BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review - HotHardware

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

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At the time of this writing, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. A BlackBerry data service plan is required, and compatible voice plans start at $39.99 per month for 500 anytime minutes plus an additional $30 per month for BlackBerry Unlimited Web. Keep in mind that thanks to this phone's UMA (unlicensed mobile access) capabilities you can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling to save calling minutes. T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling mobile plan or Wi-Fi Calling with MobileOffice service add-ons are also available. You can find out more information about Unlimited HotSpot Calling by visiting

Here’s a closer look at the specifications of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile.


Height: 4.29 inches

Width: 2.36 inches

Depth: 0.56 inches

Weight: 4.30 ounces (including battery); 3.17 ounces (without battery)

Wireless Networks

3G (HSDPA) compatible

UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6), 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8)

GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz

Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM


Bluetooth v2.1

Mono/Stereo Headset


Serial Port Profile

Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP)

Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported


802.11 b/g

UMA support

Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA, WPA2, WMM, WMM Power Save, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Cisco CCX

Battery & Battery Life

Battery: 1500 mAh removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell

Talk Time: Up to 6 hours (GSM and UMTS)

Standby Time: Up to 21 days/504 hours (GSM), Up to 17 days/408 hours (UMTS)

Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours


High resolution 480x360 pixel color display

Transmissive TFT LCD

Supports over 65,000 colors

2.44 inches (diagonally measured)

Data Input & Navigation

35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard

Dedicated Keys: Send, End, VAD (User Customizable), Camera (User Customizable), 2 x Volume/Zoom

Trackpad - Located on front face of device, ESC Key to the right, Menu to the left

Intuitive icons and menus

Voice Input & Output

Integrated speaker and microphone

Hands-free headset capable

Bluetooth headset capable

Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone

Rating for hearing aids (PDF): M3, T3 (in cellular bands only)

Media Player

Video format support: XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark & On2 VP6 (Flash support)

Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro / WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Ringtones & Notifications

Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator

Notification options are user configurable

32 Polyphonic Ringtones – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV

Camera & Video Recording

3.2 MP Camera

Auto Focus, Image Stabilization


2X digital zoom

Video camera recording: Normal Mode (480 x 352 pixel), MMS Mode (176 x 144 pixel)


Password protection

Screen lock

Sleep mode

Optional support for S/MIME

Maps & GPS

Includes BlackBerry Maps

Integrated GPS with A-GPS

In the box:
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Stereo Hands-Free Headset
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • Carrying case

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I purchased one of these from AT&T for work. I like the new trackpad so much more than the trackball. But not going to replace my iPhone any time soon.

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I'm more than happy with my Samsung Moment.  It's an Andriod phone, which is a much better OS then Palm. 

So how is that Samsung iPhone holding up for you Oblio? (Before anyone knocks me, I'm teasing since Samsung makes almost everything [CPU, Ram, Flash, Board, etc] in the iPhone)

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We use Blackberry's (Of one Generation / Type or the other)  here at work and I'd have to agree with you, though it is a bit more beefier then the previous Bold, its just a way of marketing. A way of making the end user want to next new "Flash".

IMO, These phones are great for the office professional where as the iPhone gives the cute little Apps, its not really a Professional business tool. (~I am sure to take heat from iPhone users with that one, but its my opinion.)

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Depends what business. The Iphone is the most widely used medical/nursing assistant smartphone, in part to the Epocrates Iphone app amongst others.

In fact, certain nursing and medical school require Iphones from their students.

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The Bold 9700 comes with a trackpad, which seems to be the new standard on BlackBerry devices. The trackpad makes navigation much smoother, and it will add to the shelf life of the device. No more cleaning your trackball or replacing it, the trackpad is here to stay.
As mentioned above, the Bold 9700 is reminiscent of the Curve 8900 form factor. While the keyboard is in the Bold style, with ergonomic and tightly packed keys, it is definitely closer to the 8900 in size. The Bold 9700 keyboard is quite tight and it seems as though this will be the defining feature of this BlackBerry. Users will either be attracted to the slim, tight, form factor, or they will look for a device with more breathing room such as the Tour or Bold 9000.

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