RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review


Calling quality is average since we’re able to hold conversations without that many annoyances. Although voices are distinguishable for the most part, there’s a hint of static in the background when using the earpiece. Moreover, voices are muffled in tone with the speakerphone. Unlike previous Bold smartphones for T-Mobile, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 doesn’t offer the useful functionality of Wi-Fi calling.

Signal strength appears to pretty strong since it’s able to hold a solid connection in high coverage areas within the greater Philadelphia region during our testing.

Easily able to provide us a solid one day’s worth of battery life on normal usage, heavy users will more than likely want to charge this one on a nightly basis to have sufficient juice for the next day.


Just by looking at the handset, it embodies all the qualities you want with a premium smartphone – like its razor sharp looks, solid construction, and premium materials. However, we’re not fans of the $299.99 on-contract price that T-Mobile is asking for since its hardware specs and platform experience pale in comparison to some of its rivals. Unless you can find it priced considerably less through one of the many online discount retailers out there, we’d suggest investing your hard-earned money on something that’s going to be of more value – say like the HTC Sensation 4G.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
OS Version: 7.0..0.250

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Video Review:


  • Lovely looking design
  • One of the best keyboards around
  • Responsive platform experience
  • Fast data speeds


  • Way too expensive
  • Sub-par photo & video capture
  • Dated & boring looking OS

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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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