BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Questionably bold in 2011, and no better with time

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As a keyboard-toting handset, the Bold 9930 is well equipped right out of the gate for ample messaging. The phone handles regular SMS text messages with ease, for conversations with owners of other devices, but expectedly BlackBerry Messenger is the route to go when chatting with fellow BlackBerry users.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

The service allows BlackBerry owners to swap instant messages, with delivered and read notifications, plus you can share photos and files, conduct voice calls over Wi-Fi, and share information from other apps and social networking services. It's a direct lifeline to friends and associates who share your OS preference.


BlackBerry's inbox delivers a mix of new emails and Facebook and Twitter notifications, which can either make it a useful epicenter of activity or just a bit cluttered, depending on your needs. Scrolling through emails via the touchpad is a nice ability, though, and helps you breeze down the lists with ease.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Reading the actual emails can be a cramped experience, though, due to the size of the screen and the fact that it sometimes displays the contents zoomed in too far. Additionally, having to pull up a menu each time to display images is disappointing. It's a serviceable client, overall, though one limited by the hardware.


As with email, browsing the web suffers on the Bold 9930 due in large part to the display size. Mobile versions of sites typically only show a fraction of the page, while the full versions – despite the visual clarity – are displayed too zoomed-out to comfortably navigate.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

The touchpad serves as an optional mouse pointer during browsing, though, which is a helpful boost for more precise (though slower) movement, and the built-in browser does allow for multiple tabs. It's just not a very smooth or comfortable browsing experience in general.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

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
Marketing Information

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