TreoCentral's Final Take on the BlackBerry Bold

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Dec 2008 03:43 am EST
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WMExperts final take 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! If you somehow still don't know what this is all about, visit SmartphoneRoundRobin.com!! ]  

Our Treo-loving gal Jennifer's time with my BlackBerry Bold has come to an end. The verdict? She loved it! Jennifer liked the Curve she used last year in the first Round Robin, and for her the Bold's brilliant display and overall speediness kicked it up a notch. Be sure to head on over to TreoCentral.com to read her full review!!!

Topics: SPE Round Robin

114 comments

romeo204

come on now we all know that the bold is the best of all that are being tested . lol

sarfrazfamily

LOL!! for sure she loved it what's not to love? it's a great device and she gave it a great review I think!

i like this Robin thing. what a great idea to do.

.m.e.

what a shock .. she loved the bold .. who knew ??

mbdonnelly

Just a matter of time before she will completely give up her treo. :)

muydess

The bold is a nice device and easy to use. I am a current Curve user for work and have a Palm for personal use; but I have defected to the Blackberry side.

4everag

Of course she like it; it's a Blackberry BOLD.....
I am glad she had the time to spend with a great device and became familiar with it! I bet she is dreaming about the Bold thrashing her Treo.... She will be converted in a minute, then she'll be writing an article about how the BOLD won her over!

hankwu02k

I got the Bold, and i love every part of it~!

vindstille

it for sure really is a great device...
i'm actually amazed she is not switching...

Warrior VP

Nice phone, probably would have gotten that if the Storm hadn't of come out.

Fbrn

I have been following the round robin and am a HUGE blackberry fan. I just got the storm and I am so glad that is not what is being circulated around as the blackberry device. I think the storm will be a decent device one day but RIM really messed up by not putting a better processor in it. The speed of the bold is getting more compliments than anything and that is what the storm is seriously lacking. Why in the world would they put a slower processor in a device that obviously needs it because of how it is suppose to be used??? Someone really messed that decision up. Anyway just wanted to say thanks for the reviews.

jprevost

If the only thing that Jennifer found annoying with the Bold was a lack of a dedicated button for the period, then she should switch immediately! Why didn't anyone tell her to just hit space twice? :)

jtwebfusion

"Why didn't anyone tell her to just hit space twice?" That got missed in the forum. Oh well.

trpdnabx

It is no shock she loved the Bold's screen. It is the best on the market. Everyone should have a BOLD!

jayeazy1981

Just want to say that it was a great review. i love the bold and now after her review it makes me want to get on even more.

notsoslim

After reading her review, there's no doubt that she's open minded to the Bold, and probably wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to somebody in the market for a BB. I enjoyed her review very much and props to the Round Robin for picking this individual for a reviewer!

pdone#CB

Good review, wish the Bold was offered thru vzw.

lions80#CB

So, will she be switching to the better bold?

driphter

Why anyone would prefer a Palm device over a BB is beyond me.

Jarky

Do I smell a convert?

l1fe

I think it would be great if an editor from one of the smart phone sites defected after their reviews in the round robin. Go Bold!

karier13

I have been very happy with mine. I think if Jennifer kept using it she would never want to go back to a previous phone.

sepehrsh

next she needs to try the storm. im in love with mine. its amazing.

vinndy

Every post I read about the Bold make me want it more. I work my devices like mad and I finally think I worked my Curve so hard she is beginning to show signs of needing a break... Thanks!

cexshun

Nice to see she loved it. The BB and Treo have similar enough form factors that I imagine it was easy enough for her to pick it up and use it.

Kronk

No real surprise that she loved it. ;)

STYLN

Its all about the Bold! Got 1 more converted the other day! Now we got another good review and 1 more person 2 praise best berry out there! (Of course that is IMHO!)

NamelessLiar

She'll be switching over very soon....

diesel349

Everyday I love this phone more and more...Amazing.

perryc5

my brother was at a presentation yesterday at upenn given by the commissioner of the FCC, and he couldnt help but notice that she was toting a bold...

manttium

it's pretty hard to not like the Bold...

Queen4111

I do beleive the Bold has made a converter out of her!

gtshouse

I sure do like my bold.

kristins

Who doesn't like the Bold?

devnull_1101

Bold looks amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on one.

constabl

Maybe someday I can switch to AT&T. I have to wear out my Storm first.

escobarmeth

looks like another convert :)

Hcastillo

I think somebody will make the jump soon or at least have one for her personal use.

pink2

That's fantastic. I love my Bold, don't know how I lived without a BB for so long.

cafe_civet

I haven't loved a keyboard on a phone this much since the 8700.

davidv2003

The more you use a BB the more you'll love it...EVERYONE should give it a try. Don't knock it until you've tried it.

justinclarkbigsports

Does anyone know when or if Cellular South is getting the Bold?

