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So i have had this phone for 2 years now and I am approaching the end of my contract. Initially I was on a sim only deal but after trying my boyfriends I had to get one. I loved it, especially the blackberry messenger feature. If you havent had a blackberry before you can easily convert and fall in love with it. The apps are great and I love the email and facebook accessibilty.
The problems I have encountered over the last couple of years is it takes a long time to reload, in comparision to other phones. Over the last couple of years the battery has become weak, in fact I do have to charge it everyday. The part where I need to charge my phone has become a little loose as well which means I have to make sure I can see the charging symbol, otherwise it doesnt charge. The other criticism I have is one minute it looks like I have 2 barss remaining, then I may spend 10 minutes reading something online and it will be flashing to say I am running out of battery. Dont get me wrong I did not have these issues initially, so it could be down to me overcharging it.
I have dropped it several times and the functions do fully work however it does feel very used now (as it has been). I love blackberry now and even with the issues I have had I would still buy another blackberry.
I have had this phone just over 2 years now , the longest i have ever kept a phone! This is my first Blackberry and i have to say i have been very impressed and satisfied with this phone overall. I decided to choose this phone as it was the most up to date one at the time and was one of the only ones offering 3G compared with the curve at the time that didnt. My last phone was a touch screen so i thought i would have trouble getting used to the qwerty keyboard but as soon as i got it i got used to it straight and i feel it is one of the easiest keyboards to use, especially with the shape of the phone. you are able to type very quickly with this keyboard and the way it lays out helps to not make mistakes when typing. The track pad is very good although sometimes scrolls too far however i think this is down to how heavy handed you are when using it. The screen is very bright and the icons are nicely layed out and easy to spot the one you are looking for. on the odd occassion i have had the issue of it freezing for a few seconds when trying to scroll or open an icon but this is very rare. the phone is also quite robust, i only have one scratch on the top left of the phone from dropping it on a hard surface, i have dropped it several times over the past 2 years and have no other dents. The battery lasts a long time compared to some of the other blackberrys considering it is working all the time to alert abotu emails etc. i would say i can get a good 2/3 days out of it before having to recharge. Internet can be quite slow when loading the page. i think this phone is brilliant and love having free messages to other blackberry uses, especially as my husband has a blackberry too so it saves alot of my usage. Overall i very good phone however slightly out of date now two years down the line.
When my husband first got the 9700 last Christmas, I have to admit to being ever so slightly jealous. I was making do with a cheap £40 handset that looked like a Blackberry wannabe, and I would pinch his phone whenever I could to have a play with it.
So, by mid February when my husband announced he wanted to stop using the Blackberry and get a cheaper handset as he was constantly worried he would break it at work, I was thrilled! I immediately claimed it, and it has been my faithful companion ever since.
He has admitted that he never used the 9700 to its full capability, and I decided I wanted to make sure I unlocked the full potential of the phone. As I am a pay as you go customer, a quick look on my online account told me I had to purchase a Blackberry bundle. This costs me £5 a month, which is taken straight out of my credit, and opens the world of Blackberry.
First things first, is emails. There is the capability to have all your emails sent to your phone by adding your email accounts. I am not sure how many you can add, I have 2, an AOL and a Hot mail account. This means that all the emails going to both of those addresses come to my phone, all except spam, which do not appear.
It also gives you acces to BBM, or Blackberry messenger. This is similar to MSN and allows you to send messages to your other Blackberry contacts after you add them either by scanning their unique blackberry scanner code, or entering their BBpin. This can save a fortune in texts if you use this for all your Blackberry friends.
Also unique to Blackberry, is the Blackberry app world. In here you can find lots of apps, a lot free, some at verying costs (which do not come out of your credit, you have to pay for these through hooking up a Paypal account) There are so many apps to choose from, from games, themes for your handset, right through to apps that can help optimize your handset and help you get the most out of it.
You can also hook your phone up to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, this comes in handy as whenever you get a message on either it comes through to your phone as a notification.
