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      22.06.2014 20:07

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      Brilliant!

      I LOVE THIS PHONE! I have had this phone for almost a year now. I saved up and up to buy it since I wanted an upgrade from my blackberry curve 8520. The touchscreen on this phone is a brilliant feature and makes using the phone easier. The phone is fast and you are able to have multiple internet tabs open at a time.

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      04.02.2014 17:57

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      Too much promise; too many problems

      Having owned the Bold 9900 for almost two years, and approaching my contract renewal, I have mixed feelings about getting a new phone.

      Originally I got this for the keyboard (after being disappointed by the touchscreen on two previous phones), the ease of email/texting, and its usability for business users. I wasn't disappointed with any of these elements, but I did (and still do) feel like it should have been capable of so much more.

      If you're into apps, then don't bother with Blackberry. Very few are developed any more for this operating system and those can be used drain the resources of the phone far too much. For example, the pre-installed maps are utterly useless, take far too long (>5mins) to locate position and drain the battery within hours. If you want reliability, then loading more than a handful of apps will limit the functionality of the phone too. Occasionally it got to the stage where restarting the phone was taking upwards of 10 minutes.

      There are a few redeeming features, namely the camera with its excellent 5mp lens, music and video player, and the fact that it doesn't use nearly as much data when browsing the internet as most Android/iOS phones.

      Overall, it's not a very fun phone. For business users, those who want to use the internet and maybe dabble in social media it's OK. But if you want a phone that packs a punch as an all-rounder don't get this one. I'll miss its keyboard, but that's about it.

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      25.09.2013 14:07

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      I got this bb Bold when it first come out as my upgrade since then I have fallen in love with it, better then any other blackberry, easy to you, everything is great, sometimes is abit slow but have to restart it but I guess that is blackberrys for you

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      02.09.2013 14:08

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      not the best by any means and overpriced.

      I originally got this phone when it was first released as I'd fallen in love with its modern looks and sleek design. Like most blackberries its pretty easy to find your way around and if its bought on a contract all the key applications, blackberry messenger, email, facebook etc should be pretty much ready to go.

      At first I loved the phone its quick to use, the qwerty keypad is a mega plus for me but you still get all the benefits of a touchscreen phone too. The HD screen is vivid and lovely and clear and the camera was pretty good too. At the time it was released it definitely had the novelty factor of a full qwerty keyboard and the touch screen but now its not the only phone to have this.

      By the end of my 24 month contract i loathed the phone it had become slow, unreliable and the battery would die with no prior notice and extremely quickly.

      Pros-
      *good looking phone, light and slim.
      *great qwerty keypad .
      *easy to set up and use.
      *has the plus of blackberry messenger useful if your contacts also use it

      Cons-
      *system becomes slow quite quickly.
      *battery life isn't great.
      *blackberry doesn't have a wide range of apps unlike apple and android.

      Overall there are definitely better phones now on the market which are more reliable and have a better range of features.

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      22.05.2013 11:26
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      Lovely phone if you can keep it alive!

      I have been a dedicated Blackberry user for more than 5 years now, I've had curves aswell as bolds so when it came time to upgrade my phone last year I had no doubt that the 9900 would be perfect for me.
      I'm not a fan of touchscreens, I'm no good at typing on them for a start and I just do not 'get' iphones at all.

      It's so smooth, so sleek and shiny. A high resolution touch screen aswell as the famous qwerty keyboard so you can get the best of both worlds. A powerful 1.2GZ processor so you can do pretty much everything instantly. It's an all singing, all dancing version of every other Blackberry from the past.

      Blackberry's popularity is on the wain, I want to stay true to them truly I do but then I fell foul to the black screen of death, it won't turn on, it won't charge, and worst of all I have lost all my precious videos and pictures of my babies. As much as I tried to stay loyal, how can I when I have lost the irreplacable and there is nothing to be done about it, no fix, just black screen of death.

      I'm sorry Blackberry but this time you have lost a loyal customer. There is no point in having a phone that does everything if it dies a death and loses everything!

