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Blackberry's Bold 9780 was my first foray into the world of smartphones. To me, the key selling points for this phone are Blackberry Messenger, brilliant physical keyboard and a device so secure, Governments use it.
The design of the 9780 is very corporate sleek. It has a black plastic body, and genuine leather covered battery cover. This leads to a very light weight phone, but because of the physical volume of the phone, it isn't very dense and results in a phone that feels too light for its size causing an almost cheap feel.
The front of the device is dominated by Blackberrys excellent physical keyboard, each key is partially raised towards a corner to aid in feeling your way around it. The keys initially seem small, but when using it, you quickly learn to use finger tips and nails which results in accuracy a touch screen cannot replicate. Each key clicks satisfyingly and the springiness and travel does not deteriorate over time.
The screen is a small affair with rather low resolution, requiring lots of scrolling with the optical scroll button to read emails and webpages. The small screen also means watching videos or viewing pictures is a chore, leaving multimedia access underwhelming.
The phone's operating system is well laid out with all access simple and intuitive, whilst also having the more complicated security and business centric options only a menu click further away. This along with Blackberry's reliable BES makes it the first choice option for corporate users
You cannot mention without talking about apps, the Blackberry store is woeful, this is a real disappointment. There is a lack of choice you can find on both Google and Apple rivals. Having said that, the limiting factor seems to be the phone's screen anyway. It does not lend itself to easy use of many apps and games.
In the end, I replaced this phone. As a regular consumer I felt the only reason you would choose a Blackberry over Apple or Google based ones is if you absolutely needed a physical keyboard on your phone. It's a slightly different case for corporate users because BES is a great service that is already proven and well integrated within many organisations.
A sad 3 stars, as a phone it is good, as a smartphone, not so much.
I upgraded to the Blackberry Bold 9780 just over a year now to replace my beloved Bold 9700, at the time I was aware that this wouldn't be a drastic change and assumed the two phones would be fairly similar with the 9780 being that little bit sharper and faster. How wrong could I be? In fact my 9780 is slower than my old 9700 despite claiming to having more RAM and a faster processor than its older cousin. This reduction in speed is noticed everyday, with applications being slow to load and multitasking very nearly impossible. Worst of all, if I receive a text at the same time I'm using my 9780 to do anything else then the whole phone freezes for a couple of minutes.
If it wasn't for this very noticeable tardiness then I would love this phone, the physical keyboard is a joy to use and I believe far better than any touch screen. The camera is of a decent quality and the overall feel of the phone in your hand is great. It is robust and has withstood a fair amount of punishment (falling 5ft to concrete etc) without any ill effects. These good qualities only heighten my feelings of disappointment because without the crippling lack of processing power and speed, this phone it could truly live up to expectations.
WHY did i buy this phone...?
I had this phone as an upgrade from my Nokia N97 which caused me no end of hassle. I was a bit skeptical about having a blackberry as there was a lot of hype about them when i was taking it out. In the end i gave into peer pressure and bought this phone - easily the best case of peer pressure i have ever experienced!
WHAT is so good about it...?
The phone is a really good looking piece of equipment - With no touch screen for me to break and lots of good sized buttons to use the blackberry has made my life much easier. The apps on it are fantastic and there are hundreds for you to download including facebook which it comes with and a rather fun hangman app which has killed a lot of time for me whilst sitting on the train.
Texting, emailing and facebooking as well as twitter (though i don't use it) messages are all heaped together in one MASSIVE inbox so if you have a busy social life you don't have to go through all of the different medias to read all of your messages.
Phone calls are really easy to make as it searching the phone (you literally type it in on the home screen and it searches the whole phone, the whole internet and youtube to give you what you want!
WHAT (if anything) is bad about it...?
I am yet to find a flaw with this phone other than the fact that it doesn't have many cases for it. I found a few on ebay which i have used which i quite like (one from cath kidston which is superb).
I got this phone about 18 months ago and now use it as my second phone since the contract ran out and I have the later model, however, the phone is still going as strong as ever - it never misses a beat!!
The best part about this phone is retaining the qwerty keyboard, which is lacking in so many new phones with them going to touch.
The phone has all the features you need for personal or business use.
Able to receive emails from multiple addresses
Sleek & Light
Very good camera for the phone (same goes to all blackberrys)
Receiving texts in an email format is a great plus for me - being able to refer back to previous conversations and always having a date reference.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) - the signature service that blackberry offers - allowing the free, unlimited contact ti other blackberry users. Great if you don't have unlimited texts.
