BlackBerry Bold on Vodafone - BlackBerry Bold

By Riyad Emeran

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9

Of course email is the real killer feature that the BlackBerry has always had in its arsenal. Despite the fact that push email is available on a number of different platforms these days, it's still the BlackBerry brand that's synonymous with email in your pocket. There's a good reason for that state of affairs too, BlackBerry devices just work and work well. Add to that the fact that pretty much every corporate IT department will support BlackBerry, and it's easy to understand why these devices are still the most popular choice for mobile email.

There are two distinct ways that you can use a BlackBerry for your email - it can be setup for Enterprise use, where it can synchronise with your company's Exchange server completely securely, or it can be setup for personal use with any standard email account. It's the former that makes BlackBerry the default choice for business, but considering that the Bold is the most consumer friendly BlackBerry yet, it was important that RIM got the latter right.

Setting up email accounts is an absolute breeze, it's simply a case of inputting your login details and password, then, well, that's it. You can add multiple email accounts to the Bold, and although you have a single Messages folder where everything goes, each email account also has its own mailbox, so you can keep things separate and tidy. If you have a main email account you can keep that on your shortcut bar, and then relegate subsequent accounts to the main menu. Obviously the New Mail alert will highlight incoming mail to any of your accounts.

Being that the Bold is trying to appeal to consumers as well as business users, RIM has been smart enough to include one very important feature - a 3.5mm headphone socket. This means that you can use a decent set of headphones with the device, without having to resort to some kind of converter. The media player application is pretty basic compared to a modern MP3 player or iPhone, but it does the job well enough. There's a 1GB micro-SD card bundled with the phone for you to store your music on, but if that seems a little measly to you, an 8GB card can be had for around £15 online, which should satisfy most peoples' mobile music needs.

Talking of sound, the Bold has the best built-in speaker that I've ever heard on a handset. You literally could watch video without the need for headphones, or if you wanted to annoy all the other passengers on a train, you could listen to your music through the speaker, but please, please don't! Of course the best thing about the quality and volume of the speaker, is that the Bold makes a truly excellent speakerphone, which again is a major plus point for a business user.

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Stelph

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!

MikeWilliams

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.

Riyad

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!

purephase

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

one important thing that you have missed,





DOES IT DO CUT AND PASTE? :)

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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