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Round Robin: TreoCentral Jennifer goes BlackBerry Bold!

By Kevin Michaluk on 28 Nov 2008 11:31 am EST
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Jennifer Chappell on the BlackBerry Bold!

[ This is an official Smartphone Round Robin post! Every day you reply to an official Round Robin blog post or forum thread on CrackBerry.com, you automatically gain an entry ballot for a chance to win a BlackBerry Bold, Spare Bold Battery, and Case Mate Second Skin! ]  

My BlackBerry Bold is now in the hands of our Treo-loving gal Jennifer Chappell over at TreoCentral.com. You can click the image above to check out Jennifer's hands-on initial impressions video. In last year's Round Robin Jennifer was a fan of the Curve - she liked the form factor and gained respect for the BBOS/speedy trackball experienced. How does she like the Bold? You'll have to watch the video to find out! But I will say here that after being used to smartphones that have both a touchscreen and keyboard, she did spend the first day smudging up my Bold's display thinking she could tap the icons! :-)

Keep in mind, posting your daily Round Robin comment at CrackBerry.com gives you a chance to win a BlackBerry Bold + Accesories. But if you login to TreoCentral.com and post a comment, you'll have a chance to win a Palm Treo Pro + Case-Mate Clear Armor and the original Jawbone Bluetooth Headset.

And if by chance you still don't know what all this Smartphone Round Robin stuff is all about, do yourself a favor and click this link!

Reader comments

Round Robin: TreoCentral Jennifer goes BlackBerry Bold!

168 Comments

I Love the Bold, but I have had the worst experiences with AT&T. I will be sticking to T-mobile from now on. And with the Javelin coming soon, I will be very happy

in the AT&T store near me. it was my first experience with one and I have to say its very nice. I like the feel of the keys alot, and while the actual OS was locked down [AT&T password protected it], the trackball had a very nice, crisp action. My only complaint is the combination of the logo button and the back button into one rocker key. While it does make sense from a design and use standpoint [most people don't press them rapidly in an alternating pattern], I just don't care for it.
Glad to see someone else like it during their first experience.

but I really like her review of the bold and seeing that beautiful thing in action really makes me want one! It seems everyone has at least a few loving comments about the bold.

I can tell that she really liked the look of the Bold, like she was holding a piece of technological wonder in her hands. Interesting review...I can't wait to see the others.

Has anyone seen at around 7:58-8:00 of the video...fast forward to it as it is the best/funniest part :)

I'm sorry, I did not like this review. Reviewer sounds like one of those nice people who refuse to dog anything when reviewing it. She made no conclusions either way at the end.

While I'm sure she's a nice lady, she doesn't come across in this review as a smartphone expert. She comes across as a "phone of the day" consumer. No review of using the calendar, getting things done, or even the browser. Just "Look how pretty it is. I love the keyboard. The End"

as a former treo user (going back a few years) the second i got my hands on BB i was hooked, I think this will be another BB user hooked after a few days with the Bold

Hey Kev did you noticed the way she was pressing on your screen i thought she was gonna break it! lol

Anyways i remember back then when the suppoused leaked images of the bold appeared on this site,, and how almost everyone hated the form factor, calling it ugly and unberry-like, and now one of its strong points is how good it looks, i think RIM really made an effort making the bold his flagship device everything about it screams quallity, im sticking with my curve for now but im seriously thinking upgrading for the bold.

sorry, with respect to the reviewer, that was one of the most boring initial reviews I have seen, she seemed like a complete novice...

Good review and all but Ill still take me a new Bold ovr the palm any day! Wink, wink, nudge.. nudge... lol

I'm still waiting for my Storm to arrive (FedEX says Monday), but it is still pretty clear to me that Blackberry is the way to go.

Bold for the win! I wonder if there will be a consensus of which is better for each user type at the end of this.

She's one of the many to mention the lack of a Today home screen. I believe once Today themes for the Bold come out, it's sales will increase.

I heard the bold is buggy though. I like the idea but I do better with a "real" keyboard. As long as it's a berry, you can't go wrong though.