Connection is great on Blackberry, as well as connecting to your networks 3G, the smartphones also have Wifi access, which is really easy to set up. I have set up Wifi acces for home, a number of friends houses, even our local social club, so my phone now instantly connects to these Wifi connections as soon as it is in range.
As well as your emails, there is also sms and mms settings, which means you can easily send texts and picture messages. I love the layout of the texts as rather than listing each message you receive one by one, the handset stores them as a conversation, so you have the whole history of messages between you and each of your contacts.
Theres a whole range of other options to use on the handset, including a daily alarm, applications including a calculator, memo pad, and even word to go. These are already on the handset without needing to download them.
One of the most annoying downsides to a Blackberry is the dire battery life. It really is shocking, I have gone from being used to charging a phone up once a week to having to charge this one daily, and sometimes it hasnt even lasted that long. I did download an app that helps boost battery life, but not by much, although it also has a battery monitor which helps as it tells me what percentage of battery life I have left. I am really shocked that this is a flaw Blackberry have not yet fixed as I know it is a common complaint. There are ways to help the battery, for example closing down apps like BBM running in the background, but I want these apps running for a reason!
The Bold 9700 does have a camera, although it is not the greatest a phone has ever offered. My last few phones the camera was going up in megapixels and it was something that I looked for in a phone, but the Bold has just a 3.2mp camera. It takes good enough photos for a phone, and also has an impressive flash which comes in handy, but I find myself relying on my digital camera a lot more than I used to for good quality pictures.
The internal memory on a Bold is also pretty poor, just 256mb, which if you are like me and want to store umpteen things on your phone, you know it isnt enough. There is room for micro sd memory card, I have an 8gb one in mine which seems to be ample for all my photos and music and apps.
The Bold also stores music, in mp3 form, and the speakers give out good quality sound. If its just me pottering around doing housework I find it loud enough for me to place my phone on the kitchen side and play my music and be able to hear it just fine in the next room.
I also need to talk about the LED lights. There is a little light on the top of the Bold, this flashes when you have a message email or notofication, or when your battery is running low. I think the bog standard colour is red, but there are lots of apps you can download to change these colours, and I can assign them to different people, I have blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, and lots more, and you can even get disco colours so they flash several colours.
The handset itself looks amazing, with its glossy black front, trimmed with silver, the keyboard which is just like a miniature computer keyboard, and the rolling trackball that helps you navigate through the phone makes it so much easier to use than a touchscreen and even for fat fingers like mine it is so simple to use.
As I am not great with techy lingo, I am going to pop down a list of specs for this phone for anyone who wants a proper advanced list of what the phone has to offer that I have found on Argos :
Document Editor (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF).
Up to 408 hours standby time.
Up to 320 mins talk time.
Internal memory 256MB.
SMS, MMS, Push Email, IM.
Takes up to 16GB microSD memory card.
Built-in 3.2 megapixel Autofocus with LED Flash camera.
Video capture and playback.
Size of handset H109, W60, D14mm.
The Bold 9700 is certainly not the cheapest in Blackberrys range, and considering I have had this phone almost a year I was shocked to see the current selling price in Argos is still a hefty £379.99, recently reduced from £439.14!! Thats a heck of a price tag for a phone, and as much as I do love my Blackberry and couldn't be without it, if anything were to happen to mine I am pretty sure I would have to go for a cheaper handset, like a Curve. Saying that, I cant say I wouldnt trade my husband in for a new Bold ;) I am sure this handset does more than he can!!!
I've had the Blackberry Bold 9700 for around 18 months and I have to say I am reasonably satisfied.
This was the first time I had gone for a smart phone and decided to go for a reputable brand.
I opted for the 9700 because of the very handy qwerty keyboards. I can't stand touchscreen as, in my opinion, it breaks to easily and is frustrating to use. The keyboard is great as it speeds up my texts, makes it easy to add contacts and memo's. my one qualm with the keyboard is the trackball to navigate round the phone. This sometimes over shoots the icons I'm looking to use. However this is only a minor annoyance.
