Blackberry Bold 9930 Review

Blackberry Bold 9930 Review

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A powerful Bold has taken the nation by storm for some time now. A few months ago, we caught a glimpse of the machine, spent a chunk of time with it back in June, and have been eagerly anticipating its release ever since. I’ll just give you a quick overview. When viewed from a distance, it doesn’t appear to differ much from the 2008 Bold 9000 when a quick glance is taken. You can tell the difference when you get closer and pick it up. The company has gone to great lengths to talk up this device’s luxurious stylings and sophisticated looks. While we’re far from Vertu territory here, the first time this phone hits your palm, you’ll know that a lot of attention was paid to making it feel just right — even if it still looks As we know, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, so join us as we find out whether the strong and soft parts beneath the surface can accomplish as much as the surface.


In contrast to the old Bold model, which lived up to its name by being round, chubby, and chubby, the new one is When you just look at the face of the guitar, it is hard to tell whether Although there is still the same portrait QWERTY keyboard layout and the same basic button scheme, where a trackball had once lived, an optical trackpad has replaced it. A solid bar of backlit capacitive touch buttons is situated adjacent to the display they have recently been turned monochrome. This time, the buttons are separated from the keyboard by a curved piece of chrome. Take the Bold up on its side and turn it a bit, and the differences between it and previous models become clear. As we have noted, the extent of the unit now has a brushed stainless steel rim, one continuous band that we assume will provide serious drop protection– though we did not verify that assumption with our use of In addition to those ports, there are buttons and controls around the band. At the top of the phone is one lock button, while the right side houses the rest of the phone’s Located next to it is a volume control with a mute button, and further down is the Convenience Key. The Convenience Key automatically turns the five-megapixel camera on. You’ll see openings for the 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro-USB port on the left side. A riveted inset on the bottom provides just a hint of visual texturing.

The rear of the car also features a few changes With the new Bold, the Leatherette fabric has been replaced with a composite weave, which has a smarter look and adds a Although, the soft-touch plastic covering the gap between the woven panel and stainless rim does feel a little cheap when compared to a Bentley Continental — as a Mercedes CLS would appear to be a bit skimpy Still, it’s a solid, stately-feeling phone that doesn’t offer a huge amount of visual presence, but feels great to hold. As an added bonus, it’s only 10.5mm thick (.41 inches) and surprisingly slim. It will be the backlit keyboard that you want to touch first, and we expect you’ll like it a lot. 

A rear wedge of carbon fiber-like material serves as the battery door, and an embedded conductive loop therein renders this phone NFC-capable, which is not a feature of its 9810 and 9850 classmates. In there, you’ll find a 1,230mAh battery, which is the same in all three new handsets but a bit less powerful than the 1,550mAh found in the older, bulkier Bold 9000 model.

The bottom of the phone contains a microSD slot, which lets you add up to 32GB of storage on top of the 8GB of storage that’s already in there, plus a SIM card

This thing can answer frequency calls as long as it is at least 4G — unless you’re calling over 4G. Things start looking less impressive after you get past the radios, as this is essentially a reorganized version of the same hardware found on its Torch sibling handset. Considering those three facts, it’s hard to tell them apart. Each phone boasts the same 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM and its own “Liquid Graphics” engine, which claims to deliver smoother, more engaging performance over its predecessor. Have you done that? In the software section below, we’ll learn more.

Last but not least, performance here is excellent when it comes to call quality. Our handset did not provide perfect reception when it came to finding and holding onto the Verizon signal, but we were always able to make calls clearly without any issue. Likewise, the speakerphone will prove quite useful for your next impromptu conference call — even in a large that old one with the faux leather chairs and automatic projection screen that probably knocked the socks off of potential clients back in the early 1990s.


Bold’s new 2.8-inch LCD does not provide any more screen space than previous Bold models, however, it is higher-resolution than those in previous Bold models A screen resolution of 640 x 480 is required. We’re not too thrilled to say that the VGA resolution is overly impressive, but the resolution here is more than adequate. Please forgive our disappointment at the lack of pixel count here. As a matter of fact, its 287dpi rating is nearly as high as the coveted 300dpi required to even come close to Retina. After using a big-screen slate of a phone, you’ll be let down by this one. However, BlackBerry users will appreciate the bigger screen. you can look past the size you’ll agree this is a very nice display with plenty of brightness for bright sunny days, beautiful color reproduction regardless of lighting conditions, and good viewing angles that offer almost full-contrast even when you can only see a fraction of it. I really like the shape of this, but I’m a bit sad


As opposed to the 9900 series, where the camera is located at the center, the 9900 series separates the camera and flash, placing the five megapixel sensor on the right of the camera (facing away from you) and the LED flash on the left of the camera. We found that a shadow on the right edge of whatever we were imaging with the flash would occur when working at close-range with this sensor, but since it’s an EDoF sensor, you won’t want to get close to it. While the camera has obvious focus out to infinity, in reality it does not have enough depth of field to capture macro shots. 

Although the camera on the 9900 is nice, it isn’t particularly well suited for this type of But if you step back just a little (or a little bit), your photographs will be adequate, albeit washed out. Video is captured at 720p and the fixed focus means you won’t experience lens hunting while filming. Colors are muted and the balance has been shifted to the warm side, but the results are presentable despite calling attention to the fact that this was taken using a cellphone. While the footage was very sharp a few steps away from the camera, there was a lot of jiggle distortion in the final footage, so a steadier hand is needed than we could achieve when filming the sample.