Comparing this Video Firstlook with Dieter and Kevin's, there was a distinct lack of critical analysis. I understand this is only a first look and not a final review, but I would have appreciated a more in-depth look at the Bold's features (ie. Calendar, E-mail, Browser).

And wow, I got the heebie-jeebies when she started poking at the screen. That's... just not right.

I'm more curious to see her final impressions. If the Bold can't sway her, no BB will. From what I've seen so far, the Bold is definitely the best phone for me.

"What, what the crap! Oh yeah this is a... Non touchscreen device."

Nice Jenn!! So, Ummm...when are ya getting your new BlackBerry? :-)

OUCH for the poor Bold when she stated poking at the screen. Where's she from anyway?? That accent she has seems vaguely southern, but not really.

This is my third BB. I hate to leave the room without it. Let alone leave the house. My Bold & my Amex card go every where with me. This is the best smartphone out today. I haven't personally tried the new 'Storm', but from what I've heard & read on the forums the Storm is not turning out to be the be all, to end all BlackBerry. The Bold is Way above the rest.

But I want the Bold so bad! I want a 3g Blackberry, and the bold looks so freaking nice. DAMN! I hate T-mobile now.

I am a total treo convert. Touch screens are cool but my Curve has made me sing the praises of RIM. Simply put my Curve is in my hand Treo 680 in a box in the back of the closet.

hey i nearly shouted at the screen when she poked the screen at 2:39 on the video... shesh be gentle layday lol

I converted to Blackberry with my Pearl 8130, chunked all of my Windows Mobile equipment, and could not be happier. Would love to have a Bold, but beings Sprint only has the Curve @ Pearl, and soon due for an upgrade, I will be checking out the Curve...

she should admit that its the best smartphone shes ever held- if you read her bio on her website her newest palm she's ever actually owned is a treo 650 haha-

I got carried away when I was tapping the screen and cringed when I saw that on the video! Sorry about that!

I know that I didn't cover everything in my video review but I'll try to cover more stuff in my written review. That was only the second video I'd ever made. It took forever to make because I had to keep stopping and starting over.

The Treo 650 was my first Palm smartphone. My bio needs to be updated. I got into the smartphone game late and missed out on all the first ones.

I do love the Bold! If I didn't have to get a separate data plan, the BB plan, I would buy one. I wish I could just switch out my SIM card but I can't because my plan is the PDA data plan. I had to switch to the BB plan so I could do the review, but I'll have to switch back before I start using my Treo and Centro again.

I have no intention of giving up my Bold, but the Round Robin is great - I love seeing what people who usually use a certain OS think of others.

that should be a lesson to RIM, that maybe some type of keyboard/touch screen display with a trackball is needed...hmmm.

should we see something next year?

No a very indepth review - the only thing I learned is that a finger nail to a Bolds screen should never EVER be done, and that only boring people assign "Nothing" to one of the convience keys.

I LOVE THE BOLD AND I WANT ONE!!!

"only boring people assign "Nothing" to one of the convience keys."

I changed it to "Nothing" because almost everytime I picked up the Bold, I was accidentally pressing the convenience key.

I am boring though, thanks for noticing.

This gal doing the review has been around Treos too long. The top button is not a "ringer on/off" button. Anyway, she did a pretty good review for a Treo person....

having owned several blackberries, i was deeply impressed by the strides RIM made in the 9000. additionally, after reading the reviews about the storm, i wonder what RIM is thinking after having such a soft-release for the Bold, which has proven a success, while the storm, with hundreds waiting on opening day, has overwhelmingly appeared disappointing. nonetheless, my urge to get a hold of a storm is strong -- the unknown attracts me. too bad i have to wait two weeks before more phones start shipping in....

I really liked the video of the bold and all of its feature, as well as comparing it to other smartphones. I do like all the features of the bold, but ever since I got the storm, I don't know if I can go back to a non-touchscreen, physical querty keyboard blackberry. There would be too many times I would want to just go to a spot on the screen and instead of having the luxury of clicking on it, I would have to scroll to it using the trackball. Plus I have the advantage of having double the screen size.