The phone itself it's very easy to use. The icons are clear and everything is set out easy to find. When using internet the phone has a tendency to completely slow down. This is annoying as again it makes the tracker ball very jerky to use and slows down the response time when clicking buttons.
The phone has a sliver rim. I would advise on keeping the phone in a cover as this is easily scratched and will wear off over time. This is the same with the back on the battery cover which is also wearing away.
The battery life on the phone an deplete quickly. When I first bought the phone it would run for around two days on one charge of battery. Now I am struggling to get it to last a day. I bought a spare battery to combat this.
Overall this is a good smart phone. There are a few annoyances but what new technology doesn't.
I have to say when I ordered my Blackberry, I was a little sceptical, especially with all the hype over the Iphone and how wonderful that was/is.
As soon as my box arrived though, I wasn't disappointed at all - I bought it in Black and found it very sleek, and modern. It is very slim, and I love the leather battery cover too.
A bit plus for me is being able to set up as many e-mails as necessary - this has been brilliant; I can use one for work, and home ones also, and can check/compose e-mails from the home screen.
Having a look through the downloadable apps, there is definitely a lot less "free" apps than the Iphone, however, the main social networking ones, of Twitter and Facebook are free and work easily so for me it's ideal.
I have also found the Blackberry Messenger a fab little application, and with family having Blackberry's too, it means "free" text so to speak.
Aside from that, there are a couple of games, and other apps, but the majority of apps you will need to pay for/sometimes after a trial first.
I've been using my Blackberry for just over 18 months now, and without a doubt this is the longest lasting phone I've had! It has been dropped more than once, been played with by my cheeky toddler, and with stood water damage too, so it comes up tops for durability for me.
The only downside I can really find is the battery life has definitely dwindled now - I agree I'm a heavy user, but I'd still like my battery to last a full day.
I'm due to upgrade shortly, and will definitely be going for the next Blackberry Bold - I can't wait too try that one out!
I COULD NOT live without my Blackberry Bold 9700! I was offered it last year as an upgrade with my phone network and I thought 'why not?' I had never had a smartphone but heard they were brilliant. I chose it in white which is gorgeous, the cover is shiny white with a white leather part on the back of the phone. At first I was hesitant about ordering it in white because I thought it would get really dirty but to my surprise it isn't at all! When it arrived I was completely amazed, it is very classy and sophisticated looking. The features on it are brilliant, the internet browser is great for surfing the web, when you text someone it comes up like a conversation so you can see what the person wrote last then what you said then what they said back, etc... Its useful because I used to txt people then get a reply and think 'hmmm what did I just say to them?' You can hook up your email address to it so when you receive an email it comes up like a txt but you can read the whole email on your phone and reply.
It also has Blackberry Messenger which is a lot like msn messenger where you can set your name, a message (like how your feeling) and your profile picture. Blackberry Messenger is free so its great to chat to your friends if they have it too.
The camera is brilliant on it and very sharp. You can also take videos and it has the use of a flash.
To summarise its the best phone I've ever had and seriously couldn't live without it! If your thinking of getting one go for it!
Blackberry's are fantastic, reasonably new phones - and this one is definitely no exception!
I actually have it in white, which i think is more elegant and classy, and although you may not expect it, it's stayed amazingly clean!
It has a great camera, great video recorder, amazing selection of free apps and many many more you can buy. It's really great for games, and also apps you would use every week like grocery shopping or general online shopping. It's very well set out and everything is easy to use and understand.
Only thing i would say is it could do with a little more memory space, i take quite a few pictures, have barely any videos and only a few songs, but it still says i have insufficient memory space, so you have to delete some files in order to have space for more.