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        22.01.2013 21:48
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        Great phone for the money its worth but not garunteed to last as long as it maybe should do

        I first purchased this phone on pay as you go last January as a replacement for my old Blackberry bold 9780 which broke unexpectedly so I was slightly wary as to whether I should purchase another Blackberry mobile or not, but I decided to get myself a Bold 9900. I pretty much liked the idea of having a QWERTY keyboard and apps such as BBM where I could easily talk to people on a top of the range smart phone and also have a touch screen included!

        ==Aesthetics==
        I personally found this phone very attractive since it has a shiny and also very sturdy metallic finish all around the sides of the phone and on the top and bottom to go with the sleek glass and plastic on the front of the phone. The back of the phone is a very smooth plastic but is very annoying to remove if you are like me and do not have long nails! The keyboard lights up when the screen is on which makes typing an easier job to do. Volume and camera buttons are located on the right side of the phone which are very easy to access for the user of the phone and also have a metallic finish. It weighs 130g which can come across as heavy for a mobile but in my opinion it gives it a very strong feel and also is meant to be a slightly bulky phone anyway since it has a large 2.8'' screen and also a nice chunky QWERTY keyboard which is very useful for typing fast with ease and also is helpful if you just generally prefer typing on a bigger set of keys!

        ==Functionality==
        The device itself includes a TFT capacitive touchscreen and I can definitely say that this touch screen is one of the most responsive I have ever used and also is not vulnerable to being a slow touch screen and also with its multitouch it can be used for many things such as zooming in and out of webpages. An original Blackberry touch pad is included on the device which can be adjusted to whatever sensitivity the user of the phone feels is necessary and it is very fast, it also is the latest Blackberry track pad which doesn't let dirt in so therefore will always be able to function without things such as dirt getting stuck inside it and stopping functionality of the cursor. Calls are very clear and the speaker is also quite loud so music playback is an advantage on this phone. It has a 1.2ghz CPU and runs off Blackberrys o.s and in my opinion is a very fast type of software to have but not always very reliable. The phone also boasts a 5mp rear camera which can record in 720p and is one of the reasons why I like this phone as picture quality is very clear. 8GB of internal storage is included inside the phone and is useful for storing things such as pictures, music and videos and I use mine as a media device most of the time! Internet also runs pretty smoothly on this phone as well.

        ==Problems==
        Literally after 6 months of using the device and keeping it in the best condition that I could, it fell into an error that stopped the phone from functioning and I couldn't seem to get it fixed anywhere and it took me ages to figure out that I needed to wipe the o.s from it and completely re install it which was definitely a huge downside since a problem like this should not have happened to a top of the range smart phone! Even though I have upgraded to an Iphone, I still use my Blackberry and this is because it has apps such as BBM, however the Blackberry is only a year old and I experience a black clock coming up every now and then (this freezes the phone) and sometimes even more frequently even though I regularly do battery pulls and most people I know with a Blackberry have this problem too. Also after the phone was fixed, 80% of the time after that a red line started too appear on every picture that was taken on the phone and this problem seems unfix-able and it is a disappointment since it ruins the amazing picture quality of the Blackberry's camera. The battery also is not great whilst in use as when using the 3G internet it only lasts up to 5h and 50mins talk time.

        ==Price and overall conclusion==
        This device can be picked up for around £280 or on a contract depending on what you prefer and this a pretty reasonable price for a top of the range smart phone of its kind. It does what it should do and has some great features such as its graphics, touch screen, camera, software and many more and if you are looking for a smart phone for any kind of use (especially business) then you should definitely consider this device. However, if the software was a lot more consistent and ran a lot smoother and faster over a larger period of time then it would be much more reliable and be an even better device than it already is!

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          26.11.2012 15:16
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          A good value for money, I current posses one.

          This is amazing, full stop, literally.

          I current have one of these. There is a lot of hype about Blackberrys breaking easily, when the matter of fact is; some people don't look after them as well as they should.

          First of all, it's screen is a good size, you are never squinting your eyes, attempting to read whatever you are reading.

          The keys on the front are soft on your fingers, they do not bludge out like other Blackberrys do. This allows you to text, tweet, and post status' quicker, for me anyway.

          This has Facebook & Twitter built in, the blackberry app for both is amazing. It's very easy to use.

