BlackBerry Bold 9700 review

Can the new Bold better the excellent original?

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Let's get this fact out the way early on – battery life on the Bold 2 9700 is fantastic compared to others in the range. It can easily last a whole day with normal use, and sometimes you'll even extend it into the next if you shut down Wi-Fi and push email when not needed.

It's something of a coup for RIM that it's managed to optimise its BlackBerry software to work so efficiently – now users don't have to consider having to carry a charger around with them 'just in case'.

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Of course, that cause is ably helped by an industry leading 1500mAh battery powering things along, but we're sure that most BlackBerry users will agree you can't put a price on being able to message and text and IM and watch videos all day long without worrying when the battery's going to blow (well, run out of power... not actually blow up).

At least users won't have to worry about applications draining their battery, after the odd T-Mobile plan not letting the BlackBerry App Store download properly.

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We're still looking into why this might be, as it would be very odd if the flagship BlackBerry handset wouldn't allow you to use one of the key features.

However there are some key features on there already, such as the range of commuter games to keep the businessperson with a crazy fun side amused.

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We're massive fans of the Texas Hold 'em King 2 poker game, and there's not a person on the planet that won't end up addicted to BrickBreaker at some point in their lives. We're also pleased to note that the latter works well with the trackpad rather than the ball, which is a real relief for those BrickBreaker BlackBerry fans.

The Word, Excel and Powerpoint viewers are also present and correct on the phone, and do exactly what they say on the tin.

And of course, we'd be very much remiss to not include the whole phone search function. This can check through practically anything, from messages to tasks to contacts and makes it very easy to spot when you need to work out somebody's significance in a project or something.

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And of course, where would we be without Maps? The BlackBerry Maps software is back again, and it's still no better – the blocky graphics and cartoonish place labellings are as irritating (if functional) as ever, and the GPS system was so-so on the Bold 2 9700.

However w do like features like the layers option on the map, allowing you to make notes where important things are... like your house and where you work – places you would struggle to find in general life then.


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