Upon powering the device on, the first thing we noticed was the screen - and let us tell you - gorgeous is an understatement. Few phones that we have used match the screen that is found on the Bold. The keyboard resembles a mix between the Curve and 8800 series, and is quite easy to type on. An improvement can be found in the 'main' buttons; the send, home, back, and end keys are all much larger, thus reducing the chance of accidentally pushing the incorrect key. The unit is preloaded with OS 126.96.36.199, and invokes new features that we found useful. Gone are the days of the bland BlackBerry; the new operating system offers the ability to receive e-mails in HTML format. Finally, one can download images within their e-mail!
Not to be forgotten, the HTML web browser is quite functional, and represents a shift for RIM. Operating on AT&T's 3G network, we found the browser to be an absolute pleasure to use, and fast to boot! Because of the size of the screen, zooming and a bit of scrolling may be required from time to time, however the advantage of an HTML browser on a 3G BlackBerry device outweighs the extra work. On the note of scrolling, the trackball on the Bold is different in the fact that it's not recessed into the device like previous BlackBerry's, thus making it a bit odd to get used to at first.
The only minor frustration that we came across was the durability of the device. As we were getting into the car (four hours after receiving it, nonetheless), the phone accidentally slipped and (while in the case) fell onto the ground. Upon inspection, the minor drop did quite a bit of damage to the chrome sides. BlackBerry's have always been marketed as relatively durable devices, and small accidents such as this make us wonder what would happen if the phone suffered a serious fall.
All in all, the device is a joy to use, and the 3G speeds are a welcome addition to the GSM BlackBerry arena. If you can look past the relatively high price tag, the benefits of this phone are fantastic. We look forward to spending more time with it!
BlackBerry Bold Specifications (AT&T)
THIS PHONE IS GOING NO WHERE..THE STORM WILL TAKE THE SCENE WATCH!!!
posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:42 AM 0
Here it comes...the inevitable Storm comments. I work for Verizon, so of course I'm excited about the Storm. However, the Bold is freaking sweet, and I really wish we had it. The Storm is more consumer oriented, which is the direction RIM is taking these days. But the Bold is a nice hybrid, very business-like but appealing to the average joe too. I for one kinda wish I had a line with AT&T just to take advantage of this sweet little device. Guess I'll stick with my Curve for now though lol
posted on Nov 12, 2008, 5:58 PM 0
Its hilarious how all of a sudden, the storm, which hasn't even hit the shelves yet is the greatest thing to happen to phones since verizon (note the sarcasm)... Why is it that with vzw fanboys, anything that is off "the network" either "doesn't work", "isn't as good" as what vzw has, or, as a last excuse, "what good is a phone if its not on the network?".... this is a great phone... if at&t works for you as a carrier, more power to you to use the phone...
posted on Nov 12, 2008, 6:11 PM 0
the bold seems like it will have a few features that the storm wont have either..like buttons! not to mention the screen resolution is sopposed to be amazing, and i doubt the storm will have a better resolution than the bold. so enjoy overpaying everything vzw fanboy :D
posted on Nov 12, 2008, 6:28 PM 0
I think that the Storm and the Bold are in two different segments and will be marketed to two different type of people. I for one work for Verizon Wireless and I think the storm will be a great phone and maybe will be better than the bold but no one knows until the phone comes out. I have had a chance to play with the storm and it is a great phone ... but I agree that we need to comment on the phone and not the provider that is going to carry the device because each carrier has a key device that is a top seller among that carrier.
posted on Nov 12, 2008, 7:48 PM 0
i like how you guys are fighting about who's is best when the makers of both the bold and the storm are the same ppl. and you guys are acting like it's a big bad battle till the end on who's is the best. I mean hell i'm sure RIM is just sitting back proud of the work that they put into both i'm sure both devices will be equally enjoyable. So stop the bickering back and forth.
posted on Nov 12, 2008, 8:21 PM 0
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