          The camera has a flash on it, which is good for people like me who like to attend Nightclubs or bars, and it can be sometimes dark. It's camera quality is really good, it's never let me down with those odd blury photos that you can sometimes get with other cheaper models.

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          31.10.2012 00:29
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          Over priced and hard to use

          INTRODUCTION
          I purchased this phone to double as both a business phone and also a phone for leisure, as I knew Blackberry included many cool features like BBM Messenger which I could use to communicate with friends.

          DESIGN , EASE OF USE
          The phone looks very well and has a carbon fibre reverse which seems to be really sturdy and hard to scratch. In the box you also get a cleaning cloth and genuine Blackberry leather case.
          The phone is quite large but is comfortable to hold in your hand. However, I found it quite difficult to use and found the menu quite overcrowded and complicated.

          CAMERA, OTHER FEATURES
          The camera on the phone is of a reasonable quality and can take some neat photographs. I also think the music player is quite aesthetically pleasing, and the transfer software is good. However the speaker quality is not very good.

          DISPLAY
          The display quality is decent, however not as good as I expected. I found the QWERTY keyboard and trackball quite fiddly when using the internet, and this is why the touch screen was very useful. The screen is a good size allowing you to view lots of the web page

          PRICE POINT
          I think the phone is overpriced (£400), as there are no features which I found to be exceptional. Unfortunately on the second day of careful use, the phone froze twice, requiring a soft reset. I would be afraid that the phone's software cannot keep up with simple actions.

          CONCLUSION
          I would recommend the phone if, and only if, it was half the price, perhaps around £225 but not the current full price. I think the phone is quite 'clunky' and hard to navigate around. Perhaps it would be better suited to those accustomed to the Blackberry operating system - it is not for new recruits!

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            21.10.2012 19:23
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            best blackberry so far

            Introduction

            My first entry into the smart phone market was the Blackberry Bold 9700. After my contract was due for upgrade I decided on a blackberry model again. This time it was the Bold 9900. Currently it is available from around £20 a month on contract or just over £350 if you want the sim free pay as you go version. My main uses for the phone was for email and messaging rather than heavy use of applications so this seemed to be the ideal choice.

            The Phone itself

            The phone is the slimmest of the Blackberry's currently available on the market and measures 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm. It is 10g lighter than the iPhone 4s. It is the first Blackberry to offer both the qwerty keyboard and also touch screen capability.You can swipe,pinch and zoom with the Liquid Graphics touch screen. The leatherette back of the 9700 has been replaced by a carbon fibre panel. It also features a 1.2 ghz processor. Both the CPU and the graphics processing have been improved considerably from previous BlackBerry devices. It also features 8GB of onboard memory which is plenty to store all your music, pictures and videos and it can be upgraded up to 32gb. There is 720p HD video recording also. The keyboard is easy to use and is one of the top features of a Blackbery bold phone. It is slightly wider than previous versions which makes typing more smooth.

            On the right side of the phone you have volume buttons which flank a play/pause button and a camera button. On the left side is the micro usb socket used for charging and a headphone port. The screen size is 2.8in from corner to corner which is smaller than the likes of the Samsung galaxy s phones and even slide phones like the Torch 9800. RIM has increased the resolution so you get 640 x 480 pixels which is in comparison to 480 x 360 on older models.

            The BlackBerry 9900 runs BlackBerry 7 OS which although being slightly superior to OS 6 is not a big change.

            Web browsing with the touch screen is a nice touch. Performance is generally good and the speed of loading pages is slightly faster than previous versions.

            The camera is only 5 megapixels which is a bit of a let down compared to other phones which have 8.The battery life is also quite poor and the phone needs to be recharged quite often which is another disadvantage. The apps are also quite limited with the Blackberry app world accessed from the menu. The apps are not the main selling point for Blackberry users so is kind of understandable that it pales in comparison to the likes of the iphone and other android devices. It also doesn't feature flash video.

            Overall

            This is the best Blackberry that Rim has produced so far and it features a lot of positives such as combining the qwerty keyboard with a touch screen and a faster processor and updated operating system. It also has negatives such as the 5 megappixel camera and the battery life. Overall though I would give this phone 4 out of 5 stars.

