1. LSglock89's Avatar
    I have spent roughly a full week with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 on Verizon Wireless. My previous two phones were the iPhone 4 32GB and BlackBerry Bold 9650 before that. I am no stranger to the BlackBerry line up, though I have not been a user as long as most.

    To start off with I will say that the Bold 9930 is a great device, it is at this point replacing my iPhone 4. Now I have taken some criticism from my friends and family members about this move. Most have been saying, Man you are crazy! Or You will not be happy with the move, you will miss the iPhone. There are a couple things that I do miss and I will outline them later.

    The device itself is the thinnest BlackBerry to be put out on the market so far. One major issue which has hit the internet so far is the choice to go with the EDOF (Extended Depth of Field) lens. You can search to see what the pros and cons of that type of lens are versus the autofocus lens. One big advantage is that it is thinner and easier to put in a device. Another advantage is it is always in focus. This is where the issues begin for most; it is great at a distance where you may be focusing on one object, the background remains in focus as well. At shorter or up close distances, the camera is much less effectiveHOWEVER you can produce an acceptable reproduction of a document (at least in my opinion). It will not be sharp and clear, but it will be legible. It takes a combination of good lighting, a steady hand and zooming while putting a bit of distance between you and an object.

    Examples:

    This was taken in my dining room with some natural light coming through the windows, I was in Close Up mode and was about a foot or so back and zoomed in. While I agree with everyone, it is not as sharp as an iPhone camera, it passes.



    There was less natural light in this picture, I was in the kitchen and the blinds were closed. I was not very steady in this shot, I should have re-taken it.



    A couple more examples of the close up abilities of the Bold 9930s camera;





    I think that is plenty examples to get an idea at this cameras abilities for up close shots.

    I do not have the video anymore, but I did test the 720p HD capabilities of this phone. The sound was crisp and the picture was not bad, but I do not think it was up to par with others I have seen. I did not do an in-depth review of this particular part of the phone, but I think for on the go video, it will pass.

    Next I will discuss the design of this phone. One thing I miss was the overall aesthetics of this phone. I think BlackBerry as a device lineup has generally always felt good in the hand. Some models have executed this better than others, but I must say that was one thing that had me yearning for my BlackBerry.

    I have decided to include many pictures of the device itself. I really believe that this is a very classy and sophisticatedalmost sexy device.













    I have not encountered any of the build quality issues or nitpicks that you may have read on the internet. I think that you mostly hear the voice of the angry and do not hear the voice of those who actually get a great, solid device. Remember everyone, the internet is only a small sampling of those who actually use the device and in mass production there are bound to be mistakes. It seems that manufactures are generally good about replacing their defects.

    I personally love the touch screen and physical keyboard combo. Lets discuss the touch screen. Since I was coming from the iPhone, the Bold had large shoes to fill in terms of fluidness in its touchscreen. The touchscreen on the Bold 9930 is superb, do I believe it is as good as the iPhones? No, but its very, very close. The pinch and zoom abilities work great in browser mode and all in all, I am very happy with it. I had a various samplings of Droid touchscreens to try out at the Verizon store and while I know demos are not necessarily indicative of the device itself, everyone I tried did not seem as fluid and as easy to glide through screens/menus. The colors on the display are very bright and clear and I have my backlight brightness set to 10. While the screen size is much smaller than the iPhone 4, I find it suitable to web browse with.

    The keyboard is great. It does have a plastic type feel, but after being on an all touchscreen device, it was a nice welcome home. I even picked up my old Bold 9650 and the Bold 9930s keyboard is so much nicer. The size is perfect for my fat fingers.
    Web browsing is also another marginal improvement compared to my previous BlackBerry experience. Larger, more graphic intensive websites seems to load up quicker and while I do experience some checker boarding from time to time, it is far less than before. I have had no major issues and I am pleased.

    The ports and buttons do bring a slight disappointment. I really wish the headphone jack was on top and perhaps the charging port was on the right side. I also miss two convenience keys, however I understand there are apps that can change your volume up/down and mute keys to convenience keys.

    The battery door is very nice looking; however it is a great pain to get out. You really do have to dig down deep in there with your nail to get it to pop up. I get a little frightened because I do not want to slip and scratch this door. I have heard that it is very prone to scratches. It would have been nicer to have found a better way to release that battery door.

    Overall I find the fit/finish/feel of this phone to be very good. It does almost feel a bit to light to me. I have installed an OtterBox Commuter Series case (you can search my username to see that review). I believe it adds the right amount of heft and bulk to the phone and makes it more comfortable in my hand. I am extremely happy with the look of this phone, but am too OCD to uncover it just yet.

