BGR reviews BlackBerry Bold: “has it all”
In what looks like the first BlackBerry Bold review to hit the Internet, BGR has been testing the Bold for a month now and while it’s not perfect, they do go as far as to say that “this is the device every single BlackBerry user has been waiting for.”
Once the Bold boots up (which apparently takes in the neighborhood of three minutes) the familiar Setup Wizard will help you configure your Bold and get you going.
While it’s operating the handset will get a bit warm, but not enough to worry about. And the display? “The most vibrant, color-rich, sharp screen we’ve ever seen on a mobile device.” Unfortunately, its plastic and seems a bit easy to scratch so keep that in mind if you’re the stuff the phone in the pocket type of user–you’ll want a screen protector or proper case for it.
The keyboard is nice and seems to be a mix of the 8800 and Pearl keyboards. The size is good and the keys are relatively firm, but nicer feeling than the keyboard on the Curve. BGR did find, though, that the send, BlackBerry, back and end keys are unusually large and can be a bit awkward to use.
The keyboard also has a backlight, but unlike the Curve the entire keyboard doesn’t light-up, just the accents, letters and symbol keys.
From the data side, the Bold supports 3G and Wi-Fi and both seemed to work as expected. But, if you’re hoping for Flash support with the browser looks like you won’t find it here. The browser is improved from previous versions, but no Flash support.
The OS with the Bold is version 4.6, which BGR says is “99% the same” as previous versions of the OS. Some tweaks to make some things easier to use, but nothing really significant in their poking around.
All in all, they found the loved the Bold and the sound and call quality was excellent. For [a lot] more info, check out BGR’s full review here.