The BlackBerry Bold 9900 delivers!

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 delivers!

Let’s be honest – so far 2011 has been RIM’s annus horribilus. Since the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780 launch last November the only new device to reach the market has been the Blackberry PlayBook which has proven to be buggy and lags behind Apple iPad and Google Android tablets. So, the pressure for RIM’s next handset launch to deliver is on. Big time.

Consequently, welcome to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and deliver it does!

The first thing that strikes you is that this handset is a throwback to the widescreen keyboard of the iconic Bold 9000. At 10.5mm it’s the thinnest BlackBerry ever, has beautiful sculpted features and is housed in a sleek  stainless steel frame body .

It’s also the first BlackBerry to feature their shiny, brand new operating system – BlackBerry 7 OS.  The launch of OS 6 last October with the BlackBerry Torch™ 9800 was a significant improvement to OS 5 but 7 takes this a step further – for a start page load and browsing speed is nearly 50% faster than OS6.

The ergonomics of the 2.8” capacitive Liquid Graphics™ touch screen and wider QWERTY keyboard are excellent and combine to give you the fastest, most fluid and responsive touch and type BlackBerry experience yet. You can swipe, pinch, pan and zoom with ease and the transition between screens is seamless.

It packs a fair bit of power as well – to be precise it’s loaded with a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB on-board memory (expandable up to 32GB), 720dpi HD Video, dual band Wi-Fi, 5MP camera and a built in compass.

So, all in all the 9900 is a seriously good piece of kit! Will it cure all of RIM’s woes – probably not but the empire is definitely striking back and the family is expanding in September with the arrival of 2 new Torches, the 9810 (9800 replacement) and the 9860 (RIM’s first all touch capacitive touchscreen handset).

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