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Old 08-22-2008, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK thought I'd post my verdict on the Bold compared with my old 8800, hopefully it will help some of you decide whether the upgrade is worth it or not. Most of these are pet things of mine so may not be as appreciated by everyone, but it's straight from the horse's mouth so to speak!

Alarm: Love the fact that BB have finally sorted out the alarm on the Bold, so it doesn't stop after 30 seconds if you haven't touched it. Heavy sleepers will know that on the 8800 you had to download a special alarm app if you wanted to have an alarm that stood any chance of actually waking you up.

Wifi: Goes without saying that this is a nice little plus. I keep it off most of the time to preserve battery life but for the times I do need to browse, it is a godsend, both with regards to speed and not going over the 250MB 'unlimited' data that my plan gives me a month.

Feel: Bold feels a lot more sturdy to hold and the keypresses are a bit more defined than they were on the 8800 - build quality of the 8800 was excellent, but I would say the Bold exceeds it.

Battery: Can't say I was unimpressed with the battery life of the 8800 - and possibly a little too early to say for the Bold, but I started with a full charge this morning, have been on the phone a good couple of hours today and been sending and receiving emails all day, using 3G, and I'm still at 75%, so looking good. Bluetooth is also on, but Wifi is off so can't say how much this saps it by.

3G: Can't say I've noticed a huge speed difference (there is a speed difference, but when browsing it is not hugely noticable over EDGE) but my biggest pet love about having 3G coverage is that emails can still come in while you're on the phone. Call me picky, but there was nothing more annoying on the 8800 and other BB's I've had than coming off the phone after a 2 hour call, and having a dozen emails come in at once as soon as you hang up, all with the same time stamp.

Screen & Wallpaper: For those that are looking for aesthetic appeal, old BlackBerry devices didn't have a very good image zoom - on the Bold you can zoom images at any stage up to their proper size, and there is no graininess at all. With my 8800, if I had a pic that was say 1280x1024 in size, I could view it at "best fit" size fine, and full 1:1 size fine, but anything inbetween lost all its clarity so it made wallpapers look a bit rubbish. On the bold I don't have that problem, they retain their quality at any zoom level up to 100%.

Responsiveness: The Bold seems a lot more responsive than the 8800 when it comes to navigating menus, running apps etc. Probably down to the extra memory on board.

Memory: 1GB of on board storage, and mine also came with a 1GB SD card too so that's plenty for me. Leaps and bounds more than the 8800, so you would happily be able to store lots of pictures & video on it even without an extra memory card.

That's it for now really I think, if anyone has any questions that they'd like answering and that you think I may be able to answer, drop a post below and I'll do my best. As for the iphone/BB comparison, yes they look nice, but I don't think anything will come remotely close to how well a BB integrates with Exchange, for a long, long time so it's BB all the way for me still.

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Hey, thanks for the detailed review... this is good to read.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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can you post a pic of them side by side?? I'd like to see the size difference.
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ok, hang tight I'll see what I can do!
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Apologies for the quality but hopefully this will give you an idea.
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Thanks for the review. This is very helpful and almost lets us US AT&T folks live vicariously through you.
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almost lets us US AT&T folks live vicariously through you.
Ah it's rubbish really, you don't want one.
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First of all, thanks for the review.

One thing I have been wondering is have BB made any changes/enhancements to viewing attachements? I always could open pdfs for example but could never actually zoom in on them or scroll around them once zoomed in. Excel files were also difficult to view.

Has there been any improvements?

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Yes, they seem to have. Received a PDF this afternoon and have just zoomed in on it and scrolled around while zoomed in, which I never used to be able to do very easily on the 8800. A big improvement! Not used the Excel viewer yet but I would imagine it will be a similar improvement.
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Apologies for the quality but hopefully this will give you an idea.
thanks for posting. I'm really thinking of making the switch when it comes out in the states but judging from your review I probably don't need to. if you used 4.5 before, what are your impressions on the html mail? better? the same? or worse? sorry to ask so many questions, I think I have a crush on this phone.
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Responsiveness: The Bold seems a lot more responsive than the 8800 when it comes to navigating menus, running apps etc. Probably down to the extra memory on board.
Actually, it has more to do with the faster 624 Mhz ARM-compatible processor that is currently used in the Bold. If my memory serves me right, the 8800 has a processor of 312 Mhz according to some sources.
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Great review
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This is awesome. I am also upgrading from an 8800 to a Bold and having an device specific comparison like this is just great. Thanks for taking the time to write up somethingthat will surely be useful to alot of people who are in exactly the same situation.
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OK thought I'd post my verdict on the Bold compared with my old 8800, hopefully it will help some of you decide whether the upgrade is worth it or not. Most of these are pet things of mine so may not be as appreciated by everyone, but it's straight from the horse's mouth so to speak!
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You have singlehandedly raised the drooling factor of the Bold to over 10 on the rickter scale...! (now where is my sponge?)
The seismographic activity is going off the charts...

Thanks for the peek...

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I had an 8800 as well and loved the thing, my only complaint about it was its available memory, I found that with the emails, text and phone logs that I would run out of memory fast and the 8800 would arbitrarily erase test and phone logs in favour of email… business device go fig huh? Thus far I have had my Bold for almost three full days, charged it once Thursday night; tonight there was just under 50% charge remaining. While it is true my 8800 did not use up my battery as quickly I am still happy all the same, after all that’s what car chargers and ac chargers are for. For my situation I leave my BB on 24/7, this remains true for my Bold, I have sent/received a few emails, several texts sent and received, several phone calls sent and received. The 3G is always on have not noticed switch off yet, call reception is fantastic, no dropped calls… at least not yet. My only complaint is the screen, it does seem a little scratch prone, and as such if you are planning on getting the Bold get screen protection at the very least, and quality ones at that. I am still using the plastic that came with the unit, but am investigating something more ”permanent” so to speak. In my humble opinion, the only area that was not done well was the release of the unit, even today, I am hearing of Rogers stores that haven’t received stock, or received an unbelievably small amount. Somebody, Rogers I think, but possibly RIM dropped the ball on this one, at least that’s how it appears to these eyes. Overall though I am very happy with my new play toy.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone, you're welcome.

For the record my Bold has been doing some very strange things today - eggtiming every two seconds and failing to receive any messages - so here's hoping the firmware upgrade will sort that out
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The 9000 keyboard while looking similar to the 8800, is much better.

9000 trackball is not as precise as 8800. The cursor further loses sensitivity and speed within the BlackBerry Browser, for some strange reason.

Excellent screen making the whole experience most enjoyable.
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For the record my Bold has been doing some very strange things today - eggtiming every two seconds and failing to receive any messages - so here's hoping the firmware upgrade will sort that out
For info - the firmware upgrade did the job of sorting this out perfectly so I would highly recommend upgrading to it if you haven't already.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:38 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Well i wouldnt mind doing a review of my own....if anyone has an extra bold that they would like to send my way
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