RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

Interface and Functionality:

Providing much of the handset’s power, it features a faster 1.2GHz single-core processor with 768MB of RAM. Although it’s not overly impressive when compared to the dual-core chipsets out there, it nevertheless offers enough pizazz to exhibit smooth and responsive actions all around.

Unfortunately, very little has been done to separate the BlackBerry OS 7 experience drastically from the previous version. To tell you the truth, the overall experience definitely feels rather dated, clunky, and boring – though, we dig the significantly peppier responsiveness of the general platform experience.

If you want to get a comprehensive look at the platform’s functionality, you can read more about it in our detailed review of the BlackBerry Bold 9930.

Camera and Multimedia:

Despite sizing up with a higher 5-megapixel shooter, we’re disappointed by its results since it lacks auto-focus, fine details are faint, and shots tend to appear over-exposed. Even worse, low lighting shots are reduced further by the prevalent amount of noise in them.

Just a tiny bit more acceptable than its still image capture, its 720p video recording is highlighted mostly by its smooth capture rate of 29 frames per second and clear audio recording.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Sample Video:

Boasting that conventional looking music player interface, we actually like the smooth coverflow-esque movement when browsing through songs. Additionally, its audio quality is prominent and powerful, but it tends to crackle a little bit at the loudest volume.

Thanks to its brilliant looking display and speedy processor, the Bold 9900 has no trouble in playing a movie trailer encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution.

Internet and Connectivity:

Impressively, web browsing is such a pleasure on the handset due to the fast HSPA speeds we’re so gracious to experience – and it doesn’t take too long to load complex pages. Moreover, its lickity split navigational control allows us to navigate quickly around pages without much fluff.

Literally able to work in just about any location on the planet, this GSM smartphone offers other connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.


Bold 9900
  • Display 2.8 inches 480 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware 0.75GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh
  • OS BlackBerry 7.1

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