Overall, great phone - 5*
This is the first smartphone i've ever had. I know a lot of people that have had problems with their blackberry's which did make me worry. To be honest, mine has broken twice! The first time, I dropped it in a cup of tea (by accident) which made my buttons go funny. However, after a few days it was back to normal and I was a very happy girl. A year later, my middle button (the one that scrolls) went. It would not work at all and i felt like crying. But once again, my phone healed itself!! It's fab.
I wish i'd have waited an extra month to get this phone as my contract would've been like a tenner cheaper!
I'm not keen on the apps. Apple & Android apps are much better. Apps just make my phone slow and then the apps are just rubbish once I get onto them! (I refuse to pay for an app, so I only get free ones).
I have to reboot my phone a lot. It often crashes. But i'm just thankful that it has never full on broken. I'd be devastated.
The internet works wonderfully. And the twitter and facebook apps are also fine.
I'd definitely get another blackberry once my contract is up but I will miss my Bold!!
Before the 9700 Bold I had a Curve 8320, the leap from phone to phone was incredible. The phone will usually be preloaded with O.S 5.0 software which is fast, easy to use and is reliable as well as great quality. However the rich O.S 6.0 operating system that you can load to the 9700 gives fast browsing, great universal search features all as well as having a media rich phone that displays photos, video and plays music. This can be easily upgraded to using the software supplied in disc form through your computer. The e-mail service is second to none as e-mails are received instantaneously 90 percent of the time, there is sometimes a delay however this is usually due to the arrival of many e-mails at once. For teens the keyboard is pleasant to use (this benefits adults also) which makes texting, instant messaging and using BBM enjoyable and easy. BBM itself is a great service and is a major selling point of the phone. The call quality is clear and apart from sometimes having a brief slowdown due to memory the phone is a joy to use.
My only complaint is that the phone is somewhat prone to crashing if too many apps are installed and running at once, however if you simply choose 'exit' from their respective app menu you avoid clogging memory giving you great speed and ease to use your phone as you wish. If you do purchase the phone I recommend once a week at least removing the battery and letting the phone restart to clear some memory, this is only a noticeable problem with running a lot of apps at once within O.S 6.0. With O.S 5.0 you should find this problem very rare. Not everybody has this problem, but I feel it better to be honest about my personal experience, however it doesn't interfere with phone use majorly and if you want a great phone it is worth the small amount of hassle to restart the phone occasionally weekly in order to have such a great experience.
Like many, the 9700 is the first smartphone I've owned. I've had it for nearly 2 years so my time with it is almost up. In some ways I love my phone, in other ways I wish it was an iPhone or Android. Other times I just yearn for a 3310...
Where this phone performs well, at least compared to every other phone I've owned, is call quality, 'push' emails, the physical QWERTY keyboard, and lastly (in my case) durability. It is less good at apps, processor speed and browsing the web.
Compared to my previous mobile, the call clarity and strength is leaps and bounds ahead and really good for listening to an important call loud & clear. I was delighted when I made my first call. One of the main reasons why I chose a Blackberry was because I became captain of a sports team which involved up to 2000 texts a month and countless daily emails needing replies on-the-go. Having emails arrive almost instantly is a fantastic feature that Blackberry champions and I don't know where I'd be without it - in some ways, it means that emails take up more of your time and your life whether you're working or not (which may be seen as a disadvantage) but in my case it was perfect for late-evening or mid-lecture emails. Similarly useful is the keyboard for sending out texts and emails - it is very comfortable and easy to use compared to the usual '3-tap' phone keypads.
One other benefit of the Blackberry I have is that the memory seems to be endless as far as my emails, texts, messages & contacts go - unlike with previous phones I've never had to clear my inbox or outbox or anything to free up memory. Having said that, the contact book has a weird habit of creating up to (no jokes) 9 entries for identical contacts - frustrating if anything because I can't tell sometimes if one entry is the right one or not.
