Back then, as hard as it to believe now, Android wasn't even a tiny speck of dust in the smartphone ecosystem and the Apple iPhone had very few challengers except for a few featurephones like the LG Voyager on Verizon. When the Bold 9000 was launched, the squarish form factor made the device feel great in hand and allowed RIM to feature a QWERTY keyboard that was large enough to be considered one of the best physical keyboards on a handset-a distinction that it might still own to this day. But with one eye squarely on the iPhone, Bold 9000 owners could only wish for a touchscreen and a Safari-type browser on the handset.
Back to present day, RIM has not been able to come up with a device to challenge Apple. Even worse for the company, thanks to the Motorola DROID invasion in late 2009, Android has grown to become the monolith it now is and is just as much a challenger to RIM as Apple is-if not more. RIM's attempt to capture some of the touchscreen market with the BlackBerry Storm was a flop and the BlackBerry Torch did not have the specs to compete (although the Torch 2 will apparently have the chops, as we just reported). So RIM took the body and QWERTY of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and added a 2.8 inch touchscreen, a new OS and what the manufacturer calls "the industry's best browser" and has come up with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 (the Bold 9900 is the GSM variant). All of the specs are in place to make this a major challenger to the Double A pair of Apple and Android.
beast from RIM is coming their way.