BlackBerry Bold on Vodafone - BlackBerry Bold

By Riyad Emeran

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

Like most recent smartphone handsets, the Bold also has integrated GPS, and the receiver is a very good one. Out in the TrustedReviews car park, which is surrounded by very tall trees, the Bold took a matter of seconds to get a satellite lock - other GPS devices have struggled to get a lock at all in the same location. Although BlackBerry maps is a fairly competent option, most users will probably opt to download Google Maps instead, which makes navigation far easier and probably more familiar too. In fact the Bold makes a pretty good pocket navigation tool helped in no small part by the great screen and very fast data speeds.

Talking of data speeds, the Bold is no slouch when it comes to downloads of any kind, with full HSDPA support, and since this one is running on the Vodafone network, you're looking at both high speed and extensive coverage. As well as HSDPA you've got UMTS, Edge and GPRS, so you should be able get at least some kind of data coverage no matter where you are. The Bold is also a quad band GSM phone, so you'll be able to carry it almost anywhere in the world too. Add to that integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the Bold has pretty much every base covered when it comes to connectivity.

That lightning fast data speed, coupled with the high resolution screen should make the Bold a great browsing device too. However, don't expect iPhone levels of usability, because you'll be sorely disappointed. I'm not saying that the Bold is a bad browsing device, but it's nowhere near as intuitive as the iPhone, or the T-Mobile G1 Android phone for that matter. That said, the Bold can render standard web pages, even on difficult sites like TR, which is a decent achievement in itself.

There's also a 2-megapixel camera thrown into the Bold, but it's really nothing to write home about. Like the camera in the iPhone, the one in the Bold is somewhat disappointing. That said, at least you can send your pictures to friends as MMS messages - something that's still not an option with the iPhone. For most BlackBerry users though, the camera will be an aside, especially when the rest of the feature set is so rock solid.

All in all the Bold has lived up to most of the hype that preceded it, and I think it's the best BlackBerry yet. So why hasn't it walked away with a perfect 10 like its predecessors? Back then the BlackBerry was far and away the best handset for anyone who needed email on the move, especially if you happened to be a power/business user. However, today things are very different, with Nokia throwing the cat among the pigeons with its E71, the rise of the iPhone and the impending impact of Google Android based handsets. But none of that can change the fact that the Bold is a truly excellent smartphone that should be on anyone's short list.

Verdict

Any current BlackBerry users who have been waiting to upgrade to the Bold should definitely take the plunge, this is an excellent handset that does everything it should, and does it all very well. Competition is more fierce this time around though, with the Nokia E71 winning many friends in the business sector, and the iPhone appealing to smartphone buying consumers. Add to this the forthcoming T-Mobile G1, and there has never been more choice in the fully featured handset market.

If however, mobile email is your prime concern, the Bold does the job superbly, just like every BlackBerry before it. The handset itself is also well designed, simple to use and stacked full of features - the 3.5mm headphone jack is particularly good to see. Throw in that great screen and lightning fast GPS positioning and it's clear that RIM has produced another winner.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
  • Features 10
  • Design 9
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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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