    Battery life is always a topic of discussion when it comes to BlackBerrys especially. RIM decided to go with a bit smaller battery on this device and that is a major concern to most users. I have been satisfied with the battery thus far. I started my day at 9:00 am with 100% battery. I have heavily engaged in email today; over 50 emails. Approximately 30 MMS, 200 SMS, 300 BBMs and have taken around 35 pictures and 1 video. Minimal browsing, under 10 minutes and probably the same amount of time using foursquare, photobucket and testing out grooveshark. I have also engaged in about 10-15 minutes of talk time and then of course idle time. Currently my battery is reading 45% and I have Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth turned on. My backlight setting is set at 10 and my backlight timeout is set to 30 seconds. I am very pleased with this battery life thus far and find it sufficient. My usage may be minimal, but it gets me through the day, although I do plan on ordering a spare battery down the road.

    Phones are primarily meant to be communication devices and I think this is where the BlackBerry, above all over platforms, excels. I find the voice call/clarity to be excellent (I did boost my Treble setting, which made it better in my opinion). I hear the other end extremely clear and they have had no issue hearing me. Everything in regards to MMS, SMS, BBM, and email is very fast. Instant email is one of the reasons I wanted to get back to BlackBerry; waiting 15 minutes was just not acceptable to me. I will say that I am still disappointed with upload/download limitations and truncated emails. I would have figured by now RIM could have erased those limits. It is something that the iPhone 4 did do better, but perhaps QNX devices will take care of that issue.

    OS7 does still have some bugs to be worked out and lets face it; everyone knows if you take the first production run of ANYTHING, you will be the test group. I have only had minor bugs and am still on the stock Verizon provided software. Nothing that I cannot overlook until an official release comes out. With the new processor and polished OS, it is a quick device. I can flick around my pictures, web pages and apps with almost no lag. Of course the more you load on your device, it will slow down, but out of the box I am surprised by the quickness.

    BlackBerry appeals to a particular person; it is not for everybody. I think it excels as a communication device, which was my main reason for switching back. There are some issues that need to be addressed
    with bugs in the OS and with the availability of applications.

    There are many things that this device does right and I do not personally believe there are any glaring reasons you should overlook this phone if you are a fan of the BlackBerry platform. Whether RIM should have released this phone a year ago is up for debate, but it is an incremental change in the positive direction and I think most will be happy with this phone.
    08-29-11 08:21 PM
  2. graspDESIGN's Avatar
    Great review. I think the best part is how you obviously cherish your new Bold by placing it on a towel on the concrete to take the pictures! Awesome.
    08-29-11 08:26 PM
  3. LSglock89's Avatar
    Great review. I think the best part is how you obviously cherish your new Bold by placing it on a towel on the concrete to take the pictures! Awesome.
    I take care of everything I own, I detailed the Corvette this past weekend and had a few extra laying around.

    Thanks!
    08-29-11 08:28 PM
  4. fastpitch_dad's Avatar
    Great review !!

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    08-29-11 09:00 PM
  5. Gucci33's Avatar
    Great review. I think the best part is how you obviously cherish your new Bold by placing it on a towel on the concrete to take the pictures! Awesome.
    +1

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    08-29-11 09:03 PM
  6. o4liberty's Avatar
    Nice review its on target in my opinion. RIM needs to market the device better and get more apps working. Good luck with your new BOLD !

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    08-29-11 09:29 PM
  7. donnation's Avatar
    Be a man and get rid of that towel underneath your Bold. Place it on the stone and let it take it's beating.

    Just kidding, I'd do the same thing.
    08-29-11 09:44 PM
  8. andres_LC's Avatar
    Great review!!! I cant wait till I get mine.
    08-30-11 03:43 AM
  9. lax42's Avatar
    What kind of camera did you take pictures of the bold with?

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    08-30-11 04:27 AM
  10. blackberry-unlocking710's Avatar
    Great review.... i see that you love your new Blackberry bold 9930... (by the pictures ;-) )

    Was nice to read.
    08-30-11 05:43 AM
  11. lazerus's Avatar
    Nothing we havn't already heard or know.

    LoL

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    08-30-11 06:07 AM
  12. JoJoCal19's Avatar
    Nice review. As a current Verizon iPhone 4 user, and former BB user I really really want this phone. Hoping I can add one to the mix soon. I need to get over to the Verizon store soon to get some hands on time.
    08-30-11 09:07 AM
  13. LSglock89's Avatar
    What kind of camera did you take pictures of the bold with?

