BlackBerry Bold 9900 with New Liquid Graphics
BlackBerry has been considered by many to be a little old hat for the last couple of years. The advent of HTC and Samsung has seen the Canadian made phones fall from grace with Androids and iPhones swamping the market and eating into RIM’s market share quite drastically.
However, the new T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold ? which takes up the mantle of what some would say was the last great BlackBerry, the previous Bold ? will hope to change that. So, can BlackBerry make a comeback with this device, or is it done for? Will BlackBerry 9900 deals be competitive enough to stop the advances of the ever growing Android hordes?
Well the Bold 9900 starts off well and looks like quite a sleek phone and has the appeal of the more modern handsets like the Samsung Galaxy SII or the iPhone in its streamlined design. Gone are the faux leather and little additional rubber bits on the side and in comes a carbon fibre looking machine.
The device’s touch screen has also improved, and it is thankfully a massive improvement on the Storm’s screen, which few people have good memories of. This all is topped off with the new 1.2GHz processor that speeds up proceedings by more than double that of the Torch. The phone also comes with an improved 5mp camera and has BlackBerry’s new OS7 – another leap in technology for RIM.
So is this all enough?
Well, though this is a wonderful jump in capability for a BlackBerry, the phone seems to have just caught up in many areas technologically. Technical specs aren’t everything though and the major breakthrough has been with the new operating system. The new OS7 is light years ahead of previous BlackBerry interfaces and is much less demanding than competing interfaces like Android.
BlackBerry OS7 shows that RIM has finally produced what it takes to compete in today’s smartphone market in terms of software. Like Microsoft who revamped their mobile Windows interface at the end of 2010, RIM has finally produced an operating system worthy of the current era of phones.
The OS deals out a much sleeker look and comes with new Liquid Graphics that make it one of the more eye catching operating systems. OS7 now includes HTML5 video and a far superior web browsing experience. This is good considering that BlackBerry phones have always been superb devices for online features anyway.
The Bold 9900 has a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video support which will provide more than enough for most people’s day to day photography needs. Included are the standard BlackBerry features like Messenger and BlackBerry Maps.
Physically the Bold 9900 is not much different to previous models, although it has had a revamp in technical specs. Although not as highly charged as some dual core phones on the market the Bold has all the technology it needs to offer a great web, media and professional experience although much of the new found excellence undoubtedly comes from the new operating system.