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BlackBerry Bold 9700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2029 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the responsiveness and battery are on the whole positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700


BlackBerry's new Bold 9700, is definitely better than the original Bold 9000 but a few issues still prevail.

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Blackberry 9700 Review


Because the Blackberry Bold 9700 has been called the “best Blackberry ever” by some, the excitement and expectations around this [...]

The Bold 9700 is a great workhorse, but it’s behind on the “fun” sideThe Blackberry 9700 is the best Blackberry out there. I have a preference for the T-Mobile version because it has UMA support (Hotspot@Home) and that's simply awesome, especially for...

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T)


The BlackBerry Bold 9700 on AT&T is a powerful, comfortable, and even somewhat chic smartphonejust like the T-Mobile version we reviewed last month. That's all to be expected from an update to the popular BlackBerry Bold 9000, which our Editor-in-Chief...

Near-perfect design. Beautiful display. Great voice quality. Robust media sync options. Excellent battery life

Middling browser. Buggy video player. Lacks the T-Mobile version's unlimited Wi-Fi calling

The Bold 9700 is a smart, shrewd update to the wildly popular Bold 9000and proof that there's still a place for hardware QWERTY keyboards for both consumers and business.


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BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T)


Even a year after its debut, the original RIM BlackBerry Bold remains one of the top-10 most popular cell phones of 2009 and we can understand why. The robust productivity tools, extra-large display and keyboard, and great multimedia performance made...

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 features a sleeker design than its predecessor and adds a 3.5mm headphone jack, a responsive optical trackpad, and an extra-sharp display. The smartphone is fast and offers the full range of wireless options and robust...

The BlackBerry browser lags behind the competition in terms of usability and features. You can only download apps to the phone's main memory

Though Web browsing is not its forte, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 is one of the most powerful and best messaging smartphones in AT&T's lineup.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 review: Dare you go


Some handsets will work their socks off to have their fifteen minutes of fame, others are simply born into stardom. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly fortunate to carry a name that stands for popularity and excellence in the RIM family of phones....

2.44" 65K-color TFT landscape display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels ; Comfortable four-row full QWERTY keyboard ; Quad-band GSM support and tri-band 3G with HSDPA ; Wi-Fi and built-in GPS and BlackBerry maps preloaded ; 3.15 autofocus megapixel...

Many features are locked without a BlackBerry Internet Service account (plan) ; Mediocre camera performance and features ; No FM radio ; No video-call camera ; No TV-out functionality ; No built-in accelerometer ; No built-in compass

These high expectations have quite often turned otherwise decent handsets into a byword for failure. It's simply not enough to provide incremental improvements when upgrading an iconic handset. The iPhone somehow gets away with that, but Apple usually...


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BlackBerry Bold 9700


It might have been called the Bold Mini had it been born in Cupertino, but those logical Canucks at RIM stuck to numbers. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 takes the stylistic cues and capabilities of its flagship Bold 9000, and scales them down to a more...

Optical trackpad ; Solid build quality ; Landline-like voice quality ; Tack-sharp screen ; Longest battery life of all BlackBerrys

Keyboard potentially too small for larger fingers ; Slow browser

Although the Bold 9700 lacks the frills of an iPhone or Palm Pre, for utilitarian business users, it’s one of the most polished smartphones on the market today.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile)


The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is like a classically-tailored suit: elegant, predictable, practical, and easy to slip into, but not visibly innovative. It advances the state of the art without making unsettling changes. In some ways, this is good; the Bold...

Excellent form factor. Razor-sharp screen. Wi-Fi calling. Good keyboard. Solid call quality

Browser still needs help. Not a big jump up from earlier models

If you prefer your smartphones evolutionary, not revolutionary, the BlackBerry 9700 will fit your bill perfectly. It's the latest iteration of a very successful design.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 review


RIM's successor to the original Bold -- the BlackBerry Bold 9700 -- has finally landed on our doorsteps. The 9000 is in many ways a hard act to follow. Hardware-wise, it lived up to its name, going where most phones never went with its retro, leathery,...

Great optical trackpad ; Improved camera performance ; Snappier operation

Outdated operating system ; Slightly cheaper build than its predecessor ; Keyboard is more cramped than the original

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BlackBerry Bold 9700


Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold 9700 ($200 with a two-year T-Mobile contract; price as of 11/4/09) is the finest BlackBerry to date, combining the best of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 and the BlackBerry Bold 9000 in a slim and refined package. People...

Excellent, ergonomic keyboard ; Attractive, slimmed-down design

Camera is just average ; Browser can't compete with other top phones

The best BlackBerry available, the Bold 9700 packs a multitude of features into a sophisticated, slimmed-down design.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile)


Editors' note: The ratings have been adjusted since the original publish date to reflect new devices that have entered the market.

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 boasts a sleeker design that includes an optical trackpad, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a brilliant display. The smartphone is 3G capable and offers Wi-Fi with UMA support, Bluetooth, and GPS. It also gets a faster processor...

The BlackBerry browser doesn't compare to the competition. The handset's compact size results in a smaller display and keyboard, but they aren't deal-breakers.

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 brings T-Mobile its first 3G BlackBerry and improves on its predecessor with a sleeker design and more power. We only wish it had a better browser to complete the package.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:QWERTZ/QWERTY Keyboard
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:65.536
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:BlackBerry OS / RIM
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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