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    Canon Rebel XSi

    Nothing we havn't already heard or know.

    LoL

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    Thank you for your extremely insightful post. While most people are writing one liners about why this device is awful or amazing, I thought it best to take an in-depth look at everything. Go somewhere else.
    08-30-11 09:11 AM
  14. D2TSHR1439's Avatar
    Nice review. I would go back to BB if they would get more apps flowing their way. Until then, Android it is.

    Very nice review of the device though.
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    08-30-11 12:08 PM
  15. vqc61's Avatar
    The review started out with "the Bold 9930 is a great device", and I guess having switched from the iPhone to the Bold is a great endorsement. However, the rest of the review doesn't seem to jive with the huge endorsement at the beginning. For example:

    "do I believe it is as good as the iPhones? No,..."
    "The keyboard is great. It does have a plastic type feel,..."
    "Web browsing is also another marginal improvement"
    "The ports and buttons do bring a slight disappointment"
    "The battery door is very nice looking; however it is a great pain to get out"
    "OS7 does still have some bugs to be worked out"

    Definitely not as enthusiastic as the endorsement at the top. Every positive seems to have a "but" following it. No "Wow" factor. If I didn't read the enthusiastic beginning, I'd say the author thinks this is a mediocre device at best, not something he'd get rid of an iPhone for.

    Last edited by vqc61; 08-30-11 at 06:17 PM.
    08-30-11 06:11 PM
  16. LSglock89's Avatar
    The review started out with "the Bold 9930 is a great device", and I guess having switched from the iPhone to the Bold is a great endorsement. However, the rest of the review doesn't seem to jive with the huge endorsement at the beginning. For example:

    "do I believe it is as good as the iPhones? No,..."
    "The keyboard is great. It does have a plastic type feel,..."
    "Web browsing is also another marginal improvement"
    "The ports and buttons do bring a slight disappointment"
    "The battery door is very nice looking; however it is a great pain to get out"
    "OS7 does still have some bugs to be worked out"

    Definitely not as enthusiastic as the endorsement at the top. Every positive seems to have a "but" following it. No "Wow" factor. If I didn't read the enthusiastic beginning, I'd say the author thinks this is a mediocre device at best, not something he'd get rid of an iPhone for.

    I was wondering if someone would catch this.

    I did my best to give an honest review. This is CrackBerry.com, most (not all) reviews are about how amazing these devices are. Most everyone here loves their BlackBerry's and will spin reviews to make their phone look the best.

    Do I think the iPhone does a lot of things better? Yes, yes I do.

    Does the BlackBerry Bold 9930 also do things better? Yes, I believe it does.

    I wanted to take the hard line no one else seems to like to take and give it my honest assessment. I have came from a BlackBerry, to an iPhone, back to a BlackBerry.

    As a communication device, I really think you are hard pressed to find a phone that is better.

    However there are so many other things you can do with smartphones now, and iPhone really capitalized on that (iPod, iTunes, Apps, Camera, Multimedia) that's where the BlackBerry does not stand as tall.

    BlackBerry appeals to a certain type of person and I think that person would be thrilled to have this phone.

    As it stands, it is replacing my iPhone 4.
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    08-30-11 07:09 PM
  17. j556x45's Avatar
    This was a great review. I do want to point out that besides just being a great phone, the BB is BY FAR (light years) ahead of Apple and Android in messaging. I have owned the iPhone 3 and 4 and numerous droids (I also carry a G2X), but if I was asked if I could put my BB down and just work off either the iPhone or the Android, I will absolutely say NO. My demand for messaging is paramount and NOTHING compares to the BB in messaging PERIOD. Apple has virtually useless notifications, and the Android has notifications, the inability to inherently manage all email accounts, texts and other messages from one location is really cumbersome. Yes, I know you can get a third party app for the Android (Enhanced Email), but it is still cumbersome compared to the BB.

    Sure Apple has 500K apps, but who CARES???? The main reason I got the phone is for phone calls and messaging. In both respects, the BB has always been better than the iPhone or Android. If I wanted to play games on my phone and not be able to have a decent phone call without cutting out and holding the phone a particular way, then the iPhone is good.

    What amazes me is that so many people will buy a toilet seat if it has the Apple logo on it. Even if there are better ones out there, the Apple logo just seems to attract more lemmings. I have always had a BB (since the 850) and have gone through all the iterations. I still LOVE the device and will continue to.
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    08-31-11 02:09 PM
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