The Bold 9700 may not represent a huge leap forward for BlackBerry handsets, but it is a great email and messaging device that's wrapped in a sleek and attractive package. T-Mobile customers should especially appreciate that this phone supports 3G as well as Wi-Fi with UMA support to help save on phone bills.
For BlackBerry die-hards, the Bold 9700 combines beautiful hardware with the OS you've come to love. It's a respectable handset with a few key upgrades that make it better than its predecessors. To users who aren't quite as enthusiastic about BlackBerry devices, however, the Bold 9700 may not seem all that much different than other BlackBerries on the market.
As we mentioned, the Bold 9700's web browser leaves something to be desired when compared to today's powerful web browsers that are available on other platforms such as the iPhone, Android, or WebOS. The browser itself is still very usable, but it's not as fast, sleek or compatible as some competing browsers.
The optical trackpad on the Bold 9700 is a nice change, and we liked the high-end styling of the Bold 9700. This handset is also slightly smaller than some BlackBerry models. We liked the size of the Bold 9700, but this is a very personal preference--some users will prefer a slightly larger device with a bigger screen and roomier keyboard.
If you're looking for a powerful messaging smartphone, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 certainly deserves consideration. It offers more features and faster speeds than T-Mobile's other BlackBerry offerings and it also has UMA support, which is a definite plus.