• zacamandapio

    I said it before and I’ll say it again.  I can’t wait until tomorrow to buy this piece of hardware.  After my first ever BlackBerry (the Pearl 8100) I keep coming back to it time after time.  I’ve been using Android, iOS, WebOS, Symbian, WP7 and even Maemo and they are all great.  But I’m rocking my 9780 and I can’t wait to pass this one on to my relatives and get the 9900 on Tmo tomorrow.
    Thanks for the review.  After I review it myself I will tell you if I agree or disagree with your views.

    But great review Marin.

    Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. Would love to hear your thoughts on it. 

    • http://blogs.blackberry.com/ Alex Kinsella

      Hi @zacamandapio,

       

      Alex from RIM
      here. Great call on getting the Bold 9900! You may already know this, but the
      9900 is our thinnest BlackBerry smartphone to date, and the keypad is much
      larger than your 9780. I’ve been using it for about a month, and I’m loving the
      keyboard/touch combination. I can type faster on it than on any other
      BlackBerry I’ve ever used, which is saying something.

       

      Once you get your hands on your new Bold, let us know what you think
      either here, on Twitter (@BlackBerry) or even on Facebook (http://bbry.lv/bdmrXv).

       

      Cheers,

      Alex, RIM Social Media Team

  • Flamengo

    you’re full of shit. i have a iphone 4. it has indeed many apps but also shit apps and apps of the same.. who needs 10 000 ‘to do” apps. The os on 9900 is good enough, the only problem is APPS on APPWORLD. With appworld 3.0 and a new sdk, open gl etc, the appworld can grow. Thats the ONLY problem of RIMM,Apps. You rate this review as facts when its your opinion. Even engadget did a better review! waste of time!

  • Flamengo

    you’re full of shit. i have a iphone 4. it has indeed many apps but also shit apps and apps of the same.. who needs 10 000 ‘to do” apps. The os on 9900 is good enough, the only problem is APPS on APPWORLD. With appworld 3.0 and a new sdk, open gl etc, the appworld can grow. Thats the ONLY problem of RIMM,Apps. You rate this review as facts when its your opinion. Even engadget did a better review! waste of time!

  • Flamengo

    you’re full of shit. i have a iphone 4. it has indeed many apps but also shit apps and apps of the same.. who needs 10 000 ‘to do” apps. The os on 9900 is good enough, the only problem is APPS on APPWORLD. With appworld 3.0 and a new sdk, open gl etc, the appworld can grow. Thats the ONLY problem of RIMM,Apps. You rate this review as facts when its your opinion. Even engadget did a better review! waste of time!

  • Ifejen

    why couldnt they just add a front facing camera and navigation and stop been cheap ..ive love bb from the start but when they begain pulling stunts like Nokia did that sold them out i had to leave to Andriod and i dont think i regret it seeing the specs in their new entry

  • Ifejen

    why couldnt they just add a front facing camera and navigation and stop been cheap ..ive love bb from the start but when they begain pulling stunts like Nokia did that sold them out i had to leave to Andriod and i dont think i regret it seeing the specs in their new entry

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmendis Cherryl Mendis

    Ive been a Blackberry user for almost 8yrs now, all the way from the time of the Pearl days. I understand a few of the short comings but hands down this is a genius device. I have a 2nd cell which is an Android phone and the battery life is short and although there are more apps, the phone is annoying to operate. I have played  with other phones but in the end nothing compares to my Blackberry. I wish though that this 990 would have come out with an 8 megapixel camera and I wish it was flash player capable for the web browsing. Otherwise I cant wait to purchase my new Blackberry Bold 990…. Great job T mobile!!!

    • Anonymous

      Best BlackBerry ever and RIM fans should be very pleased with this. It is kind of a nice chunk of red meat that RIM is throwing to its base before it goes all QNX-y

  • pravakar das

    One thing I can say that the call quality of my BlackBerry Bold 9900 is good. Internet speeds, surprisingly swift also.

  • Markphr

    I don’t agree it’s the best BB ever – that goes to BB Bold 9000 in my opinion - if your priority is business on the move. Reasons? 2 convenience keys as opposed to 1, MUCH better battery life, option to set browser ui string to internet browser as opposed to mobile platform, and finally, better apps due to lack of platform variation (leading to developer lag) and regretably the good old days when RIM were on their game. Bold 9900 = style over practicality.

