The different smartphones of Blackberry by RIM (Research in Motion) are Pearl, Bold, Curve, Storm and Torch. Personally I have only used the Bolds and Curves, and both have features that make them unique to the other. In my mind whilst the Bold has always been that more studier and professional looking, the Curve has notification features that are not subtle, which is great if you cannot miss that all important call or email as the vibrate function is ideal when your phone is buried in thick pockets.
Blackberry Bold 9990
RIM call it a "Sleek and thin...iconic design" and it is also the lightest BlackBerry to date. When holding the new Bold 9990 device in the palm of your hand, albeit the size is slightly bigger it is extremely light but still retains its professional feel and stability.
The major difference with this Blackberry compared to its predecessors is that this model not only has the popular QWERTY keyboard, but also a touchscreen with little compromise on the size and usability.
According to RIM's official website, the Blackberry Bold 9990's specification are as follows:
- Size: Height4.53 in/115 mm, width2.60 in/66 mm, depth0.41 in/10.5 mm and 2.8" (measured diagonally);
- Weight: 4.59 oz/130g;
- Processor: QC 8655 1.2GHz;
- Memory: 768MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC with expandable memory up to 32 GB SD card (optional);
- Capacitive touch screen,
- Optical trackpad;
- 35 key backlit keyboard;
- Dedicated keys such as Send, End, Menu, Escape, Camera, Volume Up/Down, Mute and Lock;
- 5 MP camera;
- HD Video recording (720p);
- 4X Digital Zoom;
- Face detection and Image Stabilisation;
- Dual-band Wi-Fi® HD 720dpi HD video Power and performance;
- Battery:1230 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery;
- GSM Talk Time: Up to 6.3 hours;
- GSM Standby Time: Up to 12.8 days;
- Audio Playback Time: Up to 50 hours;
- Video Playback Time: Up to 7.4 hours;
- 3.5mm stereo headset capable;
- Integrated speaker and microphone;
- Hands-free headset capable;
- Bluetooth headset capable;
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone;
- VGA 640 × 480 resolution;
- Integrated GPS;
- Includes BlackBerry® Maps;
- Impressive music & Video
- Video formats:MPEG4, H.264, H.263; and
- Audio formats:MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC , eAAC , Flac, Vorbis.
We found in the office that the touchscreen is very user friendly when the menu is visible. It did also feel somewhat strange having a touchscreen on such a small screen, the slide method to pop up the menu was not very responsive at times, but that would not, and has not stopped some of my colleagues from running out and buying one.
The brushed stainless steel gives it a look similar to, dare I say, the iPhone, and the sculpted sleek 10.5mm profile gives it that modern look that we have come to see from the likes of iPhone, but there is something that much more stunning about it. I think those who remember back to the original Blackberry smartphones which did actually look like a flattened blackberry will appreciate this more.
We estimated that the internet is 40% faster and this model includes Wikitude which marks places on maps as with Blackberry operating system 7 it is able to pick up people on Blackberry Messenger 6, so you can hold up the camera and it tags people who are on your BBM friends list.
O2 seem to be the first in the UK supplying this new device, so if you are in two minds, pop along to one of their stores and give it is test run.