RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930 Review

Camera:

Well what do you know? There’s nothing different with the camera interface of the Bold 9930! Naturally, most of the layout is reserved for the viewfinder – with some finger-friendly sized buttons lining the bottom edge. Aside from the healthy amount of scene modes available, there is nothing else that’ll entice photo buffs.


When everything appears to be in top-notch form with the handset, we’re disappointed to see its picture taking quality to be sub-par. First and foremost, it’s a fixed focused 5-megapixel shooter with this one, which means it’s not going to handle close ups or macro shots well. Outdoors, it captures faint details that tend to make it look soft as a whole. And to make matters worse, the over-exposed production appears to make colors look inaccurate and washed out. With low lighting shots, it doesn’t get any better due to the amount of graininess and digital noise muddying it up. The LED flash casts that annoying over-exposed look once again – ultimately masking any fine details in the process.



Despite seeing the same issues plaguing its video capture, its results are more passable than its still image capture performance. We do like that it captures video at the smooth rate of 30 frames per second, and that audio recording is on  the crystal clear side. Unfortunately, we’re dismayed by its low lighting video capture mainly due to the abundance of noise prevalent throughout the shot.

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Multimedia:

At this point in the review, we’re getting a feel that very little has been done visually to OS 7 because the music player is unchanged as well. We do like its smooth looking coverflow-esque presentation, however, it would’ve been intricately useful to find some sort of mini-player, so we do not have to run the music player to execute any functions. With its speaker, it produces some loud and powerful tones, but it emits a hint of crackle that’s most evident at the loudest volume setting.


Call it a long time coming, but it’s astoundingly refreshing to find the BlackBerry Bold 9930 capable of playing 720p videos. Using the same movie trailer in encoded in MPEG-4, DivX, and Xvid 1280 x 720 resolution, the handset is able to swimmingly manhandle all of them with very little effort. Screen size isn't huge, but visually seeing the luscious details on-screen, we’re able to overlook this.



However, here’s one of the gripes we have with this “modernized” BlackBerry – it still lacks in the multimedia sharing front! Meaning, it doesn’t offer any sort of DLNA functionality out of the box, but at the same time, it misses out on having any physical connection in the form of a microHDMI port. Sadly, these are some common items that are increasingly becoming typical amongst its rivals – so it’s rather depressing to see the BlackBerry Bold 9930 still missing out on all the fun.

Packing 8GB of internal storage, it seems particularly measly in terms of capacity – especially when 16GB is the standard that we commonly expect. Nevertheless, you can supplement its size with microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

There’s something about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 that literally fills us up with that warm fuzzy feeling inside, and rightfully so, it’s profoundly evident with its web browsing experience. The WebKit based web browser is overhauled to offer 40 percent faster browsing thanks to its combinational 1.2GHz processor and RIM’s proprietary Liquid Graphics technology. From the moment it loads the first image and text, we’re able to navigate the page instantaneously without a mere flinch of slowdown evident. Furthermore, every action has that responsive feel to give us the confidence that it’ll provide one engaging experience – despite the fact that it still lacks Flash support. All in all, we’re happy to finally experience something useful on a BlackBerry device.


Rather than being a strictly CDMA-only device, the Bold 9930 comes galloping out of the gates with global support in tow. Meaning, global travelers will be able to use it domestically with Verizon’s network, and when they’re abroad, they can connect to just about any GSM network – albeit, its 3G UMTS frequencies are not usable in the States. Nevertheless, you can seemingly connect to something faster with its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Additionally, it packs other connectivity features like Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and aGPS.


Software:

Without a doubt, business and enterprise users will be entertained by the notable features on the Bold 9930, but we find the availability of Documents To Go to be especially useful seeing that it offers the ability to create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. On the other end of the spectrum, other users will adore its continued open embracement of social networking with apps like Facebook and Twitter available – plus, the Social Feeds app adds support to other things like RSS feeds. Moreover, being the Verizon branded device it is, we find the carrier’s presence with apps like VZ Navigator and Backup Assistant, V CAST Music, V CAST Videos, V CAST Song ID, and VZWTones. Lastly, it crams quite a few different third party apps that are preloaded as well – such as Slacker Radio, Amazon MP3 Store, Bing, Bing Maps, YouTube, and Wikitude.




