BlackBerry Bold 9700 review

The Bold 9700 is the latest in RIM’s flagship line up and its sleek design has got our mouth watering. Does it really deserve to be range topper though? We review it to find out.

One big change in looks is the way that messaging is displayed. You'll find text messages look much more like threaded messaging your replies are a slightly different colour to those you're conversing with, which makes it much clearer to see who's said what and when.

Another addition to BlackBerry OS 5.0 is in the multimedia. Although RIM hasn't changed the interface of the music player or image gallery, the multimedia menu has been updated with the option to choose between music, videos, ringtones, pictures, voice notes, video camera and voice notes recorder all in one place.

A let down however, is the lack of updated browser. It was rumoured that OS 5.0 would bring with it an improved browser with tabbed browsing, but alas, you'll still need to download Opera for such functionality.

The touchpad does ace for moving around web pages though, so if the BlackBerry browser is your preferred option, the hardware makes browsing easier for you.

Even with email set to push, Wi-Fi activated, and the Bold 9700 continuously searching for signal in deepest, darkest Norfolk, we still managed to keep the battery going for a full three days.

Granted, there was limited signal for calling on one day out of three, but this is still an impressive show, considering our experience of the original Bold on standby leaves a lot to be desired in the juice department.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a more than able RIM device. It brings with it a whole collection of connectivity options and won't leave you high and dry when it comes to battery life.

There's not a trick missed here apart from the improved browser, but hopefully that update will come in a future firmware upgrade.

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Verdict

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is our favourite RIM device to date. It takes the essential, top-running features of the Bold 9000 and adds a sleek body and much-improved OS with 5.0.

Connectivity: HSDPA 850/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Display: 2.44in, 480x360 pixels Processor: 624 MHz Storage: 256MB storage Camera: 3.2 megapixels, autofocus, flash A-GPS: Yes Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g Dimensions: 60 x 14 x 109mm (WDH) Weight: 122g Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh, 6hrs talktime, 408hrs standby

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