Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Be Bold with the 9700
Blackberry Bold 9700
Member Name: loopylis
Blackberry Bold 9700
Advantages: Email, IM, apps, sleek look, maps...the list goes on!
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, cost
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!!!
Summary: My best friend!