Not so good for surfing the internet - good for quick glances/ checking information, but not good if you want to be on the internet a lot because of the screen size. But don't let that put you off - I survive still glancing at a few sites on the screen size, so it's not a deterrent with so many other advantages to this phone.
The blackberry bold is an all round good phone, blackberrys offer the BBM (messenger service) exclusive to them, other that that the features of this phone arw pretty bog-standard and it can do the same things 90% of phones do, so why does this make it the second best phone about?
Well if every phone has relativley similar features, the addition of the BBM service makes this phone leap ahead of the competition, BBM is a highly attractive service used by millions world wide, it is handy to exchange contact details (pins) by simply scanning a barcode, this makes it easy to exchange numbers at work, in clubs, socially via the internet, and it helps promote your buisness as group broadcast messges can be sent.
I was personally using this phone a couple of months ago but due to contract ending and a new upgrade became available i choose the iphone, the iphone and blackberrys are by far dominating the mobile phone market, personally i prefer the iphone as it offers so much more.
The blackberry is alot cheaper on the other hand, offering alot for a little price!
Overall i would reccomend this phone over any bar the iphone, blackberrys are in a league of their own!
The blackberry bold 9780 was initially released in November 2010, however this phone is still perfect for all your needs today - in 2012.
The screen size is 480 x 360 pixels, ample for viewing pictures, scrolling through menus and browsing data on the internet, with easy option to minimise menus and zoom when on the internet. A handy feature is the built in memory of the most frequently used apps, menus and software, which appear as a menu for quick access.
Although it can sometimes be a little confusing as to what each symbol on the menu means (for me anyway), you soon overcome this problem, making navigation very quick and efficient; perfect for switching to video camera quickly to capture a friends misdemeanour's. The only one problem I found is as the phone gets older, the scroll pad may become less sensitive.
-Audio/video capture & playback-
Both the camera and video camera are of an acceptably high quality for recording and playing back data, at an acceptable sound level. I have never had any distortion with my recordings, especially when recording song at concerts and such.
The qwerty keypad makes texting and bbm (if applicable on your contract) a great deal easier. Furthermore, whole conversations are displayed under the contacts name and are stored for up to a few weeks; if you ever have to recall a conversation.
-Internet & downloads-
For the most part, I have found the internet to be fast and extremely reliable; uploading photos to facebook, videos to youtube and it is also extremely easy to download videos and pics to the phone itself. The blackberry app store is also on hand, whilst the apps are limited in comparison to an iPhone, most areas are covered if you subscribe and pay the appropriate fee. There are however, a few free apps, such as the copter game, which is a life saver on long journeys!
I'm afraid this is the one main let down of this product, with my phone lasting usually just over a day and a half on moderate use before it requires charging again.
In addition to the other features the phone has the standard: memo, calculator, alarm, timer, calculator etc.
Finally, blackberry as a whole have a tendency to switch off or break down for short periods of time without warning. This has happened to me on two occasions and usually requires an inconvenient trip to the o2 store. However, when the phone does work, its perfect for me (a student).
After 5 months of using an Apple iPhone 3G I received from a friend, I decided to take out a contract on a Blackberry Bold 9780 after growing tired of the laggy, aging iPhone and using a pay-as-you-go sim card (which offers relatively poor value for money compared to a contract). The smartphone-using community seems to be split into 3 distinct groups- Apple, Blackberry and Android, and whilst all 3 have their virtues I find myself in the Blackberry camp. Why? For a few reasons:
-Cost: a contract including this phone can be found for less than £20 a month whilst an iPhone will cost you roughly £10-£15 more
-User friendly: the keypad having actual physical buttons makes it very quick and easy to write messages compared with the touch-screen used on many other phones, I don't think I could go back to that!
-Useful for Organisation: the calendar function is very work-orientated and allows the user to add specific appointments by start time and duration along with with a reminder alarm. It also provides notification when new emails are received and easy access to them.
-Internet: The built-in internet browser is easy to use and functional
-Camera: at 5MP it can produce quite impressive pictures and also has a flash, however not as good as a purpose-made digital camera and I find many of them come out blurry
-Size: Not as bulky as some other phones and pretty much an ideal pocket size, nice shape and design
-Sound: Decent sound quality and can produce surprisingly loud volumes, has a standard size earphone jack
-Charger: Features a clip-on plug section which can be changed if you wish to take the phone abroad, mine came with UK, EU and North American adapters
-Applications: There is a reasonably varied field of apps available for this phone however not as much as can be found for iPhones or a few other Android devices. The Blackberry Messenger app on the other hand is relatively unique and offers a very fluid and informal platform of communication which is great for socialising with friends, although it can sometimes be unreliable as messages fail to be delivered.
