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BlackBerry Bold 9700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3553 reviews of BlackBerry Bold 9700. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The performance and design also get good comments. There are some less positive reviews about the reception and reliability.

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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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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Bold 9700

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of BlackBerry Bold 9700 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Many are critical about the performance and design.

price, usability, sound, design, performance

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Bold 9700 Sim Free Smartphone - BlackBlackBerry Bold 9700 Sim Free Smartphone - Black

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Bold 9700

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1303 user reviews of BlackBerry Bold 9700 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and size. Reviews about the GPS navigation and camera are mixed.

usability, price, portability, performance, design

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64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Blackberry 9700 Bold Unlocked Quad-Band 3G Smartphone with 3.2 MP Camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth--International Version with Warranty (Black)Blackberry 9700 Bold Unlocked Quad-Band 3G Smartphone with 3.2 MP Camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth--International Version with Warranty (Black)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

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...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Laura June (engadget.com)

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

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T)

 

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 hits the ground running on AT&T, with excellent voice quality and numerous useful enhancements over the original design.

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.

Camera and Conclusions The 3.2-megapixel camera—up from the Bold 9000's 2 megapixels—includes image stabilization, auto-focus, and an LED flash. Test results were more or less identical to the Storm2 's on Verizon. Photos were reasonably sharp and well...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T) review

 

Editors' note: Portions of the Features section were taken from our review of the T-Mobile RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 since the two versions share a number of similarities.

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.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile)

 

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 improves on previous models, but it doesn't rock BlackBerry's very successful boat—or address its primary flaws.

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.

Conclusions The BlackBerry Bold 9700 isn't as radical or innovative as our Editors' Choice, the Motorola CLIQ . But if you're looking to make Wi-Fi calls for free from any hotspot you can find, the CLIQ is out of the picture. The BlackBerry Curve 8900...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

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.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile) review

 

It's been about a year since the original RIM BlackBerry Bold made its debut, and while it remains a very solid device, it's about time that a flashier, faster model took over the reigns. And that device would be the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700. Not only...

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.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile) Review

 

It's not a leap forward for BlackBerrys, but the Bold 9700 is a killer e-mail and messaging device wrapped in a much sleeker package than its predecessor. T-Mobile customers will appreciate that their carrier now offers a 3G BlackBerry, and its Wi-Fi...

Beautiful industrial design, Comfortable keyboard, Wi-Fi calling, Sharp 3.2-MP camera

OS feels a bit stale, Mediocre Web browser

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile)

 

RIM's flagship Bold 9700 (a.k.a. Bold 2) follows in the footsteps of the original premium BlackBerry Bold on AT&T and features a slimmer design, better camera, and both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Plus, unlike the AT&T version of this smart phone, the...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Todd Haselton (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Bold 9700

 

T-Mobile's first 3G BlackBerry also offers Wi-Fi calling in a compact, elegant design.

It’s not a leap forward for BlackBerrys, but the Bold 9700 is a killer e-mail and messaging device wrapped in a much sleeker package than its predecessor. T-Mobile customers will appreciate that their carrier now offers a 3G BlackBerry, and its Wi-Fi...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500
Battery performance:1500
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):504
Standby time (3G):408
Talk time (2G):6
Talk time (3G):6

Call Management

Call timer: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536 / 480 x 352
Digital Zoom:2
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):3.2
Rear Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536 / 480 x 352
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3.2
Rear camera type:Single camera
Video capture resolution (max):480 x 352
Video recording: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Display Diagonal:2.44
Display number of colors:65536 colours
Display Resolution:480 x 360
Display Type:TFT / TFT/LCD
Orientation sensor: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ

Messaging

E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA / MP3 / MP3, WAV, WMA
FM radio: No
Video compression format:H.263, MPEG4, WMV
Video formats supported:H.263,MPEG4,WMV

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800,850,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSDPA,UMTS
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, DUN, PBAP
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Data network:3G
Security algorithms:WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
WAP: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g

Other Features

Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Ringer type:Polyphonic
Voice recording: Yes

Performance

Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
Operating system version:5.0
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call: No

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB port:N

Processor

Processor frequency:0.624

Software

Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
Operating system version:5.0

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal memory:256
Internal storage capacity:0.25

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.551 / 0.555
Height:4.29
Weight:4.3
Width:2.36