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I recently picked up the new Blackberry Bold 9700. It is easily becoming the best phone that I have owned, and here is why.


  • 3G Internet
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 3.2 Mega-pixel Camera with 2x optical zoom
  • 256 MB internal memory
  • Included 2 GB Micro SD card
  • Optical trackpad
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 6 hours of talk time

The 3.2 mega-pixel camera provides better than expected picture quality, and the 2x optical zoom is great for taking a quick snapshot of your test answers, so you can send them to your friend who sits two rows over [careful, now --Kelly]. The phone also has enough memory to store tons of pics, as well as plenty of music from your iTunes library.

Not only can you sync music from iTunes, but you can also sync your entire calendar with the click of a button. No more excuses for forgetting an important test.

RIM has decided to replace their infamous trackball with the new and much improved optical trackpad. It is very responsive and you can adjust the sensitivity to your liking. The keyboard is very compact, but provides no trouble when texting due to RIM’s ingenious use of elevated keys.

Communicating on the Bold

Blackberrys are known for being beasts when it comes to email, and the Bold 9700 is no different. You can easily add multiple mailboxes onto the device. Right now I have my personal and school email accounts loaded on the device. Emails are received almost instantly on the Blackberry, so you will always be the first to know when your professor decides to cancel class.

The Blackberry is not just an email powerhouse though, it has conversation styled texting (like the iPhone), and an awesome instant messaging client, Blackberry Messenger. Don’t even get me started on the Facebook App. It’s very easy to use and has caused me to waste even more time on Facebook.

Recommended Apps

What is a phone without apps these days anyway? The Blackberry has plenty of apps to download via “Blackberry App World”. Here are 5 of my most used apps:

  • Pandora – I use this all the time to listen to music on my way to class.
  • Opera Mini – Blackberry’s pre-installed browser is crap. Instead try Opera Mini for easy web browsing.
  • BB Notepad – Allows you to type and save files in .txt format, which can then be opened on your computer.
  • Viigo – Get weather updates, sports scores, news, and much more with this powerful app.
  • Facebook – I use this to keep connected to the Facebook world when on the go.

To Wrap it Up

Looking back on the days when I was stuck using my LG Shine, I don’t know how I survived. The Blackberry Bold 9700 is everything that I could ask for in a phone and keeps me well connected to the Internet and all of my friends. It is available for both T-Mobile and AT&T. So check it out if you have an upgrade coming up in the near future.