-Memory: Takes micro SD cards so has the potential for a lot of storage space
I have had some issues with this phone including a lack of sensitivity with the track-pad and occasional crashes which I assume are down to software problems, an issue which many Blackberry users seem to complain of. If you're looking for entertainment from your phone then a this phone is probably not for you, the range of games and applications is limited and it doesn't make a particularly good music player either.
On the whole a great phone providing decent value for money and an excellent communication-orientated experience, however occasional issues with reliability are sources of frustration and other phones on the market are superior where entertainment is concerned
I have to admit, I'm a bit in love.. Having got on the Blackberry hype 2 years ago with the Blackberry Bold 9700 which sadly had a nasty accident and went to Blackberry heaven, I was curious to see what this Blackberry Bold 9780 my lovely insurers were sending me would have to offer; and I wasn't dissapointed. Blackberry 6 improved things with the convenience of tabbed browsing, the neatness of a homescreen where you can easily hide all the icons. The multitude of free apps include the standard Facebook, Twitter, weather forecast, loads of games and pretty themes. The 5 mega pixel camera with flash is as good as any digital camera, with the added extras if being able to upload the photos instantly to any form if social media and being able to use the flash as a torch. Occasionally when you are doing too many things at once the phone will freeze, but I have always been able to solve this by taking the battery out and restarting the phone. Keep yourself organized with calendar and reminders. BBM brilliant if you have a lot of friends with Blackberrys. Easily connect to WiFi.
I have had a black blackberry bold 9780 for around a year. I chose it because of its capabilities as an organiser, for internet surfing, instant messaging services and its camera.
So far it has been fairly reliable, although the battery runs out extremely quickly! Not sure whether this is because I charge it every night or just the phone.
It's brilliant for messaging and social networking because the qwerty keyboard makes it extremely easy to text unlike a fiddly touch screen phone. Blackberry messenger is a great free alternative to texting between blackberry users if you have internet usage too.
It has quite a simple operating system which is great as it is simple and easy to get used to.
However recently I encountered an error which resulted in me having to totally wipe the phone. This was due to a fault in the set up of 'apps'. This has put me off blakcberry's slightly as I hear this particular error is quite common. I did manage to recover most of my files after the error and it was my own fault for not backing the phone up onto my laptop. Downloading a few apps significantly slows the phone down, quite often the phone gets stuck on an eggtimer for a few minutes.
The camera is of good quality when it's in the right light. Photos using flash can be quite blurry, although I personally like the effect it makes.
The calendar is great, simple to use and i'm now lost without it. Along with this the documents you can save, create and edit on the phone is brilliant for doing work on the go!
Hello, I'm a BB user for almost 5 years. I have been using the BlackBerry Bold 9780 (onyx 2) as my main smartphone for the past 6 months, replacing my old broken Blackberry Bold 9000. My blackberry color is black. I chose a Blackberry because I wanted to jump on the online business and have a phone which had easy tool to stay connected with my family, such as Blackberry Messenger. I think the most important thing for Blackberry is Blackberry Messenger.
First of all, I bought the smartphone because almost all of my family members own it. They use blackberry messenger as their instant messaging tool. Not like others social networking tools (such as Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Whatsapp Messenger), Blackberry Messenger (BBM) is very easy to use. We don't have to register, we just invite others with blackberry pin, we can input a personal message / update status like Facebook easily, we can create groups for our communities, even we can broadcast the message to any members in BBM's contact. All you have to do just in the Blackberry smartphone.
The phone is black and shiny. The exterior is very smooth, elegant, and good looking. The keyboard is a Qwerty style which makes it easy and simple to text. It has the Blackberry logo on the top front and back in silver. The phone dimensions is 109 x 60 x 14 mm and has 122g in weight.
The default OS for Blackberry 9780 is BlackBerry OS 6.0. I have already updated it into 22.214.171.1246. You can upgrade it very easy through BlackBerry Desktop Software. The CPU process is 624 MHz, I think it is quite fast for smartphone. The RAM has been doubled to 512MB from the 9700's 256MB. The Browser is using HTML code. This smartphone also has GPS using Blackberry Maps, so you will never lose your way. Blackberry 9780 comes out with 2 colors (black and white). The others important features are document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), media player (MP3/WMA/AAC+), Video player (DivX/WMV/XviD/3gp), organizer, voice memo/dial, predictive text input, and so many more.
