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BlackBerry Bold 9900 Video Walkthrough

By Adam Zeis on 3 Aug 2011 07:33 am EDT
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Of all the new devices on the way to a carrier near you, the most talked about is no doubt the BlackBerry Bold 9900. We've been waiting on this guy for what seems like way too long now and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since it was first announced. Ewan got a chance for a sit down today to check out the device one more time. Just a refresher: The Bold 9900 rocks a full QWERTY keyboard along with a touchscreen, it's running a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of memory, NFC and much more. Check out the video for more.

37 comments

pastorbrad

Please excuse dumb question - what is NFC?
And please - why the deathly silence from Big Red about all these new devices?

Plazmic Flame

NFC = Near Field Communications

tr0n

Hi @pastorbrad,

Douglas from RIM here. I know others have already jumped in on your question, but I want to quickly offer up my .02.

Just so you know, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are the first BlackBerry smartphones to deliver NFC, which enables many new and exciting capabilities including pairing accessories and reading SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

If you want to learn more about what NFC is all about, check out this video from Mobile World Congress shot earlier this year: http://bbry.lv/h3DdnK.

Cheers,

Douglas, RIM Social Media Team

kevinnugent

Near Field Communications. Tap to pay for things, etc. Pretty boring really.

birdman_36

Mine was shaking last night when my wife wasn't home.

CVCKDB8

huh?....explain, I wanna hear your story lol

monwentworth

Looks to me the back cover is a fingerprint magnet....

cl8baller

I agree as well. The plastic back covers, okay those were terrible, they would fade or turn to black after a while due to heat or death gripping your phone too tightly.

The Bold series psuedo-leather back was probably the best because it didnt have those same issues. So again I have to agree with you on that one. I wonder if RIM will produce a part to allow users to op out of the original battery cover.

monwentworth

Yep, I would like to have the leather cover instead of this one, actually I have a Curve 8520 and the back cover is always full of fingerprints.
I wonder why didn't they put the same back cover as the Torch's 9860...
Anyway, I'm gettin this 9900 as soon as it gets out!

dterio

Battery door is "lightweight and durable" easy access to the battery for all the battery pulls you will have to do.

mnhockeycoach99

Anyone other than a dipshit troll would know that Alt+Caps+Delete accomplishes basically the same thing without having to pull the battery. Go over to iBGR and spout your garbage..

jlb21

So the battery door is the antenna for the NFC......guess that changes the game a tad for any vendor wanting to do replacement battery covers........

GavinCampbell

If you lose the back door you lose the nfc antenna? Will this affect any after market parts suppliers? I agree with monwentworth. Back cover is a fingerprint magnet. But I must say, I like the look of it. Small modifications that make it look like a expensive device.

birdman_36

Why would they have something that iPhone and Android have as standard?

CVCKDB8

haha, I see what you did there.

sam_b77

Just checked with my retailer . In India they are taking bookings now and a confirmed delivery date of 24th Aug.
Booked mine just now. :D
Can't wait for 24th.

dadathepanda

pricing and availability on the Sprint 9930?

SSMiKe06

I just can't wait to replace my 9000 with this! My playbook will be happy to have a highspeed hotspot to play with :P

alexkinsella

Hi @ SSMiKe06,

Alex from RIM here. If you’re enjoying your Bold 9000, you will be blown away by the 9900! We’ve added some great improvements to BlackBerry OS 7 including faster and smoother web browsing, multi-touch capability, and voice activated universal search. OS 7 also brings to life NFC (only on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930), Augmented Reality and HD video.

Finally, it’s awesome to hear that you’re enjoying BlackBerry Bridge. When you can, check out this post from our Inside BlackBerry Help Blog that offers five tips on getting the most out of BlackBerry Bridge: http://bbry.lv/qoiIAw.

Cheers,
Alex, RIM Social Media Team

Pete Sake

Sad part about the 9900 is that its not really different from the 9780! looks the same just a little bigger....icons in OS 7 look the same as 6.....touch screen yes but really RIM's improvements are minuscule when they update their Blackberry’s and that’s what’s killing them in the market. My hope is the internet is 1000 times better because RIM needs to get it together on that aspect..im paying for data and id love to stop seeing the dreadful "site is too large to load" error every time im on the internet....I don’t see these BB's keeping the consumer-market for long......I feel RIM's rebirth will be when QNX is implemented into their smart-phones and until then I don’t see the justification in upgrading to these devices unfortunately.

- A Blackberry User

chevalia

The Bold 9000 keyboard, was by far the best qwerty keyboard on the market. I have big hands (and feet *smirk*) Purchasing the 9900, is a no brainer, unless of course, you aren't a BB fan

HunterRemington

Is just plain sexy. I want one now. Any idea if T-mo is getting the white one and if so when?

Robert22

Nobody is talking about the battery life? Did you realize, that the standby time of the Bold 9900 is only 12 days on UMTS? Thats 5 days less than on the Bold 9780. Very pure!! In reality, I can work with my Bold 9780 about 3-4 days, whats nice. With the Bold 9900 you get sure not more that 2 days. Thats iPhone, not a Blackberry!!!

Masahiro

If you looked at any of the other numbers other than standby time, you would have noticed that the battery life is rated better than the 9780 across the board.

beamolite

Anyone notice the signal is GPRS and the phone is not in UMA although it says the name of the hotel on top. Connection issues?

dosto

Come on TMO, release this phone!

gymwarner

Any mention of battery life yet? Is it going to end up like iPhone and Android batteries and need charging every 4 hours?

shamoo711

Am I the only one is bothered by the fact that he basically says in the video that the 9700 and 9780 were not an improvement over the Bold 9000's keyboard? (But the 9900 is.)

Masahiro

The 9700s sported smaller keyboards; the 9900 is 6% larger than the 9900.

sirfly2fly

are people so petty they're crying over fingerprints on the BACK of their phone?

One of my biggest concerns though is start-up time