BlackBerry Bold on Vodafone - BlackBerry Bold

By Riyad Emeran



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The Bold even does a good job of video playback, something that you wouldn't traditionally associate with a BlackBerry. OK, so I'm not one to watch video on a screen this small, but for anyone that is in the habit of viewing TV shows and movies on their phone, you're not going to be disappointed with the Bold. But even in general use the screen makes a real difference, with the red Vodafone wallpaper looking rich, deep and vivid. It also helps that RIM has updated the traditional BlackBerry icons, giving the Bold a far more modern look and feel.

Talking of icons, you get a row of icons along the bottom of the home screen for quick access. Although there are default icons in place when you first power on the handset, you have the ability to move any of your icons onto the shortcut row from the full list. So, whichever applications you use the most can be assigned to the shortcut bar for quick and easy access. Below the screen are call and end buttons, along with a back button and the BlackBerry menu button. Pressing the latter will bring up a complete list of all the icons at your disposal.

Sitting dead centre on the device is the navigation ball that was first seen on the Pearl. Although some users find it hard to get to grips with the ball, I think it's a fantastic navigation device that knocks spots off the old jog wheel that used to be a staple on BlackBerry handsets. The ball makes navigation in every direction a breeze, while pressing to select is far more accurate than it is on some five-way pad designs.

The full QWERTY keyboard is one of the best I've used on any device, and this is one area where the Bold pulls ahead of the excellent Nokia E71. Obviously it's the fact that the Bold is considerably wider than the E71 that allows it to sport larger keys and a less cramped layout. In fact the Bold is significantly wider than the E71, Apple iPhone and the BlackBerry Curve. Its width does make it slightly less comfortable to hold as a phone, but more comfortable when typing on the keyboard. Actual dimensions are 114 x 66 x 15mm (LxWxD), with a weight of 136g.

There's no doubt that the virtual keyboard on the iPhone is still better than the mechanical keyboard on the Bold though. It still amazes me just how easy it is to type on the iPhone, and I have written entire articles on mine while sitting on a train, something that I wouldn't want to do too often on the Bold. That said, after a little while I found myself able to type at a surprisingly quick turn of speed, with little in the way of mistakes. This is definitely one of the best mechanical keyboard implementations on any smartphone, and even if you need to write lengthy emails while out and about, the Bold will serve you well.

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October 10, 2008, 1:12 pm

Any comment on the software issues that ive noticed have been reported about the Bold? was reading today that Orange have suspended shipping the Bold until RIM sort the issue out! Pretty serious then!


October 10, 2008, 2:19 pm

You said "it can be setup for Enterprise use ... or it can be setup for personal use". But can it set up for both types of email account at the same time? If so, I think it may be the answer to my prayers.


October 10, 2008, 2:49 pm

I don't think it can be setup for both, since originally Vodafone sent it to me configured for Enterprise use, then I couldn't get my IT guys to give me access to the Exchange server, so they had to switch it over.

I wanted to test the Bold using Exchange, but after three weeks of trying to get mobile access to my email, the IT department in New York said no. The joys of being part of a big multi-national!

Matthew Martin

October 10, 2008, 3:24 pm

Hi, I work for one of the big 4 networks and we support set up for both sevices on blackberry, I guess you just need to speak to the right person in customer services, preferably some one who knows what they are talking about re blackberry. It is through a RIM portal that it is configured so I guess the other networks should support it!


October 10, 2008, 3:31 pm

What's the battery life like? That's the winner for me with the E71. It lasts forever!

Also worth noting if you are paying for the contract yourself that Voda would do you a much better offer than that quoted - I would expect to pay no more than 㿊 for that bundle with a handset like this with a bit of bargaining!

Tommy K

October 10, 2008, 4:30 pm

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zeus 01504

March 9, 2009, 10:20 pm

In the last 18 months ive had a TyTn II a SE Xperia X1 and the new 8MP LG, just got the BB Bold on an O2 tariff and its completely phenomenal, does exactly what it says on the tin, and is the all singing all dancing BB it claims to be, even the browser which can never be expected to be in the same league as an iPhone is remarkable impressive on 3G and even better on a Wifi or Hotspot connection, the seamless integration with itunes and Outlook 2007 was the clincher for me. First BB and ill not be trading it in any time soon!

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