RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 ReviewBlackBerry Bold 9780 T-Mobile 8.5
Being the third BlackBerry handset to launch in the US with OS 6, which is the latest version of RIM's mobile platform, it surprisingly works well for a non-touch handset. Partly due to its 624 MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, navigating around the platform is effortlessly accomplished seeing that it's more than responsive in moving around and opening applications. We've gone over the interface in depth with our BlackBerry Torch 9800 review, but we're still amazed that the platform is so attuned to to work on both touch and non-touch devices.
When it comes to managing contacts, the Bold 9780 works like any other smartphone as you're presented with a boat load of useful information to associate with each person. Naturally, you can add as many contacts you can pack into the phone's memory, but sadly, it still lacks a native wireless sync option. Thankfully, we downloaded Google Sync to properly protect our precious address book – for free!
Strictly using it as a messaging phone, we're more than content with the Bold 9780's performance as it genuinely makes itself a convenient option for those swift in composing messages. Thanks mostly to its fantastic keyboard, we rarely had any problems typing anything with a reasonable amount of speed. Although some can get confused with the “Messages” icon because it compiles things from emails, text messages, and notifications, you can simply rely on clicking the “Text Messages” icon to only get the relevant messages you want.
If you despise the lengthy time required to set up email on most smartphones, you'll be especially be blown away at how quickly it's accomplished with the BlackBerry Bold 9780. In fact, nine out of ten times it will only require your email address and password to correctly set up. Even setting up our own PhoneArena email, it manages to do it without the need of additional information like server addresses or ports. Moreover, its push email system will quickly get messages onto the handset without sacrificing its battery life.
For those heavy into social networking, you'll appreciate its inclusion of dedicated apps for Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace – plus its very own “Social Feeds” app which aggregates content into one place. Additionally, you can connect your Facebook account with some of the core apps – such as the Calendar, Messages, and Contacts. And if you prefer to instantly chat with friends, you can do it by using the dedicated clients for AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and Google Talk.
As for other third party apps, the only one notable that we're treated is Slacker Radio – but thankfully, the BlackBerry App World is a gateway for all your app needs. Furthermore, the handset includes the usual characters of apps typically found on most BlackBerry smartphones – like BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Maps, YouTube, BrickBreaker, Word Mole, Texas Hold'Em King 2, Sudoku, and Klondike.
1. kentuckyloan (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Love it. Super Fast, Fantastic Battery, fits in pocket great, great looking screen. Email and messasging machine....Browser still needs work--also like uma for the tmobile blackberry
2. Flacco (unregistered)
8.5? To a mediocre call quality? Really?
3. OverRatedChild (unregistered)
Blackberries are the best, SUPER reliable and have all the features I need from a phone. If I want to play games or some other crap, I get my self an iPod Touch.
THREe things I want to see In the next Blackberry:
>Better Resolution (Maybe VGA - 640x480, over the current WVGA - 480x360)
>Touchscreen (Like a hybrid, eg: Sony Ericsson Aspen, Nokia X3 Touch and Type)
Those Features, coupled with a good price = Best Phone..... ever.
4. Ebonyks (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Changing the resolution of the blackberry would require a pretty massive overhaul of the apps market. It's not going to happen in the current blackberry OS, maybe the playbook OS being ported over to phones will change that.
Same thing with the touchscreen. The touchscreen blackberries have all been retrofitted to run blackberry OS, and they lack the features that make touchscreens so compelling in the first place, including heavy use of gestures.
That's the ultimate problem with blackberries, they keep building on a dinosaur of an OS. They're reliable, and have the best hardware keyboards in the world (I still miss that part of my curve 8900), and still have the best battery life in the business.
I just hope next year brings more change, because the torch wasn't enough to push RIM into the next generation. They're not trying with the 9780, but that's fine, they're filling a niche of business types who don't want to bother with learning a new OS and interface.
5. T-MoLoyalist (unregistered)
Actually the bold has a HVGA Resolution. I don't mind the loss of a touchscreen, we end up smudging it anyway. The QWERTY Keyboard is awesome, the browser is so much better, and the camera takes fantastic pictures. Future BlackBerries I hope there's a front facing Video Camera while, keeping it's current form. If it manages to do everything the competition can do while staying compact, it'll be a good day for RIM indeed.