I also mentioned durability. Case study: I was cycling to uni when my phone dropped out of my pocket, smashed onto the road and was then run over by the wheel of a car (according to the noise & desperate apologies of the driver (not her fault!)). When I went back to pick it up I expected to have to go to Vodafone for a new mobile, however it was barely damaged - a graze to one corner and one of the metal strips across the keyboard missing was the only damage. Tell me that an iPhone would deal with being run over better than that! I certainly wouldn't come off better...
However, the phone can struggle with some apps and especially when its multi-tasking. This can be crippling for the phone and frustrating. Similarly, the web browser can be weirdly slow and inconsistent, though it is pretty solid and easy to use. Finally, I do wish it had a better app store, especially considering the offerings available to iPhones and Androids.
One thing I don't quite understand is why my friends with Blackberrys love BBM (the instant-messaging service). Given that the handset is so expensive, most owners are on high-price tariffs that include at least a thousand texts a month! And alternative apps (eg WhatsApp, Windows Live Messenger) are free to download and use. It seems a bit strange to say but the Blackberry Messenger app isn't really that useful as far as I'm concerned as I can text a contact with the same zero cost.
After a couple of months of use I began to wish that the 9700 had a touch-screen - the icons seemed perfectly finger-sized and it would make the experience much more enjoyable - so was pleased to see the new phones that are near-identical but quicker and touch-screens. Overall I'm very pleased with the features on my Blackberry phone, but they don't seem like being anything special - when iPhone owners mock my 'brickberry' I can only say that the Bold should be the benchmark for all phones - solid, durable, with emails and a good keyboard & solid call quality - but its no competitor for the luxury of an iPhone or high-end Androids. It is also surprisingly expensive given what is Not on offer compared to an iPhone.
I got this phone a year ago, it's the first smartphone I've had and have found it extremely useful to have internet and google maps on-the-go. It takes a couple of days to get used to, but is then really easy to use. The QWERTY keyboard makes really easy to text and send e-mails from (I never was a speedy texter on normal phones). The BlackBerry e-mail service (which I pay an extra £5 a month for) is invaluable for receiving emails away from the computer and getting them straight away like a text. However, beware of the tendency to freeze and need what the manufacturers refer to as a 'hard reboot' where the battery must be pulled out while the phone is on, left for 30 seconds, put back in and the phone left to restart. This process takes about 3minutes in total and my phone needs it about twice a week which can get quite annoying. Another negative point is the internet speed (or lack of!) especially in comparison to 3G iPhones which are much faster and easier to navigate. Overall this is a great phone though and I do recommend it to anyone considering a smartphone.
After using a Blackberry for a number of years, i now couldnt see myself adapting to another kind of phone. The style of a Blackberry, its layout an design is so easy to use an makes it so useful in every day life. From its simplicity of making a phone call to using the sat nav to get yourself around, it well an truly is one of the most convinient pieces of technology to have hold of these days. After previously using the Blackberry Curve, and then upgrading my phone to the Blackberry Bold 9700, although they consisted of the same programs and tools, the sheer improvement of the design an layout on the Bold was one to be acknowledged. The keys were much easier to use as well as the touch ball navigation to find my way around. The layout of sending simple sms text messages had improved an appeared as more of a instant conversation, and i found tools such as the camera a big improvement. A sleek, must have piece of technology, that well and truly changes the way you communicate.
I've had to bold for 14 months i have to say i am a very clumsy user and have dropped it many times. i have gone cycling with it in the rain, climbed up norwegian mountains with it even gardened with it. The bold has lasted exceptionally well! there are lots of chunks and scratches taken out of it but the phone works perfectly. The operating system when i got the phone was outdated compared to the iphone and android operating systems. However it has now been upgraded and it feels like a new phone. Actions are a lot slicker with the phone with new menu sorting option such as favorites, media, downloads and frequent makes very quick to access apps! Blackberry have also added a universal search to the interface which is a revelation! you can search contacts, google, youtube, your music, apps, google maps and messages all from the home screen. This is a great feature and has really improved the phone and has made it much easier to navigate. Along with these features the general look of the interface has been improved and little details such as having a tray to access apps instead of a menu as really improved the usability of the blackberry. Blackberry have always been critisized for its browser and the upgrade has made it slightly faster unfortunatly it is still a little slow and some content does not load. One of the features i have used the most is the media player for my music. the blackberry has 2gb micro sd installed this is great as you can transfer a good 200 songs very simply on to your phone if you want more this can be upgraded up to 32 gb. the 3.5 mm headphone jack is also really useful as you can plug any type of headphones into it.
