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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930 review - best BlackBerry yet

Review by Dan Seifert on Tuesday August 23, 2011.

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3.4 stars

(How we score)

great hardware, awesome keyboard, fast processor
dated OS, smallish screen, lack of apps


The BlackBerry Bold 9930 (and its 9900 brethren) is one of three new smartphones from RIM that run the new BlackBerry 7 OS. Of the three, (the other two being the Torch 9810 and the Torch 9850/9860), the Bold is by far the most traditional BlackBerry. It looks like what anyone would expect a smartphone from RIM to look like, with its large portrait keyboard and smallish display. Under the hood, RIM has packed the fastest chips and most memory of any BlackBerry to date. Is that enough? Will the improvements to the hardware and the new BlackBerry 7 OS do enough to win over those who have already left the platform or new smartphone buyers that have a multitude of options at their disposal?

While there are some really nice things with the Bold 9930, and it is honestly the best BlackBerry to date, being the best player on a losing team doesn't win you any trophies. The RIM faithful will absolutely love it, as performance is snappier than ever before, the keyboard is fantastic as always, and the build quality is top-notch. However, those smartphone buyers that may be looking at other offerings will likely pass over the Bold 9930 because of its dated OS, small screen, and inexplicably high price tag. Read on to find out what BlackBerry lovers will continue to love, and what everyone else will continue to pass over with the Bold 9930.

You'll find two videos of the BlackBerry 9930 Bold in action after the Table of Contents, below.

Table of Contents and Scorecard

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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