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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9700 T-Mobile

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

Using it to place phone calls, we did notice some static noise on our end which was more pronounced when the volume was at its highest. However when placing it on a middle setting, the static sound was very faint; almost non-existent. Voices sounded normal both on our end and our callers. When using the speakerphone, we were surprised at how well voices sounded clear. The fact that the Bold 9700 is able to handle UMA calling makes it stand out among the current line of RIM devices – call quality was just the same. Other than the static sounds that we heard, we were pleased with the overall performance of the BlackBerry Bold 9700. We can definitely see the advantages that UMA calling will offer – specifically the solid connection when network coverage is poor. Let's hope we continue to see more phones in the future integrate this feature.

We know that T-Mobile's network wasn't to blame on the BlackBerry Bold 9700's poor network connectivity. Too many times while using the device in the greater Philadelphia area we noticed it losing connection to the network.

Placing the phone to automatic brightness, we were able to get a full two days use out of the Bold 9700 – this included heavy text and data usage during our testing. The 1500mAh battery matches the one found on the original, but falls a little short on what we got on the Bold 9000. Nonetheless, we're content that it is able to pull through for a couple days before requiring a recharge – we'd go as far as considering it slightly above average when comparing to the crop of other smartphones. RIM has the phone rated for 6 hours of talk and 456 hours of standby time.


With so many current-generation BlackBerry devices available, it's really difficult to comprehend where the BlackBerry Bold 9700 fits in all of it. The original Bold 9000 really set the tone for the rest of RIM's devices to this point, but we feel that the Bold 9700 doesn't innovate RIM's stature. Sure we like the updated slim looks which make it one of the sleekest looking ‘Berry devices we've seen, but it's basically the same thing we've been seeing. The hardware, design and platform remain almost unchanged and we have a difficult time seeing customers choose this device over other ones that RIM has available. However, it does everything right like one would expect a BlackBerry to do, but we are just waiting for RIM to really take it to the next level with its next generation BlackBerry. If you're on the lookout for a RIM smartphone, then the Bold 9700 is a great option; but it isn't worth as an upgrade from a current-gen BlackBerry.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 Video Review:


  • Slimmer looks
  • UMA calling
  • Decent battery life


  • Unchanged design
  • Poor signal connection
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Arielnyc2006 (unregistered)

Can't wait to see it in Tmobile stores, I am undecided between this and the N900. I look forward to handling it in person.

posted on 10 Nov 2009, 09:41 1

2. weetanhops (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Just remember, the Nokia N900 isn't a phone. Making calls on it is a nightmare - lots of menus to navigate through.

posted on 10 Nov 2009, 12:27

3. Arielnyc2006 (unregistered)

Hmm I didn't think about that. Come to think about it, I have never seem them making calls in the hands on videos lol

posted on 10 Nov 2009, 13:21 1

4. muamamu1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Actually, as I know, you just have to turn the device in portrait mode to see all your contacts.

posted on 11 Nov 2009, 14:56

5. dwaynewilliams (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Nov 2009)

I like this Bold, but the reviewis accurate, there are really no innovations from the recently released BBs. It is more if the same. That isn't saying that it is bad. It is the best front facing keyboard device on the market by far and will continue to be over the next year. But it fails to offer the features that touchscreen devices can offer. That's it's downfall.

posted on 11 Nov 2009, 15:51 1

6. bluehorseshoe (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)

If what the review is saying is true, I'm not sure if I'd pick this one up. Reception is questionable, voice quality is questionable, and I read that the AT&T Bold version had better battery life. I like the cheap TMO rates, but not at the cost of quality or use.

posted on 17 Nov 2009, 01:17

7. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

no it has the exact same battery in both, it was just a rumor Bluehorseshoe

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Display2.4 inches, 480 x 360 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.56 inches
(109 x 60 x 14.1 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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