JSho101

Who wouldn't LOVE the BOLD?!

Berry Pickin

January 21. Date is marked on my calendar. That is the day I shall join my Bold brethren. Can't wait. Was holding out for the 8900 since I am a Curve user, but once I saw a working Bold at my local ATT store, it was ova!!!! COME TO PAPA!!!!!! It is killing me to wait, but for the diff in $$$, I will wait for my upgrade. I know it will be great. The screen, keyboard, shape.....excuse me, I need a minute. WOW. I have a confession: I strayed. Fell for the hype and bought an iPhone. I know, I know. You NEVER leave your true love. It just sounded so good. Speedy internet. Slick touch screen. Felt very nice in my hand. Built in iPod. I lusted. Had to have it. Then I woke up one morning, rolled over and looked at it. WHAT HAD I DONE!!! Could I be forgiven?? Put my SIM back in the Curve and begged forgiveness. With my Curve on my hip, all is right again. It will be hard to leave her again, we have been through thick and thin. But, in some way, I think it understands. And it approves.

Come on Jan 21!!!!!!!!!

PhilsRule08

Would be hard not to love it.....

s0dhi

I'm not surprised that she loved the device. The Bold is a very functional tool, and I am impressed with it daily.

mtarbet

People still use those? Welcome to the 21st century, Jennifer. Jennifer is also a writer for TubeTV.com where she will be reviewing an LCD HDTV in the TV round robin.

PS - Where'd you get that awesome robin theme for the Bold? It seems to pop right out!

angiebutterfly

Haha. After all the praise I read, I just don't get how she still prefers her Palm. Yes, there's a period, but that comes with a much more cramped keyboard. (No matter how used to the keyboard you are, you have to admit that the Bold is going to be easier, so that pretty much cancels the convenience of a period anyway.) Yes everything you need is on the main screen, but that's just clutter, imo. I like that I don't have to have so much on my screen so I can enjoy my perty wallpaper. Also, there's all those shortcut keys, so I don't get the complaint there. Additionally, the BlackBerry is just faster, nicer and more fun.

She needs to just admit that she will come over to the dark side, already.

shaneatlanta

@Kevin,

I ran across your site and thought I had found home! lol. Finally a site where less biased posts seem to prevail. The posters are at least sane and not children (for the most part) and don't stomp their feet like children when someone is critical about their phone (mother it seems sometimes). I like the fact that you actually try to interact with your members and by far more personal than the two biggie sites. However, the biggest thing lacking is daily news! My usual morning consist of grabbing a cup of coffee and sit down and look at my favorite phone blogs BGR, Engadget and now Crackberry. BGR site has become insanely biased with its posters and it's basically a playground fight everyday. You leave the site ticked off, very much a different BGR than days of old. I started making Crackberry my first stop each morning but it seems to be a very quick read from the lack of new info everyday. Maybe this is the format and I am out of line and I apologize if this is the case, but I crave my daily news of the industry and their has to be more going on than a Storm contest on a daily basis at the lead post and then more Round robin reviews. How about the progression of the Blackberry app store, Viigo storm progress, why no themes for storms, what is coming for CES, get my drift. Again, trying to make a change but for now I still head over to Engadget, BGR and PhoneArena to get the news of the day. I appreicate the site but here's hoping for more NEWS on Blackberry and it's major competition.

Thank you,
Newly dedicated Crackberry.com fan....

st6868

Finally got my BB, and am loving it! No way I'd go back to a Treo.

FUSIBLE

This actually what I really wanted on Verizon. But wont be for awhile. Oh well, guess I'll just deal with my Storm until my next upgrade. I want WiFi and it should have been on the Storm.

dionysos

Sounds like a review from a convert to me!

Bla1ze

Jenn is a convert in the making, although I'm stillfeeling Kevins pain from the first video, where the screen got a good ol' poking from the thought of it being a touchscreen.

PanaSama

Seriously the bold is just the best smartphone out there, if the reviewers cant see it theyre in denial lol.

dstrauss#CB

"And the email was quick as lightning too! Very impressive! Now I'll have to remember to call AT&T and get my PDA data plan back. Luckily, both plans cost the same."

Maybe the reviewer should permanently join Crackberry instead.

tjk

is it time for me to upgrade?

LilMissBBAddict

My title says it all.....too bad I don't have one yet lol

dagda1

The rest of the smartphone world is just acknowledging it. I want my Bold.

cjcarbone

I gotta say again and again, i love how open minded everyone is being with the round robin. Seems everyone is giving each device a fair shot to impress them. Just awesome.