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27 Comments

1. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

What's a Blackberry?

2. vzwbb21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

I don't know if you mentioned it in the camera section, but the camera is always in focus with EDOF. and also, you should put on image stabilization on the video capture if you hadn't done so already. good review though.

19. dontmatter unregistered

EDOF??? to lazy to type it out!!!! hire someone to type it out for you next time!

3. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

platform still feels dated is not a good con to state, cuz ios is definitely stale and dated and it isn't hampered bc of that.

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Just saying... If you showed me this phone or a blackberry from 4 years ago it'd be hard for me to tell a difference. And at $250? I'm not sure who sucks more here, Verizon or RIM.

5. Artax

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

haha you could also say the same thing about a 3GS compared to the original iPhone.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That is all three reviews you have posted something bad about Blackberry (Torch 2, Torch 9860, and this one.) Got it out of your system yet?

7. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If you cannot wait on Blackberry to put out QNX devices next year, this is the iconic device for you. Let's face it: most Crackberry fans are dying for a new device. RIM has kept them waiting far to long.

8. Maxwell

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

So this is BlackBerry's last BB OS device, what happens in a years time? Will i still have support if i buy this phone?

11. CoolBB unregistered

I agree that this phone's design is GORGEOUS. Wow. I do notice many talking about the similar stainless steel band around the side of the phone as well as the glass-like cover on the back, but nevertheless, this beats the iphone design. HOWEVER, there are some disappointing things about it too... no flash support, no 4G capability, no auto focus camera, and WORST of all... $250 WITH 2-year contract? UHHH... I DON'T THINK SO. Even $199 is asking too much. There are several devices out there that are topping the cellular market and blackberry is still missing too many features to compete with the top models. Just because it's now touch screen and upgraded to OS7 (which is not too different from OS6), doesn't mean the price has to sky rocket. I think I'll either wait until this mind-shocking jaw-dropping price falls or get an android.

13. heyhey

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

T-mobile's is 4G.

25. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

No its not its HSPA

12. orlandotommy unregistered

1. Very well designed (keyboard, display, processor) phone but it ends there... 2. With the addition of RIM's new OS7 on this device virtually all apps are incompatible, couldn't even load Pandora or the Fox News Icon, nothign is compatible (yet). 3. BlackBerry App Store is a complete joke. Pathetic. 4. The phone STILL only has support for "1" Exchange/ActiveSync account. Anything else needs to be POP or IMAP which is great if you use GMAIL and YAHOO for business but most don't. I have 3 Exchange accounts that work beautiful on the iPhone or Android but i guess RIM just doesn't get it. 5. I've had this new BB 3 days now, and i really thought i had finally been able to find a reason to switch back to BB but sad to say, this phone is a zero against the iPhone or a decent Android based phone. 6. RIM, you had a good run, but it's time to pack up and call it a day...

14. heyhey

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

I like how the only non-opinion con ("dated", "pricey" - which btw is due to carriers, what does that have to do with the actual device?) is about the camera and it's rated a 8. Why do I even bother with this $hit biased site?

15. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

WTG blackberry! This phone is nice to use, look at. Easier to navigate than the previous models and the screen is very vibrant. I'm not going to buy it because I'd miss android, but, I may if I required a phone for business use.

16. lucius81pt unregistered

So... No flash?

17. hello

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

This would be so much better if blackberry's ran Android apps. And had an auto focus camera.

