BlackBerry Bold 9700 review

Can the new Bold better the excellent original?

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Like the internet browser, the camera on the BlackBerry Bold isn't going to be used to win any photography competitions.

But don't get the wrong idea – we're big fans of the Bold 2 9700's camera, and for what it's designed for, it does a bang up job.

Think about mobile photography for a moment – what's it used for? Taking a picture of something that you want to show your friends, invariably by Twitter these days.

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Perhaps on occasion you'll want to zoom in a bit, or maybe take a picture in lower light. Essentially, you want it to work quickly, and with the minimum of fuss.

Well, a 3.2MP camera with flash is certainly going to be good enough for that, and you can add to the mix the fact the Bold 2 9700's camera appears to be better than the iPhone's.

In normal daylight, the phone captures images well, picking out a pretty good level of detail (although colours aren't as well formed as they could be).

And as for the LED flash – well, that's not going to be used to illuminate a complex night scene any time soon. Should you want to take some nice pictures of your friends, then you should make sure you're up nice and close in order to get the maximum throw (and you might want to warn them about the bright light you're about to flash into their eyes).

The 2x digital zoom, handily operated by the optical trackpad, is a nice touch as well – especially as beyond that the phone can't really handle that much detail.

Add to that a decent autofocus and the ability to tweak white balance, and photos come out looking half decent on a phone that has a camera almost as an afterthought.

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And that's all your really need in a phone like this – as we mentioned the primary function is generally to leave the image on your phone, or maybe upload it to a relevant website. With that in mind, RIM has added simple cropping (for contact profile use) and renaming functions to the photograph review pane, before you can send it off to Facebook or email or even through MMS (shocker, we know).

Video recorder

Video is pretty much the same as the camera – it's there, it can record and it will capture footage for those odd moments when you want to share them with mates later.

It's only HVGA, so there's not a lot of point putting it on any larger screens – but then again, we don't expect that you'd want to. The Bold 2 9700 captures a fairly high amount of detail in the videos, and with the chop-less footage quality, appears to be offering a fairly high frames per second capture.

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While there's no full video suite to play with afterwards, at least you can rename and replay the file to your heart's content – and if the video's not too large you can send it on too. What fun!


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
Input MethodQWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory256 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.36 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyBold
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand Namevodafone
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product Model9700
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Maximum Video Resolution480 x 352
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 5.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth14.1 mm
Battery Standby Time456 Hour
ManufacturerVodafone Group
Product NameBlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number67752
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Rule your world, BlackBerry style. The trackpad on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the natural way to flip between applications and select items. The 3G connection will get your downloads double quick. Plus there's room for all your music, documents, photos and more. Glide through menus with the touch sensitive trackpad. Together with the QWERTY keyboard, it brings BlackBerry's legendary email to life. The Bold also comes with Twitter and Facebook - your social network deserves nothing less. Like to travel light? Pack all your Word documents, PDFs, music, photos and more onto the BlackBerry Bold. Need extra space? Just pop in a microSD card to ramp up the storage. The Bold even looks the part - and feels great to use.

Package Contents
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Charger