Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - BlackBerry Bold

Countless delays and additional network testing held up Research In Motion's (RIM) U.S. release of the BlackBerry Bold 9000, making it one of the most-coveted smartphones in BlackBerry's 10-year history. The BlackBerry Bold, the first 3G device from RIM, was originally announced in May, but the Bold didn't hit stores until November.

The Bold starts at about $300 with a contract from AT&T -- its exclusive U.S. carrier. The high-end smartphone sent shockwaves through the market with its host of features. It offers standard BlackBerry functions like e-mail, messaging, organizer and browser, but also features a lustrous black exterior, satin chrome-finished frame and a leatherette back plate. The Bold also offers a half-VGA color display, 480 x 320 at 217 ppi, and a full QWERTY keypad for typing. In addition, the Bold offers built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, a 624MHz mobile processor and 1 GB of onboard storage with up to 16 GB available via microSD/SDHC expansion. In addition, the Bold offers a host of rich multimedia capabilities including a media player for music, video and photos; a 2-megapixel camera with built-in flash, zoom and video recording; and an optimized Web browser.

And its ties with AT&T enable it to offer a host of other services including simultaneous voice and data capabilities, AT&T Navigator Global Addition, seamless Wi-Fi, cellular video and AT&T mobile music services. The Bold also features include Bluetooth 2.0 support, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, voice-activated dialing, speaker-independent voice recognition and a host of other functions.

Release date: November 04 2008

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Average user rating:

The good:
The RIM BlackBerry Bold boasts one of the sharpest displays we've seen on a smartphone and offers great multimedia performance. The smartphone also brings HSDPA support, more productivity tools, and an updated OS. Other goodies include Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth; and strong e-mail support with full QWERTY keyboard.

The bad:
The Bold is a bit bulky and expensive. The Web browser isn't as easy to navigate as the competition.

The bottom line:
For those who waited, the RIM BlackBerry Bold won't disappoint. The Bold impresses with its brilliant display, enhanced productivity tools, and excellent multimedia performance to deliver a more powerful and well-rounded smartphone to mobile professionals.

Brand / Type
TypeBold 9000
Form factorCandybar
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDPA (3G)
Service850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetoothv2.0 with A2DP
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
Fax / DataNo
Main displayColor TFT
Color display65.536 colors
Resolution320x480 pixels
External displayNo
Internal memory1GB
External memory8GB
Memory slots1
Storage typesMicroSD
BatteryLithium Ion 1500 mAh
Standby time310 hours
Talk time5 hours
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Megapixels2.0 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution1600x1200 pixels
Digital zoomYesx
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusNo
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraNo
T9 text functionYes
Internet browsingYes
FM radioNo
Audio playerAAC, eAAC, MP3, WMA
Video player3GP, DivX, MPEG4, WMV
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserCalculator, Calendar, Currecy convertor, Reminders,DataViz document viewer, Document editor
Video callN/A
Other featuresQWERTY keyboard, Built-in GPS, Built-in handsfree, Voice dial, Voice memo, BlackBerry Maps
Weight4.7 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.5x2.6x0.6 in.

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