Blackberry Bold Preview

May 20th, 2008

Okay, here it is; our very brief preview of the new Blackberry Bold AKA Blackberry 9000 AKA Meteor.

Our Bold is a preproduction unit. Things might change from now till when production units are available.

Compared to the previous series the 9000 brings all the various 8000 special features like GPS, WiFi, camera and puts it all in one device. You also get HSDPA (3G), a higher resolution display, faster processor, more user storage space (1GB), 3.5mm stereo jack (standard size so you can use your iPod’s headphones), external memory card slot (not internal) along with an extra side button and a possibly iPhone inspired look (I think of the look as ‘iBerry’).

Software-wise you get the latest version Blackberry OS 4.6. The most notable features of 4.6 is a more modern looking browser, new menu skin (it has animated menu icons and is more readable text because it’s high contrast).

Here’s the tour: If you look at the edges the Bold looks just like an iPhone except instead of being chromed (shiny) it’s a matte finish. The keys are very similar to the 8800 except they’re slightly flatter and have a bit more travel to them. I also found that I was less likely to accidentally press neighboring keys on the Bold – I’m not sure why. The trackball feels about the same.

On the left side there’s a hole for the left speaker a 3.5mm headphone jack, mini USB connector, voice recognition (convenience) key and Micro SD card slot. The last ‘button’ is for the cradle.

The right side has the other speaker, the other cradle connector, camera button (convenience key) and volume buttons.

On top you get a mute button, the power button has migrated to the END key (for better or for worse, probably for better since it was kind of confusing to have 2 identical feeling buttons on top).

The bottom has the microphone and rear cover release key. I’m not sure what the other hole is for

The screen has a resolution of 480×320 which is noticably sharper than the 8800′s 320×240. Text is crisper, that sort of thing. The finish on the screen cover is more matte and doesn’t reflect as much light. It’s also noticeably brighter. It reminds of the first gen (current gen) iPhone.

The plastics used in the Bold feel a little cheaper than the 8800′s. One difference though is that the Bold will have a pleather back (or so I’ve been told – the one I have is just regular plastic). The Bold’s also slightly lighter which makes it feel less substantial. Their footprint’s are about the same, though the Bold has more curves.

Out going sound quality is terrific. Incoming doesn’t have much his but it’s slightly muddy sounding. Hopefully this will fixed in the production version.

The speaker is really loud and has reasonable fidelity.

Software wise the menu’s look has been updated. The new browser renders pages like they would on a desktop computer. Aside from those 2 changes the Bold doesn’t feel all that different.

RF wise the Bold is noticeably better than the 8800. It’s able to place and hold onto calls where the 8800 can’t. Sound quality is also noticeably better. What’s great is this Bold is a pre-production unit so RF and sound quality might get even better (who knows?).

It’s too soon to conclude much but really with the exception of the build quality (which is slightly worse) the Bold is a noticeable improvement in almost every aspect.

We’ll have some more pictures and possibly a video later so stay tuned.

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31 Comments Add your own

    Another hands-on with Bla&hellip  |  May 20th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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    Blackberry  |  May 21st, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I would like to know when is this going to come out?

    walds11  |  May 21st, 2008 at 4:19 am

    What are the measurement specs? Similar to the 8800?

    proaud  |  May 21st, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I like the looks, but the Cheaper build quality scares me. :(

    Percy J  |  May 21st, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    How is browser and OS speed on it?

    RIM’s BlackBerry Bo&hellip  |  May 21st, 2008 at 12:47 pm

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    RIM’s BlackBerry Bo&hellip  |  May 21st, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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    RIM’s BlackBerry Bo&hellip  |  May 21st, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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    hybrid  |  May 21st, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    How can you comment on the RF and audio quality with the qualifying statement that “it’s a preproduction unit, so the quality might be better on the production units,” but not make the same statement about the plastics and build quality?

    RIM’s BlackBerry Bo&hellip  |  May 21st, 2008 at 1:35 pm

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    colin  |  May 21st, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    could the last hole on the bottom (towards the right side) be for a wrist strap? my blackberry pearl has one but my girlfriend’s curve does not.

    ScoFu  |  May 21st, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    “RF wise the Bold is noticeably better than the 8800. It’s able to place and hold onto calls where the 8800 can’t. Sound quality is also noticeably better. What’s great is this Bold is a pre-production unit so RF and sound quality might get even better (who knows?)”

    I would disagree. I worked for a major cell phone company and we would “juice up” pre-production units with more power to the antenna then normally allowed by the FCC. When potential reviewers would get the phone there would be no complaints about the signal. If this is the case, quality might actually degrade.

    Phoenix  |  May 21st, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    “3.5mm stereo jack (standard size so you can use your iPod’s headphones)”

    Dude… what the hell? That’s pretty much like calling a USB port an iPod jack

    Hello?  |  May 21st, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    how can you judge final build quality, when you’re testing a pre-production unit?!

    Howard Chui Gets and revi&hellip  |  May 21st, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    [...] Compared to the previous series the 9000 brings all the various 8000 special features like GPS, WiFi, camera and puts it all in one device. You also get HSDPA (3G), a higher resolution display, faster processor, more user storage space (1GB), 3.5mm stereo jack (standard size so you can use your iPod’s headphones), external memory card slot (not internal) along with an extra side button and a possibly iPhone inspired look (I think of the look as ‘iBerry’).” Read the full Review at his blog [...]

    RandomNerd  |  May 21st, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Phoenix, that comparison is like saying that, for example, two related members of the same species with the same parents are radically different. Apple uses a standard 3.5mm jack. Palm uses 3.5mm. M$ uses 3.5mm. some Sony phones use 3.5mm. Almost all regular mp3 players use 3.5mm. They are the same thing. The only possible (but very highly unlikely) difference is that Apple tweaked the connector for some reason. But it they weren’t the same, then, given the popularity of the iPod, aren’t every single pair of headphones people use are manufactured by Apple? E.g. Skullcandy, BOSE, Sony, Phillips, etc.

    Erste Eindrücke vom Blac&hellip  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 am

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    allen mayer  |  October 2nd, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I am unable to input a 4 GB memory card in my Blackberry Bold.
    Or the unit is simply not recognizing the memory card.
    Please advise

    steve  |  October 8th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    well it seems to be out on some carriers now. bu t the storm has also been announced.

    http://unlocked9000

    josh  |  February 13th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    is there going to be a CDMA

    josh  |  February 13th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    is there going to be a CDMA version to come out, for sprint users, or whatever.

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