[ BlackBerry Bold Review Series - Table of Contents ]
What a Week! I brought you the web's first review of the pre-release BlackBerry 9000 (thanks eBay!), then I announced the 9000's new BlackBerry Bold name to world. Now it's time to BE BOLD and finish things off with the final release features & specs of the new BlackBerry Bold Smartphone. Much of following was known, and I'll skip the standard BlackBerry gimmes, but we now have precise answers to some of our lingering questions, including the internal memory the BlackBerry Bold will feature...
BlackBerry Bold Smartphone Features & Specs
- Size - Length: 114mm, Width: 66mm, Thickness: 14mm
- Weight (with battery) - 133g (same as the 88xx series. I can attest to it!)
- Memory - 1GB on-board (storage) and 128 MB Flash (applications)
- Battery - 1500mAhr lithium cell
- Est. Battery Life - Standby: 13 days, Talk Time: 5 hours
- Network Support - UMTS: 2100 / 1900 / 850MHz, GSM: 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz, GPRS, EDGE and HDSPA networks
- Wi-Fi - 803.11a/b/g enabled
- Display - HVGA, 480 x 320 pixels, Transmissive TFT LCD, supports over 65k colors
- Media Player, Video Support - DivX 4, Div X 5 & 6 are partially supported, XviD is partially supported, H.263, H.264 and WMV3
- Media Player, Audio Support - .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
- Media Player, Audio - BlackBerry Media Sync allows you to transfer your desktop iTunes music to your BlackBerry!!!
- Camera - 2.0MP, 5 x digital zoom (with flash of course)
- GPS - internal GPS with extended ephemeris, BB Maps is standard
- Bluetooth - Bluetooth v2.0, all the normal stuff and Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVCRP
- USB Port - Enables charging and high-speed data synchronizations via USB "A" to mini-USB "B" cable (I can personally say moving files back and forth is now lightning quick!)
- Browser - HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support
All good stuff, but you can see in orange what has me excited here. When it comes to memory, the 9000 will be packing a Gig of built-in storage space for media files, etc. You won't be able to install applications on this (that's what the 128MB flash space is for), but it's still a welcome and much needed addition. It also seems all of us frustrated BlackBerry/iTunes users will no longer be frustrated!! And native DivX support? Sweet!
I don't have final confirmation yet on whether the BlackBerry Bold will ship with a holster, skin (that's what was included with my eBay 9000) or pouch, but I'm guessing it could be carrier dependent. Either way I'm hoping a big selection of BlackBerry Bold 9000 Accessories will hit the market soon as I've never been a big fan of what ships standard.
UPDATE: It looks like we were right about the BlackBerry Bold name. Going to www.BlackBerryBold.com now takes you to a page on the BlackBerry website!!
That's it for now, I'm spent. Need to re-energize before flying out to Orlando to Attend WES. Talk to you guys from there!