18. jlbnaz

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Cant believe i waited 6 months to upgrade waiting on this ! i thought it would knock my socks off, always had a BB, battery life sucks even standby, BB apps haven't changed, same junks as always, camera was really disappointing, beautiful phone but disappointed overall with a lot of things, think i will keep 12 days & take it back to Verizon & wait for the new I-phone -( BTW i emailed Verizon a week before i bought it & told them it was overpriced & they were price gouging, customer service called me & offered the phone for the $199.00 & they would give me the next month service free, so price ended up at about $110 bucks.) still dont want to deal with it for 18 more month, back to the old bold till first of October.

20. dontmatter unregistered

blackberry does this stuff on PURPOSE, and they wonder why there suffering, they made a very nice phone this time, but they refused to put a flash and focus capability on the camera so they hope you will look forward to the 'next model' (next screw up model) next newest model will have corrected the mistakes of the previous models and intentionally let out a touch screen or add focus and forget a flash, etc, blackberry should be past these 'silly' mistakes like a child still wetting there bed!

21. dontmatter unregistered

blackberry does this stuff on PURPOSE, and they wonder why there suffering, they made a very nice phone this time, but they refused to put a flash and focus capability on the camera so they hope you will look forward to the 'next model' (next screw up model) next newest model will have corrected the mistakes of the previous models and intentionally let out a touch screen or add focus and forget a flash, etc, blackberry should be past these 'silly' mistakes like a child still wetting there bed!

22. maro unregistered

it's not a standard FIXED FOCUS camera it's an EDOF camera that takes a lot better photos than a standard fixed focus camera and the quality of pics is not bad at all actually the only issue is just close up shots

23. PRITAM unregistered

Could you please tell me that when will Blackberry Bold will launch it's new model for video conferencing.

24. Icom unregistered

After owning every Blackberry with Nextel service and most of the Sprint (CDMA) Blackberry's and selling them as well I can say that 8 out of 10 users didnt have a clue how to utilize most of the features they provide. I will admit Im not a big fan of watching TV, playing on Facebook or putting my Gym workout in my device. I do keep tack of the weather frequently, demand security and password word protection with a total wipe if violated by a predetermined attempts, and the same features within the device for the password keeper. Email filters so I can selectively forward e-mails from one of my email accounts available via the Blackberry Web Client. Shortcut keys, auto on auto off, unlimited secure worldwide messaging, fast email turaround. The querty keyboard and so on. There are a few things that I wish I had occasionally but the same holds true with my house, my car, my life in general. What really matters is consistiency and dependability. Technology moves so fast most people cant afford to keep up with the latest greatest. I want a device that is supported for at least a couple of years and then when I upgrade I want most of the core applications along with the data to transfer. Ok I'll shut up now. I just got my 9930 and I have do do the switch device wizard.

26. phreemovement

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

if any new or existing verizon customers wants this phone for $200 off retail w/ 2 yr contract, hit me up!! foamposite0o1@gmail.com glad to help out.

27. Titan500

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have used my wife’s Droid 2 allot. It's ok but it’s cumbersome to use and it’s heavy. There are lots of apps which I'll probably never use. Good browser though. I have tried the BlackBerry 9930 and I like it. I like it allot. I now have a lowly Curve 9330 and with the exception of its browser can out perform the Droid 2 with options ease of operation and efficiency. It is ok that you don’t like BlackBerry’s, not everyone is able to use one properly. Remember it is about doing business. I’m not saying that there should be no Droids or I Phones or they suck any such nonsense. Just next time you criticize BlackBerry please understand that your I.Q. is being rated.

28. sherman3913

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

im an alltel customer and want this phone the bb 9930 alltel doesnt offer it but my question is if i bye one from verizon sprint or any of them willi be able to actavate the phone i dont know if theres anywa to make this work but if so i'll do it

29. tommyb3

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I had a Blackberry Bold and felt I was missing out on life, so bought a Droid 4. Everything seemed out of whack with the Droid. 4G doesnt matter if you can't use the phone well and the keypad keeps sliding out. Also the power drain was intense. I don't recommend buying one until they solve the batter problem. I was never so happy to buy another Blackberry, the new Bold, 9930 in this case. It works well and if they keep on making them, I will keep on buying them.
Bold 9930
  • 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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