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BlackBerry Bold Review

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BlackBerry Bold Review

The Bold is a great looking device with good functionality, but is it a good performer as well? We believe it is – nobody has complained about the sound quality when we talked on it and we are happy to see that the speakerphone is excellent. The incoming sound quality is great as well and most of the time loud enough, so you´d rarely put it at the maximum setting.

BlackBerry rates the battery at 5 hours talk time and 13 days standby. In real life, we got an average of two to three days between consecutive charge-ups which wasn’t really bad at all for a smart phone, yet it could have been better.


In a nutshell, we do like the Bold. If you are looking for a BlackBerry phone, this one is probably the best you can get, with great business and good multimedia features. However, unless you typically wear suits and not pajamas, you should take a look at the more affordable Curve series or the Storm with its huge touch screen. If you like the latter, keep in mind it may turn out not to be your cup of tea if you´re into heavy typing.


  • Excellent keyboard (for its size and form factor)
  • Looks great
  • Has good multimedia features


  • The screen is rather small for a phone hitting the market in 2009
  • The camera could have been better
  • The software hasn’t changed all that much and is still not user friendly
PhoneArena rating:
9 Excellent
User rating:
8.9 29 Reviews

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Rhyno (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Apr 2009)

I am trying to decide between The Bold and The Storm. My main uses on the phone would be web-surfing and some e-mailing. Is the big touch screen and finger scrolling better for this? I am aware of some of the problems that this has had, but believe that firmware updates are sorting them out.(I also like the gimmick of a touch screen though) I really like the look of The Bold and like a physical keyboard.I also believe the web browsing isn't as easy on The Bold. Is that correct? What should I do? Any help is appreciated!

posted on 12 Apr 2009, 16:41

2. briankeith513 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Apr 2009)

The Bold has less software issues at the moment and may be the best phone out of any phone on the market imo. However, the Storm, is also very nice, and has a nice large touch screen, and better camera. The main difference are, the Bold has wifi and qwerty keyboard, whereas the Storm has a better camera, and nicer, larger screen. I love them both, with the recent improvements on the Storm's os with .122 os, it's definitely improving. If you already like the physical keyboard, you should stick with the Bold, or wait for the Blackberry Niagra, which is a smaller sized Bold, with a better camera.

posted on 13 Apr 2009, 06:29

3. Rhyno (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Apr 2009)

Thanks, for the info. I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get a response. I like the idea of the physical keyboard, but it's definitely not the be-all-and-end-all. I like my gimmicks and really like the idea of a touch screen. I've have heard mixed reviews about the Sure-Press. Some people love it and say it doesn't affect their type speed, but then you get some who say it's useless. How do the two compare in terms of ease of use for web-browsing. I've had a little play on a Storm and found it fairly easy. However, I haven't been able to have a look at The Bold. I am so confused and appreciate any more help you can give me! Thanks

posted on 13 Apr 2009, 06:49

4. Rhyno (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Apr 2009)

I think I like The Bold again, no wait The Storm. Arghhhh

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Display2.6 inches, 480 x 320 pixels (222 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
624 MHz
Size4.49 x 2.60 x 0.59 inches
(114 x 66 x 15 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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