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BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard

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BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard
Remember the first time you got a good look at the BlackBerry Bold 9000? The handset's keyboard  became a gold standard for physical QWERTY keyboards with .its large keys and easy to feel "fret-like" separation of the letters. Since the release of the BlackBerry Bold 9000, RIM has taken a step backward with its QWERTY keyboards and even the one on the Bold 9700/9780 is more cramped than the one on the Bold 9000. That is why Berry users are very happy to see the BlackBerry Bold Touch (aka Dakota or Montana) feature a QWERTY keyboard that is very similar to the one on the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

The GSM flavored model has a 2.8 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 640 and 287 dpi. A 5MP rear facing camera offers HD recording at 720p, and "Image Stabilization" along with Flash. 8GB of memory comes on the device as well as 768MB of RAM. 32GB of memory can be added with a microSD card.

And for those who want something cool on their new 'Berry, the trim around the keypad lights up. Add that to the outstanding QWERTY keyboard on the Bold Touch, an optical trackpad, support for NFC and it sounds like RIM has a winner here. Considering all of the positive feedback RIM received about the Bold 9000 QWERTY keyboard, putting it on a touchscreen model can only be a positive as it brings easy typing to those who like to use a physical keyboard even on a touchscreen phone.

source: N4BB.com via Crackberry

 The BlackBerry Bold Touch (R) has a QWERTY keyboard similar to the one on the Bold 9000
 The BlackBerry Bold Touch (R) has a QWERTY keyboard similar to the one on the Bold 9000

The BlackBerry Bold Touch (R) has a QWERTY keyboard similar to the one on the Bold 9000


BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry Bold Touch brings back the Bold 9000's awesome QWERTY keyboard


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posted on 20 Feb 2011, 09:04

1. travdogg (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


i really like this one because its bigger and the latest bbs but i dont think i would like the touch screen to much. but i guess the saying dont knock it till you try it would fit well for me here.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 11:34

2. Chris77 (unregistered)


Any idea when its coming out???

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 12:44

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5624; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. All I see is a refresh of the original Bold 9000. RIM could have put the keyboard of the Bold 9000 into the Torch (the keyboard of the Torch is a bit smaller than the Bold 9000's keyboard) and provided a larger screen (and faster processor and more memory and not limited it to GSM) for the Torch in the bargain. Instead, there is the Torch, the latest edition of the Storm, Style, Bold 9000 refresh, and, and, and. It sounds like RIM is basically taking a shotgun approach to the market.

Is there really that much demand for so many different BlackBerry variations?

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 13:39

4. juiaiiduiowhj (unregistered)


no front facing camera?

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 20:01 2

13. Jake15 (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)


Blackberry is more a business related phone, so i dont see the need of a front facing camera

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 12:05

19. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i could see a front facing camera be a MORE useful thing to a business man.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 14:28

5. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Blackberry make all your phones gsm and cmdi friendly. otherwise just go away

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 14:31

6. cw0974 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


honestly, it's not too much of an exciting news just because RIM doesn't hold up again android or ios yet. Blackberries are not as good as the other smartphones in fully using the data plans. If this bb can do that, i'm down for this phone. I love bb form factors but can't stand how they are not capable of using the data plan to it's full extent.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 15:38

20. wow seriously? (unregistered)


you're an idiot.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 14:42

7. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This is more of Blackberry fans want- but it better have the 1.2 Ghz processor, and honestly- no front facing camera? Come on, dudes, do you want to stay in business? as for Doug_X_Doug's thought- I can see the idea behind the Style- only smart phone of it's kind. But, why make it such a low end smart phone if you are playing to an untapped audience? The Torch- still plays to your strengths, and the slide factor adds some flavor.But why cramp up your keyboard, your most positive aspect? No excuse for the Storm- it is a common form factor (all touch) which puts RIM in a position of playing to Android and iPhones strengths, not yours. Pick a direction guys- go all in. Some of these half efforts are worse then not trying at all.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 16:55 1

10. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Who gives a fig about front facing cameras???? Is it really neccessary ro see the person you are talking to now???? As if people are not distracted enough while on the phone now we have to have them stare directly at the phone. Please... front facing cameras are for nerds.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 17:04 1

11. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


So, I am guessing you are neither a manager or messaging fanatic? Any manager in this day and age uses video conferencing to help streamline communications, and being able to do it from a business first phone makes sense. And if not management, messaging is the other loyal consumer RIM has in it's group, and AGAIN, Skype and other services would be a great selling point to your core users. These require a front facing camera. And, really, you are on Phone arena and reading this post as well as me, so the nerd thing... not exactly front page news.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 22:13 1

14. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Come on now. People cant do their business the way they did 8 months ago?? This is a poor excuse. Whats the reason for all the teens or phone fanatics crying about no front facing cameras in phones???? Maybe one day but I greatly doubt phone video conferencing has become that prevalent. Its still in its infancy. Maybe when both cameras are at a higer quality rate.


(the nerd thing...I know..)

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 08:33 1

17. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Actually, I agree with you there. The tech isn't up to common usage yet, but we are not talking 3D crap here, video conferencing is here and is real. As far as simple things Blackberry can do to compete to keep their core customer, this is an easy thing to do at a minimum cost. Why not, when most high end devices are including them???

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 15:20

8. lovemytoys (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


The roomier keyboard and size of the original Bold was sorely missed. If this device has more power and brings back that form factor plus a touch screen, there are going to be a lot of happy BlackBerry campers imho. Lots of people have moved on to Android, IOS, etc., but BB still has many fans.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 15:54

9. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I can't tell if those call keys are physical buttons or not. Anybody?

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 18:55

12. cw0974 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


all the keys are touch from what the leaked info states. So i'm guessing the call and end buttons are also touch.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 01:52

15. Arvinder Kohli (unregistered)


Feel BB is going on a suicidal mission by coming out with phones with no front camera.Why is BB in a regressive mode

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 03:09 1

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This is just painful to watch. I am glad that RIM bought TAT, but why not apply that UI to your their phones OS now? Sure it looks great on the Playbook, but why not stop the hemorrhaging asap and work on the tablets later. Give your BIS customers what they have been waiting for...a different looking device from the last 20 Blackberries, decent apps, speedy internet, and a UI that doesn't bore you to tears! Yes, even if they don't put out something for the average consumer, they will still have a strong following in the business community, but with the security features these other OS are starting to add, RIM will find even their most loyal customers are shutting down their BES servers. Not to mention the added cost of having a service pack for that BES.

Very soon, Android and iOS are going to be smarter and more economical choices for business looking to cut expenses, so RIM won't even have their enterprise customers to fall back on anymore. Get TAT interface onto a phone with a dual core CPU and a gig of RAM, 8 or 12 MP camera with FULL 1080p video recording, 4" CLICKABLE screen w/ the option to deactivate, hotspot capabilities, and induction charging w/ a free dock. I know its a lot, but if you make it you would have a phone that MIGHT be able to holds its own against the upcoming Bionic and iP5!

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 08:39 1

18. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


While I think the 1.2 G processor is fine on their upcoming devices (I am hopeful dual core will be a great addition to phones, I am just not convinced it is not 2 years ahead of the needs), every other point you bring up is solid, possibly, and overdue.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:16

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posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:16

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