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Monday, June 13, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone Overview


BlackBerry device models that look comparable, it's becoming a bit confusing to differentiate at a glance between models. We have an upcoming article with our theory behind RIM's multiple device approach, but in the meantime the big thing to note about Onyx is that's unassuming and slick form factor packs a ton of thump.  As far as we were concerned, it really had no close competitor in terms of mobile phone design and, you know, attitude. What we liked most about it aesthetically was its fearless defiance of predictable phone stylings at the time of its release. Faux leather and chrome edging rather than plastic all combined to produce a phone that was just a little off the beaten path, that felt extensive in our hands, and that definitely caught and kept our attention.

Be sure to click the HD button to see the video in high definition. Similar to the BlackBerry Tour 9630, when you first look at the BlackBerry Onyx you're just not quite sure what you're looking at. The close-together keys with ‘guitar fret' separators scream Bold, yet the overall form factor is much more like the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

That's part of the reason it seems weird that the Onyx would be a 9600 device. In terms of the device's overall dimensions and shape and feel in the hand, it's actually closer to the Curve 8900 than it is to the 9630. Like the Curve 8520, it features a little bit more rubber than were used to seeing, but the rubbery buttons give off a quality feel. And then when you pop off the Onyx's battery cover and see the Bold's battery, the confusion increases even more.

RIM's successor to the inventive Bold -- the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has finally landed on our doorsteps. The 9000 is in many ways a hard act to follow. Hardware-wise, it lived up to its name, going where most phones never went with its retro, leathery, nearly clunky looks in an age of rounded edges and shiny curves.

The 9700 has kept some of those details there’s still bits of chrome and leather here- but it's also dropped nearly any flourish of attitude from the original design. RIM's chucked out the weird metal surrounding the camera on the back, and the full, old timey-looking leather battery cover, in favor of what in effect amounts to a Tour with an optical track pad. Honestly, we recognize our own personal oddities, and understand that a lot of RIM's choices here favor transformation of the handset, which we heartily support.

    3G device - GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS (Bands: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
    480 by 360 display, beveled edges
    256 megabytes of internal memory (same as Curve 8900, 8520)
    1550mAh M-S1 battery (same as Bold)
    3.2 megapixel camera, with flash and auto focus
    Processor: Not 100% sure actually, but am hearing its a Tavor processor that may be running even a bit quicker than the Bold's 624MHz processor (definitely seems snappy)
    GPS, WiFi (UMA capable but we'll see what happens there), and all the normal stuff you'd expect on a BlackBerry smartphone

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