Great industrial design
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a solid smartphone, but it won't win anyone over to the RIM side of things. While the BlackBerry faithful will absolutely love it, and it will probably be the best smartphone they have ever used, those who have already left BlackBerry for the greener pastures of Android or the iPhone, or those in the market for their first smartphone, will likely pass right over the Bold 9930 thanks to its clumsy OS and extravagant price tag.
Responsive platform experience
Without a doubt, if there's one upcoming BlackBerry smartphone that's worth picking up, it has to be none other than the BlackBerry Bold 9930. Sporting that iconic design that exhibits some noteworthy iterative improvements, it's absolutely the thing that RIM needs to focus on in order to remain relevant in this competitive space.
Fast camera with 720p video
The problem with the $249 BlackBerry Bold 9930 is that it's ultimate messaging phone that's priced like a high-end superphone. We love the sturdy and slim design, fantastically comfortable keyboard, solid voice reception, and long battery life. The touschreen is plenty responsive, too, but the BlackBerry 7 OS UI isn't truly optimized for touch input. At this price, we'd also prefer a larger display, 4G data, and a better selection of apps.
Bold 9930 is RIM's answer to criticism of previous Bold devices
As with the Torch 9810, there's a sense that the Bold 9930 is RIM's answer to criticism of previous Bold devices. Users wanted a spacious keyboard in the style of the original 9000, as well as a more premium-feeling chassis, and that's just what they've delivered. They've thrown in a touchscreen, too, and the faster processor means BlackBerry 7 spends less time showing you a ticking clock and more time flicking between apps.
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a bit of an anomaly, much like RIM's previous efforts at an all-touchscreen smartphone. It won't appeal to the BlackBerry faithful, who likely demand a real, hardware QWERTY keyboard (and based on the virtual keyboard packaged with the 9850, rightfully so), and it isn't compelling enough to attract those who are in the market for a smartphone with a big touchscreen.
Touchscreen form factor finally done right
This is the device that RIM should've put out three years ago when they embarked on the touchscreen form factor with the original Storm 9530. As we know, the key to success in the industry is partly related to timing, and it's remarkable to witness that RIM is finally coming around to producing a decent all touch BlackBerry. Needless to say, we're glad to see that they decided to completely drop all the gimmicks found with both Storm iterations.
The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's best attempt yet at wooing consumers who want a smartphone with a large display but don't want to give up BlackBerry standout features such as secure push e-mail and world phone capability. Still, RIM has a ways to go. For $99, shoppers can take home the EVO Shift 4G, which offers both a physical and a virtual keyboard as well as 4G data and Android's ever-expanding Marketplace.
No doubt, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a lot of phone for $149 with contract. It has all the appeal of a BlackBerry minus the hardware keyboard, and we know that's a deal breaker for some of you (consider the BlackBerry Bold 9930 instead). But if you're willing to venture into virtual keyboard territory and covet the large touchscreens your iPhone and Android-toting friends enjoy, the Torch 9850 has its appeal.
A solid, capable little smartphone
The Torch 9850 is a solid, capable little smartphone, and BlackBerry 7's UI arguably suits the all-touch display most of all. With the 1.2GHz processor RIM's handsets no longer feel like the slowest devices in the pack, and while we'd welcome more metal and less plastic in the construction, the styling is a reasonably successful compromise between classic RIM functionality and the curviness of a consumer device.
SureType keyboard is still dismal
We appreciate when companies break from tradition and try something different. This is what spurs innovation and leads to advancements in the industry. Most of these gambles donâ?? t work out however, and the Pearl Flip falls squarely into this category. Part of it is RIMâ?? s fault for using cheap materials, part of it is just that a device like a BlackBerry doesnâ?? t translate well into the flip form factor. Either way, it doesnâ?? t work.
the BlackBerry Pearl is a great messaging phone,
Well, this certainly isn't the best Pearl of the bunch. Though Sprint's Pearl does show signs of improvement over the first-generation GSM models, it has a few problems that would keep us from choosing it over other models. Most importantly, it was sluggish, and perhaps even buggy. Some Web pages refused to load at all, with no error or warning from the BlackBerry. Dealing with Sprint's music player was a real hassle, and diminished the added value of having the Sprint Music Store on board.
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