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BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Questionably bold in 2011, and no better with time

Camera

At just 5-megapixels, the Bold 9930's camera isn't designed for much more than snapping quick shots and sending them to friends and family. The photos we took often looked grainy and had considerable noise in the backdrops. On the upside, the convenience button can be used as a physical shutter button, but don't expect to pull any spectacular images here.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

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Likewise, the video footage we shot with the camera didn't particularly impress with clarity. It's rated at 720p, but we wouldn't recommend using the camera for more than quick clips for personal use.

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Maps

BlackBerry's built-in maps software is a remarkably sparse offering – one that lacks anything resembling a satellite or street view, plus there's no public transit info. It'll find your location with GPS and map you to a destination via vehicle directions, but it doesn't do much more than the absolute basics.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Luckily, there's an easy fix. Simply navigate yourself to Google Maps in the web browser, download the app when prompted, and enjoy the fully featured maps program whenever you need it.

Apps

The Bold 9930 comes preloaded with a handful of useful apps, including Twitter and Facebook – both of which are limited by the display size, but usable – plus YouTube, Documents to Go, various IM services, and a couple of simple games. Naturally, more are available for download and/or purchase online.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

Navigating a messy, sluggish interface when there's a suitable reward at the end is bearable. Doing so when the contents within are lacking is utterly frustrating. Sadly, the latter is the case with BlackBerry App World, the terribly designed and lag-filled app store offering found within the Bold 9930.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 review

We frequently found App World to freeze for numerous seconds at a time during navigation, while installation of a tiny app would sometimes take several minutes to complete and essentially halt all other operation of the phone in the meantime. Sadly, there's little worth finding on App World. Headline apps and games from other phones are almost completely MIA; what you'll find instead are lazy knock-offs and other limited-use offerings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourWhite
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
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameBold 9900 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-42553-004
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
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