  • Alex

    I think your review, I think it was spot on.
    I have owned my blackberry 9900 for a week now having been with an iPhone for the past two years.
    I love the phone, especiallybthe keyboard but feel that I have gone backwards with the use of this software.
    I’m sure I will enjoy my 18 months with this phone but RIM has to step up rapidly if I were to buy a new blackberry as my next phone.

  • Simon

    I have owned and been satisfied with blackberry phones for the past 6 years aware of the limitations and benefits that BB phones present.  The Blackberry 9900 is the WORST model so far.  No wonder RIM stock is going down the tubes.  The battery of the 9900 lasts no more than 6 hours if lucky.  The software freezes unexpectedly often and the reception signal continuously disappears and have to wait to get reception again in any location for no reason at all.
    SHAME ON YOU RIM, I am very disappointed and will definitely shift over to iPhone 5.

    • Liverpool_darknight

      you are crazy

    • Drew Nusser

      How’s that iPhone 5 working out for you?

  • Joe543

    I had this phone and it is a big upgrade from my previous tour model. However, there a few things I couldn’t put up with.

    1) There is a software issue with texts and the sms window itself. I noticed after day 1 the sms screen would freeze while trying to read previous texts in a text window, you can’t scroll up to see part of the conversation, a big no no especially on a business phone. Only solution is a battery pull, see this forum for the errror i’m talking about
    http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-bold-9930-9900-f235/text-window-freezes-cant-scroll-up-down-646334/

    2) Camera has no auto focus, yes the video has improved with 720p hd recording however no auto focus make pictures come out terrible. I rather take pictures with my tour then the bold.

    3) Lack of apps

    As much as I liked this phone and keyboard, its just way behind. After about 500+ battery pulls and issues with my tour, i’m done with blackberry. All they needed to do was upgrade a few things and I would still be with the 9900. Coming out with a 5megapixel camera when all other phones on market had that with auto focus in 2009 is just bad product development. Maybe they will wow me in another 2 years but they really need to listen to their customers needs and wants to prosper or maybe they don’t want to.

  • Dannyockerby

    i got this phone yesterday, love it so so much, i had the bold 9700 before and it feels like a plastic, heavy brick like piece of shit compared to the 9900, however i dont think the battery life is very good on the 9900 :/ it lasted me about 6 hours before it ran out, not good! also i dont think the cameras great on the 9900 it never focuses so you have to get the image as still as possible or it blurs or looks wrong, even with the flash on!

  • Rajeffery

    I had BB’s for years with the Bold 9000 being my last BB two years ago. I switched to iPhones and have had up to three of them including the 4S purchased recently.
    I have sold two; given the 4S to my wife and purchased the BB Bold 9900 after using it for a day. It is by far the BEST BB made to date; fast intuitive touch screen (though small compared to the iPhones and Droids) the absolute best keyboard of any smartphone I have ever used; and OS7 is fine – more than useable checking the net etc. Messaging is fantastic (BBM & MMS) and as a phone – quality is as good as a mobile cn get. What I became frustrated with on the iPhone was the distraction of all the apps; less-than desirable touch screen typing and quality as a phone. The BB for business is still king. I have two Kindles (myself & wife) for reading books; two tablets the iPad2 & Playbook (OS2 will make it fully functional in Feb.) and now the 9900 and a 4S for when I want to “play”. Technology has a function and if you don’t match it to what you really need it for, you become a slave to it. I do not regret my purchases but I do regret what may happen to RIM if the assault from those that buy technology for play and fashion diminish what RIM does best. I am not alone in this….just part of a much quieter group of BB users.

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  • Jon

    Owner for 1 wk of 9900. It is a piece of shit. Stay away from it. !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ray_charbonneau

    Replace mu BB8300 by the BB9900. Cant even use it keep rebooting on me.
    Am going back to the dealer tomorrow with it.
    If they can fix it, thats it am selling back my playbook and BB and switching to Apple. Enought of this corporation that things they are the best when they arent.
    Why are they seeling products the same way as Microsoft did , meaning with bugssss.
    Shame on you RIM”

  • Devvkapur

    9900 is one of the best blackberries I have ever owned

  • http://www.facebook.com/weshawley Wes Hawley

    Hello! a few things I would like to say about this phone and review. First of all I indeed think its a really nice phone too, but there are some major key things RIM left out that defiantly do not make it the best blackberry yet.