I'm pretty sure when I have kids I'll have no problem dropping them off at daycare in other people's care, but no one gets to touch my BB. Hearing her tapping your screen sent shudders down my spine.

I got a chance to plaY WITH MY hOMies Bold, I liked it. Being that I just got the curve 3 weeks ago, AT&T w\2yr. I can't aford to pay the cost to "upgrade". I did however update the OS to 4.5 and add the bphone Zen theme then added a nice new wallpaper, to make myself feel better. Maybe in a few years....huh!!!

Hard to log in or view the web site. Making it hard to enter contest and shop at the same time. There are pop ups runing in the back ground

I've been having a lot of fun. It's so much faster than my Curve (although that could be due to the "non" official 4.5 software I'm running on it...) heheh

I saw Jennifer's review and couldn't help to notice that she really didn't have nothing negative to say about the Bold (short of the touchscreen). She didn't talk about the software or anything... so aside the hardware factor i wouldn't be surprised to see her grab a BBerry but next year's round robin!

Well i have just ordered my first blackberry...the bold. I just can't wait to have it in my hands aswell

This is the new BB model making me salivate. I'd rather have the full physical keyboard with a 3G connection.

When she started touching the screen, my heart skipped a beat!!! The next question is will it develop dead spots where she was touching? Ouch...

I finally went into an ATT store the other day to try the bold out, and I must say I was very impressed. It is so fast and the keyboard is amazing, I'm a long time blackberry user, and currently carry a curve, I won a storm in a raffle at work which I've yet to receive, (why they wouldn't put one aside for an internal contest is beyond me, but whatever) Even though that one is completely free, I might have to pick up a bold, it is just so fast I'm amazed.

Wait, so login and post here for a chance to win a Bold and accessories, or login TreoCentral and post for a chance to win a Treo and accessories? Um, what's a Treo? ;)

Even if I couldn't use the 3G and UMA features, I would still unlock that puppy and use it on T-Mobile!

Never noticed that the Bold had a "smile" on the keyboard. This was a good review. Glad to see who has it next in the roundrobin.

She's complaining about how you can't touch the screen, but who would want to dirty that beautiful thing up with a greasy thumbprint? ridiculous.

Bold wins another week of the round robin =]

This is one of the worst videos ever. I can't believe I just wasted 8 minutes and 39 seconds of my life watching it.

However, I'm here to win. Please give me the Bold. Thanks.

Is the Storm easier to navigate than the G1? I had the G1 for a couple of weeks before sending it back. Too many touches to get to what you need to do in simple tasks, like deleting a message. You listen to the message and when it's time to delete the screen has faded, so you have to hit something to get the dial screen, before you can hit delete. And no just hitting a familiar place, you have to look at it to hit the right one.

She must be the kind of person who doesn't have a bad thing to say about anything or anyone. I would have been pissed if she banged on my screen like that though.

Interesting review. She went did the review totally different from Dieter. I have enjoyed everyone's review so far. Thank you Jennifer Now you just need to go buy yourself a Bold! ;o)

Would love to go bold, but beings Sprint only has the pearl and Curve, when my Pearl contract runs up, gonna have to take a look at the Curve, unless they do come out with another BB, (Or I win one)...

anyone else cringe when she was tapping, wait, man-handling that bb screen? lol
anyway, i gotta admit though, never knew that u was shortcut for calculator... lol thanks jen!

There is no doubt that I would sell my body to the streets for this device... Having said that I would like an in-depth review... This wasn't a very insightful review. Either way I think you should send me one so I can do my own review :-)...

I finally got to mess around with one last night. And hands down this is the best Blackberry I have laid my hands on!

I'm just hoping i win this bold, because i havent won anything yet, and I've entered every contest you guys have held.

