RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

It’s time to take a look at T-Mobile’s new BlackBerry smartphone – the Bold 9900. Obviously, it’s the GSM cousin to the CDMA flavored Bold 9930 , but what separates it is the hefty $299.99 on-contract it’s flaunting and the support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Will this be the standout BlackBerry to own?


Without question, the Bold 9900 is by far one of the better looking and built BlackBerry smartphones of late. Of course, the iterative design improvements we see are dramatic since it’s sleek, attractive, and constructed out of fine materials.

You can compare the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Sporting a 2.8 VGA (640x480) display, it’s undoubtedly refreshing to see the handset graced with a touchscreen for easier navigation. Taking into consideration its size and resolution, it’s no slouch in the detail department as well since it’s a pixel density pusher at 287 ppi. Brilliant on so many levels, it’s easily one of its main attractions!

Not to be outdone, it flaunts that iconic BlackBerry Bold keyboard and is easily by far one of the finest we’ve used. Speed typers will take pleasure in it the most since the layout is spacious, buttons are sufficiently sized, and the responsiveness of its keys are unbelievably amazing.

As for the rest, we’re presented with the usual assortment of ports and buttons. Flipping things around, we find its 5-megapixel with LED flash surrounding its distinguishable Bold branding. And of course, the glass-like battery cover, which protects the handset’s 1,230 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card, actually incorporates an NFC chip inside of it.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 360-degrees View:



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting how call quality across models (9930 vs. 9900) can vary so much. I wonder if PA just got a bad sample 9900? Or, is there a problem with the 9900s that got fixed for the 9930s?

2. theo14461 unregistered

I can confirm that the call quality on my 9930 is very good. Internet speeds, surprisingly swift also.

11. bovcrx unregistered

I've always noticed that EVDO has better call quality than GSM. I know anybody with a GSM has heard the tick tick tick around speakers so you know there is interference.

3. benhammond

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

I miss the blackberry keyboard. With what everyone has been saying about the keyboard on the new Bold there is a small part of me that feels the urge to go back to blackberry (though I probably won't). Essentially we need an android phone in this same form factor... with the same level of quality in the keyboard.

5. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I was feeling the same... i missed the blackberry keyboard (my previous blackberry was the 9000), and was on my way to the verizon store to fix my droid... and iw as thinking, i miss my amazing keyboard... and i just ordered one right there :) and i love my 9930 :)

6. benhammond

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

What do you miss about Android (if you do miss things)? How are the current BB apps compared to android's line up (as in, are there any "must have" apps that you can't find on BB)?

10. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

What i miss about android is that i could do a lot more and also get much more and better apps... but i still love my 9930 and dont regret getting it

22. RandomRobbieGuy

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I have the iPhone 4.....great apps. love android apps. but just the blackberry keyboard gets me. No apps....no prob......i got the keyboard.

12. King unregistered

Look for the Huawei boulder! its an android smart phone, with a qwerty keyboard and a touch screen. You may have a good experience.

7. depeche

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I am shocked at the rating of this device ! ! This is such an incredible device. I have a Telus Blackberry 9900 unlocked and working well with AT&T.. it is 4G or 3.5G or 3G+ whatever you wanna call it. System is fast, downloads are fast. I have no problems with call quality... the only bad thing I can say is that it takes time to get all APP's working on newer devices, this is not AT&T or Blackberry's fault it just goes with new devices. love this form factor the key board is SOO easy to use the touch screen is very welcoming... there are things that software will be able to fix nothing that stands out though

13. Tunde unregistered

the phone is very functional, but the battery output is poor.

14. Ben unregistered

will a unlocked 9900 or 9930 work on AT&T? my current Bold kicked the can and AT&T is no longer offering the Bold. thoughts?

20. lilduderob

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

ben I have the 9810 torch on att. It is an incredible phone compared to the old 9800. It is a lot easier to much and faster. It is the best remake of a phone I think other then the iPhone 3gs to 4. A lot of people liked the 3gs back better anyway. I think the torch 9810 is way better done. it is the same look as the 9800. The iPhone 4s was the same look as the 4 just was not that much better. I had the 4s and had problems so I went back to att and got a torch. I did have the old torch. I will say if your a bold fan they say november 6th the new bold is coming out. It will be hspa plus as is the new torch. They both have 7 on the device. What do you want more bigger phone or pull out keyboard. It comes down to price as well. The bold on tmobile is like 300. That is expensive knowing att has the torch for 50. I say wait till the 6th and look at both. Make up your mind, or just go now and get a torch. I would not go with a 4s I was not happy with mine. I would choose a 4 over the 4s. I say if you need an iPhone wait till the 5. If you need an android go with the galaxy s 2 or the atrix 2 if you have att. My roommate has the atrix 2 very good for the price and nice. I saw noah from phone dog and now techno buffalo playing with a demo galaxy 2 on demo the back was hot. I think android is a battery drainer. As for windows 7 phones they are great but to plain on the desktop but great for what they do. I say Ben in your case wait till the 6th try both or go now and try the torch if you like it go get it. If you don't wait till the 6th and check phone arena to see if you have any questions on changes on release date. Email me lilduderob@gmail.com if any questions do not hesitate to contact me. Whichever you pick pick the one you think is write for you because of restocking fees and one time exchange on att I would wait for the bold but I think 2 much money and I did my one exchange to get the torch my question for me is do I try to make another exchange to get the bold when it comes out, do I want to spend the money, and is it that much better then the torch. Have a goodnight sir contact me anytime with any questions.

15. martin1 unregistered

RIM doesn't have SKYPE, today absolutely necessary. Sorry but I am forced to switch to Android

21. lilduderob

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

martin I think blackberry on verizon has Skype email me lilduderob@gmail.com

16. Boost unregistered

How is the 9930 compared to 9900, and what is 9930 lacking of when come to using it in GSM coverage area? Please advise.

17. gain1998

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I want to get in bed (not literally, of course) with the Blackberry Bold 9900, it's just such a great-looking phone and Blackberry OS seems so amazing, I just want to try it out for a while and see if I prefer it more than I prefer Android. I refuse to get an iPhone because I have the new iPod Touch and I don't want to be wasteful... but in the upcoming years when my iPod Touch is worn out and T-Mobile has an iPhone (which I hope to GOD it will) then maybe I'll give it a go... but for now it's all about the BBs and the Androids.

18. Simonssss unregistered

I have owned and been satisfied with blackberry phones for the past 6 years, always aware of the limitations and benefits that BB phones present. The Blackberry 9900 is the WORST model so far. No wonder RIM stock is going down the tubes. The battery of the 9900 lasts no more than 6 hours if lucky. The software freezes unexpectedly often and the reception signal continuously disappears and have to wait to get reception again in any location for no reason at all. SHAME ON YOU RIM, I am very disappointed and will definitely shift over to iPhone 5.

19. gain1998

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I don't see anything wrong with the photo & video capture, nor do I find anything wrong with the OS - I love OS7! However, that price might be pushing customers away, just saying. I know about 15 people who would get that phone, and 10 of them had to get an Android bacause the BB was just too damn expensive! I'm not worried; I'm just waiting until my first 12 months are up and that baby is ALL MINE. But for other people... c'mon, T-Mobile & RIM. Not smart & SO not cool.

23. sumbal27

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Bold 9900
  • Display 2.8" 640 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh(5.90h 3G talk time)

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