BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Questionably bold in 2011, and no better with time

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The Bold 9930 runs a version of the BlackBerry 7 OS, which to Android Jelly Bean or iOS 6 users might look like an evolved version of a feature phone interface. It's a very simplified approach, but for a screen this compact, such a streamlined interface makes sense.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Apps and utilities are found below in the navigation bar, which you can tap to pull up a wider selection or swipe left or right to access favorite, commonly used, media, and downloaded apps.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Notifications, meanwhile, are found beneath the time, which is where you'll see emails, messages, and social networking alerts with tiny icons that trigger a larger list when tapped. To the right of notifications is a search icon that'll seek queries on both the phone and web, and the optional voice-based search option works well.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Despite its 1.2Ghz processor and 768MB of RAM – seemingly solid stats for a UI this simple – the Bold 9930 has a tendency to get bogged down at times, particularly when installing apps or playing with the settings. Occasional touches of the screen weren't recognized, as well, which proved frustrating.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

If you're not upgrading from an earlier BlackBerry device, as well, it's likely to feel like an awkward interface, with the mix of touchscreen, touchpad, and physical button interactions making getting around just a bit more confusing than it should be. It feels like the slightly confused middle step between the BlackBerry of old and the new touch-centric approach.

Contacts and calling

Contacts are added easily and feature a long list of potential fields to fill, including name, title, BlackBerry PIN, custom ring tones, and nickname, plus the option to add even more custom fields. You can also send out contact cards to others via email, PIN, text message, or Bluetooth, if desired.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

While the Bold 9930 is limited to 3G service, we found the call quality to be very solid in use, with clear voice coming through the receiver and our counterparts on the other line reporting likewise performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.70 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyBold
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time6.30 Hour
Product Model9900
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution640 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density286 ppi
Height115 mm
Width66 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time333.60 Hour
Product NameBold 9900 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-42553-004
Manufacturer Website Address
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