It was not the most in depth interview with the bold but i wonder if she would give up her treo for the Bold?
As she said

"The bold and the beautiful"

just loooooove the bold...
when my curve dies some day...I WILL buy one for sure...

really dig this "smartphone round robin" stuff. fun to watch!

the keyboard short cut is.........
O! so thats pretty handy.
OMG this lady is weird as heck.
awefull review but good laughs

The Treo Pro is great and all but lack of an American Carrier will be it's downfall. The blackberry could learn a thing or two about physical keyboard and touchscreen combination.

Im a VERY big fan of the Bold. But im a verizon customer, so i can only hope that it (the Bold) will eventually make its way there or that the Blackberry Niagara is not a myth, yet a device that will be released to us CDMA customers in Q1 of 2009...but as i said before. I CAN ONLY HOPE!

Who knows, the Curve 8900 may possibly make its way to Verizon by Q2. Just not a fan of the touchscreen keyboard on the Storm, so i'll wait it out for the next Verizon Blackberry. Patience may pay off! "I can only hope." lol

ish out of me how she kept touching the screen. I like my screen clean that's why I stay away from touch screens. Also I actually like to be able to feel the buttons!

I was pretty set on getting a storm, until I went to the ATT store and tried the Bold, its one nice phone. Now I am torn between the two. My contract is up with Verizon, and ATT just brought 3G to our market, so I don't know which one to get.

It's sad to see the number of you who say things like Jennifer's nice and such, then cut her review to shreds. Have you tried to make a video review of a phone and cover everything in the 10 minutes YouTube limits a video to?

I've read her reviews on Treo Central and she is very knowledgeable about the phones themselves. You can know a lot about something, but be a tad nervous when it comes to actually demonstrating it sight-unseen via video.

I agree with the good things said about Jennifer. It was funny when she tapped on the screen pretending she thought for a moment it was a touch screen. Those screens are tough and I'm sure she read up on them before doing that.

I'm sure with time she'll be more relaxed in front of the camera and be better able to convey her thoughts to those of us who watch these videos to learn more about our next phone purchase possibility.

Sorry if I stepped on anyones toes, but I hate seeing people leave comments like those that tend to sting the person who they're aimed at.

Thanks for the review and I look forward to your other videos as well as all the other staff members videos!

It's sad to see the number of you who say things like Jennifer's nice and such, then cut her review to shreds. Have you tried to make a video review of a phone and cover everything in the 10 minutes YouTube limits a video to?

I've read her reviews on Treo Central and she is very knowledgeable about the phones themselves. You can know a lot about something, but be a tad nervous when it comes to actually demonstrating it sight-unseen via video.

I agree with the good things said about Jennifer. It was funny when she tapped on the screen pretending she thought for a moment it was a touch screen. Those screens are tough and I'm sure she read up on them before doing that.

I'm sure with time she'll be more relaxed in front of the camera and be better able to convey her thoughts to those of us who watch these videos to learn more about our next phone purchase possibility.

Sorry if I stepped on anyones toes, but I hate seeing people leave comments like those that tend to sting the person who they're aimed at.

Thanks for the review and I look forward to your other videos as well as all the other staff members videos!

It's sad to see the number of you who say things like Jennifer's nice and such, then cut her review to shreds. Have you tried to make a video review of a phone and cover everything in the 10 minutes YouTube limits a video to?

I've read her reviews on Treo Central and she is very knowledgeable about the phones themselves. You can know a lot about something, but be a tad nervous when it comes to actually demonstrating it sight-unseen via video.

I agree with the good things said about Jennifer. It was funny when she tapped on the screen pretending she thought for a moment it was a touch screen. Those screens are tough and I'm sure she read up on them before doing that.

I'm sure with time she'll be more relaxed in front of the camera and be better able to convey her thoughts to those of us who watch these videos to learn more about our next phone purchase possibility.

Sorry if I stepped on anyones toes, but I hate seeing people leave comments like those that tend to sting the person who they're aimed at.

Thanks for the review and I look forward to your other videos as well as all the other staff members videos!

interesting video, definitely thought she wanted to crack the screen.. the treo phones are just so ugly beside the BOLD!