And how can you NOT like the Bold, the keyboard, screen and OS just has to win you over!!!

bB03

Your Bold actually survived Jennifer's clutches!

pmjohnson99

When does that new Palm OS come out?

Nintaii

She made a comment about Nintaii and was wishing for a version on her Treo or PC. I used to play that game on EBAUMSWORLD.COM. Can't find it there anymore but if anyone can find it please post!!!

Dimietriev

One more mark for the Bold. It's doing fairly well so far this year.

BKHAWK3#IM

This is a brilliant concept not only in idea but in implementation. With the combined knowledge and experience of all the editors these review really serve as probably the best means of finding the right device for you that I've come across. Thanks for all the time and effort put in by all.

Aspyred

One reason I love the BB is that it's very usable on-the-go. Glad this was something Jennifer noticed about the device.

jnieves

I would love one too!:)

coolster0040

Awesome thanks for all the updates on the Round Robin. I'm getting the blackberry bold for christmas. This site made me a crackberry addict.

aragon7

I think its still clear that the Bold is still the best phone on the market.

JSJohn

Love Blackberrys and would love to add this to my collection!

Leumas

The Blackberry Bold is AWESOME!!!

liz_309

now i'm even more torn between the bold and the storm.

devonair

This is so frustrating... I'm watching these intently because I'm looking for a new phone, and each and every review makes it harder for me to decide which platform I want to jump to. Then again, its exciting that, for once, there seem to be so many great smartphone options out there! =)

thunder8320

The Bold is the best their is :)

tony2979#CB

Gotta love the great reviews.....Now if I could just get you guys to send me a new Bold, I would be happy to review it for ya! :-)

seankir79

Good job Jenn...I need my own bold to review

Le Monte

It's pretty cool that everybody seems satisfied with the Bold. I've had mine for about a month and a half now and I'm loving it. Totally addicted to it.

egginator

The Bold RULES!!! (And of course, it's BOLD)

egginator

Darn browser... Sry triple post...

Jwolf854

I can't wait till I get my Bold

Jwolf854

I can't wait till I get my Bold!!

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

lcg8080

I love it that the blackberry products are getting such high marks. Tell us what we BB users all know....

BB get's the job done... and then some.

laurenmac

Haha how can she not want to switch?

noaim

yes yes win me a bolD!

hehe

robotaholic

She did a good job, seemed very nice, took plenty of pictures and made a good review.

Xopher

- Duplicate Post... :(

Xopher

- duplicate post.... :(

Xopher

I love how open minded people are (mostly) going into the round robin. I also like seeing different people's takes on each device compared to what they are used to using. From trying to push the Bold's non-touch screen, to trying to wake the Palm with it's center button. It just goes to show how working with these devices does have an affect on how we view things. :-)

mkoby

It's nice to see other smartphone people liking/loving the Bold. I finally got to play with one this past weekend and all it did was make me want to upgrade my Curve to a Bold a lot sooner rather than later (Here's hoping I win, hint hint).

So far the reviews for the Bold in the Round Robin have been positive and that's good. I'm interested to see what the iPhone guy has to say about it.

kojak

that I do think the Bold will become part of Jennifer's collection in the near future. Great review

razholio

good thing for her she got to review the bold and not the storm. As a first-time crackberry user, I'm really enjoying my bold. I went to a verizon store to play around with a storm, and was that ever a disappointment. I'm not hating on the clickable screen necessarily, but the software was horrible. I'm deffinitely glad ATT delayed the bold until .167 so we could have a nice stable OS for release.

RPC

My Blackjack II suffered some irreparable damage and I've been using my old Sony Ericsson dumbphone for about 2 months now. I feel like I'm losing my mind and friends at the same time. I'll drop the coin if I have to, but I might as well shoot for the freebie!

Jwolf854

I can't wait to own you!

Love
Jared

ems2857

Okay, let's be honest. Who DOESNT love the bold?!

sdlphotography07

I have to agree with Jennifer that screen is beautiful and crisp...the vivid colors that almost make you want to cry, because it makes you think how far technology has advanced in the last decade or so.

Miz.Michele

I enjoyed reading your posts. Now I know for sure that I'll luv the BOLD

PhilR8

The Bold needs to come to CDMA, like, NOW.

Omahahaha

but the user interface with a BlackBerry can not be beat in my not so humble opinion. I bet she winds up missing it. Oh, and I too wish VZW would offer the Bold. I'm not digging the looks of the silver Curve and with all the multimedia capabilities of the BB, why would I want to put finger prints all over the display (Storm)?

wantmesomeblackberry

a matter of time before blackberrys rule the world.