Blackberry Bold 9780 has a great back camera, it has 5-megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash. You can also use HD video recording with the camera. The quality of the pictures taken from it is very awesome, like shooting from the real camera. The others Blackberry I knew only have around 2-megapixel camera.
Using the GeoTagging option, the phone already knows where you are when you take the picture and will tag your location onto it.
Texting is just very simple and the messages come through in a chain, so you can reread the entire conversation with scroll it from bottom to top. When you have a text or any notifications from others, a red light flashes will appear at the right top of the phone.
There are Facebook, Twitter, WLM, YM, and others logo that link you straight to the pages. So, you can always keep in touch with others and you will never be lonely.
The sound quality is very good. When on the phone, you can hear people talk clearly, they also hear well.
I'm very glad because I can use my Blackberry Bold 9780 in a full day. The battery life is very great. You won't need to carry around a spare with you.
The smartphone costs about £227 to buy. There may be better deals around but I wanted the smartphone as soon as possible so I didn't really shop around.
I am very glad with my blackberry 9780 smartphone. I enjoy how it allows me to get in touch with my family and friends. It is also help me to organize my schedules and works. Overall the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a fantastic smartphone.
Thank you for reading.
When I recently had the opportunity to upgrade my phone I chose the Blackberry Bold 9780. I was compelled towards this decision to due to the email and browsing functionality found in Blackberry's.
As a young person I was also attracted to the Blackberry due to the BBM messenger function, which has replaced traditional SMS. I must commend the Blackberry on these functions as I'm able to keep up to date and aware what is going on in my email accounts and in the world of social of networking. This has been useful for communicating and keeping up to date during daily life. What the Blackberry is designed to do it does very well and efficiently. The only negative is the downtime that experienced by RIM in the Blackberry server centers which led to significant downtime of Blackberry services, but that now looks like a one off.
The problems for me with my Blackberry have come more recently. Blackberry has always had something off a question mark surrounding questions of reliability something my friends have battled with but something I had never experienced until quite recently. The phone has not been reporting battery life accurately and turning its self off when I thought it had almost full power. It has also been in the habit of turning its self off for no particular reason occasionally as well. While these minor issues haven't led to the end of the world they are an annoyance I could be without.
The Blackberry also appears to be losing out to over Smartphone platforms when it comes to available applications with what seems to be more apps widely available on other smartphone platforms. Though this isn't of major concern to me some may feel dissatisfied.
Overall those minor issues do not majorly detract from what I great phone I believe the Blackberry to be. But these reliability issues have sent a few of my friends away from Blackberry to over smart phone competitors, which also evident in Blackberry's currently flagging commercial performance.
I had the original blackberry Bold and upgraded to this a short while ago. I just love it, the pin msging is possibly the best invention ever, allowed me to dab notes to people quickly and FREE! without having to login to anything and look up their address! it keeps a scrolling message so you can easily read back.
You can also send photos via pin messages which is very handy.
The push email is excellent and very fast receiving all your emails accounts to one handy device, very good and time saving.
The keyboard is good, full qwerty, but is a little on the small size. I soon got used to this but those with sausage fingers may struggle. I can use it to email as fast as any regular keyboard so it does not hold you back.
The internet brower is good, very handy for a quick look up of something on the go, the screen is not massive but is not than enough for short browsing.
The blackberry comes with a case that automatically "sleeps" the phone when holstered saving battery life and protecting your device also.
All in all this is a very good phone and more than a match for the iphone. with good monthly plans as well!
I recently started working from home as I liked the idea of being able to do something whilst raising our young baby. As great as this sounds, it wasn't that simple! Their sleep routines were all over the place that being able to commit to certain hours often fell through and I found myself needing to adapt to a greater fliexibility. With the Blackberry 9870 I am able to control my life and work wherever I am. With its ease of setting up email accounts (I have 2, one work and one personal), access to social feeds such as Facebook and Twitter, and the ability to download attachments to word on the go or spreadsheets etc I cannot fault Blackberry's efforts. I am able to send photos of our day out adventures to my partner (BB user) via BBM for free, and its camera is a great quality 5MP. The clarity of calls is next to none and the availability of applications growing stronger by the day. I have not had a BB for long but it was of course typical that I get one and then Blackberry encounter problems with their server...! All I can say for that, is that as frustrating as it was, it goes to show how much of a great phone this is and how much we all rely on it and its capabilities in our everyday lives.. We wouldn't all have moaned so much or critiscised Blackberry so much if this was "just a phone", instead its so much more to both my partner and I and the million others.