    First off if your not a blackberry user of at least one or two other BB’s your not really going to be fully able to make a good review of this phone. I would really like to say that I love my new 9900 – 100%, but the things it lacks… o’ my. The camera for me so far has been horrible, compared to the last ones. I mean even besides the auto focus being non existent the quality of the pictures are at least 40% worse than previous models, especially the Torch 9800 which i own. Secondly, the speaker. Of course a big company like RIM and BB are not going to base their phone design and specs on what customers really want. The speaker not to mention having very sharp and loud tones with earphones starts to get grainy in quality just like the camera, when you turn it almost all the way up. The placement of the speaker is on the back so you have to put your phone on its face! to listen fully.  (so go out and buy a phone case) Most phones do this lately though, and right where your hand goes on the back too, to hold the phone so you get a muted sound. Yes the blackberry doesn’t have many good apps but that’s mostly because of the users. They aren’t the kind of people that can create full worthy apps for the phone. They even charge almost 4 bucks just for an app that activates the flashlight. Kidding me? Yes this is one thing RIM left out still, flashlight and screenshot preloaded apps. and not to mention all the crazy comments in review section on APP WORLD, reminds me of yahoo answers a bit, haha. Besides the Camera and Speaker being a bit of a downgrade from the Torch 9800 and other Bolds, i see the keyboard is great still on the 9900, but i mean most BB’s have great keyboards right? So its not like they did that much really on the keyboard here. Lets see the design is great, but in your REVIEW you mostly talked about how nice it looks and how slick and thin it is. But really that’s of coarse  take your mind off the much needed specs of the phone that I pointed out the phone doesn’t have. RIM has not released the Theme software yet which probably should have come out before or at the same time the phone came out. Seriously we are gonna be stuck with the default Blackberry OS 6+ theme for how long? Video is a high point Defiantly in the phone though. But why would they put a great video capability in the phone and then downgrade the picture camera in it. Yea those pics above are pretty good but almost 70% of the time they will look much more grainy than that. My Torch 9800 took great pictures that i could even use as wallpapers on my PC. The 9900 i do not think is capable of that and I really don’t want to be carrying my digital camera around along with my new BB just to take good pics. Last but not least the phone is great for emailing and even browsing the web this time around is much faster, even though the screen is not the biggest you will find ways around that to have a good browsing experience. No flash support yet, but when I say yet, I don’t know if BB will ever. Yes the software is outdated with the same look really but that is RIM for you. Never once had a new ground breaking phone as they were all just a bit of an upgrade from the previous. And I actually liked the old icons better on the OS, as the new ones I don’t think really match each other like the old white ones did. And all of you on the 5th phone or something like that I’ve seen on multiple sites, because of freezing or OS corruption, I really have no words for your situation. I would not even have waited until the 3rd replacement before switching to a completely different phone. 5 returned phones is a bit much ay?

    + All in all the Bold 9900′s software is much faster, has more on-phone memory, of coarse a nice QWERTY keyboard, has a nice shiny new look to it physically and has good video recording. 

    - Minus the downgraded camera, the speaker placement on the back and the grainy tones of the music player, (that some might not even notice), the highest blackberry price-tag yet even with a new agreement or 2 year upgrade, the +$20 extra a month on your bill just because its the blackberry server, the downgraded battery power, just to make the phone thinner, (just lower the brightness to 10, it works wonders) and being stuck with the default theme for who knows how long… HEY, you have a BLACKBERRY. 

    Loyal fans will pretty much notice these things as new users will think its just a pretty slick phone.

    I hope my rant has answered a few questions for you and if it’s really that big of a deal to you, buy the phone and use it for a week, and decide then only if you really want to keep it. Don’t forget there is usually a restocking fee if you choose to return it to the phone store after. I most likely will keep my 9900 as i will most likely not experience any more random-restarts or loading screens of death like past BB’s, and like I said i will carry a digital camera around with me too just to take photos.

    ~ Good luck loyal BBer’s and MARIN. I hear next year they will be releasing maybe up to 6 new blackberry (OS10?) phones. Too bad most of us just hopped on the 2 year contract train.  

    Oh yeah! and I recently read that blackberry and SKYPE will NEVER happen, almost 100%. So forget the chance that Skype will ever come to our new BB phones.

    I really hope that RIM steps its game up 200% by next year or if the pattern continues they might go over the edge of no return. Just wait…

    <3 for BB still.

  • Icyedge

    A very honest review about the blackberry bold. I am currently using the Bold and have been a previous Iphone and Android user.
    - Device is one the best in the industy.
    - App selections make this product not as useful as it could have been.

    Keep trying BB, you almost there.

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