BlackBerry Bold 9930
BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a great-looking and well-designed phone, with solid features and even a few cool extras. This is the phone you might want to date casually for a few months because it’s so pretty, but it really just isn’t bright enough to satisfy your needs in a long-term relationship.
The Bold weighs about 130g, less hefty than the previous 9650 (which definitely felt too heavy). It is not quite as feather-light as the Curve, but it is certainly much more feature-rich. For what this phone does, the weight feels just right — that touchscreen and 1.2GHz processor need a battery to support them, after all. It’s still very friendly to the hand and pocket (and, notably, 9g lighter than the iPhone 4S).
Its keyboard is simply awesome — this is the best physical keyboard on any phone I’ve ever used, boasting buttons just the right size and shape for the thumb, with the perfect amount of backlighting. That’s actually not too surprising, since keyboard phones are where RIM typically excels, but it’s still very much appreciated. The texture of the keys feels a little more “matte” than the other previous Bolds, a definite improvement if you thought those were a bit slippery.
The buttons on the bezel are superb as well. They’re all firm, smooth chrome-colored controls, each protruding just the right distance up from the frame. The volume buttons are angled slightly downward toward each other, so the trained fingertip can quickly tell by touch which is up and which is down. The screen-lock button is wisely recessed.
There’s no doubt RIM went above and beyond in creating this phone, squeezing every bit of design know-how into producing an attractive and user-friendly device. That’s why it’s such a heartbreaking disappointment to discover that the software falls flat almost from the moment you turn it on.
Bold is one of RIM’s first phones that runs the BlackBerry 7 OS. System 7 is the last iteration of the “old” BlackBerry software, a stopgap until RIM switches over to the completely rewritten QNX-based BlackBerry 10 in 2012.
This phone has a touchscreen to complement the keyboard is a huge plus. I’ve used all kinds of BlackBerrys, and the Bold’s combo of hard and virtual buttons is by far the most powerful interface. Whenever you’re having trouble navigating the screen you just tap, swipe or pinch yourself through it. And for banging out text messages or email, the keyboard is second to none.
Making phone calls on this phone is splendid, nice and crisp with minimal distortion. BlackBerrys are found to be competent phones, yet strangely counterintuitive to use for voice calls.
• Solid and detailed industrial design
• Excellent battery life
• Good low-light camera with minimal shutter lag
• Primitive operating system
• Small screen
• Poor app selection
• 2.6 x 4.5 x 0.41 inches (W x H x D)
• 4.59 ounces
• World phone: CDMA/GSM/UMTS
• 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard
• 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen
• 640 x 480 pixels (287 dpi)
• 5-megapixel camera with flash
• 720p video recording
• 8GB storage
• Bluetooth 2.1
• Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
Camera & Video Recording
The camera is very good, performing well in low light without a flash (provided you and your subject keep still), with extremely brief shutter lag. Most camera phones are these days are comparable, so it’s good to see RIM hasn’t fallen behind here. Its video maxes out at 720p resolution, but that’ll be more than enough for most. It also has HD video recording (720p), 4X Digital Zoom, Flash, Face detection and image stabilization, Geo-tagging, Zero shutter lag, Multiple scene modes
BlackBerry Bold 9930 has:
• CDMA Talk Time: up to 6.6 hours
• CDMA Standby Time: up to 12.8 days
• GSM Talk Time: up to 6.3 hours
• GSM Standby Time: up to 12.8 days
• UMTS Talk Time: up to 5.9 hours
• UMTS Standby Time: up to 12.8 days
• Audio Playback Time: up to 50 hours
• Video Playback Time: up to 7.4 hours
Pirice in Zimbabwe
It cost about $350
It works well on all local networks (Econet, Telecel and Netone.)