Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Bold 9700
Member Name: imfidler
Blackberry Bold 9700
Advantages: Size, QWERTY keypad
Disadvantages: Screen size
I had previously had a HTC touch HD phone. I upgraded and chose the blackberry bold 9700. It was a decision that was vindicated instantly! Once i was used to a smaller screen again the ease of use and clever features made this an instant favourite.
within 10 minutes i was receiving emails dirvct from my work email address. this does require work to have a certain piece of blackberry software, but they did so all i needed to do was enter a password and the unit did the rest. It is also very easy to recieve emails from personal email adresses ie hotmail, yahoo and gmail.
The full QWERTY keyboard appears tiny and for those of us with less than dainty fingers it, on the face of it, did look like it might be troublesome. However, very cleverly designd keys (they are not flat and have a ridge) meenas that your fingers can be over 3 keys but on;ly press the middle one as you only cover one ridge.
As with all smart phones the world of apps is at pur disposal. Although blackberry apps are limited (when compared to the iphone) there are still thousands of apps out there thatyou didnt realise you needed to run your life. these are all accessed easily the blackberry app world which is preloaded on the unit.
the unit game with a 16GB memory card which massively extends the memory capabilities of the machine.
call quality, after all it is a phone!, is excellent. The volume is easily adjusted and relitively large speaker area means that even in noisy bars it is possible to hear the other person. The ring settings varyy. from silent to loud to vibrating or not vibrating. You can even get an app that enables you to choose from a massive amount of colours so that you can personalise the LED colour depending on who is calling etc.
The internet is easy to access and is, for a phone, fairly quick. The small screen does limit the quality of viewing but this is the trade off for having such an easy to use QWERTY.
the size of the phone is greta. fits comfotably into a pocket without resulting in an unsighlty bulge!
The battery lfe is good considering how many features are running. Normal usage requires a charge every two days heavy usage requires a dailly charge. A full charge takes about 2 hours and cn be done in or out of a cradle.
The phone can be an alarm clock an rather usefully you can coose to enter 'bedside' mode. This dims the display and has a clock doispyed. All calls emails etc are not notified through sound or lights when in this setting so an unbroken nights sleep is guarenteed!
Well done blackberry
Summary: A great phone
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