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Old 05-17-2009, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks,

I'm new here, having found my way here during the course of my research in preparation for the purchase (I think) of a Bold 9000. I would like to ask for people's opinions on the stability of the Bold 9000 before I make the leap and purchase one, since when I do I will be stuck with it for at least 18 months. I've been burned by poor devices in the past and want to make sure I make the right decision.

By way of background I am not a complete newbie with Blackberries (I am an IT tech and used to have one for work) but the last one I had was a 7200 series a few years back, so it's fair to say I'm a bit out of the loop with them at the moment. I am a power user who would likely make use of most of the Bold's functions, though this is for personal use, not work. One of the things I have been so disappointed with about smartphones in the past is their slow speed and buggy operating systems which cause them to crash. These are things which have led me to look at Blackberries as in my mind, they have a good reputation for this kind of thing. However, I thought I would see what you guys can tell me about the Bold 9000 before I commit to buying one.

The Bold 9000 gets fabulous reviews everywhere I look, but can anyone let me know how stable the Bold is in general? Am I likely to be disappointed by regular crashes? Are they more or less stable than smartphones from other manufacturers? I know that at the end of the day, these devices are computers, and are therefore fallible, but I'm interested in getting the best I can. For example, if I were to buy a brand new Bold 9000 and update it to the latest OS, be careful about what 3rd party apps I use and take very good care of it, will it be ultra reliable, or are crashes a fact of life in Blackberry world like they are in computer world?

(And what's all this I read on these forums with alarming regularity about 'battery pulls'???)

Any advice you folks could give me about this would be gratefully received. Thanks!
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Its a very good phone. No major issues. I would purchase if my carrier had it.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Bold is, IMHO, the pinnacle of achievement for RIM. The early OS versions had some stability issues but we're way passed that now. Mine is rock-solid. No issues with freezing/restarting, one of the prime reasons I ditched my Treo and went BlackBerry.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Very excellent phone. Been using one for about 3 months now after switching from a 8320 and I'm loving it.
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It is a great phone, very stable and my personal favorite of all Blackberris.
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My suggestion is to use quickpull (free app). Basically I have scheduled a daily reboot at 5.45am. This means that any issues the crackberry may have had such as memory loss from failing to close an application such as facebook properly are resolved for when you wake up. To be honest I didn't really need quickpull as I would go days or weeks without a reset but since I have been using quickpull I never seem to have any issues at all and because of the time it is scheduled I just get up and go every morning. Therefore in my mind I haven't reset my crackberry manually in about 4 months.
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i've been using my Bold since it was first released in India, but apart from a few early OS glitches, i've had nothing to complain about. I use QuickPull like the person above says, in order to fix any kind of *glitches* from not closing an application properly, memory loss etc.

I love the phone, it is stable, and i'm really happy with the way it functions.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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No newbie here either but new to posting on the forums. I found that upgrading to 4.6.0.266, using crackmem, cracutil & maxmem was the best thing for me...
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I've had my 9000 since the day they came out in the U.S. I have never had a stability issue. This is truly a great device. It is very stable, and performs amazingly. You will not be disappointed!
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I need to reboot the Bold far more often than my old curve. Granted this phone does more, but you will need to reboot it regularly to assure the same stability as older phones.

If you use no apps, it should be ok.

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Thanks for the responses everyone.

Well, I took the plunge and bought one a couple of days ago. First thing I did was upgrade the OS to 4.6.0.266.

No problems yet and I'm very happy with it.
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I'll give you the good and the bad. IMO

first the bad. not enough on board memory for apps.
second it doesn't really have an next gen os. it clean just no wow factor.

now for the good.
first lets start with stability. i've had mine since they were released in the us. NO ISSUES.
second there are more than enough apps available for it.
third the keyboard is the perfect size. some say that the keys are too close together but im faster on my bold than most people on there pc. true store.
the screen is awesome. so clear and clean.
wifi, 3g, gps, need i say more...
continues the blackberry legacy of autotext and short cuts to aid in speed when messaging.
fully customizable from the bezel to the keyboard. so get the look you want on it.
its great for mp3. i haven't used my ipod since i got the bold.

I'd recommend you get an external charger and a extra battery or 2. i have 3 total, but I'm a power user. i use just about every feature on my bold. most of them on a daily basis.

for apps I'd recommend you get viigo, ubertwitter if you like twitter, and google maps. good luck and go BBerry.
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