Having had numerous pay and go phones over the years, and being fed up of hearing of how good other phones were available on contract, I decided to browse the market myself.
Usually with paying around £15-£30 per month on pay and go with the various networks I was on previously, I decided to look into the smartphone market to make sure I was getting the best deal for my money and a good service to go with it.
Originally I set out looking at iPhones as a few of my friends and colleagues had them, but having recently signed a new contract at one of the worlds largest businesses, where I would need to be out and about to see a large number of customers, I thought that an iPhone was possibly too 'child-like' or 'youth orientated' and instead opted for something that had more of a business feel to it and gives off a particular image of 'seriousness' about me, purely due to the mobile phone itself. Therefore, with lots of deliberation, I decided to opt for the BlackBerry 9700 Bold, which at the time was the most recent of the RIM technologies. I landed a good deal, at just £29.99 a month I got 900 minutes, unlimited texts and BlackBerry Service (including BBM and Internet). Insurance per month was competitive too at just £10 per month.
Ever since buying this phone I have been overwhelmed by its capabilities. It is purely genius and is like having a little laptop in your hand. There are thousands of functions, from basics such as calculator and note pads, there are more complex (and very handy) built-in functions such as the very extensive calander function and documents to go (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), for those who are constantly on the go.
The apps which can be downloaded, mainly via BlackBerry App World are also very impressive, suiting the style that the phone portrays, with numerous business style apps such as Bloomberg Mobile and LinkedIn.
A lot of my friends still boast about their Iphones and HTC's, but I have no doubt that I got the best deal for my money and I would recommend this phone to anyone.
I purchased the phone on pay as you go whilst also taking out a sim only contract with o2. They told me the phone would take up to 48 hours to become fully active, but within 50minutes all the features were up and running.
This is my first Blackberry device and so far I have been very pleased with it. Having the BBM (Blackberry messenger) service is very useful, enabling the free sending of IM and of free picture messages too. Also the ability to keep on top of my emails on the move is very useful being at university, so I can keep track of deadlines or meetings with clubs etc.
The internet is relatively quick when on 3G coverage, but it can struggle slightly compared to some smartphones such as Android or iPhones. The browser is simple enough and the recent OS6 release brings tabbed browsing as well, so more than one webpage can be open at a time.
The battery is very variable. If you have Wi-Fi on all the time and don't change your brightness settings etc, it may only last 1 or 2 days. But with light use with most functions turned off I have been able to get up to 5 days on some occasions, but I am a heavy texter and caller.
The camera is of good quality, but you must hold it perfectly still or the picture will be blurred, also for such an expensive phone, I was hoping for maybe a 5MP camera, although the flash feature is greatly appreciated.
In terms of connectivity to your computer, there is readily available software from Blackberry that enable you to sync contacts and calendars with your computer easily. You can also sync playlists with your itunes library.
The devices internal memory is small, but there is an easily accessible expansion slot behind the back of the battery cover for a Micro SD card, which are cheaply available on Amazon etc.
The charging port being a micro USB is very useful, as if you forget your charger, more and more phones have micro USB chargers, meaning you can borrow someone elses.
The call and texting features of the phone are also very good, particularly the texting. The menu layout and conversation style messaging system, make it very easy to keep on top of your conversations. And the qwerty keyboard makes typing messages and emails so much quicker once you get used to the smaller buttons.
The overall quality of the phone is very good and to date I only have only had one problem concerning the headphone jack port, which does not work. However, this is to be resolved soon once I can get to an o2 store.