business cards" . Camera is poor but i new it was not
as good as the nokia 95 before i bought it. Key pad is abit footery
to begin with but you get used to it after a few weeks. Regards steve
Reviewed by Matt Brown from Uk, Essex on 16th
I am a proud of the Blackberry Bold (9000) which I purchased on the
13th November (the day it was finally released on t-mobile). The phone
is as sexy in person as it is in pictures. The size is quite big but
the weight of it makes you not be put off by its size as its suprisingly
light. The features are great as you would expect from BB and with the
addition of wifi, 3g, refined QWERTY keyboard, high res screen and fantastic
multimedia modes you will fall head over heels in love with this device.
The Bold is very similar to the Storm, which I have had the honor of
playing with, and I found both devices GREAT though my personal preference
is the Bold as I don't think I could consistly use touch screen (I get
tired of using my itouch as it is!). The reason for the long wait for
the phone to be released on t-mobile is simply because t-mobile like
to see what faults may occur on the phone via other service providers
so that they can fix these problems first then make them available to
thier customers. Though this can be extremely annoying when you have
been waiting MONTHS for the Bold (like I have) you have to appreciate
the fact that when you get it you dont have to worry about having to
take it back to the store when the phone wrong in a matter of days.
GREAT PHONE and HIGHLY recommended for anyone who is a BB fan already
or looking to see what all the hype is all about!!!
Reviewed by Rudiger from Australia on 14th Nov
The Bold is my 5th Blackberry (nothing wrong, just upgraded each time).
I set these things up for a living and needed to get a bold as many
of my clients have them. I really like the phone, especially for WiFi.
But I have to say I love my Curve.Just certain things about it really
clicked. I will keep the Bold for a week or two and see if I warm to
the interface. Would love to know how to set the clock to gon on automatically
as I dont wear a watch. The hone itself is stylish and has many great
features. Was simple to setup on my BES and the keyboard is just devine
even compared to my Curve (which I loved). I am on Vodafone in Australia
and their service is good. I am with them as they have great capped
plans. As I tell anyone who contemplates a Blackberry or an iPhone.
The higher email is on your list, the more you lean to a BB. NO ONE
does email like BB. So hoepfully the Bold will pan out, but I am an
extreemely heavy user of all functions, so it will want to pan out well
Reviewed by Adam Toms from UK on 14th Nov 2008
hello everyone this is the best blackberry i have owned its amazing,
to enhance batery life make sure gps is off, and also press and hold
mute button sets it into standby mode, and i have noticed an extra day
or so battery life, im getting 4days out of it. It's amazing!
Reviewed by Mark from England on 7th Nov 2008
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Hello Guys, Have to warn you away from Orange, Had the phone from launch,
had numerous signal dropping problems, as it was my first blackberry,
they told me that is unique to the Blackberry ( i know i am an idiot
for believing them. Things got worse with the phone, all Orange would
do is give me a curve until it is fixed and then replace it. That was
4 weeks ago and heard nothing and get fobbed off on the phone. I have
no idea how long Orange can do this to me. But my point is.. dont buy
it from Orange, as other comments say, i have read there is no problem
with Vodaphone network and the phone really is good apart from this
major issue. If anyone wants details then happy to oblige.