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            25.07.2012 13:45
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            Go buy oene

            I got this phone 6months ago and im impressed with it i love the fact its a blackberry but has a touchscreen at the same time . It is alot faster than all the blackberrys i had before and is very stylish phone the only downside i saw was the battery life drained very quickly and never lasted me a day after being on charge all night but am defiyinely keeping mine and i urge people to buy these more than the curves as the curve are quite tacky compared to these phones i no the price tag is more expensive but int he long run it is worth it i had note but problems with my curve that ended up costing more than the bold 9900 all together . The camera is superb aswell as the display. They are so easy ro use and i recommend them over any iphone

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            16.06.2012 15:26
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            Good phone, but could do with a few improvements.

            This phone is a great socialising phone, is has many different applications you can download and install onto the phone.

            I found the keys quite difficult to use as they are quite small but after about a month of having the phone i was typing texts and emails with ease.

            This phone has both a touch screen and blackberries very own scroll button which they have on their phones, this is helpful for people which dont particularly get on with touch screen phones so they have the option of both.

            The touch screen is very responsive and very well calibrated so customers do not get stressed or annoyed when the phone opens up something completely different to what they wanted to click on.

            Some down points on this phone are sometimes it can completely freeze and take ages to start responding again, so i often have to remove the battery and place it back it, also the batttery life after a while starts to drain relatively quickly, not so much of that of an iphone but can still be a nuisance.
            also the battery can decide not to charge and will turn off and not charge at all, so the battery has to be removed for about 5 minutes.

            The speaker on the blackberry isn't very loud, it is good quality music but sometimes can be difficult to hear what's going on, when headphones are plugged into the jack then the quality and volume is fine.

            The design of the phone itself is quite appealing as it has a very metallic look with a chrome finish.

            The main usage of a blackberry is the blackberry messenger which is the most commonly used messenger and is the main reason that people but blackberry.

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            16.06.2012 15:07

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            Great phone, just like a mini computer, but has it's problems!

            I got my blackberry bold 9900 in September, and fell in love with it straight away, you couldn't get me away from it. Loved the bigger buttons, the choice of touch screen and the scroll button, the flash on the camera, how smart it looked. But as time went on little problems started occurring. It would keep freezing and wouldn't unfreeze for at least fifteen minutes, which would really wind me up. Sometimes the only way is to take out the battery for 2 minutes and put it back in again, which is a real nuisance. (it still does it now!!) But the most annoying thing is sometimes it just won't charge, the phone will completley turn off, and a red light will appear, and it will not charge. Again I have to take the battery out but for longer, and put it back in again. But because I charge my phone when i am sleeping, I won't realise until the next morning that it didn't charge and then it's too late so my phone dies so quick during the day. That is another problem, my phone will be half dead by, about 1 oclock, the battery does not last at all. Although saying all this, I still do love my phone, it has good apps, a nice range of text styles and themes, you can get great covers and cases for it, and does everything i want it to, when it does want to work properly haha :) People keep persuading me to buy an iphone instead, but I don't like phones with touch screens as much, and this phone you have the choice of both, the best of both worlds! :) A lot of people have problems with blackberrys but I think this model of it has the least problems. Hope this helps!

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            15.06.2012 17:00
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            good enough for a smartphone

            I have bought this blackberry for about 5 months ago. Well i would say that at first i was forced to buy it for my office purposes. But then i realized that this smartphone was quite attractive for me. From what i can see, relying on a wide and comfortable QWERTY keyboard, and also supported by a capasitive touch screen, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers something different than its predecessor. Equipped with a 1.2 Ghz processor, the performance of BlackBerry Bold 9900 is quite a satisfactory.

