RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

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The BlackBerry Bold 9930. You’ve got to hand it to RIM — the company may be spinning its wheels, but it’s certainly not sitting still. While we’ve been hearing rumors and seeing leaked photos for some time, Research In Motion is finally about to release a slew of new products into the smartphone market. Most notable among those products is a new version of the company’s operating system (number 7), and a follow-up to the incredibly successful BlackBerry Bold, dubbed… the...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.41 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Physical keypad QWERTY
Screen size (diagonal) 2.8 inches
Carriers T-Mobile
Operating system BlackBerry OS
Launch OS version 7

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias BlackBerry Bold Touch


Height 4.53 inches
Width 2.6 inches
Thickness 0.41 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black / Silver
Slide orientation Portrait
Physical keypad QWERTY


Screen size (diagonal) 2.8 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 640 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 286
Touchscreen type Capacitive


Carriers T-Mobile
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1900, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes


Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model MSM 8655
Clock speed 1.2 GHz


RAM size 768 MB


Internal size 8 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash LED
Video resolution 720p


Operating system BlackBerry OS
Launch OS version 7


Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB


Sensors Compass (Magnetometer)


Capacity 1230 mAh
Removable Yes

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by adriankessel (Currently owns)

    This has been my primary work phone for the last few months. I use it for a lot of email, moderate texting, and moderate calling. The battery life works well for me. I can get through one day of heavy use or more than two days of light use. But, this has not been the best battery life I've gotten from a BlackBerry device.

    I love the design of this phone. The look and feel and great. I think it looks very professional, elegant, and modern. My only gripe with the design would be the the battery cover (plastic with fake carbon fiber look) scratches quite easily.

    This device has a great display. Its sharp and colorful. Its obviously just a lot smaller than what most other modern phones are offering. It sure makes using the browser feel very cramped compared to just about any android device out there.

    Call performance is always great. Just like every other BlackBerry I've ever owned. Camera performance isn't very good. Just like every other BlackBerry I've ever owned. The selection of applications is quite bad. Just like every other BlackBerry I've ever owned.

    Overall performance is good. Its always fast and virtually never stutters on anything. Even the browser performance is quite smooth and fast.

    I'm very happy with this device and highly recommend it to anything who needs a BlackBerry. If you don't need a BlackBerry and plan to do anything besides call, text, and email...buy an Android or iPhone and get a MUCH better selection of capabilities.

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    • Camera(s) 6
    • Reception / call quality 9
    • Performance 8
    • Software 6
    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 3
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