BlackBerry 7

You hate change, don’t you? The BlackBerry 7 is sure to be a hit with you. Because of reasons that have more to do with marketing than hardware, the latest version of the OS was bumped from a minor to minor update but on the whole this isn’t much more than a tweak to the BB6 that many of you know and may not be thrilled with. In my experience with the gesture-heavy interface, designed to run over QNX to power the PlayBook, we were quite excited to see what that little OS is capable of. According to current reports, we won’t see anything like that until sometime next year, so, for now, we’re left with an OS that feels every bit as minor a revision as any of the countless revisions that have come before it. This does not bode well for BlackBerry OS, which is really showing its age. Spending too much time with something using Android, iOS, webOS or Windows Phone will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time a bit — especially the moment you open the browser to your favorite site and get overwhelmed by a shockingly minimalistic WAP render. What a shock! The simple default rendering of this browser belies its capabilities as a full-fledged HTML5 browser that can handle just about anything the Web can throw at it — except Flash — and do so with ease. Regardless of how complex a page is, it will render quickly and be easy to navigate. On this tiny screen, you’ll be able to pinch to zoom in and out, and if you scroll to any of the four extents of a page, there is plenty of elastic bounce.

You can use the search function built into the OS to quickly search through contacts, favorites, and e-mails. Earlier this year, we discovered The Search app’s voice search feature to be incredibly accurate in identifiying whatever information we muttered into the mic. In this case, the only drawback is we had to sign not one, but two additional incredibly long license agreements in order to enable Just about every time you try to do something new on your phone, you’ll have to scroll through a lot of legalese. Thus, it is imperative to say, users encounter a somewhat unpleasant Last but not least, BlackBerry 7 provides BlackBerry Balance, functionality that allows you to keep work stuff separate from personal If an admin decides to remotely wipe your handset, you will not lose personal information, but for those BES jockeys out there, it will secure them from sharing sensitive data via personal challenges — like reaching out to your neighborhood investment club with your company’s internal Q2 projections. So this is more a feature intended for administrators than for those who are administered, and so we shouldn’t get too excited. If you’re not one of those admins, you should not be on the server. that is the case, or if you are a corporate user in any case, it is as always an excellent operating system for businesses. You can then jump right into the call after you’ve opened a meeting invite. When the other team is muted, you’ll see a reassuringly prominent red indication on the screen that’s easy to spot even when you’re far away. For those who aim to do their best, this is an important point to keep in mind. When the discussion gets dull, the OS will make you think like a robot.) Ultimately, if you know what you’re doing, this OS will be quick and easy to handle, and if you’re looking for productivity, it will definitely deliver. For anyone unfamiliar with BlackBerry, it’s ugly and unintuitive since there are a lot of long, scrollable menus, too many hidden collections of options, and too little style for anyone who’s used a mobile operating system in the last few years.


You’re not likely to be won over by the application selection if you aren’t sold on the BB7. 

There are a lot of polygons in this app, but it’s supposed to be the first app to show off Open GL ES 2.0 support. Furthermore, watching a video of someone else riding a rollercoaster is considerably less fun (and only slightly more interactive). Furthermore, this title addresses one of the problems with all three 3D games are not tested for all three at the same time. 189MB is the maximum storage capacity for apps offered by the company. The fact that this Bold has 8GB of internal storage won’t help you. And you won’t have room for more apps even if you insert a 32GB microSD card. You will still have just 189MB. AppWorld selections are comparatively extremely small, but this has forced developers to make compromises. Every app may take up no more than 7MB of this, and each can only take up 7MB of that. To get the full experience of this game, you’ll need to first download the app, install it, and launch it. Finally, you’ll have to wait while a 16MB set of data You can only do this step over WiFi, even if you’re grandfathered in to a data plan that allows it — and, in the end, you end up with some you want to have even more fun, you can install Documents to Go, which will allow you to create and edit documents in the formats of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Performance and battery life

Although we can’t say how much of the speed of this 9930 is a result of the new hardware and how much is just thanks to the improved software, we can note that the phone is extremely responsive and snappy. Opening menus, launching apps, etc. is virtually seamless. It also prevents the hourglass from falling off the shelf, as you might expect. If the battery is pulled after turning off the phone, a cold start will take about one minute and 45 seconds to complete, but after that it’ll be less than five seconds to bring it back to life. A lot better than expected.


wrap up

In many ways, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 feels like its first step — the last blast of air for an operating system that likely won’t be with us for very long. It may simply be our optimistic nature. Although we would have enjoy having a more modern, more refined OS on this phone, as it stands we have some good hardware coming with bad software that, at least for those who have already left the BBM fold (or were never in) just won’t appeal. That may be the best RIM can do at this point — stem the tide. The company isn’t losing customers it’s just not growing as fast as the competition, and until it has an operating system that can compete, it won’t. Don’t look at the 9930 as the phone that will end the problems with RIM and turn it into a market leader. Think of it as the best damn embodiment of what BlackBerry is today — and then join us all in crossing your fingers as we await the release of BlackBerry OS 6, which I am hoping will bring something truly new