            Design of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 looks quite elegant. Glance similar to its predecessor, the BlackBerry Bold 9000, but 9900 is more slim (10.5 mm only) and lighter (130 grams). 9900 Bold design is also much wider and elegant than Bold 9000. Look at the front there is a screen measuring 2.8 inches with a resolution of 640x480 pixels. There are four physical keys and a sensitive trackpad on its navigation menu row. Its full QWERTY keyboard is very tender and comfortable for typing. Well you can't simply resist the BlackBerry Bold 9900's round bezel, wrapped with stainless steel that adds an elegant effect of the Bold 9900. Back side of Bold 9900 seems minimalist. The battery cover is made from lightweight plastic with carbon black motif, with the BB logo in the middle of it. All around the battery cover there is a black doff frame making a better grip.

            Bold 9900's operating system is using the BlackBerry OS 7, the latest version currently released by RIM. If you ever use the device with OS 6 might not be too familiar to see the OS 7 of 9900 Bold. 2.8-inch & 640x480 pixel screen makes the operating system looks not too big and not too small, so the image produced by the screen is quite sharp and bright. With the support of a capacitive touch screen and trackpad, exploring the menu on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is easier and faster.
            Well for the superiority of the messaging system on this blackberry is still the blackberry messenger, which is contained already in the device. It facilitates communication, making communications run very simple and easy, especially if you are a person with high mobilization.

            The camera resolution of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is 5 MP. Well I ain't saying if it is a good one, but I would say that this is enough for people who only need occasional camera features, just like me. Unfortunately the auto focus feature is missing from this phone. Too bad that RIM forgot to put auto focus feature on this phone. Image result of Bold 9900's camera is bright enough and has a good color I think, but once again, unfortunately there is no auto focus feature.

            The browser gets a meaningful improvement over the previous generation. Loading and rendering speed is very good, making it easier to done my job or just searching for some informations. And bowser on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is able to open 25 web pages simultaneously and still be added if desired. Supported by a touch screen is making it facilitates the process of scrolling, swiping, and zooming (pinch zoom) by a touch of your fingers.
            Well the battery of Bold 9900 is not good enough as other features. Bold 9900 only lasts 10-13 hours by an intense using with a fairly dense and activities connected with the BIS (Blackberry Internet Service).

            Thx for reading

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            20.05.2012 20:47

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            7/10

            I have had this for a few months now. Unfortunately the novelty has already run off.

            Overview:

            The keyboard is very easy to use. With the backlit keyboard, it is most definitely an added bonus. The keys are well together which makes texting very easy. Because it is the bold, it is less cramped than other BB mobiles phones.

            The touch screen is alright, but in comparison to the IPhone, it still is not as responsive. I often have to double-tap to get it to work. You need a lot of precision with yours fingers for it to work. In concerns with browsing the internet, it is very inaccurate. The screen is far too small to use in comparison to the iPhone.

            The rest of the phone is good. The touchscreen is quite useful to scroll through messages, but still it is hindered by the fact that the screen is too small!

            The camera is horrific! It does not focus very well, which renders it useful. Even though it's 5 MP, it still does not focus and take the picture very quickly. Filming is also very tenuous which has resorted me to not using the camera when I am out and about.

            Looks wise, it is a beautiful piece of technology. It is very sleekline and will slip into your pocket with ease. It is highly durable, due to its aluminium edges.

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            15.04.2012 21:02

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            A MASSIVE improvement to the usual -loading- older and slower Blackberry!

            I was apprehensive about buying this phone after owning a blackberry curve and constantly finding myself throwing it across the room out of pure frustration but I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.

            I was pleasantly surprised by the new look fast navigation and especially the touchscreen! I was expecting nothing too good but the touch recognition is superb! The keys are extremely easy to type on even with my larger than life giantess fingers.

            I kept on waiting for it to crash like my other blackberry, but it never failed! Although two weeks in of using it and charging it almost every night - smartphones eat battery power like crazy - it refused to charge, after several hours of agony it finally connected and the red light went on telling me it was charging 'Phew!' This is the only hiccup I've had so far

            This Blackberry has a totally different system to the older Blackberry's, it's considerably faster, the camera is fantastic if you're a BB owner you'll know how terrible the camera's are but this one is great! Definitely Facebook and Twitter worthy which is great as uploading them couldn't be simpler! Of course there's Blackberry messenger or BBM which, again, is incredibly fast.

            The phone's on the pricier end but if you can afford it and need a fast multitasking phone then this would definitely be a strong contendor!

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