The Blackberry Bold 9700 is a high-res, high-speed smartphone. It replaces the familiar BlackBerry trackball with an optical trackpad .
The T-Mobile version is the carrier’s first 3G BlackBerry, and the company’s first 3G phone to support seamless calling over Wi-Fi networks. The Bold 9700 is not exactly expected to replace the big Bold 9000 on AT&T. It essentially, offers an alternative.It is smaller for space concious minds.
The new Bold, like many BlackBerry products, looks like a mix of previous BlackBerry design elements. It’s slightly smaller than the Tour 9630 at 4.29 inches by 2.36 inches by 0.56 inches and 4.3 oz, with the optical trackpad from the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and the old Bold’s faux-leather back. Like the Bold and Tour, but unlike on the Curve, there are narrow metal lines between the rows of keys on the sculpted QWERTY keyboard.
Technically , the Bold 9700 has a fast 624-MHz processor, 256 Mbytes of memory, a 3.2-Megapixel camera, a 3.5-mm headset jack and an unusually sharp and a cool and bright 360-by-480 display. The operating system is BlackBerry OS 5.0. The operating system promises better browsing feel. The webpages are expected to load much paster.
The Bold 9700 from AT&T and T-Mobile are both 3G phones with Wi-Fi. The T-Mobile’s plan has some extra feature – unlimited calling over Wi-Fi for $10 extra per month. This will allow you to save a lot money. Essentially you can call from the wifi during your stay at home and office. This is the first 3G supported with wifi calling from T-Mobile.
The 9700 is a spectacular update from its predecessor. It gives T-Mobile and AT&T users reasons to upgrade from their Curves. The users of T-Mobile get their first 3G BlackBerry. The users of AT&T users get the Bold’s power and a better camera.
However, Bold 9700 is not going to be a serious contender to Apple. Both the AT&T and T-Mobile will launch Bold 9700 in the coming weeks. Both carriers will offer the Bold for $199.99, with a two-year contract.
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