I've never been into phones much, but when my old phone broke about a year ago I decided to get myself a blackberry, as it seemed everyone had them. When I first got it I was attached to it for weeks, amazed at BBM mainly and the internet. It has been the best phone I've had.
A lot of people complain, saying they've had problems with theirs, etc, but touch wood, mine's been great so far. Apart from a few scratches and scraps it's still in good condition. I admit, I have dropped it a few times, but it's never damaged the phone. My boyfriend dropped his iPhone a month ago, shattered the screen.
A downside to the Blackberry is occasionally it can run slow if you ask it to do too many things. Also sometimes it randomly turns itself off and reboots, which takes forever, or so it seems and takes a chunk of your battery. I'll never understand why the blackberry feels the need to reboot itself.
The battery life on a blackberry is decent, in my opinion, but if your the type of person who sits on their phone for hours, texting, BBMing and facebooking, then yes, your battery will die pretty soon, but that's the same with any phone I'm sure. However if you have a Blackberry you'll need to charge it pretty much every night, otherwise the battery will only last a day and a half.
The camera on the Blackberry fairly decent. It has a flash, so you can take pictures at night when you're out and about, which is something you can't do with an iPhone as there is no flash. I always take pictures with my Blackberry when I'm out and about, using the flash they can sometimes turn out blurry if someone in the picture moves.
The keypad on the Blackberry is something that I love. It's really fast to type with it, much better than a touch screen where your fingers risk hitting other letters. You can type your message then quickly hit the enter button. At first it's hard to get use to if you've been use to a standard phone, where your scroll through the letters, but after a few weeks you'll be use to it.
At the top of the phone there is a lock button that you quickly press to lock the phone, however, it's easy to hit that button again and unlock the phone. Then you end up accidentally ringing your Auntie Sue who you haven't spoken to for 3 years. It happens. Another button at the top is the mute button, which is really easy to hit whilst your on the phone to someone. The other person's shouting "Hello?" and you're screaming back, "Hello!"
With your Blackberry you have everything at your fingertips. The internet, facebook, twitter, texting, BBM, etc. I find the internet can be slow occasionally, taking a while to load just one internet page, but this depends on where you are and your signal. If you're connected to your Wi-Fi at home then it loads fast, but if you're out and about, it can be slow at times.
When texting someone back on a Blackberry it comes up with your texting history. So if you're replying to a long text it's easy to just scroll up, read the previous text and go back to what you were writing. However if you don't text someone in a few months Blackberry will delete the conversation history with the person, or it does on my phone. One annoying thing with the texting is if you receive a long text sometimes you only receive part of, say the beginning or the end and it'll say [Receiving Text]. If you're lucky enough you'll receive the whole text a few minutes late, but it doesn't always work like that. A lot of the time I've had to text back saying, "Send that again please?"
When you receive a BBM, text, facebook notification, or anything along those lines then the small light at the top of your phone flashes red. I find this helpful, as if I'm doing something and I want to know if someone's spoken to me, etc, I just look at my phone to see if it's flashing red. However, sometimes I find the light does flash red for no reason at all. You can also download programs to change the color of your light, so it can flash blue or green.
Blackberry does have it's own app world, but don't expect anything exciting. There you can download the basic apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Ebay and other stuff, but it isn't great for downloading games as a lot of the games you have to pay for, and they aren't cheap. I also find the apps can take a long time to download and you can't go off and do other things as the phone is busy downloading an app, so it'll just come up with a little black clock, which basically freezes the phone.
I am going to start by saying that THIS IS THE BEST BLACKBERRY BY A MILLION MILES.
It is the fastest, highest quality, best looking and nicest to use Blackberry available and I would not change mine for anything. Furthermore the Bold is so much smoother to use as the keys do not make an annoying clicking noise as you type and the scroller is so much more reactive.
The Blackberry Bold has the best quality internet and this aids almost everything that I use my Blackberry for, such as Blackberry messenger and Facebook. I have internet signal over 90% of the time which I did not have when I had the Blackberry Curve and provider (Orange) over 95% of the time compared to the Curve again when I hardly ever got signal. The length of the battery life is also a significant difference I found between the Curve and the Bold, my Blackberry Bold lasts a couple of days with a large amount of usage whereas my Blackberry Curve only lasted a day if that!
I would highly recommend the Blackberry Bold to anybody who is going to buy a Blackberry.